Firearms Training

Chris Lyon at the Defensive Handgun Course

Students shooting the course qualification

Susan Lyon with 29ID Pistol Team

NRA Basic Pistol Course

Lock, Stock, and Barrel is pleased to offer the National Rifle Association (NRA) Basic Pistol course. Enjoy participating in professional training in a serene, outdoor setting so you can focus on improving your firearms skills and expertise. Whether you are a new shooter or want to brush up on the basics, you'll enjoy our classes held in a relaxed, informal environment with a quiet, wooded, private range. You just need to provide you own bag lunch. You can borrow one of our firearms or bring your own. This course qualifies you to apply for your VA CCW. Course fee includes use of a handgun, course instruction, NRA Basic Pistol Handbook and range fees. Students need to provide their own ammo (50-100 rounds) of either .22 S/L/LR, .22 mag, .38, 9mm, .40, or .45 ACP. Classroom portion is 8am-2pm on Saturday and range time with be scheduled either Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Cost of the class is $150.

Upcoming Class Dates for 2022 

  • None scheduled; call for private or group session dates

If you have a group of 4 or more students, we will schedule a date to suit your needs

Private training available - flexible scheduling week-days, week-nights, or week-ends

Meet the Instructors   

The course will be taught by two NRA Certified Instructors, Chris Lyon and Susan Lyon. They have both completed an NRA Instructor course for both pistol and rifle. Chris is also a certified NRA Instructor for Shotgun, Refuse to be a Victim, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, and is a Chief Range Safety Officer. Both Susan and Chris continue to hone their skills by completing additional training such as the Defensive Handgun Course, a challenging 4-day tactical handgun course at Front Sight Firearms Training Academy in Pahrump, NV. Chris also completed the Tactical Shotgun course at Front Sight.

Susan is a 20-year veteran of the Army National Guard where she received training and successfully qualified on the M9 (9mm Beretta 92FS) pistol and the M4 (AR-15) rifle. In addition, she participated in the VA Army National Guard State Pistol Competition in 2018 where her team placed 3rd in the state.

Course Details

Duration: One day (8am - 5pm) / Cost: $150 per student


We fully adhere to the NRA Basic Pistol curriculum designed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). The course goal is: To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. The lesson topics are:

  • Lesson 1: Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling​
  • Lesson 2: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Lesson 3: Shooting Positions and Shooting Qualifications
  • Lesson 4: Scoring Targets, and Selecting and Maintaining Your Pistol
  • Lesson 5: Continued Opportunities for Skill Development


From NRA Basic Pistol Course Students at Lock, Stock, and Barrel

"Best part of the course was learning everything about the pistols beside the BANG!" - Quinton R. 

"The live shooting helped a lot with ability to shoot more accurately, also the instructors were very personable which made learning nicer and easier." - Brad F. 

"Most beneficial part of the course was the actual shooting with instruction on how to improve. Course was very well conducted, professional, and I learned a lot." - Gerald H.

"Most beneficial part of the course was physically being able to handle the firearms and the hands-on learning. Course went very smooth, it was very understandable - so it was perfect!" Emily P. 

"This was an awesome class, one that everyone should take. I am not saying everyone should have a gun (although that is a great idea) but everyone SHOULD know safety procedures and have basic knowledge of guns - and you should learn from Chris and Susan Lyon. These two do a thorough job covering a lot of information, being in tune with you to be certain you understand, encouraging you, being VERY patient as they repeat instructions. Handling a gun for the first time can be intimidating, they understand and work you through these moments. It was a fantastic class. Thanks Chris and Susan!" - Julie W. - 

"Just wanted you to know how informative, relaxed, and comfortable it was to participate in your instructional class. I enjoyed it immensely."

- William W. 

"I just wanted to thank you for the pistol course last weekend! It became apparent to me throughout the day what effective teachers you are and how much I learned. It was so neat to see the joyful spark in my classmates that day. You should both be very proud of the good work you’re doing."

- Julie S. 

"I really enjoyed the class, it was just what I was looking for."

- Dr. W. - Stafford, VA

"Excellent instruction, it was the best day! Personal assistance on form and focus on safety was the most beneficial part of the course" Rosemary S.. 

"The instructors are knowledgeable, pleasant, and professional" - Les W.