The NRA Training Department, with the help from our top certified instructors from across the country, has developed a new introductory pistol marksmanship course called the NRA Pistol Marksmanship Simulator Training Course.

When surveying our instructors needs we see a reoccurring theme – limited access to shooting ranges and help recruiting more students. The goal of this program is to address those needs while teaching basic marksmanship fundamentals, firearm safety and enticing the students to continue their education by signing up for your Basic Pistol Course with live fire. No range is needed with this simulator-training course. It can be held anywhere – a meeting room in a hotel, a boardroom in office, or a church. With very little equipment, the NRA Pistol Marksmanship Simulator Training Course (or "SimCo" for short) will teach the fundamentals of sight alignment, trigger, grip, and breath control. At the completion of the course, an NRA participation certificate is awarded.

After evaluating several systems, we have determined that there must be minimum equipment requirements to enable NRA instructors to conduct a quality marksmanship course. One of the main requirements would be a simulated pistol that has a resetting trigger and uses a laser to indicate where the shots are being hit. The pistol must have enough heft to feel realistic and include a removable simulated magazine and realistic sights. A good example of such a pistol is the Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger (SIRT) pistol such as those designed by NextLevel Training (NLT).

In addition, you must have the ability to record the shots and provide instant feedback to your students. For instance, there are systems available that will allow you to use any standard target (or a piece of paper), a web cam and a laptop to record all your student’s hits to provide this form of feedback. In addition, there are even more elaborate systems that use projectors, web cams, laptops, and a myriad of devices that can also provide the same sort of data. How elaborate you want to be is up to you, but as indicated, NRA does have absolute minimum requirements that must be met.

Those equipment requirements are:

  • Realistic pistol with resetting trigger, sights and a laser indicating shot placement,
  • Computer software that will record shots and provide instant feedback for students and instructor,
  • Webcam for recording shots.

NRA Certified Pistol Instructors that possess the appropriate equipment and are interested in exploring this new opportunity can download the lesson PowerPoint® and certificates at nrainstructors.org.

During our evaluation process, two computer software systems met the requirements of the SimCo training. Those are systems are LASR's Laser Activated Shot Reporter and Laser Shot's WebCam Range. For more information on their systems please visit their websites at lasrapp.com and lasershot.com.

NextLevel Training offers special pricing for NRA Certified Instructors. To learn more about SIRT pistols and how to use them in your coursework, NLT has developed an Affiliate Pistol Instructor Course. For more information on that course, visit nextleveltraining.com/NRAInstructor. For more information about purchasing SIRT pistols, visit nextleveltraining.com/content/sirt-specifications.