More Frequently Asked Questions

If I have a physical limitation or disability, can I take one of these classes?

Some students may not be able to assume certain shooting positions (i.e., standing shooting positions etc.) because of physical limitations or disabilities. The presence of a physical disability does not by itself affect a student’s eligibility to attend the course or receive a completion certificate. We are able to adapt the exercises to work within each student’s range of ability. 

Should I bring my firearm & ammunition into the classroom when I arrive?

NO!!! For safety reasons no ammunition is ever permitted in the classroom.  In the classroom training environment where handling of firearms and dry firing is necessary, it is imperative that no loaded firearms be present.  If ammunition is not in the room, it cannnot possibly get into a firearm!  This policy protects everyone keeping us all safe. Live ammunition may only be present on the range during live-fire exercises.

This is the policy of the NRA as well as High Desert Firearm Training and strictly enforced.

Can I bring my firearm or magazines into the classroom if I have my CCW?

NO!!! We do not make exceptions for CCW holders in any of our pistol classes. Because we are in a training environment where we will be handling firearms and dry firing is part of the exercises, it is imperative that no loaded firearms be present.  If ammunition is not in the room, it cannnot possibly get into a firearm!  This policy protects everyone keeping us all safe.

Live ammunition may only be present on the range during live-fire exercises.  

This is the policy of the NRA as well as High Desert Firearm Training and strictly enforced.


Anyone considering getting their CCW should consider taking more training classes.

Each of the NRA pistol shooting classes builds on the next class and shoud be taken in the following order  1. NRA Basic Pistol Class  2. NRA Inside The Home Personal Protection   3. NRA Outside The Home Personal Protection    4. Defensive Pistol Shooting 

Are there any restrictions on what type of Ammunition I can bring?

Yes, We require you to only bring "factory new ammunition", no reloads or steel core are allowed.

Is there an order I should take the Pistol classes in?

Yes, each of the pistol shooting classes builds on the next class and shoud be taken in the following order.

*NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

*NRA Defensive Pistol Shooting

*NRA Inside The Home Personal Protection

*NRA Outside The Home Personal Protection