Frequently Asked Questions

We'll be happy to answer your questions

We're happy to answer any questions about shooting, our courses, and our organization. We've captured a few of the most commonly asked questions below, but please contact us with any additional questions.

Which of the courses should I take?

Basic Pistol is an eight hour introduction to revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Participants learn safety rules, parts and operation of common firearms, ammunition operation, marksmanship, cleaning, safe storage of firearms and ammunition, and sports shooting activities. Students conclude the day with live-fire instruction at a nearby range.

Personal Protection in the Home is an introduction to using firearms for personal protection. Topics include ethical use of deadly force, levels of awareness, psychological and physiological reactions to stress, defensive marksmanship, legal considerations of the purchase, ownership, use, and storage of firearms, elements of a safe home, reacting to a defensive encounter, and sports shooting and skill-building opportunities. Students conclude the day with live-fire instruction at a nearby range.

May I bring a child to attend your courses?

We recommend our Basic Pistol course for families with children of at least 15 years of age. Children are welcome to participate in range activities with their parent's approval and attendance. Topics covered in Personal Protection are sensitive in nature and we reserve attendance to those over age 21.

How do you take payment for courses?

Piedmont NRA Instructors is happy to accept payment by cash or check for course registration on the day of the course. We also accept if you wish to reserve your seat in advance.

What should I bring?

Students will receive all course materials and other tools during the courses. Basic Pistol students are encouraged to bring eye and ear protection, firearms and ammunition if they already own them. Instructors will provide eye and ear protection, firearms, and ammunition for any students who need them. Personal Protection in the Home students are encouraged to bring firearms,ammunition, ear, and eye protection if they have them. Instructors will provide eye and ear protection and firearms for students attending who need them. Personal Protection in the Home students will be responsible for providing or purchasing ammunition.

Which of your courses qualify for the Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit?

Basic Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home both meets the educational requirement for Virginia's Concealed Handgun Permit. For additional information on Virginia's permit process, please read the Virginia summary on and visit the Virginia State Police Resident or Non-Resident Concealed Handgun Permit page.

Do you offer other courses?

Piedmont NRA Instructors offer additional courses on demand, including Refuse to Be a Victim, Basic Rifle, and Basic Shotgun. Some of our instructors also offer Instructor Training and Training Counselor Instruction through the Northern Virginia Training Counselors. If you have an interest in taking any of these courses, please contact us.

We hope to see you in a Piedmont class soon!

Piedmont NRA Instructors, Inc.
PO Box 17283
Dulles Airport Station
Washington, DC 20041-7283