I'm starting a list for the next pistol safety/CCW class so contact me now with your $20 deposit to reserve your seat.

If you live in a state other than WV, check to determine class requirements for your state.   Please don't assume all state requirements are the same.

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We currently don't have any classes scheduled, please check back or contact us if you'd like to schedule one.


**Although rare, I reserve the right to cancel/postpone a class.**

Please feel free to contact me with questions regarding the classes.

To check for class openings and to sign up, email me or click the button at the bottom of this page:        

Choose "NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting-Instructor Led Only" and Pocahontas, WV zip code is "24934"

Women only classes are availablecontact me if you're interested and we'll get something scheduled.

Classes can usually be done in one day. Most find this class to be a very informative and relaxed way to cover the topic of pistols and how to safely handle and operate them.  Even people with little to no experience find my classes educational and comfortable. 

Description of my class content:

This is the NRA Basic Pistol Course. It meets the eligibility requirements for the West Virginia Concealed Handgun License, commonly referred to as CCW.General laws and regulations will be discussed as well as safe firearm handling, firearm parts and operation, ammunition and its components, shooting fundamentals and an opportunity to develop them on the range. I also cover how to select, clean and store a firearm, and discuss various activities available to help participants develop and improve their shooting skills.      

The class consists of classroom education and some hands-on, live fire range training. The class can also be broken up into multiple days, evenings and weekend times to fit your schedule.

All required course materials will be provided.


The cost of the class is $65 when you bring your own pistol and ammunition. This price includes all required course material (student handbook, targets, etc.). It is perfectly fine if you share a pistol with a friend or family member taking the class with you. If you don't have your own pistol yet, please contact me and I can rent you one for an additional fee. I can also sell you ammunition if you need it, see my prices listed here.

A $20 deposit is required to guarantee you a seat in the class.

Click the deposit button below to reserve your seat now.

Range Training Only:

If you would like training on the safe handling, operation, cleaning and storage of firearms, without the full NRA class, I offer hands on, live fire training at a reduced cost. This range training is offered for $25.00-no NRA training certificate is issued, only a training affidavit for tax credit purposes.


NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

Rob Whalen

Email: info@averagejoesfirearms.com

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