Basic Pistol Course – 2 Day

Course Description


This is an introduction to the fundamentals and deployment of the pistol for defensive purposes.

Students will have an opportunity to shoot IWI US firearms at the end of the course and receive discounts on an IWI firearm and discounts at the webstore.

*This course requires a degree of physical exertion.  Light running, standing, kneeling and prone are part of the training curriculum.

Core Topics

Some of the many topics covered include:

  • Equipment selection
  • Marksmanship and shooting mechanics
  • Recoil Management in multiple round engagements
  • Presentations from the holster
  • Multiple targets/ high and low probability
  • Reloads and malfunctions
  • Carry methods for movement
  • Kneeling positions
  • Use of cover

*For additional questions contact us directly at or 717-695-2081 and reference the Pistol Basics Course.

West Shore Sportsman’s Association

564 Ridge Road
Lewisberry, PA 17339

Days Inn New Cumberland/Harrisburg South

(717) 774-4156
353 Lewisberry Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070

  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast

Best Western Plus New Cumberland Inn & Suites

(717) 774-4440
702 Limekiln Rd.
New Cumberland, PA 17070

  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast


  • None.  This course is for the new shooter.

Firearms Requirements:

  • Pistol and 3 high-capacity magazines or 5 magazines for magazines with 10 rounds or less
  • Holster, magazine pouch (student needs to carry at least 2 magazines on their person)
  • Suitable belt for holding a loaded pistol and loaded magazines

All students will be expected to have good quality pistols and holster systems.

Serpa and Nylon holsters will not be allowed for this training.

Ammunition Requirements:

  • 600 rounds of serviceable ammunition

Gear Requirements:

  • Hearing Protection
  • Eye Protection
  • Knee Pads
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Boots / Hiking Shoes
  • Rain Gear
  • Jacket (Seasonal)
  • Water Bottle
  • Cleaning Kit

What does the cost of registration cover?

Cost will cover the course only. The student is responsible for costs associated with travel, lodging, meals (unless otherwise indicated), firearms (unless a loaner is requested), ammunition, and personal gear.

Do I need a background check to attend training?

Yes, unless you have a current state issued concealed carry permit.

*If so, then you will need to upload a copy of your permit and driver’s license during registration in lieu of a background check.

I don’t have a concealed carry permit. How do I obtain a background check?

Sentry Link offers a National Criminal Background Check for a fee of $19.95 per report.

Once the report is obtained send the report to to have it included with your registration packet. You can send the report via the “Share” button.

How do I pay for the course?

During the registration process, you will be asked to enter your payment information or voucher code in order to pay for the course. This payment is required to hold your place in the course due to class limits and the management of student / instructor ratios. Cost covers the course only (unless otherwise indicated). Students are responsible for costs associated with travel, lodging, meals, firearms (unless a loaner is requested), ammunition, and personal gear.

Refund/Reschedule Policy:

  • Cancellations: If you cancel no later than 30 days prior to the start of your course, your payment can be applied to a future course for up to one year. If you cancel within 30 days of your course start date, your payment is non-refundable. However, that balance may be applied to another course within one year.
  • Refunds: You can receive a full refund up to 30 days prior to the start of your course. Any amount over $250 is fully transferable or refundable if you cannot make the class for any reason, with or without notice.
  • Reschedule: You can reschedule up to 2 times without penalty. After that you are no longer eligible to transfer your payment to a future course and forfeit your refund.

Additional Questions?

See Course Terms and Conditions

Questions? Give us a call at: (717) 695-2081 or send us an email