By Kerrin Brinkman | February 19 2011 10:52

Thanks to John Howard, NRA's National Instructor Trainer, for passing along this information aimed at Iowans:  

NRA Training on NRAblog

As you know, Iowa recently became a "Shall Issue" state with SF 2379 became effective on January 1, 2011. One of the training requirements that may be used to fulfill the concealed carry permit's training requirement is "completion of any National Rifle Association (NRA) handgun safety training course.”

As you can imagine, this has created a great deal of interest from individuals in Iowa seeking to get certified by the NRA as Pistol Instructors. Currently, the entire state of Iowa only has 315 NRA Certified Pistol Instructors, and only 145 of those indicate that they will accept referrals for prospective students. The majority of these instructors are centrally located within the state.

NRA’s Training Department would like to come to Iowa and develop additional NRA Certified Pistol Instructors. Our first course will be conducted at Brownell’s in Montezuma the last weekend in March and is nearly full. We would like to create instructors in each corner of the state and do this as a member benefit. If you are in one of these areas and are willing to host the NRA Training Department to conduct a course, we would like to hear from you. The requirements are a classroom that can accommodate approximately 22 individuals and a facility/range for live fire exercises. At least a dozen interested and experienced shooters are needed to conduct a course. Candidates for a Pistol Instructor course must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be very familiar with both semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.

Our goal is to complete this training by the end of April, 2011. Again, if you have a facility/range and would like to host a course, please contact us at or


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