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
*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.
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.
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.
- 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: