Pistol Shooting

NRA Basic Pistol Phase 2

NRA Basic Pistol Phase 2

Our NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course – Phase 2 can only be attended after completing the online Phase 1 portion FOUND HERE. This course also fulfills the requirement for applying for/keeping a pistol permit (CCW) in the NY counties of Cortland, Lewis, Putnam, or Steuben. As well, it fulfills Florida’s Acceptable Training and Arizona’s requirement for proficiency. This course is also good for applying for a pistol permit in the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts for Class A LTC’s.

You can register for this course on the BASIC PAGE by filling out the form at the bottom of the page. This course is only $110. To pay for this course please visit the PAYMENT PAGE.

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A pistol, or handgun, is a firearm designed to be fired while being held in one hand. While such firearms are small and compact, they can be the hardest to learn. With this course the students will receive the NRA’s The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, the various types of pistols, the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, various pistol firing positions, several practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of pistol sports and activities.

The Basic Pistol course phase 2 live-fire course is five-hours long.

Course Goal
“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.”

Required Ammunition
200 rounds


  1. Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
  2. Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  3. Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
  4. Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
  5. Pistol Sports and Activities

You must successfully complete the online Phase 1 part of this course prior to attending Phase 2. The online course can be found here https://onlinetraining.nra.org/online-courses/nra-basics-of-pistol-shooting-course/.

Course Completion
Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of Phase 2.