The new NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course is now in two phases to leverage on-line learning as well as continuing to provide the necessary physical connection with NRA Instructors. Phase I is conducted at you own pace in an on-line interactive learning program. Phase II is conducted in-real-life with a certified NRA Instructor. Below is the outline of the two phased course.

Phase I

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Phase II

Phase II of the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course reinforces and applies the skills students have already learned in the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting e-learning. Instructors are responsible for effectively reviewing safety rules and procedures, while also coaching and assisting students as they handle pistols for the first time in a classroom and range setting. Ultimately, students will become more comfortable and familiar with pistols in order to achieve certification. The Basic Pistol Course will also help prepare the student for participation in other NRA courses.

In this course, students must complete the exercises provided and meet the shooting qualification on in order to achieve certification. Basic Pistol Phase II students must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude necessary for the safe and proficient use of a pistol, and pass the qualification shooting standard at a Level 1: Red minimum to earn a completion certificate.

Red, White, and Blue Certification
Students must qualify at the Level 1: Red level to earn a Basic Pistol Course Completion certificate*. Once the student accomplishes the Level 1: Red level, instructors are encouraged to offer them the opportunity to qualify for the Level 2: White, Level 3: Blue, and Instructor level endorsements on their certificates.
  • Qualification for Level 1: Red is four five shot groups within the four-inch circle at 10 feet.
  • Qualification for Level 2: White is four five shot groups within the four-inch circle at 15 feet.
  • Qualification for Level 3: Blue is four five shot groups within the four-inch circle at 20 feet.

* NOTE: Distinctive Decisions, LLC Instructors will not provide a completion certificate to any student unless they qualify at Level 3 or Blue. Additionally, we would also encourage students to bundle the shooting experience with our Defensive training programs. We believe that it will afford students the opportunity to gain more confidence and training and provide them with distinctive decisions when operating in this modern world.