NRA Basic Pistol Course


Joshua M.
June 21, 2010, 12:53 PM
My Dad, and I are going to take the basic pistol instructors class this coming weekend at Cleveland. I was wandering if anyone had taken this class in Cleveland before, and what to expect. The lady instructor says to bring a teaching tool along, any ideas on this? I am gonna put together a power point of the class, once I receive the materials. Short of taking a gun to demonstratee it, I wander what she is looking for. And also, after I have completed this course, and hopefully am issued a NRA certification number, does anyone have any idea on how much insurance would cost to put on a CCL class in Ohio? Thanks...-Joshua

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June 21, 2010, 02:04 PM
Hi Joshua,

When I took the class, it was broken down into 2 segments. The first is the "Basic Instructor Training" which was primarily classroom instruction. The secong segment was the "Pistol Instructor Training" with range-time. The BIT segment was directed towards teaching you how to teach the NRA materials, and was a pre-requisite for instructor training in all disciplines.

With regards to a "teaching tool" it could be anything that could be used to demonstrate a concept or function. For example, it could be as detailed as a "cut-away" dummy pistol used to display the mechanisms of an auto pistol, or as simple as a poster showing the components of a cartridge.

Regarding insurance, it can be very costly. Most instructors are not in the business for the money, because there isn't much to be made. It is a valuable service you can offer to new shooters, and your community in general. Good luck!

June 21, 2010, 03:15 PM
The NRA has insurance you can go with, its not too bad. Our insurance agent is up in Ashtabula county somewhere, he is able to help with any form on firearms insurance and arranged ours for the warehouse/shop and my instructing. Kolhoff Insurance Agency. The owner is a gun nut, so he understands, unlike many other agents :0

Interesting that you are asked to bring something to class, we just ask our students to bring themselves, we supply it all from the firearms to work with to the food, and its one loooong weekend for students and the instructors (about 6 of us, including the two training councilors usually on that course) alike!

BTW they are running still about 5-8 weeks from what i heard on issuing credentials, many of our last class we did have not yet received their certificates yet.

June 21, 2010, 03:39 PM
Short of taking a gun to demonstratee it, I wander what she is looking for.

cartridge components (primers should be fired and gunpowder could be ground coffee)
empty ammo boxes showing caliber, +P (and not +P), bullet weight, etc.
fired casings that show caliber, +P (and not +P), rimfire, centerfire, etc.
a stripped pistol barrel to show rifling
dummy rounds of various calibers
cardboard (hardboard) cutouts to demonstrate sight alignment
dummy rounds for cap and ball exercises
paper plates (blank targets)
gun locks, pistol cases, pistol safes

...things that students can see, touch, feel, use, to help the learning process.

June 22, 2010, 01:36 AM
Make sure you understand *exactly* what class you are taking and what you will then be certified to teach.

You'll need: NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) I believe it's a 4 hour class, but I don't have my reference materials handy to check.

BIT is essentially "How to teach the NRA way." It makes you a "NRA Instructor," but, by itself, does not actually certify you to teach any specific classes.

After BIT, you'll need "Basic Pistol Instructor" in order to be certified to teach the NRA "Basic Pistol" class. I believe this is a 14 hour class (once again, going by memory).

After you have completed BIT + Basic Pistol (20 hours so far) you can then take "Personal Protection in the Home" instructor training. Both BIT and BP are pre-requistites for this. I believe PPITH instructor training is 9 (?) hours.

I don't know what class is common for an Ohio CPL, but in Michigan the NRA PPITH is the NRA class to take to get a Michigan CPL. I suspect the same is likely true in Ohio.

In any event, make sure your'll get BIT + Basic Pistol at a minimum. If PPITH is not included in that weekend, you'll have to add it later before you can teach that class.

(Find out what NRA class you need to teach the Ohio CCW permit classes and make sure you get that block of instruction, if not all at once, then eventually).

June 23, 2010, 10:27 AM
I use the NRA sponsored "Instructor" insurance about $85.00/yr for the basic plan.

June 23, 2010, 01:03 PM
Basic Pistol is the needed one in Ohio that fits he standard.
Though the NRA now has it as an 8 hour class, you flesh it out to 12 including range time (not at all difficult, the 8 is too few IMHO) and thats enough equivalence to get the Ohio CHL. We do BIT then Basic Pistol, Home Firearm Safety and Personal Protection in the Home in one weekend.

We keep Rifle separate with its own BIT block as needed.

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