NRA-NMLRA Basic Muzzleloading Pistol Shooting Course


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Lesson Details

LESSON ONE (2 hrs) – Classroom

  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • History of Muzzleloading Pistols
  • Principle Parts of Percussion and Flintlock Pistols and Revolvers
  • Demonstration of Safe Muzzleloading Pistols Handling

LESSON TWO (2 hrs) – Classroom

  • Blackpowder, its Substitutes and Proper Use
  • Safety Procedures for Blackpowder
  • Proper Components of a Load
  • Procedures and Accessories for Loading Muzzleloading Pistols

LESSON THREE (2 hrs) – Classroom / Range

  • Demonstration of Safe Shooting Skill and Attitude for Muzzleloading Pistols
  • Shoot target from Benchrest position
  • Identify Pistol Cleaning Materials
  • Clean Muzzleloading Pistol Safely

LESSON FOUR (2 hrs) – Range

  • Causes of Muzzleloading Pistol Failure to Fire and Corrective Procedures
  • Demonstrating Firing a Muzzleloading Pistol from the Standing Position

LESSON FIVE (2 hrs) – Range

  • Demonstrate Shooting a Muzzloading Revolver
  • Hit a Target Using a Muzzloading Revolver
  • Disassemble, Clean and Reassemble a Muzzloading Revolver

LESSON SIX (2 hrs) – Classroom

  • Identify Several Ways to Pursue a Shooting Interest
  • Use of NRA Muzzleloading Qualifications Program
  • Criteria for Selecting Muzzleloading Pistol and Revolver
  • Joining Shooting Groups


  • 12-Hour Classroom & Range

This course is offered year round as a private lesson.

This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a muzzleloading pistol. We supply NRA Basic Muzzle Loading Rifle Course class instruction, range fee, safety equipment. We will supply pistol rental, and supplies for an extra $30.00.

The course is 12 hours in length and includes classroom time and instruction on a range shooting a muzzleloading pistol. Each student learns the NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling; parts of a percussion, flintlocks and revolvers; cleaning; shooting from the standing position; identifying failure to fire; and benefits of becoming an active participant in the shooting sports. Students will receive the Muzzleloading Pistol handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Muzzleloading Student Examination, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 1985, reprint 8-08).

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