NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

NRA Certified Course

Course Introduction

There is more to shooting a pistol or revolver than just picking up the gun and pulling the trigger. The Basics of Pistol Shooting course prepares students to own and/or use a pistol or revolver safely by introducing the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Dan teaching basic pistol
Dan Teaching Basic Pistol

Course Description

The course is taught over two sessions, a classroom session and a range session.

Topics covered in the classroom session are:

  1. Safety aspects of using and handling a handgun
  2. Parts of a pistol and a revolver
  3. Different types of handguns
  4. Components of a cartridge
  5. Malfunctions
  6. Fundamentals of handgun shooting
  7. Range commands
  8. Shooting positions
  9. Cleaning and care of a pistol
  10. What to consider when purchasing a gun

During this session, Attorney Ric Morgan supplements the curriculum with an in-depth explanation of the current local, state, and federal firearms laws. The legal information is not part of the course exam.

Ric Teaching Gun Laws
Ric Teaching Gun Laws

The course wrap-up is a range session which requires a one to two hour time commitment and is completed at a safe, established shooting range. Using live-fire exercises, students will practice the basic shooting fundamentals they learned during the classroom session.

Course Requirements

Students must be legally eligible to own and use firearms. Minor students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Certification Requirements

Passing score on written exam (multiple choice and TF) and demonstration of safe gun handling practices.

Certification in this course satisfies the training requirements for a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit.


The cost of this course is $150 (Includes all student materials and range fees but does not cover the cost of ammunition.)