Outline of BOPS

Lesson I
Pistol Knowledge & Safe Gun Handling

  • Identify the principal parts of a pistol and the types of pistol actions, and demonstrate how they function
  • State, Explain and Apply the NRA rules for safe gun handling
  • how to handle a pistol in a safe manner
  • Revolver
  • Single-Action
  • Double-Action
  • Semi-Automatic Pistol
  • Single Action
  • Traditional Double-Action
  • Double Action Only
  • Safe Pistol Handling

Practical Exercise

Lesson II
Ammunition Knowledge & The Fundamentals Of Pistol Shooting

  • the different components of a pistol cartridge
  • the firing sequence of a cartridge
  • properly identify and store ammunition
  • the major types of cartridge malfunctions, and how to react to them
  • the fundamentals of pistol shooting
  • rimfire vs centerfire
  • “+p” or “+p+” designation,
  • Ammunition storage
  • misfires, hangafires, squib loads

5 shooting fundamentals: 

  1. AIMING
    1. sight alignment
    2. sight picture
  2. BREATH CONTROL
    1. the window
  3. HOLD CONTROL
    1. arc of movement
  4. TRIGGER CONTROL
    1. placement
    2. padding
    3. pulling
  5. FOLLOW-THROUGH
    1. after the shot

Practical Exercise

Lesson III
Shooting Positions & Shooting Qualification

  • benchrest position
  • isosceles position
  • weaver stance
  • fighting stance

Practical Exercise

Range Rules & Safety

Lesson IV
Scoring Targets & Selecting and Maintaining Your Pistol

  • Properly score a pistol target
  • guidelines for selecting and purchasing a pistol
  • how to safely clean a pistol
  • Storing guns and ammunition

Practical Exercise

Lesson V
Continued Opportunities For Skill Development

 

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course written examination

NRA Range Proficiency Test