NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting - Phase 2

Course Price: $85.00
Course Times: Approx 5 hours
Course Designer: Dave Jenkins, NRA Certified Instructor and Appointed Training Counselor

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is a two-part course consisting of an e-learning portion (completed online-in your own timeframe) and a hands-on practical portion conducted at a range under the guidance and supervision of an NRA-Certified Instructor. The course is intended for all adults regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation.

Some of the topics in the course include: gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, selecting and storing a pistol, the fundamentals of shooting, and pistol inspection and maintenance. When you enroll in the online course, you create a personal identification number (PIN). When you successfully complete the course, printing your certificate activates that PIN. The activated PIN allows you to register for the instructor-led training portion of the course. Go to – Find a Course Near You – select NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting – and search.

This course is taught by competent, fully certified, experienced instructors who love their work. They all know the importance of starting out right; and they all want to help you build a solid foundation so that you will be able to fully enjoy the shooting sports for a long time.

Our instructors don’t stop learning once they’ve become certified. Every RPD, LLC instructor goes through a comprehensive training program in order to be a more confident and effective instructor. We train beyond just a basic certification so that YOU get the best training possible! Come see why the instructors for Rochester Personal Defense, LLC are the best in the area!

Also see this course if you want another approach:


Subjects Covered:

  • Safety Rules and proper mindset
  • Operation of both Revolvers and Semi-automatic handguns
  • Ammunition knowledge and selection
  • Selecting a handgun
  • Safe storage of handguns
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Shooting Fundamentals

This is a basic fundamental shooting class. You do not need a holster for this class.

Required Equipment:

For this class, you will need the following items:

  • A valid New York State Pistol Permit (unless a waiver is granted)
  • A working and reliable revolver or semi-auto-UNLOADED AND CASED.
  • Do not bring your gun in a holster. It must be in a case.
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear
  • A cleaning kit
  • A notebook and pen
  • Water and quiet snacks
  • A lunch if applicable



If you have any questions about any of the items from the list above, please contact us.


Frequently Asked Questions



Hi Dave, Just wanted to let you know the only reason I signed up for the class was to be able to take the Utah/Florida Non Resident Carry Class. Denis and Matt were very nice, friendly and made the class go by quick. I've been shooting for about a year and though I enjoy it, I was always frustrated after shooting because I was not able to hit the target 50 feet away on a regular basis. Denis pointed out to me that my trigger finger was going further than it needed to on the trigger. When the class was done, I left getting the certificate I needed to take my next class. Not once did I think I would be able to shoot better than I did before I took the class. Well, today I went out shooting and I was able to consistently hit the target 50 feet away with my Ruger LCP, Ruger SR9c and my Glock 23. Also, I was able to hit the bulls eye on each of the targets I put up. All by adjusting my trigger finger like Denis instructed me to. Although I'm not going to win Top Shot anytime soon, I'm very thankful to the instructors for making my shooting experience better. Defensive Pistol Skills 101 will be next for me. Thanks and See you guys soon! Julio

- - Rochester, NY

Mr. Scott,

Thank you for your patience with my wife and me yesterday. It was a struggle for us (and you too), but we felt it necessary that we take training.

We left the session with two things:
1. the small beginnings of confidence
2. a *full *understanding that we need to practice and sharpen our focus to develop the safe habits you teach and use. We intend to do so.

Heartfelt thanks again for your patience, your extra help, your advice on different target pistols, and your assistance all day.

- Steve Murphy - ,

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