FIRST = Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, & Safety Training. This sums up the NRA's First Steps Program.
While this action-specific class provides a thorough introduction to firearm safety, handling, & shooting skills, we do encourage you to take the NRA Basic Rifle or Shotgun Course after becoming more comfortable with your rifle or shotgun. We also encourage you to participate in local shooting activities that will help you maintain & develop your shooting skills.
These courses are 3 - 4 hours long. Lunch is not served in these classes.
These classes are not kept on our regular training schedule. Please contact us to set an appointment
NRA's First Steps Shotgun class is designed to provide a new shotgun owner with a hands-on introduction to the safe handling & proper orientation for one specific shotgun model: the one that you bring with you.
You may have just purchased this shotgun. You may have inherited it. This hands-on class will introduce you to the methods of safely owning, maintaining, & using your shotgun.
Lessons in the First Steps Shotgun Course include:
You will need to provide:
While this class is designed to introduce you to a particular shotgun (yours), if you do not have one AND you are interested in a particular action type, you are welcome to try our selection.
NRA's First Steps Rifle Course is designed to provide a new rifle owner with a hands-on introduction to the safe handling & proper orientation for one specific rifle model: the one that you bring with you.
You may have just purchased this rifle. You may have inherited it. This hands-on class will introduce you to the methods of safely owning, maintaining, & using your rifle.
Lessons in the First Steps Rifle Course include:
You will need to provide:
While this class is designed to introduce you to a particular rifle (yours), if you do not have one AND you are interested in a particular action type, you are welcome to try our selection.
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.
Ladies: If you are pregnant or nursing, we will require a written doctor's authorization allowing you to shoot & handle ammunition.
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.
Only "dummy" ammunition is allowed in the classroom.
Class Materials, a Completion Certificate, & Range Fees are included in the course fee.
There is a (minimum) non-refundable $50.00 deposit required for registration. If you are unable to attend the class after registering, this deposit will be applied to your next registration.
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.
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?
For NRA Instructor Candidates: Your NRA Certification Fees will be less!