NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course - Two-day clinic for women only

Attention, Students! The pre-requisite for this class is the online phase of the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course. To register for this course you must have completed the basics of pistol shooting phase 1 (which is the classroom portion of the course) online available at Upon successful completion of phase 1 and you print your certificate, your Personal Identification Number(PIN) is activated. You must use that PIN to sign up for this course.

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course – For Women Only

Coyote Point Rifle & Pistol Club, San Mateo

This is a two day clinic that is open exclusively to women.  Any female student under the age of 18-years-old must be accompanied by her parent or legal guardian.  Space is limited to nine students and pre-registration is required.  Comfortable clothing and shoes are suggested since the range is an outdoor facility.  Ear and eye protection are mandatory at all times while on the firing line.  The .22 caliber handguns, ammunition, targets, hearing protection, and safety glasses are all included in your registration fee.  Please, no walk-ins.

The cost is $125/student. Fees are due two weeks after registration.

The purpose of this clinic is to introduce basic pistol handling and safety to women who have had no experience with pistol shooting. Taught in a comfortable environment where students are encouraged to ask questions and dispel any preconceived anxieties they may have about guns. 

The class will teach pistol safety, components and operation, introduction to ammunition, fundamentals of shooting skills, and equipment care. Students receive training, manuals, use of .22 LR pistols (semi auto and revolver), .22 LR ammo, targets, range fees, eye and ear protection. A total of 8 hours will be split between 4 hour classroom lecture/demonstrations, 2 hr simulation and 2 hr shooting on the range. You will use only the ammunition and .22 caliber pistols provided by the instructors.

Students are eligible to take the California Firearm Safety Certification (required for purchase of any firearm in California) for an additional $25 upon completion of the class.

Male students wishing to learn basic pistol are directed to the First Steps courses offered monthly at the range.

Since the range is under the jurisdiction of the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department, live fire instruction is limited to the hours of 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Sunday.  The remainder of the class will be devoted to lecture and discussion. 

For general questions prior to registration, please feel free to email the class administrator (


Coyote Point Rifle Range is located at Coyote Point Park, 1601 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401.  At the entrance, inform the attendant that you will be going to the range so you will not need to pay the $6 park entrance fee. 

If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact us at
Please be sure to check our schedule often, we will be adding more classes later this and next year.