NRA Basic Pistol Permit Courses

Classes & Events

The Alpha Dog Armory offers the National Rifle Association (NRA) Basic Pistol Course. This course is required to obtain the Connecticut State Pistol Permit. Contact us for more information.

This permit allows Connecticut residents to purchase any CT legal rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver or ammunition. With this permit you are allowed to carry a handgun concealed or non-concealed within Connecticut's borders (see FAQ section for certain restrictions).


The cost of the NRA Basic Pistol Course is:

  • Private Class = $225
  • Group of 2 = $325
  • Group of 5 = $650


The 8 hour class includes all NRA materials, ammunition and range time and firearm rental fees.



Please bring a pen or pencil, note paper and a government issued photo ID (driver's license, passport or military ID). DO NOT bring any firearms or ammunition into the classroom. You will learn:

  • Safe pistol handling
  • Pistol mechanics 
  • Ammunition components and function
  • Shooting fundamentals and basic shooting positions
  • Pistol maintenance and storage
  • How to choose a pistol


Firing Range:

During the required live fire portion of this course, all firearms, ammunition and targets will be provided. You may bring your own hearing protection and safety glasses, or we will provide them for you. You will:

  • Fire a revolver (single-action and double-action)
  • Fire a semi-automatic pistol


To obtain your CT Pistol Permit, you must be at least 21 years old and will need to pick up an the pistol permit application at your local police station or First Selectman's office. Follow the enclosed instructions and fully complete the application with any town specific requirements (ex: character references). The application will also need to be notarized. (see FAQ section for other restrictions)

When you submit your application at your local police station (or First Selectman's office) bring your complete, notarized application, a copy of your NRA Basic Pistol course certificate (from this class), driver's license and birth certificate, with any other requirements and a check to cover the fees. They will also take your fingerprints at this time. The background check should take between 8 - 10 weeks.

Once you receive your Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers (DPS-11-C), you will have 60 days to apply for the State Pistol Permit. You will need to bring your Temporary State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers (DPS-11-C) in person to the Department of Public Safety in Middletown, either your birth certificate or a U.S. Passport, and a check in the amount of $70.00 made out to "Treasurer, State of Connecticut". The State Pistol Permit is good for 5 years with a renewal fee of $70.00.


FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions


Pistol Permit Application Fees*:

City/town application fee:  $70.00

Background check fees:    $16.50 Federal, $50.00 State

State application fee:        $70.00

Total:                              $206.50


*Fees may vary by location.


For more information visit the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection website.