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NRA Basic Pistol / Maryland HQL Course

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2015 Course Dates (Click on date to sign up)

3/21/2015 8:00AM - 6:00PM NRA Pistol Class & HQL
5/9/2015 8:00AM - 6:00PM NRA Pistol Class & HQL
8/9/2015 8:00AM - 6:00PM NRA Pistol Class & HQL
11/8/2015 8:00AM - 6:00PM NRA Pistol Class & HQL

NRA Basic Pistol Course Syllabus

Classroom & Range Location: Thurmont Conservation and Sportsman's Club (TCSC), 11617 Hunt Club Road, Thurmont, MD 21788

Course Goal: To teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely.

Course Length: 8 hours not including a 1 Hour Lunch Break (The course length may vary depending on the instructor to student ratio and the participant's abilities.) Plus 1.5 Hours for the HQL Legal Segment at end (Required if you are using this class to obtain an HQL)

Course Fee: $60.00 which includes your student packet, lunch and a drink.  Additional fees may apply if you are borrowing a firearm or buying ammunition.  (Additional drinks and other snacks are usually available for a nominal charge) - There is a $20.00 discount for TCSC members, youth group members (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, etc.) and their registered leaders.

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Notes: Class starts at 8:00AM and will last until about 5:00PM.  Students must bring a pistol (any caliber), 100 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection. TCSC will provide the NRA textbook, class materials and lunch. If you do not have a pistol, please let us know in advance and we can make arrangements to rent you one for $20.00 (Covers cleaning time and costs). You will have to bring the ammunition. Maryland Handgun Qualification considerations and issues are discussed in association with this course. This course can be used as the training requirement to apply for a HQL in Maryland. HQL student must stay for approximately 1 hours longer than this class to cover Maryland Laws pertaining to regulated firearms.


IMPORTANT! Please be aware that PREGNANT WOMEN should discuss the use of firearms with their physician prior to taking part in this course or any firearms use. Specifically you should discuss the effects of exposure to loud sounds.  If you are pregnant and/or nursing you should not handle any chemicals, lubricants or solvents unless you have discussed doing so with you physician.


A firearm is allowed and should be available to each student during the course.  Please read your manual and be somewhat familiar with your firearm before coming to class.  Specifically you should know if you CAN or CANNOT dry fire your particular firearm.


Curriculum:

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • State the course goal and any special requirements for the lessons
  • Identify the principal parts of a pistol and  the types of pistol  actions, and demonstrate how they function
  • State, explain and apply the NRA rules for safe  gun handling
  • Demonstrate how to handle a pistol in a safe manner
  • Identify the different components of a pistol cartridge
  • Explain the firing sequence of a cartridge
  • Explain how to properly identify and store ammunition
  • State the major types of cartridge malfunctions, and how to react to them
  • Explain the fundamentals of pistol shooting
  • Safely demonstrate the knowledge, skills  and attitude necessary to assume the one- Handed / two handed standing shooting position and bench rest position
  • Safely shoot a pistol from the one-handed / two handed standing shooting and bench rest position using the fundamentals of pistol shooting at a target on a range
  • Safely demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to  conduct live fire training on a range
  • Properly score a pistol target
  • Explain the basic guidelines for selecting and purchasing a pistol
  • Identify the materials needed to clean a pistol
  • Demonstrate how to safely clean a pistol
  • Identify several ways to pursue pistol shooting after the course
  • Successfully complete the NRA basic pistol shooting course written examination


Note that all times are approximate

LESSON I: PISTOL KNOWLEDGE AND SAFE GUN HANDLING - 2 Hours 8:00-10:00

  • Gun owner’s responsibilities
  • Reasons to own a pistol
  • Pistol action types
  • Main parts of a pistol
  • Parts of a revolver
  • Parts of a semi-automatic pistol
  • Functions of a semi-automatic pistol slide
  • Types of semi-automatic pistol actions
  • Causes of firearm accidents
  • NRA rules for safe gun handling

LESSON II: AMMUNITION KNOWLEDGE AND THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PISTOL SHOOTING - 2 Hours 10:00-12:00

  • Cartridge components
  • Rimfire and center fire cartridges
  • cartridge firing sequence
  • Cartridge designation and identification
  • +P and +p+ cartridges
  • Ammunition storage
  • Types of cartridge
  • malfunctions
  • Dominant eye
  • Position
  • Elements of the one hand, two hand, and bench rest position


LUNCH - 30 Minutes 12:00-12:30

LESSON III: FIRING THE FIRST SHOTS - 1 Hours 12:30-1:00

  • Range layout and limits
  • NRA rules for safe gun handling
  • NRA rules for using and storing a gun
  • General range safety rules
  • Questions/problems on the firing line
  • Hygiene  guidelines
  • Range commands
  • Adjusting the sights

LESSON IV: SCORING TARGETS, AND SELECTING AND MAINTAINING YOUR PISTOL - 1 Hour 1:00-2:00

  • Scoring targets
  • Types of pistols
  • Selecting a pistol (factors & procedure)
  • Caring for the pistol
  • Gun cleaning equipment
  • Gun cleaning procedure
  • Pistol storage

LESSON V: CONTINUED OPPORTUNITIES FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT - 30 Minutes 2:00-2:30

  • Winchester/NRA marksmanship qualification program
  • NRA training opportunities
  • Competitive shooting
  • NRA clubs
  • NRA programs
  • NRA history & goals
  • Benefits of NRA membership


** LESSON VI: LIVE FIRE EXERCISE ** - 2 Hours 2:30-4:30

  • 30 Rounds minimum/ 15ft / Bench rest Position
  • 10 Rounds / 7ft / Two Hand Standing
  • 10 Rounds / 4ft / One hand Standing

IMPORTANT! A parent or guardian must be present during the live fire exercises for any youth attendee (under 21). Because we cannot determine exactly when the live fire exercises will start due to class size, experience, etc., all parents or guardians must be at the classroom by 2:00 PM. Please DO NOT bring ammunition into the classroom when you arrive.



WRITTEN TEST - 30 Minutes 4:30-5:00 - NRA Portion is DONE

  • 50 questions
  • 25 multiple choice -  25 true / false


HQL - Maryland Law - 1.5 hours - 5:00-6:30

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