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SPC to Host Traditional NRA Basic Pistol Course April 16-17

LEVELLAND – South Plains College will offer a traditional NRA Basic Pistol class on April 16 (Saturday) and April 17 (Sunday) in room 115 of the Law Enforcement Technology building on the Levelland campus. 

The course runs eight to 12 hours, depending on the number of students, and includes classroom and range time. The classroom portion will begin at 9 a.m. on April 16 (Saturday), with breaks every hour as well as a lunch break. The shooting portion will begin at 2 p.m. on April 17 (Sunday) depending on the number of students. Pistols, ammunition, hearing and eye protection are provided, although students are free to bring their own pistols. 

The cost of the course is $80, and students need to register and pay in advance. Because of the range requirements, space is limited to 15 students. 

Starting by June 1, the first seven hours of the Basic Pistol class will be taught online with students watching videos and then taking the written test. Upon passing the test, students then may search for the range portion to complete the course. This class, however, will have live instructors and the chance to ask questions for clarification. 

This is an excellent course for new pistol shooters, or those who need more training and self-confidence before applying for a Texas License to Carry a Handgun. 

Basic Pistol covers NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. The cost includes the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook. 

To sign up, call Kasey Reyes, administrative assistant to the Dean of Continuing and Distance Education, at (806) 716-2341 or email

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