NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting


  • Registration/Admin
  • Teach Gun Safety Rules
  • Teach Proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols
  • Teach Ammunition knowledge and selection
  • Teach Pistol Selection and storage
  • Teach Shooting fundamentals
  • Teach Pistol inspection and maintenance
  • Teach Marksmanship and shooting
  • Teach Range safety
  • Qualify – Instructor level live-fire training
  • Course Completion and certification


This 10-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching NRA’s Basic Pistol Shooting course.

Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a prerequisite for certification as an NRA instructor. Prior to the instructor training, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises.

Description: The course is presented in two parts: basic instructor training, and discipline-specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Pistol Shooting Instructor Candidate Packet, and NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course student packet.