Connecticut Pistol Permit Class

nra-basic-pistol-safety-class-1The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course – a prerequisite to apply for your Connecticut State Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers – introduces students to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. This is not a concealed carry or self-defense program, rather you’ll learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, pistol shooting fundamentals, various pistol shooting activities and continuing education opportunities available to you.

This course is objective-based, not time based. That said, if you are applying for a Connecticut pistol permit, the state of requires an eight hour program including academic and practical (live fire) components. This program meets State of Connecticut requirements.

We offer semi-private (between two and five students) or private, one-on-one instruction. Group classes (six or more registered students) can also be arranged.  Students must complete the NRA online academic program prior to the academic review and practical shooting portion of the course. 

Course Options

Group Class

A two-night program that runs from 6p to 10p each night. Meets all requirements to apply for Connecticut permit. Requires six or more registered students to run.

Course Fee: $149 per student, not including required NRA online academic program.

Semi-Private Class

Program scheduled at your convenience, with two to five students taking the class at the same time. Meets all requirements to apply for Connecticut permit.

Course Fee: Pricing based on the number of students. Contact us for details.

Private Class

Personal one-on-one attention for the complete class. We travel to you, up to 40 miles. Life fire at your range or our range.

Course Fee: $599, not including required NRA online academic program.

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This program is an excellent introduction to handguns and handgun safety. If you are interested in purchasing a pistol and have not taken a handgun safety class before, this program is a must. Many students we teach enroll in the class even though they do not have the intention of purchasing a pistol or getting their permit in the near future … they just want to learn about handgun safety and find out what it’s like to fire a handgun in a safe, controlled environment.

If you are interested in applying for your Connecticut permit, this class is a prerequisite. When you have a Connecticut permit, it also streamlines your ability to purchase ammunition, shotguns and rifles.

Children 13 years of age or older are welcome to take the class with a parent.

Course Overview

The program includes is taught in two phases.

Phase I – Home Study – The first part of the program is completing the required NRA Basic Pistol course online. During this phase, you’ll complete knowledge reviews, quizzes and the final exam. The home study program provides us with plenty of time to spend on practical applications, hands-on training, answering your questions, and reviewing the Connecticut permit process.

Phase II Academic Review & Practical Training – After completing the online course, you’ll spend time with your instructor to ensure you understand and meet the academic course objectives. During this time, you’ll be working with your instructor in a classroom atmosphere where a variety of training aids will be used.

Hands-on training rounds-out our program. Of course, there is a live-fire component which will provide you with the opportunity to shoot a variety of quality handguns, but you’ll also spend time in a safe environment with handguns and no ammunition present. Although we always treat handguns as if they are loaded, you’ll learn almost every shooter – including competition professionals and law enforcement – spend a significant amount of time practicing pistol fundamentals and gun-handling skills without ammunition. Whenever possible, we will complete the live-fire component of the class outside.

Registration Instructions

  • Register for the Course

    Visit the NRA website and create an account. If multiple family members will be taking the class, you will need to create accounts for each student. Once you access the page, click on the CREATE NEW ACCOUNT link and fill out the information. Again, you’ll need to complete this step for each student taking the class.

    Note that you will need to access your email to complete your registration. This step is required to be fully registered for the class. The email will contain a link taking you to the enrollment options page. At the bottom of the page, you can make your payment for the NRA online course, and follow the instructions to get started.

  • Write down your Account Name & PIN

    During the registration process, ensure you write down the account name/number and the PIN you used. You will need to provide this to us before you can start Phase II.

  • Complete the Online Training

    Complete the 11 Lesson Modules for the online course. Each Lesson contains individual Topics, and at the end of each Topic, there will be a Self Check. The Self Check is not scored, but ensures you understand the Learning Outcomes (Objectives) of each Topic.

  • Complete the Online Exam

    Once you complete the course you will take an online exam. You must score a 90% on the exam in order to receive your online certificate, which you must save and print. Bring the certificate – along with your account name/number and PIN – to us when you are ready for Phase II of the training.

  • Schedule Phase II with your Instructor

    After completing the online course and exam, contact us to arrange to complete Phase II of your training as described above. The course fee paid to your instructor is not included in the fee paid to the NRA for the online course. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

  • Apply for your Permit

    After completing Phase II, your next step is to apply for your Connecticut Pistol Permit. During Phase II, we will review this process.