Differences between Basic Pistol 1 and Beginner Pistol
|Beginner Pistol||Basic Pistol 1||Basic Pistol 2|
|Hours||5 hours||3 hours||4 hours|
|Class size||6 maximum||12 maximum||16 maximum|
|Instructor/student ratio, classroom||1:6||3:12 (1:4)||4:16 (1:4)|
|Instructor/student ratio, shooting range||1:1||1:1 (3 shooters per relay)||4:8 (1:2)|
|NRA Basic Pistol Handbook included||no||yes||yes|
|Number of rounds fired||100||50||100|
|Loaner guns provided||yes||yes||yes but recommend student use own gun|
|primary caliber fired||.22 LR||9mm||9mm, .38 spl or greater|
|number of gun models shot||2||4-6||1|
|Target types||Steel and paper||Stationary steel||Paper (CHL target)|
|Shooting exercises||Two handed standing position target shooting, no time limit||Two handed standing position target shooting, no time limit||Two handed defensive shooting, timed and untimed. Simulation of portions of CHL shooting test.|
The focus in Beginner Pistol is skills development: learning how to manipulate the gun and learn marksmanship fundamentals by shooting drills with a small caliber, low noise/low recoil handgun. Graduates of Beginner Pistol should be able to safely handle, operate and shoot a .22 caliber pistol on their own after completion of the class.
The focus of Basic Pistol 1 is mainly on assisting students in making an intelligent gun selection choice, with lecture material and range time emphasizing gun features and differences in action types. Graduates of Basic Pistol 1 learn enough to be able to accompany a more experienced shooter to a range for additional shooting practice.
Graduates of Basic Pistol 2 learn the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to safely handle, operate and shoot a defensive caliber handgun on their own. Additionally graduates of BP2 learn how to shoot under time pressure and learn how to quickly get their gun from a ‘ready’ position to the target, which is an essential skill for the CHL test and for personal defense.