McDermott & Company, Inc.
Robert J. McDermott - Firearm Instructor


NRA Basic Pistol

The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course is 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development.

Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, Basic Practical Rocker and brochure, take the Basics of Pistol Shooting Examination, and receive an NRA basic course completion certificate. Students under the age of 21 may participate in this course. 

Your Certified Instructors will use the NRA’s Total Participant Involvement
instructional methods, and will employ hands-on classroom training aids.
All firearms, ammunition, hearing protection and eye protection are provided by the instructors. 

Update! Beginning on January 1, 2016 the Basic Pistol course will begin the transition to a "blended learning" format which consists of an online segment provided by NRA Training, followed by a face-to-face Instructor Led Training (ILT) segment. The ILT segment will include safe gun handling exercises, shooting fundamentals, live fire training and an exam. As of April 1, 2016 this will be the only method used to deliver the course. More information will be provided as made available to Instructors (fee structure, etc.) 

Massachusetts Training Requirements:
I am also certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Basic Firearms Safety (BFS) Course Instructor. Although the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course is an approved course (LTC-002), the instructor must also be certified to issue the additional Massachusetts BFS course certificate that is required for both resident and non-resident Massachusetts firearms licenses, and must file a verification form with the Commonwealth upon completion of the course. Additional course curriculum is provided per M.G.L. Chapter 140: Section 131P, 515 CMR 3.00, etc. This includes information on licensing, storage, transport, etc. 

 Other Courses and Other States: The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course also meets the training requirements for a pistol license in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, etc. Although the NRA Home Firearm Safety Course also meets Massachusetts requirements, the course does not meet Connecticut training requirements for either a resident or non-resident pistol license. The benefit of taking the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course instead is that it includes hands-on live fire training, plus the course satisfies the training requirements of  many other states. New York residents may participate in the live fire training - this is illegal for New York residents 21 or over who attend courses conducted in their home state.

Group courses are usually scheduled twice monthly, based upon demand.  Private courses are also available upon request, and are priced accordingly. Pre-registration is required for all courses. See the Schedule page for current dates and payment/registration methods. Contact me if you have any questions.  

When you've finished your course, not only will you have learned the basics, you will be on your way to pursuing a lifetime of shooting.

By joining one of the nearly 10,000
NRA-affiliated clubs located across the U.S., you can meet people who share your interest, and make lasting friendships. For more information about NRA affiliated clubs, call 800-672-2582.

Attention NY Residents:
The Columbia County Sheriff requires you to take the NRA Basic Pistol Course from an NRA Certified Instructor who resides in the County and is on his  referral list. NY law prohibits students from handling pistols and participating in live fire exercises that are a mandatory component of the course. The Sheriff's Department has denied my application because I live outside of Columbia County, even though I have the required NRA credentials, and as an NRA Training Counselor have even trained Columbia County residents to become NRA Instructors. My Basic Pistol courses in MA and CT will always include the required safe gun handling and live fire exercises.

If you live in Columbia County, you can contact Jeff Tishman of 
Olde Kinderhook Firearms Training for a training course.

All NY residents in other counties should first speak with your Sheriff's Department before signing up for my course.