NRA Basic Pistol

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is intended for everyone regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation and is available for delivery in two ways. One option is the traditional, instructor-led course taught by Tom Fenton, where you will receive direct instruction from beginning to end.

The other option has two components: a self-study or “eLearning module” which is completed online in your own timeframe followed by a hands-on practical portion conducted in a classroom and shooting range with the instructor.


Blended Training

The blended training format provides students the flexibility to complete a significant portion of the course in an eLearning environment, prior to arriving for the classroom and range session with the NRA certified instructor. When you register for the blended course, you’ll create a unique username and password. The instructor will provide you with a Course Control Code and directions to complete the self-study portion of the course prior to class date.

Instructor Led Only Training

The Instructor Led Only takes place in a traditional classroom and range environment. This course may be completed in a single day format or over several days with smaller blocks of instruction. To sign up for the Instructor Led Only contact Tom Fenton using the information listed below.

Course topics include: gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, pistol selection and storage, shooting fundamentals, pistol inspection and maintenance, marksmanship, and shooting range safety. Additionally, students will complete live fire training and a nationally standardized shooting qualification while on the range with the certified instructor. Students will receive the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate bearing the signature of the NRA Secretary and your NRA Certified Instructor.

Important note:  An NRA certified course may be a required prerequisite for more advanced courses.

The cost of this course is $200 and it is offered by arrangement only. Please contact Tom at 915.637-5442

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Non-certified course offerings

Tom Fenton offers non-certified courses for beginners and for people with some shooting experience who want to brush up their skills with coaching from a certified pistol instructor. In this course Tom covers the highlights of the NRA certified course tailoring it to the needs and time available of individual students.

Pricing: Please call for pricing.
Tom Fenton
Cell and text: 915.637-5442