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NRA Basic Pistol Course


The NRA Basic Pistol Course is new to the course schedule for the 2019 year and will be offered quarterly through Sportsman Inc in association with 1st Defense Training LLC.  Please continue reading for more information on the course and what is required of you. To see what dates are available, please check out our calendar or call us at (803) 366-3466! To sign up for the course, you must visit Sportsman Inc in person, present a valid state issued driver’s license or identification card and pay for the course in advance.  The class works on a first come, first serve basis and seats will not be reserved until the money due is paid.

The NRA Basic Pistol Course will familiarize you with the correct operation and maintenance of semi-automatic pistols and revolvers, along with teaching you how to handle and shoot them safely. The course is perfect for the new handgun owner and serves as an introductory skills course for other more advanced defensive or competitive handgun courses. The core basics of pistol marksmanship are the lifelong building blocks for many other hunting or pistol shooting sports. The ultimate goal of the Basic Pistol course is to teach the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely.

Any person of good character who is not legally disqualified from possessing a handgun in the U.S. can attend this class. All persons of less than 21 years of age may only take this course with their parent or with an adult guardian.

Our team of NRA Certified Pistol Instructors will teach this approximately 8 hour course. Depending on the class size and ability, the instructors may adjust lesson time to assure sufficient repetitions to develop skills.


  1. Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
  2. Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamental of Safe Pistol Operations
  3. Fundamentals of Pistol Marksmanship
  4. Proper Cleaning and Storage of all types of Handguns
  5. Firing the First Shots
  6. Pistol Sports and related activities along with advice on selection of a pistol

This 8 plus hours course combines classroom and live fire range time with up to 50 rounds fired. 1st Defense Training provides all targets and needed documentation along with the NRA course materials.

Prerequisites: You do not need to own or bring a handgun to attend this NRA class. All persons of less than 21 years of age may only take this course with their parent or with an adult guardian.

If you wish to bring your own handgun, please contact 1st Defense Training for the requirements and legal transport restrictions of your handgun. 1st Defense Training will provide eye and hearing protection for all students involved in the course.

This NRA Basic Pistol class is an 8 plus hour course with a fee of $85.00.

If you have any further questions or concerns, you may contact Sportsman Inc at (803) 366-3466 or visit the 1st Defense Training website at http: