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Why Take This Course?

Even if you have never held a handgun, you will be able to safely handle, shoot, clean, and store a semi-automatic pistol and revolver after you complete this course. If you are already familiar with handguns, the shooting skills section of this course can help you become a more accurate, faster handgun marksman.

After successfully completing this course, you will receive a certificate that you can use to apply for your Colorado Concealed Handgun permit.

This course is low-pressure, low-stress, and fun. It is very 'hands-on'. You can ask questions at any time! The class size is a maximum of four persons to ensure you get personalized, focused attention as your knowledge and skills grow. You will never be asked to do anything that you are uncomfortable doing. You learn at your pace.

Pistol with colored sights Everything is provided in this class. Guns, ammunition, cleaning supplies, and even eye and ear protection. You do not need to own a handgun to take this course. In fact, this class teaches you how to choose your first handgun! Both semi-automatic and revolver-type handguns are available for use while you are taking the class. If you already own a handgun, you are welcome to use it both in the classroom and during the range session.

Please Note: Absolutely NO live ammunition is allowed in the classroom at any time.

Focus on the front sightCourse Description

The NRA Basic Pistol class teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course is taught in two parts. Phase one is completed online at the student's own pace. Once the online portion is completed, a classroom and range session is scheduled with an instructor.

Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development.

Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook when they register for the Phase I course at

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be presented with a certificate that can be used to apply for your Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit.

Prerequisites - NRA Basic Pistol

Although there are no pre-requisites or age restrictions for the course, a general minimum age suggestion would be 12 years old. This may vary significantly depending upon the specific student's maturity level and attention span.

If This Class is for You...

Visit the class schedule page to see when the next NRA Basic Pistol class is being offered. Please note that class size is limited to four persons and can fill up quickly.

Once you have completed this class, those persons planning on carrying a concealed handgun are advised to receive additional training. The PerSec USA class providing this training called Defensive Pistol. Click here for more information on this fast-paced class covering the essentials of carrying a concealed handgun in Colorado.


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