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NRA Pistol Instructor Class

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Strategic Outfitters Firearm Training Center

34646 Rust Road

Eustis, FL 32736

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Day 1: 8 AM - 6 PM
Day 2: 8 AM - 7 PM

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

The course is presented in two parts: Basic Instructor Training (BIT), and discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises.

The first day is the NRA's Basic Instructor Training (BIT). This segment covers:

  • The Instructor and the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program

  • Using a Training Team

  • Training Materials and Training Aids

  • Organizing Your Course

  • Preparing to Teach

The second day is the NRA Discipline-Specific Instructor Training, Pistol Instructor. This segment covers:

  • Introduction to NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Phase II Lesson Plans

  • Teaching Pistol Exercise I: Firearm and Range Safety Review

  • Teaching Pistol Exercise II: Fundamentals

  • Basic Pistol Shooting Instructional Method

  • Teaching Pistol Exercise III: Loading, Cocking, De-cocking, Unloading,

    and Pistol Maintenance

  • Teaching Pistol Exercise IV: Shooting Positions and Shooting


  • Evaluating and Improving Performance of Beginning Pistol Shooters

  • Using Appendix D and E: NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course

  • Evaluation and Performance Requirements Checklist and Pistol Instructor

  • Examination and Course Conclusion

Each of the two segments has an open book examination that requires a score of 90% or above.

We have a blog post that goes into more detail of what to expect and we strongly suggest you read it.

These are small, intimate classes taught by a husband and wife team—both former law enforcement officers, mature professionals with substantial firearms experience. Classes are conducted at our dedicated training facility with onsite range. Maximum of 10 students. Please take a look at our website for much more information about us and our philosophy: website and Facebook.

NRA Training Counselor Doug Rehman is a retired Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent, a Professor at Valencia College, an NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, and has been teaching for over 25 years. To ensure a comfortable and safe training experience, we built a facility, making Doug the only Training Counselor in Central Florida that owns a dedicated training facility (classrooms, onsite range, Pro Shop w/ FFL). We have two decades of experience in building and operating multiple successful small businesses in both the service and retail sectors—experience we pass along to our students. We believe in a mentoring relationship that doesn’t end when the class is over.

Our Training Center is located just minutes from Downtown Eustis and Downtown Mount Dora. There are many hotels and B&Bs nearby. You can compare them, including pricing and ratings, here.

To become a successful NRA Instructor requires more than just knowing how to teach the class. Before you sign up for a class with any Training Counselor or Instructor, including us, we strongly advise you to check them out. We have a blog post that explains many of the issues you should understand when selecting a Training Counselor so that you get the best possible training for your training dollar.

If cost is your only criteria for choosing a Training Counselor, you will find many others that are cheaper. However, if you are seeking the best value in training, we believe that you'll find it with us.

Strategic Outfitters Classroom

You will need to bring:

  • Revolver or semi-auto pistol with 200 rounds (leave it in your vehicle)

    ***Reloads are NOT allowed***

  • Hearing and eye protection

  • Baseball cap

  • Pen/pencil and paper for note taking

  • Yellow highlighter

  • Basics of Pistol Shooting Student book you received in your Basic Pistol student class

***Low cut shirts and open-toe footwear (sandals, flip-flops, etc.) are NOT permitted.***

***This is not a class for beginning shooters. Before signing up, you should be an experienced shooter and capable of passing ALL elements of the Pre-Course Qualification***

***Before taking this class, you must have already taken and passed the student NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting.***

***While NRA membership is not required to be an NRA Certified Instructor, we strongly recommend it. As an NRA Certified Instructor, first and foremost, you should support the organization that provides your certification by being a member. Second, supporting the NRA through your membership is the most effective means of supporting the Second Amendment. Third, if you are not a member of the NRA, your Instructor credentials will be delayed by a couple of weeks while a non-member number is generated for you; NRA members will typically be credentialed within a day or two. You can use this link to join or renew at a 25% discount. for a single year (the 5 year and Life are even greater discounts). If your primary interest is the defensive use of firearms, we strongly recommend selecting "Shooting Illustrated" as your magazine choice. If you're not a member, but plan to join, do so immediately to ensure you get a member number assigned before the class.***

Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association has been to provide education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Knowing how to shoot is an important requirement for NRA Instructors, but you will also need to know how to teach others to shoot. NRA Instructor Training Courses help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.

