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NRA Basic Pistol Class

GMM Defense - Instructor Guy Miner

Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

NRA Basic Pistol Class

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If you have little or no handgun shooting experience, this is the course for you! GMM Defense has had complete novices start the class expressing concern, even fear of the pistol.

By the end of the course, they were safely and confidently handling the pistol, hitting the target, and… actually having fun shooting! That’s a long way to go in eight hours. Appropriate pistols are revolvers or semi-automatic pistols in .22 or larger. Guy recommends that you bring the pistol you will rely on. Lighter recoiling pistols are better for learning pistol skills.

The NRA Basic Pistol Class teaches the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. Class is appropriate for those 12-years of age and older when accompanied by a Guardian.

With at least 8-hours of course work including both classroom and range time, Students will learn to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students are instructed on NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.


  • Come with a good attitude, ready to learn
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check, legal to possess a firearm


  • Tuition Cost: $ 85 ($37.50 for those under 18 years old*)
  • Classroom Hours: ~5; Range Hours: ~3
  • Days: 1 @ ~8 hours per day
  • Range Fee Included: Yes 
  • Ammo (Rounds/Caliber): 50 rounds minimum; 1 or 2 magazines is sufficient
  • Appropriate weapons include: 9mm, .40, .45, .380, .38 special and the .22 rimfire
  • Students will need to provide their own double action revolver or semi-auto pistol. A ball cap, eye protection and ear protection is also required. Water and non-disruptive snacks are suggested.
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GMM Defense - Instructor Guy Miner

From basic safe weapon handling to advanced defense skills, home and personal safety and much more, GMM Defense offers classes to suit everyone’s skill-set and is taught in a manner that is appropriate for each students comfort level.

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