NRA's First Step Classes

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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

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NRA First Steps Shotgun

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:


  • Introduction of Shotgun Safety, Parts, & Operation
  • Introduction to Ammunition
  • Fundamentals of Shotgun Shooting
  • Introduction to Shotgun Shooting at Straightaway Targets
  • Introduction to Shotgun Cleaning & Storage
  • Training Opportunities


You will need to provide: 


  • A notebook
  • A pen & highlighter
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Your shotgun
  • Your shotgun case, if you have one
  • Your shotgun owner's manual, if you have one
  • 50 Rounds (2 boxes) of shotgun ammunition (7-1/2, 8, or 9 shot)  


Other Notes:


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.

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NRA FIRST STEPS RIFLE

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:


  • Introduction of Rifle Safety, Parts, & Operation
  • Introduction to Ammunition
  • Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting
  • Introduction to Rifle Shooting from the Benchrest Position
  • Introduction to Rifle Cleaning & Storage
  • Training Opportunities


You will need to provide:


  • A notebook
  • A pen & highlighter
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Your rifle
  • Your rifle case, if you have one
  • Your rifle owner's manual, if you have one
  • 100 Rounds of ammunition (Call us if you are unsure what to purchase.)

Other Notes:


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. 

Reminders:

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.

JOIN THE NRA

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! 

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