NRA Basic Pistol Workshop

June 30, 2014 by Anonymous

SHOW LOW – Pistol gun safety training to qualify for a concealed weapons permit is being offered on Saturday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Northland Pioneer College’s Show Low – White Mountain Campus. There is a $75 fee, which includes the required fingerprint card at no additional charge, for the noncredit “National Rifle Association Basic Pistol” workshop, taught by NRA-certified instructor Richard Harris.

Basic Pistol workshop (reference STC 099x-81327) participants must be at least 21 years old and bring their unloaded handguns and 50 rounds of ammunition, leaving them secured in their vehicles. Guns must have holsters. Students are encouraged to bring a snack or lunch.

Successful completion of this course will qualify the student to obtain an Arizona Department of Public Safety Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit for an additional $60. Renewal permits are $43. It can take up to 60 days to process the DPS permit application. CCW permits are required in most states and national parks.

As part of the course fee, NPC does the fingerprint card required by DPS, and provides any required safety equipment and NRA CCW course materials. The course includes firing range certification.

Harris is a certified NRA instructor in pistol, rifle and shotgun and is an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. As a full-time Spanish, humanities and education professor for NPC, he understands the various learning styles of students, and adapts his training to meet the needs of students. The “Basic Pistol” course, while noncredit, still maintains the high standards for instruction required by NPC’s national accrediting agency.

Harris will also be teaching a “Basic Self Defense with a Handgun” course at the Show Low campus on Saturday, July 19 (reference STC 099x-81329), from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $75 fee includes range time and a student manual containing all of the techniques and skills learned in the Self-Defense course. This course helps the student develop self-defense and defensive marksmanship skills with a handgun. A parent or guardian must accompany students in this class under the age of 21. Again, all weapons should be left secured in a vehicle.

“In the ‘Basic Self-Defense with a Handgun’ course, students will learn dynamic shooting techniques and develop defensive marksmanship skills,” Harris added. After action drills will also be practiced. “Students will learn to confidently and effectively use a handgun as a defensive tool to protect their lives and the lives of the people they care about,” concluded Harris.

Sign up for the Basic NRA Pistol or Basic Handgun Self-defense workshops at least three days before the class starts to ensure it is not cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Register by phone, 524-7459 or (800) 266-7845 ext. 7459, or at any NPC location during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

Harris is a certified NRA instructor in pistol, rifle and shotgun and is an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. As a full-time Spanish, humanities and education professor for NPC, he understands the various learning styles of students, and adapts his training to meet the needs of students. These courses, while noncredit, still maintain the high standards for instruction required by NPC’s national accrediting agency.

Harris, his wife and three children moved to the White Mountains two years ago, when he became a full time instructor for NPC. He is a Distinguished Graduate of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, and has earned a Distinguished Expert rating in Pistol, Trap Shotgun and Light Rifle in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

As an active United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) member and competitor, he holds a Grand Master Class club ranking in Limited Pistol, as well as Master Class club ranking in Unlimited, Production and Single Stack Pistol divisions. He actively competes in 3-Gun competitions, where he holds a Master Class club ranking in the Heavy Metal Division. He also competes in Cowboy Fast Draw competitions with his children.

NPC’s Community and Corporate Learning Division provides personal interest and specialized corporate training throughout NPC's service area. For more information about noncredit, personal interest classes, contact Loyelin Aceves, community learning specialist, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6244, or email or click on the "Noncredit Classes {Learning Adventures" link. For corporate training, contact Royce Kincanon, corporate learning coordinator, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6239, or email.

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