Peacock Training Institute

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting - Phase 2

Course Overview:

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is a two-part course consisting of an e-learning portion, Phase 1, to be completed online in your own time frame followed by a hands-on practical portion, Phase 2, conducted in a classroom and at a live-fire range under the guidance and supervision of an NRA-Certified Instructor. The course is intended for all law abiding adults regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation.  Phase 1 must be completed in order to successfully enroll in the Phase 2 portion of the course.  Some of the topics in the course include: gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, selecting and storing a pistol, the fundamentals of shooting, and pistol inspection and maintenance. 

How to Enroll: When you enroll in the Phase 1 online course, you create a personal identification number (PIN). When you successfully complete the online Phase 1 course, printing your certificate activates that PIN. The activated PIN allows you to register for the instructor-led (Phase 2) class to complete the course.  Go to and select NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting - Phase 2, enter your zip code, and search.  You will find our courses listed in Elkton, MD. 

Conduct of Course: During the instructor-led-training portion of the course, our NRA Certified Instructor will validate your comprehension and application of gun safety rules; range protocol; proper handling; loading and unloading procedures; application of pistol shooting fundamentals; stable shooting positions; live fire; and will conduct a final live fire shooting qualification at a local range. Range fee's may apply.

Phase 2 of the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting class will review Phase 1 instruction, including: 
   Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
   Ammunition Knowledge
   Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
   Bench-rest and Two-handed Shooting
   Selecting and Maintaining a Pistol
   Practical shooting exercises are then conducted at a local indoor range.  

Please bring the following items for the course:

   A notebook
   A pen and highlighter
   Eye and ear protection 

   Your pistol and at least 100 rounds of ammunition 

   Your handgun owner's manual (if you have one)
     *Hot brass can blister so please wear a high-necked shirt and full-coverage shoe
    **Eye and ear protection is required

1. If you do not yet have a handgun, please notify us right away so we can accommodate you (additional costs may apply).
2. Range fees are not included in the Course Fee; this is typically $10.00 for range time at Elk Neck Shooting range.

3. Live ammunition is not allowed in the classroom; it must be left in your vehicle.

Warning: If you are pregnant or nursing, we require a written doctor's authorization allowing you to shoot and handle ammunition. Exposure to lead particulates in the indoor or outdoor range as well as when handling ammunition may be detrimental to your child. Please consider that when making decisions regarding exposure to live-fire at the range. Consider the NRA Pistol Marksman Simulator Course as an alternative. 

Course Materials, Completion Certificate and Card are included in the $100 course fee.  If you are unable to attend the class after registering, your fee will be applied to your next registration.