The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course
Cost: $250

The best way to learn the foundations of shooting from the top firearms training organization in the world!

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About the NRA Basic Pistol course

Imagine learning the basics of handgun safety and marksmanship in a safe, relaxed, and enjoyable atmosphere! This 8 hour course consists of various lectures, hands on exercises, a short quiz and a shooting qualification.

Held at Philly Firearms Academy and led by NRA Certified Instructors and Certified Range Safety Officers this course will teach you the skills to handle any handgun properly, confidently and safely. Once completed, you immediately receive your Basics of Pistol Shooting course completion certificate but most importantly, you learn the skills to handle any handgun properly, confidently and safely and shoot it more accurately than you ever thought possible!

What you'll Learn

  • Fundamental Gun Safety Rules
  • Types of Pistols
  • Understanding a Revolver & a Semi-Automatic Pistol
  • Ammunition
  • The Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Shooting Positions
  • Pistol Shooting Errors
  • Clearing Pistol Stoppages
  • Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Selecting Pistols, Ammunition & Accessories
  • Maintaining Your Skills

The Basic Pistol Course the Philly Firearms Academy way

Our NRA Basic Pistol Course is given in a safe, relaxed, and friendly atmosphere the goal of which is to give our students a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of shooting and core firearms safety skills. We also verify your familiarization with the your handgun of choice if you own one, along with the necessary skills to properly handle, shoot, transport, store, and clean any revolver or semi-automatic pistol through practical hands on exercises.

Our approach is like no other, as we gear our courses to the new shooter that is interested in personal and home protection and encourage our students to explore concealed carry and obtaining their concealed carry permits. We include not only the proven NRA content but also include additional information on firearms laws and use of force so that you know when you can shoot and more importantly, when you can’t.

During the course we review your familiarization with the parts and operation of both revolvers and semi-automatic handguns, handgun and revolver action types, the fundamentals of shooting, core firearms safety skills and safe gun handling practices, and culminates with the NRA Basic Pistol Certification, which serves as formal proof and is the "gold standard" of firearms safety training and recognized as such around the country.

In the event you do own a firearm and wish to use it to qualify during the qualification portion of the course, then you should bring your firearm along with 50 rounds of range ammunition. If you don't own a firearm, both the firearm and the ammunition required to qualify will be provided AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.

Registering & Paying for the Basic Pistol Course

The complete cost of the the course is $250 which includes student textbook and learning materials, ammunition, targets and associated range fees and ongoing support through our Philly Firearms Academy's extensive network of firearms professionals and services.

Registration couldn't be easier, just use our online registration form or visit Philly Firearms Academy and we'll be happy to help you get the process started.

Need To Know More?

For questions regarding the NRA Basic Pistol Course course, or if you need help registering, feel free to contact us directly at 215-765-SAFE (7233) or via email at

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