NRA HG 201 Basic Pistol 8 Hours:
This course conveys the knowledge, skills, and fundamentals to safely own, store, and enjoy your pistol. This course however goes far beyond the basic NRA curriculum. Whereas the NRA curriculum only requires a basic familiarization with the firearm in question, we work with you to ensure that you have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship and demonstrate safe firearm handling skills. Once basic marksmanship training is over, you have the opportunity to fire higher power pistols for familiarization and get instruction for your personal firearms.
Course Fee: $125.00
Location: Day one is an academic day held at various locations in Central Florida. Day two is held at Central Florida Rifle and Pistol.
Class length: Class starts at 9:00 AM ends between 1:30 and 2:30 PM depending on class size and student participation. Also please feel free to stay after and ask any questions.
Requirements: All materials, firearms, and ammunition are provided in the class. You are welcome to bring your own firearm.
Who Should Take This Class:
Individuals not yet owning a pistol will find this course an invaluable introduction to pistol ownership and use and should definitely consider this course. Also current pistol owners who either have never taken a formal course or feel the need for a refresher in safe gun handling or pistol skills will also find this course valuable. Corporate groups will find this a particularly appropriate course either as a service to their employees or as a group activity to provide a shared, fun experience fostering better teamwork.
Rules of Safe Firearms Handling:
All accidental injuries and deaths from negligent firearm discharges violate one or more of the rules of safe gun handling. Safe gun handling involves knowing the safe gun rules, developing a safety attitude, and integrating habitual safety awareness every time you pick up a firearm.
Safety is paramount and this is why it is the first segment taught. It doesn’t end here Instructors reinforce safety concepts throughout the course in order to help you “habitualize” firearm safety practices. Throughout the course students will be expected to practice safe firearm handling skills.
Pistol Construction and Design:
There are many different pistol designs on the market and each has its unique characteristics, function and design purpose. Understanding how the various designs function is crucial to safe firearm handling. This segment thus overviews the different designs of pistols, their common major components, and how each type of pistol functions. You will learn the function and features of revolvers, single action and double action semi-automatic pistols. Hands on practice with each pistol type is integral to this segment. At the end of this segment students will be expected to demonstrate the function of each type of pistol and how to “field break-down” each pistol type for cleaning.
Put the wrong type of ammunition in your firearm, pull the trigger and you just may be getting a very expensive ride to the emergency room. Familiarization with the various types of pistol ammunition is critical for safety and for effectiveness of the planned use of the cartridge. Even within the same size and caliber of ammunition one can find a wide variety of options for purchase and use. This segment overviews pistol cartridge design, components, calibers, types and uses. Shooters will occasionally experience malfunctions of pistol cartridges. Knowing how to recognize and handle these malfunctions is crucial for your safety. In this section instructors will teach you how to safely handle these malfunctions. At the end of this segment, you will be expected to select various ammunition boxes, match those boxes to appropriate firearms, and identify the components of a typical pistol cartridge and their uses.
Firearm Cleaning and Storage:
During the course of a range session, gunpowder residue builds up in nearly every nook and cranny of the firearm. Both copper plated and lead bullets leave deposits in the barrel. If the firearm is not cleaned, over subsequent range sessions these deposits not only begin to hamper the functionality of the firearm, in some firearms they can cause major malfunctions that can be dangerous to the shooter. Proper firearm maintenance is critical to ensure the continued accuracy and safety of your firearm. This segment overviews proper firearm cleaning materials and the proper procedure for cleaning a pistol. You will have an opportunity to clean a semi-automatic pistol under supervision. Once cleaned you will want to store your pistol so that only authorized users have access to both the pistol and ammunition. If you are using your pistol for self defense purposes, ready storage which accomplishes the same goals is required. Instructors will overview safe gun storage practices, tools, and equipment so you can make an intelligent choice in firearm storage options.
Pistol Sports and Activities:
If you are a current or future pistol owner why not have fun with it? Engaging in pistol sports not only helps maintain your comfort level with your firearm, it develops and maintains your proficiency with your firearm. There are a range of pistol activities for pistol owners to engage in from target shooting within the NRA Marksmanship Program, to competitive bullseye shooting, to combat pistol games. In this segment instructors will overview the available pistol activities and provide contact information for the various organizations and ranges sponsoring these activities. Atlanta is fortunate in having a number of ranges in the metro area supporting many of these shooting activities.
Firearm Selection Considerations:
If you don’t currently own a pistol, no doubt you are concerned regarding what type of pistol is appropriate for your purposes. Considerations of type, size, caliber, and magazine capacity all should figure into your selection process. In this segment instructors will overview the available firearms, and hopefully give you an accurate perspective on which type and size of firearm will be appropriate for your purposes.
The skills learned on class day will be put to practice on range day. you will receive individual attention as you learn to fire a 22 caliber target pistol. Your instructor will work with you until you are able to demonstrate proficiency in the fundamental skills in accurate pistol shooting. You will start out shooting at blank cardboard, concentrating on grip, sight picture, trigger squeeze and follow through. Once these are practiced a bullseye target will be introduced adding accuracy to the challenge. Finally, when all students have demonstrated basic proficiency with the 22 target pistol, you will have the opportunity to shoot pistols of various calibers to familiarize yourself with their characteristics.