Distinguished Pistol - NRA Recruiter

Our Mission

01. Your safety is our No. 1 concern

All of our shooting activities meet the highest standards for safety and are designed around NRA standards.  We have been inspected and permitted by our county and we only use commercial grade ammunition (no reloads).  Our range is supervised and all movement is controlled by the range master.  We take your safety seriously.  You can inspect our certifications, permits and licenses in our office at anytime. Just ask, and we'll review them with you.  Our certified instructors ensure your safety, and our family at Distinguished Pistol will make you want to come back for a great shooting time, again and again.


02. We guarantee your membership with us will be a rewarding experience

When you come for a shooting session at Distinguished Pistol, you become part of our family.  We want you to be happy with every part of the experience, from when you sign up to when you shoot and return again.  It's our goal to make sure every moment at Bassi Ranch is enjoyable and exciting.


03. You'll test your limits

Shooting is an extremely precise and competitive sport, one that many people add to their "bucket lists."  When you shoot with us, we're helping you accomplish a goal -- whether it's overcoming a fear of recoil or mastering your shot-group.  We like tight shots around here!  We'll help coach you to achieve your goal, but we'll never pressure you to do something beyond your comfort zone.  It's safe to practice your shooting skills with us.  We'll keep you challenged.

Paul Graham
Paul is a native of Ireland and an instructor for our NC CCH class.  Paul was formerly a police officer from Northern Ireland where he served over 28 years.  Paul retired from law enforcement in 2005 and continued his career as an independent contractor serving as an instructor to the Iraqi Police Service until 2008.   He then moved to North Carolina and gained his U.S. Citizenship in 2013.  Paul is certified as a NRA Basic Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Officer and NC CCH Certified Instructor.  Paul is the author of “Irishman in Iraq: Memoir of a Mercenary” and is an avid gun collector.


Yossi Purec
Yossi served in a tier one reconnaissance unit with the IDF from 2011-2014 and is still an active reservist with his unit.  Yossi specializes in urban warfare and applies his skills to teaching LE and military units around the country.  Yossi is the Director of the Tactical Division at Masada Tactical, LLC.

Classroom Training

Target frames

The DP Handgun Range

Everything you need!

Range Features

ADA Access

Retrievable Targets

Guest Instructors for Specialized Training

Tzviel “BK” Blankchtein
BK served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an infantry reconnaissance team member from 1993 to 1997.  He was honorably discharged upon completion of mandatory service as a sergeant first class. BK’s expertise includes firearms, tactical operations, hand-to-hand combat, amphibious assaults, operational security in hostile areas, intelligence and counter-intelligence operations. BK is often used as a consultant in designing training programs for military and law enforcement agencies. BK is a sworn officer in Alabama.  BK holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland in Counterterrorism and International Security, and a Graduate degree from American Military University in Security Management.

Finally!  A Bullseye Pistol Range!  

Clint Hilbert became a master-class shooter and distinguished pistol shot at a young age while serving in the military and went on to teach handgun safety and precision marksmanship for more than 30 years.  Clint had won two national pistol titles (the General Custer Trophy and the General Patton Trophy), and by the time he was 21 and served as an Instructor and Shooter on the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning.  He also earned the coveted President's Hundred tab and Gold Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge.

Ultimately, Clint designed and created the Distinguished Pistol handgun range in 2011 similar to the types of ranges used in competitive matches.  "Our range is a true north-facing outdoor range ... which is a big deal when you are shooting outside, because you want the sun behind you, not in your eyes, shining on your target, not silhouetting it," says Clint.  "All twelve lanes are covered and there are automatic edging targets at the 25-yard line and static targets at the 50-yard line.  We also have several lanes with retractable targets to the 50-foot line and an ADA lane with its own private parking space."

Partitioned Lanes

30' /50' / 25yrd / 50yrd

Sheridan Halfacre
Sheridan is a native of Raleigh and an instructor for our NC CCH class.  As a former U.S. Marine machine gunner, he completed the military’s senior weapons instructor course and is certified to teach both the NRA Basic Pistol course and the NC CCH Certification course.  Sheridan spends most of his time repairing pistols and rifles, and plans to graduate as a certified gunsmith by the end of 2017.  Sheridan currently specializes in Cerakote gun finishing.