SPC to offer NRA Basic Pistol course


LEVELLAND – South Plains College will offer an NRA Basic Pistol Phase 2 class on Saturday, April 15th, in room 116 of the Law Enforcement Technology building on the Levelland campus. Students must complete Phase 1 before taking Phase 2. 

This is an excellent course for new pistol shooters, or those who need more training and self-confidence before applying for a Texas License To Carry a Handgun. 

Phase 1 is taught online by the N.R.A. Training Division. It takes approximately eight hours at the student’s own pace, so students should register and allow several days to watch the videos and take the test. It covers the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; and shooting fundamentals. The cost is $60 paid online to the N.R.A. Register at www.nrainstructors.org. (Click “Find an NRA Training Course”, then “NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting – Phase 1”.) 

Phase 2 is taught in person, and covers range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Pistols, ammunition, hearing and eye protection are provided, although students are free to bring their own pistols to practice with. Students who wish to fire a variety of pistols ranging from .380 to .44 magnum, may do so for an extra $10 payable at the range to cover ammunition costs. 

Phase 2 runs six to eight hours, depending on the number of students, and includes classroom and range time. The classroom portion will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, with breaks every hour as well as a lunch break. The shooting portion will follow the hands-on classroom portion. 

The cost of the course is $85, and students need to register and pay in advance for Phase 2. Because of the range requirements, space is limited to fifteen students. To sign up, call Kasey Reyes at (806) 716-2341 or email kreyes@southplainscollege.edu.