NRA BASIC Firearms & Safety Classes


OVERVIEW of NRA Basic Classes

Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association of America has been the training of people of good repute in the safe handling & proper use of firearms.  Today, as the nation's premier firearm training organization, the NRA continues to introduce thousands of individuals annually to the basics of safe, enjoyable shooting through the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.

The NRA's tradition of shooting education is over 137 years old, but the training methodologies used in NRA courses are regularly updated to reflect the latest instructional techniques & ensure the presentation of educationally sound, quality firearm training that is simple, effective, & enjoyable.  The administrative policies governing the conduct of NRA training courses are also periodically revised to help maintain the program's nationally recognized training standards, as well as to ensure that NRA firearm training is available to every law-abiding individual who wishes to receive it.

The NRA Basic Firearm Courses are for law-abiding US citizen or legal permanent resident alien adults and/or minors accompanied by a parent or guardian (as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law) desiring the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary for owning, maintaining, & using a firearm safely.

 Ladies-Only classes are offered at least once per month in each discipline whenever possible. 

Defensive Specialties, LLC requires any student under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  For shooting classes, students must be at least 8 years old due to the rules at our range.

NRA courses are not available to any individual who has been convicted of a crime of violence, or who is prohibited by federal, state, or local law from possessing firearms.

For safety, only "dummy" ammunition will be used for demonstration purposes.  Reloading classes do not allow firearms to be brought into our classroom.

For most classes that require shooting, you may bring your own firearm & ammunition, or you may use our firearm for a cleaning fee.  Ammo may be available for purchase, depending on the caliber.   

Shooting exercises are conducted at an outdoor range.  Please dress appropriately.  Eye & ear protection is required.  We recommend a high-necked shirt.  Hot brass can blister.  Flip-flops, sandals, & bare feet will not be allowed.  You must wear full-coverage shoes such as tennis shoes.

Lunches (for full day classes) & range fees are included with your class.

While you will see classes set up in the calendar, our schedule is flexible.  Please contact us if you have a specific date in mind & a different class is listed.  We will try to work with your schedule.

Family, Group, & Multi-Class Discounts are available.  Gift certificates are available. 

For Instructor Candidates:  Because the Basic Classes are a prerequisite for most Instructor Courses, we do offer Package Pricing!

Notice from the NRA:  NRA cannot provide any assistance in training foreign persons due to conflicting information from the U.S. Government regarding regulations pertinent to foreign persons and arms training.  NRA cannot process any requests for assistance in training foreign persons.  In view of the above, we regret to inform you that NRA cannot renew NRA Firearm Trainer credentials for any foreign national. 

If you have a group, a classroom, & a range (for the shooting classes), we will be happy to come to you!




NRA's Basic Pistol is a full day class where we work hands-on with various pistols to ensure you know how to safely load, cock, fire, de-cock, & unload the different types.  

We will practice various stances to see what works best for you using the Fundamentals of Shooting.  And then?  We go shoot some pistols!     



What kind of rifle shooting do YOU like to do?  

What kind of rifle shooting do you WANT to do?

There are a number of different types of rifle sporting events.  You may sit in a bench-rest position, lay or sit on the ground, kneel, or stand.  Some of these events include ranges up to 200 yards or more.  

Targets may include metallic silhouette targets.  Others are paper.  Or you may enjoy plinking at tin cans on a Sunday afternoon.  And, of course, there's hunting.

Cowboy shoots are now available at many clubs.  These competitions require that you dress up in addition to actually shooting rifles, pistols, & shotguns.  (Please check out the Cowboy competition at the Cherokee Gun Club in Gainesville, GA.) 

Rifle calibers range from .22 to .50 and beyond.

NRA's Basic Rifle class is a full day of hands-on experience with various types of rifles & ammunition to learn the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary for owning & using a rifle safely in shooting a target.



Trap.  Skeet.  Sporting Clays.  Five Stand.  FITASC.  These are some of the "games" shotgunners take part in.  

Our students say that shotgunning can become quickly addictive.  (We already knew that!)

NRA's Basic Shotgun class teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. 



FIRST = Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, & Safety Training. 

This sums up the NRA's First Steps Program.

These 3-hour classes provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling & proper orientation to one specific rifle or shotgun action type.  Bring your own or try ours!



NRA's Personal Protection Inside the Home class builds on information gained in Basic Pistol & develops the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude essential to the safe & efficient use of a firearm for protection of self & family, & provides information on the law-abiding citizen's right to self-defense.



NRA's Personal Protection Outside the Home class builds on the information learned during the Basic Pistol & Personal Protection Inside the Home classes & teaches students the knowledge, skills & attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations & for the safe, effective & responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. 



NRA's Home Firearm Safety class is a half-day non-shooting course that teaches students the basic knowledge & skills to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling & storage of firearms/ammunition in the home. 

Great for older children & new gun owners!



NRA's Range Safety Officer (RSO) program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally recognized range safety officer certification. 

In this full day class, you will learn the knowledge, skills, & attitude essential to organizing, conducting, & supervising safe shooting activities & range operations. 



NRA's Metallic & Shotshell Reloading classes teach beginning reloaders the basic knowledge, skills &  attitude necessary to safely reload metallic &/or shotgun shell cartridges. 

No experience is required!



Let's get OLD SCHOOL!

The NRA/NMLRA Basic Muzzleloading course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of muzzleloading guns. 

Rifles, Pistols, & Shotguns are all covered in this full-day class!



 The single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it. 

NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips & techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations & to avoid becoming a victim.  



NRA's Defensive Pistol course focuses on the techniques needed to develop a defensive mindset.  

This course builds on the knowledge learned in Basic Pistol & teaches the knowledge, skills, & attitude to carry & use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, & with confidence. 


If you would like to join the NRA, you may click on the link to the right to go to the NRA website or you may sign up during your class.  Either way, you'll save $10 off the regular sign-up fee.  This $10 discount is in addition to the many benefits of belonging to the NRA.  

What are the benefits of joining the NRA?

  • Discounts at over 6,000 hotels & motels nationwide
  • Discounts at several different car rental companies
  • Discounts at many other companies such as LifeLock, mortgage/real estate/moving services
  • Discounts at TLC Laser Eye Centres
  • Invitation to apply for No Annual Fee Visa® card with 0% intro APR
  • Legislative updates
  • Subscription to your choice of four award-winning NRA membership magazines
  • 24/7 defense of your firearm freedoms

For NRA Instructor Candidates:  Your NRA Certification Fees will be less!