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Dutchess County Pistol Association


Training The Dutchess County Pistol Assoc. is dedicated to handgun safety.

Because we feel strongly that safety is an important aspect of our shooting sport, we are proud to offer NRA Certified Classes. The DCPA has NRA Certified Firearms Instructors on staff that conduct classes on a regular basis. Currently we are offering the ten hour NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting. This course is open to both members and the public. Anyone age 14-20 years old can attend this class. Those 21 and older, a valid NYS pistol license is required. This class is required to become a member of the DCPA or to acquire the certification needed to apply for out of state, non-resident pistol licenses. Many people take the course to improve upon their knowledge of firearms and skills in their use. No matter your reason, learning the basics of safe pistol shooting is essential to becoming a responsible handgun owner.

The Fundamentals of Safe Gun Handling:

  1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
  2. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
  3. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

New York State 18 Hour Pistol Permit Class

This is the required course to obtain your New York State Pistol Permit.
All instructors are NRA and Rangemaster certified.
Get started on your pistol permit with professional, experienced instructors. Our instructors have been teaching NY pistol permit classes since 2006.
This course deals primarily with the two types of pistols in most common use today: the revolver and the semi-automatic.
As per NY law concealed carry firearm safety training must include 16 hours of in-person live classroom instruction and 2 hours of live-fire training.

Click here for more info on the New York State 18 Hour Pistol Permit Class

NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course

Pistol Safety Book The goal of the NRAís Basic Pistol Course is to teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a handgun safely. The course is intended for all adults regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation.

Student's will receive a copy of the NRA's "The Basic of Pistol Shooting" handbook. The course uses an interactive teaching method requiring student participation in an instructor led, hands on, classroom and range experience. You will learn many important concepts, including:

  • gun safety rules, comprehension and application
  • proper handling, loading and unloading of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols
  • ammunition knowledge and selection
  • selecting and storing a pistol
  • the fundamentals of shooting
  • pistol inspection and maintenance
  • range protocol
  • shooting positions
  • live fire
  • shooting qualification

Certificates are awarded to participants who successfully complete this basic course.

2023 NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting
Class Schedule

January 20 & 21
(Snow Date: Jan 28/29, Sat/Sun)
Fri & Sat Fri 6:30pm-9pm
Sat 9am-2pm
March 24 & 25 Fri & Sat Fri 6:30pm-9pm
Sat 9am-2pm
May 24, 25, & 26 Wed, Thu & Fri 6:30pm-9:00pm
July 12, 13, & 14 Wed, Thu & Fri 6:30pm-9:00pm
September 20, 21, & 22 Wed, Thu & Fri 6:30pm-9:00pm
November 10 & 11 Fri & Sat Fri 6:30pm-9pm
Sat 9am-2pm

Class Fees are:
  • 21 years and older (Adult) = $160 per person *
  • 14-20 years old (Junior) = $75 per person
  • Relative of DCPA Member (living in same household) = $75 per person
This fee includes all materials, book, use of handguns, up to 300 rounds of ammunition, ear protection, eye protection and certificate.

* If you wish to bring your own firearm (.22 recommended) and at least 300 rounds of ammunition, we will discount the full course fee to $125.

This fee is payable through PayPal (click on the PayPal logo in the sidebar), or you may bring Cash or a Money Order (payable to DCPA) to the first day of the class.

For more Information or to Register:
Contact: Mike Fairchild
Phone: (845) 226-8611

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