Basic Pistol Class

As part of our ongoing commitment to bring firearms education to Granite State women, the Women’s Defense League of NH is pleased to announce that we are now offering ladies-only NRA Basic Pistol Classes! We are the only organization in the state that offers women-only classes entirely taught by women instructors and range support.

The NRA Basic Pistol Course is intended for all individuals regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA affiliation. This course is a minimum of 8 hours and includes classroom instruction and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. This is an instructor-led program and is not a blended training course.

Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from a bench rest position and two-handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; pistol selection and storage; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will also complete live-fire training and a nationally standardized shooting qualification while on the range. A NRA Certificate will be issued upon satisfactory completion of this course.

All participants must prepay to reserve their seat. The fee for non-members is $85 and for League members it is $60. Space is limited to 24 participants and spots will only be held for people who pre-pay.

All participants are also expected to complete a liability waiver prior to participation which will be made available at the event.

Participants should plan to bring their own eye and ear protection, as well as a beverage, lunch and any snacks.  Appropriate attire is required — closed-toe shoes and full-coverage shirts as hot brass can be very uncomfortable and present a safety hazard when it hits bare skin. A brimmed hat such as a baseball hat is recommended, but not required.

The Women’s Defense League will supply the firearms, ammunition, targets, and student packets.

If you have any questions, please email us at

*Refund/Cancellation Policy*  If the League must cancel an event due to weather or other issues, we will gladly issue a refund if you cannot make the re-scheduled class. Any cancellation by participants are not eligible for refunds.