Course:  NRA Basic Pistol

- Ladies only classes, family classes, or private classes available - (At Rainbow Gun Range, Fallbrook, CA)


This class includes your certification in the NRA Basic Pistol class and you will receive a certificate of complettion. The total cost of the 2-part class is $160. Please see info below:

Short Description: 


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.


More Details: 


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. 

During the instructor-led-training portion of the course, an NRA Certified Instructor will validate comprehension and application of gun safety rules; range protocol; proper handling; loading and unloading procedures; application of pistol shooting fundamentals; stable shooting positions; live fire; and a final shooting qualification.


* Note: This course replaces the older version (before April of 2016) of the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course.

Who is this class for? 

  • First-time shooters and “rusty” experienced shooters who want to re-sharpen their pistol skills

  • Women who want to learn the basics of how to load and shoot a gun, just in case...

  • Anyone who wants to learn to shoot!


The BASIC Handgun Class is taken in 2 parts - Classroom (online), and hands on at the range


Classroom Portion:


*NEW: This portion of the class is done all online from the comfort of your own home - at your pace. The lessons include:


Safety Rules, Shooting Fundamentals (Hand/Eye Dominance, Grip, Stance, Aim), Mechanisms and Operation (Components, Semiautomatic vs. Revolver, Single Action vs. Double Action), Malfunctions


  • Age Requirements:  Minimum age is 18  -  Cost:  $60


Live-Fire Range Portion includes:


Grip, Stance, Aim, and Trigger Control; Magazine Change Drill; Sight Acquisition; Clearing Malfunctions; and more.


Firearm, Equipment and Ammo Requirements: 


Bring your own pistol (semi-auto or revolver) and 2 magazines minimum or use one of ours (we have a variety to help you choose what works best for you!)


  • The weapon must be fully functional, have all factory-installed safety devices intact, and have no dangerous modifications (such as a “hair” trigger less than 4 pounds, removed trigger guard, etc.)

  • “Pocket Pistols” / derringers are not allowed due to their very small size and difficulty of use.

  • No holster required

  • Over-the-ear hearing protection is mandatory (available on loan at range)

  • Wrap around impact resistant eye protection, preferably clear lenses, or prescription glasses are acceptable. (available on loan at the range)

  • High neckline shirt (low neckline shirts tend to catch HOT brass & funnel it onto the skin/chest). Pants or shorts are fine, closed toe shoes (no open-toed shoes, no flip flops, short heeled shoes ok)

  • 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition is included in the price of tuition.

  • Age Requirements:  Minimum age is 18   -   Cost:  $100     *Limited to 4 Students*


Can’t make our next class? Contact Joy to schedule your own class.