Learning to use a firearm requires patience and a steady hand, much like feeding a squirrel an M&M. Hone your skills with this Groupon.
$88 for an Eight-Hour Connecticut Pistol-Permit Class ($200 Value)
During the eight-hour NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course – CT Pistol Permit Class, students receive both classroom and supervised live-fire training to learn the basics of operating a revolver and semiautomatic pistol. Instructional topics range from ammunition and cleaning to range etiquette and firing stance. The class includes all equipment and lunch, as well as a "NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting" handbook, "NRA Gun Safety Rules" brochure, "Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification" booklet, final exam, pencils to chew on during the final exam, and a certificate of completion. Classes are held at multiple locations, and reservations are required. Classes take place Monday's from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday nights from 5 p.m.–1 a.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
A distinguished marksman for the US Marine Corps who trained his fellow Marines in pistol and rifle shooting, Sergeant Matt Foster now helms a team of coed firearms instructors. Teaching classes such as the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course – CT Pistol Permit Class and its women's-only version, the instructors rely on a TPI training method—an acronym for Total Participant Involvement—that emphasizes one-on-training and encourages students to go at their own pace to maximize skill retention.