CT Pistol Permits

This class is required to obtain a permit to buy or carry a handgun in Connecticut. This permit also satisfies the requirements to buy ammunition, shotguns and rifles in Connecticut.

The course is conducted in two separate phases:

Phase 1 is online through the NRA Learning Management System (LMS).

Phase 2 is the instructor led training portion of the course at Ramapoo.


Students must first complete Phase 1 (online). This may take several hours and once completed students have to attend Phase 2 (at Ramapoo) within 90 days. When signing up for the online phase students will be required to set up a PIN # and will have access to the digital handbook. A copy of the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting will then be mailed by the NRA.


Students will find the online phase of the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course at https://onlinetraining.nra.org


Fees: The fee for Phase 1 is $60, payable to the NRA when enrolling online.

           The fee for Phase 2 is $150, payable to Ramapoo (check or cash).


The Ramapoo classes for Phase 2 are held on the first and second Wednesday of each month beginning at 6:30 pm. Students must attend both Wednesday evening classes.


All classes at Ramapoo are conducted by Certified NRA Instructors and stress safety while providing the basic knowledge and skills necessary for owning and using a handgun. Classes fill quickly. Students must pre-register for Phase 2 at least three weeks in advance, in person, and pay the fee of $150 at the Club when staffed on Monday or Tuesday evenings (from 7:30 to 9:30 pm) or on Sunday afternoons (from 1:00 to 4:00 pm). Please check the calendar on the Hours page to confirm that the club is staffed.

It is recommended that students obtain the forms for a pistol permit from their local police department and bring them to class if an instructor's signature is required.  For additional information see the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's website.


All applicants must be at least 21 years old and be able to lawfully handle handguns in accordance with state and federal statutes.

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