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NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting

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No live-ammunition in the classroom! – NO EXCEPTIONS

Note: Please bring proof of purchase with you to the class.

This course satisfies the 8 hours of prior firearms safety training required for the Illinois Concealed Carry Firearm License (CCFL) application.

Course Description: The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course is designed to meet the basic handgun shooting needs of all individuals regardless of gun ownership status, previous shooting experience or level of NRA-affiliation. This course is an excellent starting point for the new or soon-to-be handgun owners, applicants for concealed carry weapon permits or the seasoned shooter looking to become a more proficient handgun shooter. The course utilizes an objective based curriculum, which moves from the simple topics to the complex incrementally throughout the course. This course is the first course in the NRA’s Personal Protection Series of handgun shooting courses.

Watch this video to see the live-fire shooting qualification students take on the final day of the course.–ddr5o–ddr5o

Note: This course is a pre-requisite for all other courses in the NRA Personal Protection Series. This course also satisfies the 8 hours of prior firearms safety training required for the Illinois Concealed Firearms License application.

Classes must be purchased individually for each student, as certificates of completion will be issued in each person’s name. When more than one student will be attending please purchase each class in a separate transaction . 



  Course Title: Basics of Pistol Shooting Course Course Description: This course is an excellent starting point for the new handgun owner or the soon-to-be handgun owner, those applying for a concealed carry weapons permit or the seasoned shooter looking to become a more proficient handgun shooter. Students will get intensive lessons in gun safety, types of handgun actions, the  fundamentals of handgun marksmanship, handgun selection/purchasing criteria, basics of cleaning/lubrication and care of a handgun, and safe handgun and ammunition storage options. This course satisfies the 8 hours of prior firearms safety training required for the Illinois Concealed Carry Firearm License (CCFL) application. NoteThis course is the pre-requisite for the NRA Personal Protection In The Home course. Registration Fee: $124.95/student (fee is transferable to future course dates, but not refundable) Note: Please bring Proof of Purchase to the class (paper receipt or electronic copy required) Course Goal: To teach students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning, using and caring for a handgun safely. Lesson Topics: Lesson 1 – Handgun Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling; Lesson 2 – Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Handgun Shooting; Lesson 3 – Various Shooting Positions and Handgun Shooting Qualification Exercise; Lesson 4 – Scoring Targets, Selecting a Handgun for Purchase and How to Maintain, Inspect and Clean a Handgun; and Lesson 5 – Opportunities for Continuing Education, Training and Skill Development. Course Length: 8 hours (minimum length), this course is presented in ONE sessions during summer months. Saturday from 8am to 5pm. Course Prerequisites: Please bring a positive attitude toward learning, firearm safety and a willingness to participate in course exercises. The course material is easily understood by all adults regardless of their level of shooting experience (including students with no shooting experience) and mature minors age 14 years old and older who are accompanied by an adult, parent or legal guardian who is age 21 years old or older. Additional Information: The following items are included at no additional cost in the registration fee: student handouts ($12.50/ea.), indoor shooting range fee ($15.00/ea.) and targets ($1.50/ea.) Required Materials, Equipment and Supplies:

  1. Please wear appropriate shooting range clothing:
  • Wear Long Pants: Blue jeans are recommended;
  • Wear Closed-toe Shoes: Boots or tennis shoes are recommended;
  • Wear Crew-Neck Shirts: Avoid low-cut tops or V-neck shirts;
  1. If bringing your own Handgun it must be modern, clean, lubricated and serviceable in all respects. All handguns will be subjected to a safe-to-fire inspection by the course instructor prior to use in this course.

Note: All handguns must be unloaded, actions open and cased prior to entering the facility.

  1. (100) Cartridges of the correct ammunition for the handgun to be used during the course – correct caliber and pressure rating. All ammunition must be in the original manufacturing packaging/box (NO hand re-loaded ammunition). Although students are encouraged to bring their own ammunition, Davenport Guns does offers handgun ammunition for sale (approximately $15.00/box of 50 cartridges).

Note: Those renting a handgun must purchase ammunition from Davenport Guns.

  1. (1 set) Eye and Hearing Protection. Although students are encouraged to bring their own personal protective equipment, Davenport Guns does offers eye and ear protection for sale.

No live-ammunition in the classroom!  – NO EXCEPTIONS Course dates, times and price are subject to change without additional notice.

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June 13, 9am-5pm, June 20, 9am-5pm, August 1, 9am-5pm, August 29, 9am-5pm

1 review for NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting

  1. 20liberty20 (verified owner)

    My son and I had a great NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting day with a great instructor! I would highly recommend the pistol basics shooting class with Mr. Doug Button. In addition to fulfilling the class requirements our instructor brought in many different firearms that we were able to handle and learn our way around each firearm prior to shooting. We felt comfortable because of the additional training which helped us transition to the firing range nicely. My son and I learned so much during training. We are looking forward to our next class with Mr. Button. Thank you Doug and Davenport Guns for a great experience!

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