Welcome to the Handgun section of the ISRA Academy.

The purpose of the Academy is to offer courses that fit the needs of new shooters as well as experienced shooters, with the goal of elevating their proficiency to higher levels.  The ISRA Academy also takes into consideration a person’s physical ability.  

The ISRA Academy is located in Illinois.  While classroom portions are taught indoors, our ranges are outdoors.  Please be sure to dress accordingly for the weather. There will be a variety of classes that will vary in length.  Some classes will be one day, while others may be a week long. Many courses are one or two day classes to accommodate a person’s available time. There will also be several different instructors, which will give you the opportunity to experience different points of view.

As you explore the ISRA Academy’s offerings over the next few months, you will see an ever-changing, expanding course catalog.  I am sure you will find classes to meet your needs.  Please note that ISRA members receive a discount on most classes.  These discounts usually exceed the cost of membership.

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Handgun Workout Level 1 (Semiautomatic Pistols Only)

This course is designed to teach students basic firearm safety.

We will also cover topics such as:
What to look for when selecting the gear and gadgets needed to protect yourself and your family.
Ammunition Selection.
Drawing from a strong side hip holster both concealed and open.
Basic tactical marksmanship including sighted and un sighted fire.
Shooting and moving.
Introduction to cover versus concealment.

Suggested equipment: Eye and ear protection. Hat. Concealable Firearm. Strong side hip holster. magazines and magazine holders.
Cover garment.Enclosed footwear. Dress appropriately for the weather.


Course Length: 1 Day
Course Cost  : ISRA Member $150.00 Non ISRA Member $200.00
Ammunition   : 300 Rounds (No Steel Core Ammunition allowed)

Prerequisites: None


Handgun Workout Level 2 (Semiautomatic Pistols Only)

This course is designed to teach students intermediate firearm safety.

We will also cover topics such as:
Review marksmanship skills;
Shoot no shoot scenarios.;
Different shooting positions.;
Effective use of cover and concealment.;
Tactical reloads and marksmanship skills

.Suggested equipment: Eye and ear protection. Hat. Concealable Firearm. Strong side hip holster. magazines and magazine holders. Cover garment. Enclosed footwear. Dress appropriately for the weather.


Course Length: 1 Day Course
Cost : ISRA Member $150.00 Non ISRA Member $200.00
Ammunition:350 Rounds (No Steel Core Ammunition allowed)
Prerequisites: Handgun workout Level 1 (No Exceptions)

Handgun Workout Level 3 (Semiautomatic Pistols Only)

This course is designed to teach students Advanced firearm safety.

We will also cover topics such as: 
Review tactical marksmanship skills.
Contact Shooting.
Close quarter combat.
Handgun retention.
Shooting in crowded areas.
Introduction to partner tactics.

Suggested equipment: Eye and ear protection. Hat. Concealable Firearm. Strong side hip holster. magazines and magazine holders.Cover garment. Enclosed footwear. Dress appropriately for the weather.


Course Length: 1 Day
Course Cost  : ISRA Member $200.00 Non ISRA Member $250.00
Ammunition   : 400 Rounds (No Steel Core Ammunition allowed)
Prerequisites: Handgun workout Level 2 (No Exceptions)

NRA CLASSES 

NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course


Short Description : Comprehensive and intensive in its approach to equip the defensive shooting candidate with the skills needed to survive serious adversity.

More Details: The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Students have the opportunity to attend this course using a quality strong side hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation. 

Course Cost  : ISRA Member $225.00 Non ISRA Member $275.00

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course


Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

More Details: This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development.

Course Cost  : ISRA Member $150.00 Non ISRA Member $200.00

NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation 


Short Description : Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training — is the NRA’s response to the American public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers.

More Details: NRA FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type for classes of four or fewer students. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific pistol action type. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. 


Course Cost  : ISRA Member $75.00 Non ISRA Member $125.00