Training & Education

Our club offers the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course. This course is required to obtain a Connecticut permit to carry pistols and revolvers.

The primary goals of this course are knowledge, safety and marksmanship. The course is presented in a manner to give basic understanding of handgun types, how they work and their basic components. Attention is also given to ammunition, its components and how it functions. Firearm handling describing sight picture, grip and firearm care are also covered. An NRA handbook including everything that is covered in the course is included along with other informational material.

See below for more details.


Knowledge, safety and marksmanship.

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

This course is required to obtain a Connecticut permit to carry pistols and revolvers.

Our next class will be Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 9:00am

Our one day Basic Pistol Shooting Course consists of:

  1. A morning classroom style presentation on gun parts and operation, ammunition, cleaning, storage, loading and unloading, shooting fundamentals and range safety, followed by an NRA test on the presented material.

  2. "Live Fire” training where you will fire a minimum of 30 rounds from a revolver and/or semi-automatic pistol, under safe one-to-one teacher to student supervision from a highly experienced and friendly instructor. Handguns along with their corresponding ammunition are provided for student use.

After successfully completing the course you will receive an official NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate recognized by the state of Connecticut, and most other states, allowing you to apply for your permit to carry pistols and revolvers.

All necessary classroom materials, firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection and other needed range equipment will be provided for you as needed.

The fee for the Basic Pistol Shooting Course is $130 and is payable the morning of the class. Payment is accepted by cash, check or money order. (Sorry, no credit cards)

Our class is held from 9:00am to approximately 4:00pm depending on the number of students. Lunch will be provided.

Class size is limited to 20 students. To reserve a date, or for more information, please email us at

Note: Class reservations must be in by the Tuesday before the day of the class.
BRC reserves the right to cancel the class on the Friday before the class
due to lack of interest.