By Kyle Jillson | December 28 2013 12:45

Education and Training Division reaches milestone with pistol guidebook sales

NRA Instructor looks on at Women on Target event.My #4 moment of the year is another milestone accomplishment for the NRA's Education and Training Division. Back in October, the division sold its one millionth copy of the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting. Better known as the Basic Pistol handbook, the guide is a comprehensive resource on responsible pistol use and is the foundation of NRA’s popular Basic Pistol and FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation courses.

Replacing the aging pistol handbook in July 2009, the Basic Pistol handbook was written with intent to be more than a by-the-numbers instruction manual. The NRA wanted the Basic Pistol handbook to become an at-home reference guide that gun owners would be proud to put on their bookshelves. The guide covers a breadth of topics including basic firearm safety, storage options, range rules, target scoring and basic fundamentals such as shooting positions, grip and aiming.

Since coming off the press, the NRA has been shipping nearly 650 copies of the book per day. NRA's Program Materials Center sells the Basic Pistol handbook both individually and as part of a the packet in NRA Instructor-led courses. Thanks to the continued growing national interest in firearms, we don't expect that number to slow down any time soon and look forward to celebrating the sale of the 2,000,000th Basic Pistol handbook in a few years.

“This milestone reflects the growing national interest in firearms and the National Rifle Association’s place as the United States’ top provider of firearms training,” said Bill Poole, Managing Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division, upon the one millionth sale. “I would like to thank our more than 116,000 NRA Certified Instructors for their dedication to providing our citizens the means to responsibly enjoy their Second Amendment rights.”

Don't own a copy of the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting yet? Go to the NRA Program Materials Center at and pick up a copy today. If you're interested in getting the book while attending NRA Instructor-led classes on pistol shooting, search for nearby courses at

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