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NRA Certified Pistol Instructor2019-05-31T14:11:03-04:00

NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

An NRA Pistol Instructor Training class begins where NRA Basic Instructor Training stops: with Lesson VI. Then NRA Pistol Instructor Training proceeds through eight lessons that teach you how to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course step by step using the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course Outline and Lesson Plans, and how to teach pistol shooting on a basic level. NRA Pistol Instructor Training concludes with the Pistol Instructor Examination and other preliminaries to certification by the NRA. We help you learn you what you need to know for success as an NRA Pistol Instructor and we help you apply your knowledge, skills, and attitude to teaching your own classes successfully. Photographs on this page show just a few aspects of how we teach a typical NRA Pistol Instructor class. Two photographs give you a glimpse of our hands on instructional method. First we teach you how to coach a student firing the first shots. Then we supervise you as you do an actual coaching session with a student firing those first shots. We explain, demonstrate, and guide you through what you need as a first rate certified Pistol Instructor. Look for us in the photographs and you’ll notice that we are always visible but never intrusive.

Course Pricing
$200 Walk in and Silver Members
$180 Red, White, & Blue and Gold Members save 10% off of the walk in price
$160 Platinum Members save 20% off of the walk in price

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sat14sep9:00 am5:00 pmNRA Certified Pistol Instructor Sept 14th @ Woodland Park Range9:00 am - 5:00 pm Woodland Park Range, 1267 McBride Ave Woodland Park, NJ 07424 Questions about this event?: Please contact our Chief Instructor Jimmy for any questions regarding this event. 888-486-3674 ext: 16

“Very informative and a good introduction to shooting safely.”

Hi Anthony, Thanks for your email. Yes – I enjoyed the class yesterday; it was very informative and a good introduction to shooting safely. I now feel confident enough to go to the range and practice independently. However, I know that this is only an introduction and want to come back for further classes. I just wish you were closer than the 2 hour drive! But it was well worth it and will be seeing you again in 4-6 weeks. Many thanks.


Prerequisites: Complete the Following 2 classes in order,

1) NRA Basic Pistol Course

OR do it online NRA Phase 1 –

2) NRA Basic Instructor Training class (BIT)

Minimum age 21

All Students must be able to shoot a 6″ grouping at 15 yards (16 out of 20 rounds) to pass

All Students must activate the NRA  Credentials on NRA website (Fee-based on NRA Member or Non-Member $10-30)

Length of Course:

8 hours (lunch included)

What to Bring:

• Register using the form below and make payment of the current class fee
• Pass the NRA Pre-Course Qualification assessment
• Pistol and Minimum 50 rounds of ammo, Recommended to bring 150 rounds.
• Eye and Ear protection

What We Will Cover

• Introduction to “NRA Basics Pistol Shooting Course Outline and Lesson Plans”
• NRA Phase 1 discussion
• NRA Phase 2 Lesson Plan and Completion

• Basics Pistol Shooting Instructional Method
• Teaching Firing the First Shots”
• Teaching Scoring Targets and Selecting and Maintaining a Pistol
• Evaluating and Improving Performance of Beginning Pistol Shooters
• Teaching Continued Opportunities for Skill Development
• NRA Pistol Instructor Qualification (You must be able to shoot 15 yards away within a 6″ Circle 16 out of 20 rounds must be within the 6″ circle) This is a pass or fail qualification! 

*Please note each student is required 48hrs after class to activate your NRA credentials, NRA will charge a small fee depending on the rating. $10-$30


Instructor Bios:

All of our high-level courses are taught by experienced professionals with the credentials to prove it. They are all trained and certified by the N.J. Police Training Commission, N.J. Department of Criminal Justice, and possess Federal Law Enforcement Instructor Certifications. They are experts in N.J. Use of Force Policies, and are always updating the course material with the latest use of force guidelines and case law. At Gun For Hire, this is not a “hobby”, but a full-time, legitimate vocation. Any “instructor” can teach you something, but only a select few can teach you the “why” or the “root of law” to justify your actions. If you were to use your newly acquired skills and were required to justify your actions, Gun For Hire instructors are ready, willing, and able to testify in your defense, as long as you had followed the training and procedures we provided. It does you, and your loved ones, no good if you survive the fight but have spend the next thirty years in prison because of the wrong advice you were given by a part-time amateur “instructor”.


Jimmy Grammenos

Jimmy started with Gun For Hire in 2008. He has ascended from Instructor to Senior Instructor to Senior Manager/ Director of Training. As Director of [...]

Thomas E. Giordano

Tom served with the Rutgers University Police Department in New Brunswick, NJ for 25 years, retiring in 2003. During his police career Tom served as [...]

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Disclaimer: In an effort to keep all of our students safe course objectives and drills are subject to change.