Holyoke Revolver Club

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot handguns.  The class runs from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm., please arrive 20 minutes early to register.  Students will receive the NRA handbook for the Basic Pistol Shooting Course.  A NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Certificate (required in Connecticut), and a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Basic Firearms Safety Certificate (required in Massachusetts) will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.  This course meets all the requirements for getting an LTC Class A large capacity license for Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The course has limited enrollment and classes fill up fast – each class is limited to 12.

The cost of the course is $125.00.  

Full payment is required to reserve a seat in class.

Topics covered in the course:

  • Rules for safe gun handling
  • Pistol parts and operation
  • Ammunition & Shooting fundamentals
  • Range Rules
  • Massachusetts Gun Laws
  • Process of applying for a LTC in MA

Cancellation Policy:

Due to limited enrollment payment is non-refundable. Rescheduling will be allowed for the next available class only if the cancellation is made a minimum of four (4) days before the class so that the reserved seat can be filled.   Cancellation on the day of the class is considered a ‘no show’.
For more information, email questions to:

What to Bring:
Not required but it’s a good idea to bring/wear a baseball hat, long sleeve shirt, pen, and notebook. While hearing and eye protection are provided you might want to consider purchasing your own eye protection and a set of electronic shooting earmuffs.

Course Notes:

  • Lunch is Provided – Pizza
  • Do NOT bring guns or ammunition!
  • No walk-ins allowed
  • 100% Attendance required
  • Must bring a Government-issued picture I.D.

Please register online by selecting the blue button with the date you would like to attend. Please submit your registration and pay online.

Interest & Questions, email:

06/15/24 - CANCELED

Register 07/20/24

Register 08/17/24

Register 09/21/34

Registration is not complete until payment has been received.



Practical matches are held on the second Saturday of each month. New shooters should arrive at 9 a.m. for safety instruction. Participants should bring a centerfire pistol or revolver and 100-150 rounds of ammunition, extra magazines and speedloaders, an OWB Holster (outside the waistband), a baseball cap along with eye and ear protection. Dan Jones is in charge. Volunteers are always needed to set up the stages please arrive at 8 a.m.


Bench Rest Rifle shooting season in now underway.
Bench rest shooting is a sport in which very accurate and precise rifles are shot at paper targets from a rest or bench from a sitting position.
Bench-rest competitions are held on the first and second Saturday (and the 5th Saturday if there is one).
Set up time is 9am. Matches start at 10am sharp.
The cost of the competition is $1.00 per target.
Please go to the Bench Rest page for more information. Check the Calendar for the latest dates.


The Holyoke Revolver Club has affiliations with both the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts. We highly recommend that our members support these two valuable Associations.

Please check Club Info & News for more information.


Dave Sparko conducts fun shoots on Tuesday evenings at the club. Competitors shoot .22 pistols at steel plates and a “Dueling Tree” of spinning targets, trying to move all of the discs to the opponent’s side of the tree. Match schedules will be posted on the club’s website and calenda

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