Basic CCW

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to carry a concealed pistol for personal defense.


The NRA CCW Course is intended for all individuals regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation. This instructor-led only course gives you direct instruction from an NRA-certified instructor from beginning to end and may be conducted in a classroom and on a shooting range with an Instructor.


NRA CCW takes place in a traditional classroom and range environment. This course may be completed in a single day format or over several days with smaller blocks of instruction.


Course topics include:

  • Firearm Safety (Mandatory)
  • Pistol Nomenclature and Selecting a Pistol for Self-Defense
  • Basic Defensive Pistol Skills
  • Drawing from Concealment
  • Loading and Stoppage Remediation
  • Mindset, Carry Modes and Pistol Concealment
  • Firearm Cleaning
  • Sport Shooting and Training Activities.


Course length is determined by the Instructor, to meet your State’s requirements for a CCW permit.

Additionally, students may complete live fire training and a nationally standardized shooting qualification while on the range with an NRA Certified Instructor.


Students will receive reference books, take a NRA CCW Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate bearing the signature of the NRA Secretary and your NRA Certified Instructor.