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​"I honestly did not know what to expect. I have not had my shooting assessed since the military, so I was worried my skills may have eroded a bit. The classroom portion was excellent…I wish COVID did not exist so we could have had it in person, but doing it remotely was no problem. You did an excellent job explaining the NRA’s principles/rules/SOPs. The process of aiming, firearms safety etc.


I was excited for the range portion, but for some reason I got very nervous right before shooting. Both you and Elena did an excellent job in helping me relax, which greatly improved my performance. The tip you gave me about pointing my elbows out has greatly improved my hold control. Also your advise about the proper grip helped me select the correct back-strap for my Glock.


It was a great experience. I would highly recommend these classes for everyone. Even an advanced shooter will pick up new material they are not aware of that will result in them being a better, safer gun owner."

-Robert B., after taking the Basic Pistol and Basic Rifle Class


Our nationally accredited certified firearms instructors will prepare you to become competent on all Basic Rifle fundamentals. This course is centered on increasing your confidence with core knowledge and skills in operating the firearm.


Designed for both new and longtime gun owners, this course consists of classroom learning, hands-on demonstration, and on-the-range shooting qualification.

We will spend about two hours in the classroom and the rest of the time on the range for live fire practice. This is a low-stress, non-political environment where the focus is on participant learning, so we will be going at your pace.

Class sizes are designed to have maximum instructor time with each student. Classes are held at Shooting Sports Northwest 17907 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98012. The range charges a $50 use-fee for non-members. This range use-fee includes a rental pistol if needed

Other related courses

  • Pistol Fundamentals course is often taken as a companion course.

  • Most participants take Personal Protection and Conceal Carry courses after Basic Pistol. These follow-up courses are considered as intermediate-level courses and the completion of Basic Pistol is a pre-requisite.

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