The NRA Basic Pistol provides a more comprehensive introduction to handguns than the First Steps Pistol course. Students will learn the basic operation of both revolvers and autoloaders through hands-on classroom exercises. The course culminates in one hour of shooting at a local range where students will fire a handgun in two different shooting positions under the supervision of an experienced instructor. The cost of this course is $150. The course fee covers all relevant course materials and use of an instructor provided pistol. Students are welcome to bring their personally owned firearms to the class, so long as they are UNLOADED, per NRA safety guidelines. The course fee does not cover the cost of student ammunition and range time. Courses are taught in Fairfax, Virginia. In-home, private instruction is available for $200.
This course satisfies the Virginia firearms safety training requirement for a concealed handgun permit and the Washington D.C. firearms training requirement for handgun ownership.