NRA Basic Pistol Course


Currently no offering scheduled


This course will give you the knowledge, skills, and attitude required to safely handle handguns.


The course is designed to teach the basics of pistol marksmanship. You will learn the functions of the different kinds of handguns and ammunition. The course emphasizes firearms safety while teaching the techniques of aiming, trigger control, hold control, and stance.


This 8 hour course offers a solid base upon which a student can safely build their shooting skills and includes two hours of shooting time on the range. All course materials including targets will be provided. Students to provide their own gun and ammunition. NO LIVE AMMUNITION IN THE CLASSROOM.  An NRA certificate of training will be awarded to all participants who successfully complete the course.


This course meets and exceeds the requirements for the Iowa Weapons Permit.


  • YOUR HANDGUN of choice

  • 100 rounds of ammo (minimum)

  • Eye and ear protection (Provided at the range if you do not have your own)

  • Cost: $150 plus $10 range fee. NRA textbook and certificate included.

  • You must present a valid ID and be 21 years of age to apply for a Iowa weapons carry permit