How to Take the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting Course

Today we are going to take a look at a question that we have received from several of the readers here, and that is just how to take the NRA's Basics of Pistol Shooting Course. This new hybrid course was introduced by the NRA in early 2016 as a new way for shooters to receive training. Previously the basic pistol course was all taught in person but the NRA understands the power and importance of online learning.

This new course allows that you take the first portion of the class online and complete phase 2 of the course in person with your instructor at the range. The below tutorial will cover how to get started and complete phase 1 of the course.

It is a very simple guide and we're going to take you through it step by step.

Step One: Head to NRA's Basics of Pistol Shooting Site

First, open your internet browser and head over to and click on the large “Enroll Now” section right in the center of your screen.


NRA Explore NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting 2

Step Two: Login with your NRA Username and Password

Next, you will enter a login screen where you can log in to the exam with your NRA credentials. If you don’t have an NRA login already, you can create a username and password on the same screen.

NRA Online Training Login to the site


Following that, you will go to a payment screen that will show you through how to pay the $60 that the course costs to complete. Following that, you will be able to start…

Step Three: The Videos

After the payment, you will be able to take a look at the course itself. The page itself is what you see directly below.


Course The Basics of Pistol Shooting


These are the videos that you will be watching. The NRA has done a really good job of showing the estimated completion time in each video description. Make sure that you are paying very close attention to this, as the ending will have a test to verify your knowledge of pistols. (As if you thought there wouldn’t be a test.)

Finally, after that is all completed, you are done with phase 1 of the course.

Step Four: Complete Phase II With An Instructor

You can search the NRA site for the Phase II portion of the course. Instructors who provide the course list their class dates on the NRA primary site where you can search for courses near your zip code. You will need your certificate of completion when signing up for Phase II of the course.

About Craig Martin

Craig Martin grew up in the unincorporated town of Lewis, Wisconsin. From a young age, Craig was introduced to guns, as he was tasked with defending his backwood home’s wiring from a scourge of red squirrels.

Ever the animal lover, though; Craig couldn’t let these creatures die needlessly. So he would take his kills and leave them for the foxes, coyotes, and bears to eat at a deer feeder his grandfather built around their home.

His lifestyle made Craig understand that guns are a tool and ever since, has spread the word about how firearms are not a menace, like the red squirrel, but an item to help people. He instils this in every article he writes for USA Firearm Training.

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