NRA Basic Pistol
This course is great for all skill levels. Students attending this course will take home the NRA's "Basics of Pistol Shooting". This is a 150 page book that will serve as a great resource for future reference. The course is designed to be a two part course (Lecture & Live Fire). Students have the flexibility during registration to attend the lecture on any Saturday that it's offered. The Live Fire portion can then be completed same day (based on availability) or another date in the future. All available range times are displayed during the registration process. The only prerequisite for the "Live Fire" is you must have attended the lecture and passed the written exam. Students completing the course will receive a certificate upon completion of the Live Fire qualification test. There's a 50 question multiple choice written test after completing the lecture. An average of 80% must be obtained to move to the range portion. Students unsuccessful at passing the written test will meet with the instructor on a one-on-one basis for further training. Students will be allowed to retake the written exam upon completion of the remedial training. Concealed Weapon Permits are not specific to a handgun type or model, and neither is our training course. Students will learn and demonstrate fundamentals when dealing with handguns in general and are allowed to use any handgun they choose. Rentals are available during the registration process for those that do not own a firearm. I have .22 caliber's, 9mm, .40 caliber, .45 ACP, and .45 Colt. Do not buy ammo for a specific rentals until availability is confirmed. During registration you can add comments during checkout to request a specific caliber.
NOTE: We prefer that you use the smallest caliber you have. Any handgun larger than .357 or .45 caliber must be pre-approved by your instructor. No magnum loads please. We can't have a student firing a Desert Eagle next to a student firing a .22!
Classroom Segment (Part 1 - 8 hours - 10am - 6pm)
- Pistol Parts and Operation
- Using a Pistol Safely
- Operating a Pistol
- Cleaning, Storing, and Transporting a Pistol
- Shooting Fundamentals
- Shooting Positions
- Written Exam, Grading, and Review
- Discussion concerning Colorado Revised Statute 18-12-Part 2
- Discussion concerning Use of Force
Range Segment (Part 2 - Scheduled in 1 hour blocks)
The Range Segment will consist of an evaluation course of 25 rounds at the 7 yd line. We will use the official NRA 25yd pistol target (1ft x 1ft) and you must score 150 out of a possible 250 points. You will not be required to qualify until you are ready! Students will be scheduled in 1 hour range blocks. We even have blocks of time where we try to steer our beginners (selected during the registration process). During these specific time slots the number of shooters is further limited for a more dedicated focus on the shooter. If at the end of the range session the shooter needs more time to obtain the skills to qualify, the student can return for additional range time with the instructor as needed. Instructors are very patient with students and will take the time necessary to ensure you can safely and effectively operate the firearm.
What to Bring
- Firearm - Not allowed in classroom. If you don't own a firearm you can rent one from the Instructor for a $15 fee (reserved and paid for during the registration process). I encourage students who want to purchase a firearms to wait until after the course. I can make recommendations based on your needs, and give you the pros and cons of different makes and models. I also encourage you to buy your ammunition (and handguns, if applicable) from the range when possible.
- Ammunition - You can bring your own or purchase it at the range facility. I recommend 150 rounds of ammunition. There is a 25 round qualification test, so the amount of ammunition to bring depends on how much you want to practice before hand.
- Hearing and Eye Protection - Preferred but not required. This is available from the range at no cost.
- Sack Lunch - There's not a dedicated lunch hour.
- Pen or Pencil for Notes\Exam