Name:  NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course:

Short Description: The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is intended for all individuals regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation and is available for delivery in two ways. One option is the traditional, instructor-led course where you will receive direct instruction from an NRA-certified instructor from beginning to end. The other option has two components: a self-study or “eLearning module” which is completed online in your own timeframe and a hands-on practical portion conducted in a classroom and shooting range with an Instructor.


More Details: Instructor Led Only Training: The Instructor Led Only takes place in a traditional classroom and range environment. This course may be completed in a single day format or over several days with smaller blocks of instruction. To sign up for the Instructor Led Only click on the “Find A Course” icon.


This opens the Course Listing page where you will select the Basics of Pistol Shooting-Instructor Led and scroll to the bottom of the page to enter details that refine the search criteria to generate a list of available courses. After selecting a course you will enter your information in the registration fields. The course Instructor will contact you shortly thereafter.


Additionally, students will complete live fire training and a nationally standardized shooting qualification while on the range with an NRA Certified Instructor. Students will receive the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate bearing the signature of the NRA Secretary and your NRA Certified Instructor.




NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting - (Blended)

Blended Training:   The Blended training format provides students the flexibility to complete a significant portion of the course in an eLearning environment, prior to arriving for the classroom and range session with an NRA Certified Instructor. You can find the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Blended course in the same manner as above. When you register for the blended course, you’ll create a unique username and password. The instructor will provide you with a Course Control Code and directions to complete the self-study portion of the course prior to class date.


More Details: Course topics include: gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, pistol selection and storage, shooting fundamentals, pistol inspection and maintenance, marksmanship, and shooting range safety.


Additionally, students will complete live fire training and a nationally standardized shooting qualification while on the range with an NRA Certified Instructor. Students will receive the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate bearing the signature of the NRA Secretary and your NRA Certified Instructor.

Go to www.nrainstructors.org – Find a Course Near You – select NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting – and search. 


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Armed Protective Services, LLC

Advanced Tactical Pistol:  New class this year and we are very excited to take your training to the next level!  This class is designed to build your confidence and skills if your ever in a situation where you must defend yourself or your loved ones.

​     - Range Drills include:  Close Contact (how to strike, step back and respond to a threat), using our new AutoTarget System - responding to threats anywhere in your 360 degree defendable space, shooting while moving, kneeling, prone, supported, non-dominant hand shooting - shooting from cover and concealment - shooting around barricades - clearing malfunctions and more!

     - Indoor Drills include:  escaping from your home, clearing stairways, retrieving a loved one, retrieving a weapon from a stored location and much more!  We will use L.A.S.R. (Laser Activated Shot Report) and SIRT training systems (Click each "System" to see their web links)

Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCL) Course:

Course Duration
Illinois mandates a minimum of 16 hours of training. Some are eligible for recognizable training credit that applies up to 8 hours of credit toward the minimum time required.  FCCL Prior Training Credit Link to: IL FCCL Prior Training Credit

Course Lessons


1.  Firearms - Course content is the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course (See above). 
2.  All applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm.  Instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm. Finally, range qualification.

Range Requirements:
30 rounds at a B-27 silhouette target with a score of 70% minimum (21 out of 30).

10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards
10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards
10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards


​Why chose Armed Protective Services, LLC?  Because we provide you with the highest quality training from two instructors with over 65 years of combined firearms training, hunting and military experience.  We use the latest technology available with LASR systems, SIRT weapons and MORE!