NRA Basic Pistol Shooting

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting


Must be 18 years old to take this course. Photo ID will be required of all participants.

Tuition Includes:

Introductory price of $99 includes

  • Course tuition
  • All materials
  • Use of firearm, safety glasses, and ear protection
  • Up to 50 rounds of ammunition (at instructor's discretion)

Tuition may be paid by cash or credit card (through paypal). Sorry, checks are not accepted for this course.

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Course Information

Students may NOT bring their own firearm to the classroom portion.

Students may bring their own firearm to the range portion subject to the following conditions:

  • Students will bring the unloaded firearm in a separate container (not carried on person)
  • Firearm will be checked in upon arrival to ensure it is unloaded and made safe
  • Students wishing to use their own firearm for range practice must supply their own ammunition
  • Range portion is outside so students are advised to dress for the weather

Students may shoot additional rounds if time permits but ammunition cost is the responsibility of the student.


This course is taught by an NRA instructor and complies with NRA standards and all applicable laws. Students who complete this course will be prepared to take the exam for the RI "blue card."


Students will receive

  • NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook
  • NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure
  • Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet
  • The Basic Pistol Shooting Student Examination
  • A course completion certificate


Matt Lavoie, Primary Instructor

  • NRA Instructor

Russ Dufresne, Assistant Instructor, Safety Officer

  • Rifleman, Squad Leader, Scout/Sniper Team Leader, 3rd Battalion, 2d Marines (ret.)
  • Member: Marine Scout Sniper Association
  • Emergency Nurse, Nurse Practioner

Bill Howe, Assistant Instructor, Course Coordinator

  • Former Combat Medical Specialist, U.S. Army, Expert Marksman
  • Nationally Registered Paramedic, RI EMS Instructor-Coordinator

Grading Attendance and Other Policies

NRA completion certificate is awarded for attendance at both sessions.

Course Format

Classroom Portion (about 4 hours)

  • Basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely
  • NRA's rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, and range rules
  • How to handle and shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols
  • How to select, maintain, and safely store pistols

Range Portion (about 4 hours)

  • Students will take the Basic Pistol Shooting Student Examination (50 questions)
  • Students who bring their own firearm will learn how to break down and clean their own gun
  • How to shoot from the bench rest and two-handed standing positions (protective eyewear and ear protection provided but students may use their own if preferred)
  • How to get continued opportunities for skill development

Distributive Learning and Assignments

There are no distributive learning assignments but students are asked to read all materials prior to the examination during the range session.

Location and Times

Classroom Portion

  • Location:  175 Metro Center Blvd in Warwick, RI
  • Date/Times: Tuesday April 22, 6pm

Range Portion

  • Location:  One of two RI ranges we have affiliation with
  • Date/Times: Wednesday April 23, 6pm