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NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation

Pistol Shooting Basics

Classroom (3 hrs):  & Range (1 hr):

FIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training”, a program the NRA developed to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This FIRST Steps program is a basic courses abbreviated to the most fundamental shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of pistol. With this course students will receive the NRA' s The Basic of :Pistol Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their pistol. The practical exercise covers a single pistol shooting position. As the number of participants or pistol type’s present increases, the course will take proportionally longer.

Because of its narrow focus, this course can be completed as quickly as 3 hours.

Course Goal
“To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.”

Required Ammunition
50 rounds of ammunition and range fee


    1 - Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation (45 min. Classroom)
  1. 2 - Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting (45 min. Classroom)
  2. 3 - Introduction to Pistol Shooting from the Benchrest Position (60 min. Classroom)
  3. 4 - Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities (30 min. Classroom)
  4. 5 - Optional Range shooting Session

There are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

Course Completion
Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” certificateupon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”.

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