NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Course

NRA-InstrutormdThis course is at least 10 hours long (16 hours with Basic Instructor Training) and includes classroom and range time learning how to teach shooting revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Instructor Candidates learn how to teach NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, Instructor Manual, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Instructor Shooting Examination, and course completion certificate.

To qualify as an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor:

  • You must take and pass the student level course at the NRA Online Training website and obtain a Key for this class ~ this will cost $60 payable to the NRA. Visit
  • Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.
  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.
  • Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.  
  • Pass the Pistol Prequalification shooting qualification Pistol PreQual.pdf which we will do during class.
  • Fill out the PreCourse-Questionnaire.pdf

PLEASE NOTE: Certs are issued by the NRA training department, therefore there is also additional certification and processing fees payable to the NRA.

Please download and read our Liability_Waiver.pdf

What you will need for this class:

  • Semiautomatic hand gun or revolver
  • 200 Rounds of Factory Ammunition - no reloads
  • Eye & Ear protection
  • Note pad & pen
  • A Positive Attitude


May 20, 2017 - 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
May 21, 2017 - 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Cost $300 - Includes Basic Instructor Training

Defensive Strategies, LLC
27 Lowell Street ~ Suite 207
Manchester, NH 03101

Please remember NRA Instructor Courses are performance based courses, Instructor Candidates must possess the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for this level of training. You do not pay and automatically pass Instructor training. You pay to have the opportunity to pass.

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