This course is at least 10 hours long (16 hours with Basic Instructor Training/BIT) and includes classroom and range time learning how to teach shooting revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.

Full Description: Instructor Candidates learn how to teach NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting Handbook, Instructor Manual, NRA Gun Safety Rules Brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Instructor Shooting Examination, and receive course completion certificate. 

To qualify as an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor:

  • Must have taken and passed the student level NRA Basic Pistol Class-Instructor lead course only. (Sorry, the online NRA Basic Pistol Course does not qualify.)
  • Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.
  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.
  • Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.


NRA Course Catalog Description  CLICK HERE


PLEASE NOTE: Certs are issued by the NRA training department; therefore, there are also additional certification/ processing fees payable to the NRA.

This class includes the following materials:

Course Completion Card


Pistol Course Outline


Register for this Class

$300 $150 Deposit

Upcoming classes:

DayStart DateTimeSpaces
SunJuly 10, 20228:00 AM-6:00 PM10
SunSeptember 25, 20228:00 AM-6:00 PM12
SunJanuary 8, 20238:00 AM-6:00 PM12

color-councilorAccreditation: Red Dot Arms provides comprehensive training classes with Certified NRA Training Counselors. This class is NRA Certified and meets all NRA firearms safety guidelines.

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Cost: $300

There is a $150 deposit for this course that is non-refundable.

Length: 10 Hours

This class consists of 10 hours of classroom instruction.

Prerequisites: 2 Classes

Student must have attended both classes listed under the Prerequisites Tab.

Skill Level

Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, Class, Goals

To teach students the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for becoming a certified NRA Basic Pistol Instructor.

Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, Age Requirements

Meet the following age requirements:

  • Certified Instructor: 21 years of age or older
  • Assistant Instructor: 18 years of age or older
  • Apprentice Instructor: 13-17 years of age

Receive a passing grade on the NRA Trainer’s Examination and appropriate instructor certification examination:

  • Certified: 90 percent or higher
  • Assistant: 85 percent or higher
  • Apprentice: 85 percent or higher

This class is not a prerequisite, but simply a recommendation.  Mouseover the box for more info!


NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT)



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NRA Basic Pistol



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Things that you need before thanking this class!

  • NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Class completion certificate
  • BIT completion card (Dated within the last 2 years)
Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, Qualifications, Fitness

For the purpose of your safety and accommodating special needs participants, please contact us at if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • Pregnancy, mental handicap, physical handicap, disabled, visually impaired, under the influence of prescription drugs, under the influence of illegal drugs and/or under the influence of alcohol

Do I need a F.O.I.D Card?

No, Red Dot Arms Training Academy does not require a F.O.I.D card to attend. Illinois residents should apply for their F.O.I.D. if they are planning to purchase, possess or transport their own firearms.

Do I need to take the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT)

An NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) class has to be taken in prior 2 years to take the NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course.

Is the cost of the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) included.

Yes, there is no extra charge for NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) when registering for this class.

Do I have to be a member of the NRA to take this class?

It is highly recommended that you are or become a member of the NRA. This will condense all of your instructor credentials under one NRA number.  Join Here

Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, Disclaimer


FOID Statement: Illinois residents that will be TRANSPORTING their own firearm to and from the class/range must be in possession of a valid FOID/CCL card, and be of legal age, 21 for handguns, and 18 for long guns.  A FOID card is not required to participate in the class. Out of state residents need to follow the age requirements and have a valid ID.

We reserve the right to dismiss any student for unsafe behavior and/or failure to follow instructions. No refund will be offered.