NRA Basic Pistol Shooting

The NRA Basic Pistol shooting course is a good choice for someone that has a pistol and shoots it very rarely and may, like most of us do, have developed some bad habits along the way.  It's also a good choice for anyone thinking of eventually getting an Illinois Concealed carry permit, since it counts for 8 hours of the required 16 hours of training. 

In two sessions over two days you'll learn the correct grip and stance for both revolvers and semi-automatics, stance and trigger discipline as well as loading and unloading and basic maintenance for your firearm. Finally we'll spend some time at the shooting range focusing on your overall technique and help you correct anything that keeps you from shooting a consistent group.

Who should take the Basic Pistol Shooting Course?

  • You have some experience but would like to improve your technique
  • You are considering getting a concealed carry permit
  • You have a new firearm that you're not familiar with
  • You inherited a firearm and aren't sure what to do with it 
  • You're thinking of buying a gun and want to learn a little more before choosing one
  • You are thinking about getting a firearm for home defense
  • You want to learn about firearms
Students with physical limitations and disabilities are welcome, please contact us at for any special needs you may have.

The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course includes:

  • Learn about both revolver and semi-automatic pistols; safe handling, marksmanship, cleaning and basic maintenance
  • Course covers the basics of ammunition and proper choices for different applications
  • There's always an emphasis on safety and marksmanship for the entire course, no ammunition allowed in the classroom
  • The course involves "Total Participant Involvement", you'll learn by doing under carefully supervised safe conditions
  • Learn proper grip for both revolver and semi-automatic, stance, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger discipline         and corrections
  • Practice with the SIRT Laser Training system
  • Scoring targets and how to choose the right firearm for specific applications
  • Rental guns are available at the range or from Shooting Safe for use in the Basic Pistol Shooting course
  • Small instructor to student ratio, one-to-one on the range
  • Safe storage options for homes with or without children
  • Master the four basic firearm safety rules
  • Understand the basic Illinois laws regarding firearm storage, transportation
  • Requirements: Valid Illinois FOID* card, First Steps course or some firearms experience                                                                      *FOID Card required by Illinois to own or handle a gun or ammunition
  • Course Completion: Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.


NRA Basic Pistol Shooting - 8-10 Hour Total Course over 2 days - 8-9 hours classroom, 1-2 hours on the range - $100 per person

(Plus range fees, eye and hearing protection rental - if you don't have your own - and 2 boxes of factory ammunition for each gun you train with, no reloads.)

A current Illinois FOID card is required for all courses.  Application forms are available online at: from the Illinois State Police website.

Note: This course will qualify for 8 hours toward the required 16 hours of required training for an Illinois Concealed Carry permit.