NRA Basic Pistol Class

Thank you for considering our basic pistol course for the CT State Pistol Permit. Please read the ENTIRE information sheet to make sure that you know all the information that you need for class.

This is the NRA Basic Pistol Class which is the prerequisite to obtain your CT State Pistol Permit.  The class is a minimum of 8 hours. The class curriculum is mandated by the state to cover all the topics covered in the NRA Basic Pistol Class plus the Connecticut state permit process and relevant laws in the state of Connecticut regarding firearms ownership and carry.  If you want to look at the application before class, you can pick up the Permit Package at your local police station. Just ask for the Pistol Permit application package.

The course is taught at the MSI Range at 281 Garden Grove Road, Manchester, CT.  MSI has a modern air-conditioned/heated classroom and indoor range. We teach as a husband & wife team with many years of experience. Our goal is to provide a comfortable friendly atmosphere to learn to handle firearms with safety & confidence, even if you have no experience. We include lots of hands on practice with dummy rounds before you get to the range so you will feel confident that you know how to handle the different firearms we will be firing.

We also offer one-on-one instruction in target shooting or concealed carry for personal protection. This is available on nights or weekends by appointment. Tutoring is at a rate of $40.00 per hour plus ammunition. Returning students receive a substantial discount.

What is taught in the class:
We use the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course materials and curriculum that teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. The firearms we use for the live fire portion of the class are a 22 caliber target pistol and two different 38 caliber revolvers. We reserve the right to change firearms and ammunition due to shortages.

The classroom portion teaches and stresses the safety rules including practice loading, unloading and dry fire with dummy rounds. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the bench-rest position, two handed and one handed standing positions, cleaning the pistol, and continued opportunities for skill development.

All Students will receive:

  • Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook
  • NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure
  • Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet
  • Various fill-in diagrams of the firearms used in class

Upon successful completion of the course and the 50 question Basics of Pistol Shooting Student open book examination, you will receive a certificate that is required for the Connecticut State Pistol Permit.

What will it be like:
We teach as a husband and wife team that provides everyone a comfortable, safe environment to learn. No matter how much experience you have everyone will get lots of individual instruction and positive encouragement.  We believe that people learn best in a positive supportive environment. We will make sure that you learn to handle the firearms with confidence and safety.

Many people have told us over the years that even after they decide to take the course they experience a certain amount of nervousness or anxiety about attending and this contributes to some last minute cancelations. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Please feel free to give us a call just to chat and ask any question that will help you feel comfortable in attending before you cancel.  I guarantee that once you’re in class you won’t have time to be anything but busy learning all the things we have to teach you about firearms.

When to arrive and how long is the class:
We ask everyone to arrive at 8:45 A.M. to complete registration.  Class instruction begins at 9 A.M.  The class usually ends between 6:00pm-6:30 P.M.  But could be longer due to individual experience during the live fire portion.  Everyone needs to be able to handle the firearm to an acceptable level of competency and safety.  Remember that our motto is that we want everyone to shoot with safety & confidence no matter what your previous experience level might be. We support a cohesive class model that provides students with not only instructor encouragement but that support of other students.

Things you need to bring to class:

  • A photo id, i.e., Connecticut driver’s license,
  • your lunch and snacks for the day,
  • If you have prescription eye glasses bring them
  • Cash or a check or credit card
  • Wear a crew neck shirt or shirt with a collar for the range.

This will protect you from warm cartridge casings going down your shirt.  Dress in layers as the range tends to be cool on all but the hottest days.

If you have any physical limitations that would impact shooting or sitting please let us know so we can help accommodate you.


What’s included in class for the $135.00 fee:

  • We provide at least two experienced, certified instructors.
  • We provide all class books, targets and materials.
  • We provide all firearms and ammunition used in the live fire portion.
  • We provide the use of safety eye and ear protection.
  • An entire day of safety instruction as per the curriculum.

What’s available at the range:
We have complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and filtered iced water. We have refrigeration for your lunch. A microwave is also available to reheat food. There is a soda and snack machine in range lobby.

What’s the cost and how can I pay for the class:
The fee for the course is $135.00 Total. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a seat in class. If you prepay for the class you won’t have pay more if the price increases due to the current severe ammo shortages.  All major credit cards accepted.  Deposit can be paid with a credit card over the phone, mailed if time allows or I can meet you at MSI.  If you pay a deposit and have to cancel your $50 will be credited to any other regularly scheduled class. The balance can be paid the day of class by cash, check or credit card.

I send a reminder email or call during the few days before the class date.

Please feel free to email or call 860-614-7080 with any questions prior to class or the morning of class if you need help with directions. Leave a message if we are not available and we will return your call as soon as possible.

If you are unable to attend the class as scheduled, please notify us as soon as possible before your scheduled date. Class size is limited. If cancellations dictate class will be re-scheduled. Click here to begin the registration process.

We look forward to seeing you at our class!!!

Charles & Wendy Griffin

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