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We teach it at our range. (We also offer a lot of other NRA classes, non-NRA classes and private, one-on-one instruction and clinics).

As noted, it is very basic and is geared for new gun owners or folks who have never received any firearms handling training. It does include basic marksmanship fundamentals: grip, breathing, sight alignment and sight placement, and seated bench and standing firing positions (Isosceles and Weaver). It does give a sound foundation to build on or a good refresher for anyone who's perhaps a bit "rusty" or looking to identify some bad "habits" for correction. Pretty much any new handgun owner should take this course (or one very like it) unless they have some good friend or family member who can teach and mentor them in the basics.

IIRC, taking the basic pistol course is also a pre-requirement for the other NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home, NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside the Home, and the NRA Defensive Pistol Courses.

These are all good, "basic" courses, but, like all such things, the proficiency and experience of the instructors is a factor in the "richness" of specific classes. All of the NRA courses follow very standardized curriculums and lesson plans, so you can expect at the least a very uniform presentation that meets the specified standards. They are not the "be all, end all" on the subjects covered, and are all really just intended to provide a good foundation to build later training upon.

Honestly, though, I wish our range master and facility owner required completion of the NRA Basic Pistol course for any of our CWP students that can't document previous, formal firearms training or instruction. We won't pass any CWP students who egregiously violate any safe handing rules, but the live fire range portion of our CWP course is very "regimented." It's pretty difficult to screw up bad enough to get a "no-go" based on a safety violation.)

(CWP course curriculum in our state, SC, has certain minimum required content, but the overall course design is open to each instructor. The instructors must submit their course lesson plans to the State Law Enforcement Division for review and approval before they, themselves, are certified as state-approved CWP instructors. However, the minimum requirements are very "minimal." Perhaps as they should be, but still...)

Anyway, the NRA Basic Pistol course is sound fundamental training.
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