To qualify as an NRA Instructor:

  • Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline for which they wish to be certified.

  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearm handling skills required to be successful during an Instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

  • Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.

NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the course candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures; basic public speaking skills; training methodology; use of a training team and training aids; organizing a course, building a budget; and finally preparing to teach. In addition, candidates will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets. Role-playing is a major part of an Instructor course; therefore, the minimum class size should be at least four candidates, with 10-12 candidates being ideal. Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.

Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors. Training Counselors are active and experienced Instructors who have been certified by the NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot. Training Counselors will evaluate candidates' performance based on their ability to handle the firearms with confidence, use of appropriate training aids, following the lesson plans and meeting all learning objectives, while utilizing the teaching philosophies expected of NRA Certified Instructors. Candidates can also expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters.

General Information:

  • Due to Federal Regulations, you MUST be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident (Green Card holder) to attend the class.

  • You must not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm. The ATF form 4473 lists those prohibitions. (If you answer "yes" to any of the following, YOU ARE PROHIBITED: 11b-i, 12b.) If you have a state ID allowing for the purchase/use of marijuana, YOU ARE PROHIBITED.

  • Attending the class is not a guarantee of becoming an NRA Instructor. To become an NRA Instructor, you must participate fully in the class, show proper firearm safety throughout the class, possess the shooting skills necessary to pass the Instructor qualification, and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to teach NRA classes.

  • All students will be required to sign a liability waiver at the beginning of the class.

  • You must be at least 21 years old to be an NRA Certified Instructor. Candidates 18 and older can be credentialed as Assistant Instructors. Youth 13-17 years of age with the necessary emotional maturity can be credentialed as Apprentice Instructors. Assistant and Apprentice Instructors assist Certified Instructors in conducting training classes. Anyone 13-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the class, whether the parent is taking the class or not.

  • There are two written exams, each requiring obtaining a grade of 90% or above to become a Certified Instructor. Assistant and Apprentice Instructors must achieve a minimum of 85% on the two examinations. The tests are open-book, allowing for the use of your notes and class materials. The first test is at the end of the first day and covers Basic Instructor Training (BIT). The second test is at the end of the second day and covers knowledge required to teach students the Basics of Pistol Shooting class.

  • The NRA requires a minimum of four Instructor Candidates in an instructor class. In the unlikely event that the minimum number of students is not reached by a week prior to the class, you will have the option of receiving a full refund or transferring your registration to another class and receiving a 10% discount. As soon as the minimum is reached, we'll notify students registered for the class. In the event that one or more students fail to show up for a class that had met the minimum, we have ways of accommodating that—the class will proceed.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the class?

You must be at least 13 years old and will be required to present your valid driver's license or government issued ID card. Anyone 13-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the class, whether the parent is taking the class or not. Absolutely no children are permitted at the facility.

Can I record the class?

No audio or video recording is allowed.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

email: contactus@strategicoutfitters.com (preferred)
phone: 352-552-0040

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Should you be unable to attend the class session you signed up for, please see the refund policy below. Your ticket cannot be transferred to anyone else.

Can I update my registration information?

Should you need to update your registration information, contact us at:

email: contactus@strategicoutfitters.com (preferred)
phone: 352-552-0040

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds. If you are unable to attend the class session you have signed up for, your fees will be applied towards another class within 12 months. If you do not attend another class within 12 months, then your fees are forfeited. If for some reason we are forced to cancel the class session you are registered for, you can either obtain a complete refund or you can select another date for that class and receive a 10% discount.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

NO! If there is a problem with the name on your registration, contact us immediately:

email: contactus@strategicoutfitters.com (preferred)
phone: 352-552-0040

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