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Durham Pistol & Rifle Club
3973 S. Jim Minor Road Haw River, NC 27258

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NRA basics of pistol shooting

The NRA Basic Pistol Course is a one day class, teaching the basics of using pistols.

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting Handbook and certificate upon completion of the class.

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course covers the following topics:

  • Basic Firearm Safety
  • Safe Firearm Storage
  • Pistol Parts and How They Work
  • Semi-Automatic Pistol Parts and How They Work
  • Operating Double and Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistols
  • Revolver Parts and How They Work
  • Operating Double and Single Action Revolvers
  • Ammunition Fundamentals
  • Popular Pistol Cartridges
  • Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting Position
  • Different Shooting Positions
  • Common Pistol Shooting Errors
  • Clearing Common Pistol Stoppages
  • Selecting Pistols, Ammunition, and Accessories
  • Cleaning and Maintaining Your Pistol
  • Pistol Shooting Activities and Skill Development


Open to the public.  

This class is for law-abiding American Citizens; adults or mature teenagers.

Directions to club and amenities

  • Visit Contact page to get driving directions
  • Download printable driving directions from Greensboro / Raleigh
  • Soft drinks and Snacks are available for purchase in the clubhouse. 
  • Restrooms are available in the clubhouse.

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