NRA RELOADING CLASSES

NRA BASIC RELOADING CLASSES

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 The NRA's  Reloading Classes teach individuals the fundamentals of reloading & is designed to enable shooters with little or no prior experience in reloading to acquire the necessary knowledgeskills, & attitude to produce safe, consistent, & accurate reloaded ammunition.  

NRA RELOADING INSTRUCTOR COURSES

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 The goal of the NRA Metallic Cartridge/Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor courses is to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge &/or Shotgun Shell Reloading courses. 

NRA Basic Reloading

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METALLIC Cartridge Reloading

NOTE TO NRA RELOADING INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATES:  It is NOT a requirement that you take the Basic Reloading class.  But you MUST be familiar with all of the equipment, manuals, ballistics tables, etc.


Detailed information on the Instructor Reloading courses is below.



The NRA's Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course teaches individuals the fundamentals of metallic cartridge reloading & is designed to enable shooters with little or no prior experience in reloading to acquire the necessary knowledgeskills, & attitude to produce safe, consistent, & accurate reloaded ammunition. 

 

This class is one full day.  Reloading experience is not required for this class.  

Firearms/ammunition are not needed for this class.


 Lessons in the NRA Basic Metallic Reloading class include:


  • Introduction to Reloading & Reloading Safety
    • The Firing Process
    • The Reloading Process
    • Why People Reload
    • The Fundamental Safety Rules for Reloading


  • Centerfire Cartridge Components
    • Proper nomenclature for centerfire cartridge components:  Cases; Primers; Powder; & Bullets
    • Proper handling & storage procedures for cartridge components


  • Using the Reloading Manual & Reloading Data
    • Selecting a suitable load for a particular metallic cartridge from a reloading manual
    • Identifying useful ballistics information for a particular metallic cartridge load in the ballistics tables in reloading manuals


  • Metallic Cartridge Reloading Equipment
    • Identifying the equipment necessary to reload metallic cartridges
    • The proper operation & maintenance of reloading equipment
    • Requirements for a basic reloading bench


  • The Metallic Cartridge Reloading Process
    • The proper techniques used to reload metallic cartridges
    • Proper hygienic guidelines for handling lead & components


  • Practical Exercises 
    • Set up & operate reloading equipment
    • Reload a metallic cartridge (or several...)
       

You will need to provide:


  •           A notebook
  •           A pen & highlighter
  •           Safety glasses


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NRA Basic SHOTSHELL Reloading

The NRA's Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Course teaches individuals the fundamentals of shotgun shell reloading & is designed to enable shooters with little or no prior experience in reloading to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, & attitude to produce safe, consistent, & accurate reloaded ammunition.


This class is most of one full day.  Reloading experience is not required for this class.  


Firearms/ammunition are not needed for this class.


Lessons in the NRA Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Course include:


  • Introduction to Reloading & Reloading Safety
    • Describe the Firing Process
    • Explain the Reloading Process
    • Explain why People Reload
    • Name & Explain the Fundamental Safety Rules for Reloading


  • Shotgun Shell Components
    • Give the proper nomenclature for shotgun shell components:  Hulls; Primers; Smokeless Powder; Wads; & Shot or Slugs
    • State & explain the proper handling & storage procedures for shotgun shell components


  • Using the Reloading Manual & Reloading Data
    • Select a suitable load for a particular shotgun shell from a reloading manual
    • Identify useful ballistics information for a particular shotgun shell load in the ballistics tables in reloading manuals


  • Shotgun Shell Reloading Equipment
    • Identify the equipment necessary to reload shotgun shells
    • Explain the proper operation & maintenance of reloading equipment
    • Explain the requirements for a basic reloading bench


  • Making the First Shotgun Shell
    • Explain the proper techniques used to reload shotgun shells
    • Identify & explain the proper hygienic guidelines for handling lead & components
    • Set up & operate reloading equipment
    • Reload a shotgun shell (or several...)


You will need to provide:


  •           A notebook
  •           A pen & highlighter
  •           Safety glasses

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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 handle ammunition components. 


No firearms are allowed in the classroom for reloading classes.


Class Materials, a Completion Certificate, & Lunch 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.

Have a question? We're here to help!

Instructor classes are offered once per month (in conjunction with the Basic class in that discipline).  In this case, odd months are Metallic Reloading Instructor & even months are Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor.


We try to offer Basic classes once per week for your convenience.  If a basic class doesn't meet your schedule (or if you have a specific date in mind & something else is scheduled), please contact us.

NRA RELOADING INSTRUCTOR COURSES

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The goal of the NRA Metallic Cartridge/Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor courses is to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge &/or Shotgun Shell Reloading courses.


Please note that while it is NOT an NRA requirement to complete the BASIC reloading classes, this class is for EXPERIENCED reloaders only.  This is not a class to teach you how to reload or work reloading equipment. This class is to teach you the NRA methods for teaching a basic reloading student.  You MUST be familiar with equipment, ballistics tables, & reloading manuals. 

NRA Metallic Reloading Instructor Course

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This class consists of 2 parts over 2 days: 


Basic Instructor Training (BIT) (if necessary)   

  • If you have taken BIT within the last 2 years, please let us know.  This will reduce your class by one day. If it has been longer than 2 years, you will need to take it again.

NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor Training  


Prerequisites:       


  • Successfully complete the Pre-Course Assessment by demonstrating basic  knowledge, skills, & safe handling procedures for reloading metallic cartridges in performing the following: 
    • Set up a rifle sizing die for both full-length & neck sizing in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
    • Set up & zero a powder scale, then weigh an object such as a bullet or empty cartridge case. 
    • Set up powder measure to throw a specified load.  
    • When given a cartridge, bullet, & powder charge, find the approximate velocity & describe the ballistic characteristics from a reloading manual (i.e., zero at 100 yards, bullet height or drop at 50, 150, 200, and 300 yards).  


  • Unsafe handling of materials will result in a failing score for the Pre-Course  Assessment.   Failure to successfully complete the prerequisites will result in the forfeiture of your deposit due to the time & expenses involved for the NRA Training Counselor to conduct these tests.  


Lessons in the NRA Metallic Reloading Instructor Course include:    


  • Introduction to NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course Outline & Lesson Plans   


  • Teaching Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Lesson I: Introduction to Reloading & Reloading Safety   


  • Teaching Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Lesson II: Centerfire Cartridge Components   


  • Teaching Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Lesson III: Using the Reloading Manual & Reloading Data   


  • Teaching Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Lesson IV: Metallic Cartridge Reloading Equipment   


  • Teaching Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Lesson V:  Making the First Metallic Cartridges   


  • Teaching Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Lesson VI:  Course Review & Examination  


You will need to provide:    


  • A notebook   
  • A pen & highlighter 
  • A 1-1/2" 3-ring binder   
  • Safety glasses   

Note:  You are welcome to bring your own reloading equipment or you may use ours. 

NRA Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor Course

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This class consists of 2 parts over 2 days: 


 Basic Instructor Training (BIT) (if necessary)   

  • If you have taken BIT within the last 2 years, please let us know.  This will reduce your class by one day. If it has been longer than 2 years, you will need to take it again.

NRA Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor Training  


Prerequisites:       


  • Successfully complete the Pre-Course Assessment by demonstrating basic knowledge, skills, & safe handling procedures for reloading shotgun shells in performing the following: 
    • Set up a shotgun shell reloader in accordance with  the manufacturer's instructions.
    • Throw a charge of a particular size & weight of shot.  
    • Throw a charge of a particular types & weight of powder
    • Seat the wad with a specific amount of wad pressure 
    • Form a proper crimp
    • Set up & zero a powder scale, then accurately weight a thrown charge of shot or powder
    • When given a specific hull, wad, & weight & velocity of the shot charge, use a shotgun shell reloading manual to find the proper powder type & quantity to safely produce the velocity desired with the components specified, as well as ballistic information such as downrange velocity & pellet energy at various ranges.


  • Unsafe handling of materials will result in a failing score for the Pre-Course Assessment.  Failure to successfully complete the prerequisites will result in the forfeiture of your deposit due to the time & expenses involved for the NRA Training Counselor to conduct these tests.  


Lessons in the NRA Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor Course include:    


  • Introduction to NRA Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Course Outline & Lesson Plans   


  • Teaching Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Lesson I: Introduction to Reloading & Reloading Safety   


  • Teaching Basic Shotgun Shell  Reloading Lesson II: Shotgun Shell Components   


  • Teaching Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Lesson III: Using the Reloading Manual & Reloading Data  


  • Teaching Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Lesson IV: Shotgun Shell Reloading Equipment   


  • Teaching Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Lesson V:  Making the First Shotgun Shells   


  • Teaching Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Lesson VI:  Course Review & Examination  


You will need to provide:    


  • A notebook   
  • A pen & highlighter 
  • A 1-1/2" 3-ring binder   
  • Safety glasses   

Note:  You are welcome to bring your own reloading equipment or you may use ours. 

Reminders:

We offer the Instructor Reloading classes alternately on a monthly basis:  Metallic in January, March, May, July, September, & November.  Shotshell in February, April, June, August, October, & December.   They are run in conjunction with the Basic Reloading classes.


While attending the BASIC reloading classes is not mandatory for experienced reloaders, package pricing includes the Basic Reloading Class, BIT (if necessary), the Reloading Instructor Course, & Lunches.  


If you have had BIT within the last 2 years, this will reduce your time by a day.  (We don't charge for BIT, so, no, it won't save you any on the class fee.  Sorry...)


No live firearms are allowed in the classroom for reloading classes.  


A minimum of 4 people must register in order for an Instructor class to hold.  Registration ends 72 hours before the class starts.


NRA Processing/Certification Fees are not included.  You will pay this directly to the NRA after your class is completed.  


  • Fees for your first NRA Instructor certification are $30 for NRA Members & $50 for Non-NRA Members.  
  • Additional NRA Instructor certifications are $10 for NRA Members & $20 for Non-NRA Members.
  • Certifications are valid for 2 years.  All certifications will expire on the same date.  
  • Re-certification fees are a flat $30 for NRA Members & $50 for Non-NRA Members.  (You do NOT have to take the class again.)       

There is a $50 (minimum) non-refundable deposit required for registration.  If you are unable to attend the class after registering, this deposit will be applied to your next registration.  


JOIN THE NRA

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If you would like to join the NRA, you may click on the link to the left 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!