NRA Basic Pistol Shooting – Illinois Concealed Carry Part 1

8 Hour NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Class/Illinois Concealed Carry Part 1/State of Florida Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit Class

Full Description:  This class is 8-hours long and includes seven hours of classroom instruction and one hour of range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules, 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, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet and other firearms safety information. Students will take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, firing range aptitude test and will receive a class completion certificate. This class meets the requirements for the first 8 hours of Illinois Concealed Carry as well as the requirements for the State of Florida non-resident concealed carry permit.  Information in regards to the Florida non-resident permit will be provided.

This class includes the following materials:

NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting


Winchester Marksmanship Qualification Booklet

Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, PPITH, NRA

NRA Basic Pistol Class Completion Certificate

NRA cert

Register for this Class

$125 $50 Deposit

Upcoming classes:

DayStart DateTimeSpaces
SatSeptember 24, 20228:00 AM-5:00 PM9
SatJanuary 7, 20238:00 AM-5:00 PM10

color-nra-instr Accreditation: Red Dot Arms provides comprehensive training classes with Certified NRA Instructors. This class is NRA Certified and meets all NRA firearms safety guidelines.

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To pass this class you must pass a written test and be able to pass the NRA shooting test.


Cost: $125

There is a $50 deposit that is non-refundable, but transferable.

Length: 8 Hours

This class is 8 hours, 7 hours of classroom instruction and 1 hour of range time.

Prerequisites: None

No prerequisite, but students new to firearms would benefit from the Introduction to Pistols class.

Skill Level

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

This class teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and operating a pistol safely.

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

Any age may attend, but those under 18 must be accompanied by participating parent or guardian. Prospective students under 21 years of age please contact us at

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

Red Dot Arms, Concealed Carry, CCL, Illinois, Chicago, CCW, Introduction to Pistols

Red Dot Arms Introduction to Pistols



Red Dot Arms Introduction to Pistols

Things that you should bring to the class!

  • Handgun (larger than .22 recommended)
  • Ammo: 100 Rounds (please leave all ammo in the car during classroom instruction)
  • Eye & Ear Protection
  • Baseball Cap
  • Shirt that can be buttoned or tight at the neck. (Long sleeves may be preferred)
  • Boots or outdoor shoes as range may be muddy
  • Rain Gear (If needed)
  • Seasonal clothing as needed. Dress for the weather. Shooting portion of class takes place outdoors.
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (at least 28% Deet recommended)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lunch (if not ordering from The Deli Lama)
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
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Can I bring my own firearm to this class?

Yes, we encourage you to bring your own firearm to this class.

Can I take this class if I do not own a firearm?

Yes, you can rent firearms for this class. Cost is $30 and includes ammo. With this rental, you can try a few firearms.

Where does the shooting take place for this class?

The shooting portion takes place OUTSIDE about 15 mins from RDA.

Do I need a holster for this class?

No. There is no holster work in this class.

Is this a defensive pistol shooting class?

No, this class is not a defensive shooting class. This is a basic pistol shooting class.

Is this class taught only on weekends?

We sometimes offer this class during the week, every 3-4 months. This class mostly takes place on the weekends.

Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, DisclaimerDisclaimer:  

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.