NRA Rifle Classes

NRA Basic Rifle Class

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 The NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course is a class for those desiring the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary for owning, maintaining, & using a rifle safely for target shooting. 

NRA Instructor Rifle Course

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 The goal of the NRA's Rifle Instructor Course is to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Rifle Shootin 

NRA Basic Rifle

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Note to Rifle Instructor Candidates:

Successful completion of the NRA Basic Rifle Class is a prerequisite to the NRA Rifle Instructor Course. Package Pricing is Available! 

Overview of the NRA Basic Rifle Class

The NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course is a class for those desiring the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary for owning, maintaining, & using a rifle safely for target shooting.  


(Please note that this is NOT a defensive class.  Please contact us for more information if your interest is in defensive skills.) 


This course is approximately 8 hours long.


The NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course will be held with an instructor at our facility.  We will work hands-on with various rifles to ensure you know how to safely load, fire, & unload the different action types.  We will practice various stances to see what works best for you using the Fundamentals of Shooting.   And then?  We go shoot!  Once we're done shooting for the day, we will do a detailed rifle breakdown & cleaning. 


 A Ladies-Only class is offered at least once per month. 


Lessons in the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting class include:  


  •     Rifle Knowledge & Safe Gun Handling
    • Gun Owner's Responsibilities
    • Why Americans own rifles
    • Safe Gun Handling Rules
    • Rifle Parts
    • Types of Rifle Actions
      • Bolt Action 
      • Semi-Automatic Action 
      • Lever Action
      • Slide/Pump Action
      • Hinge Action
      • Falling Blocks


  •     Ammunition Knowledge & the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting
    • Rifle Cartridge Components
    • Rimfire vs. Center-fire
    • Firing Sequence of a Cartridge
    • Cartridge Designation, Identification & Storage
    • Cartridge Malfunctions & How to Respond to Them
      • Hangfire
      • Misfire
      • Squib Load
    • Dominant Eye
    • The Five Fundamentals
      • Aiming
      • Breath Control
      • Hold Control
      • Trigger Control
      • Follow Through


  • Shooting Positions & Qualification
    • Range Layouts, Limits, & Rules
    • Range Commands
    • Benchrest Position
    • Standing Positions
    • Prone, Kneeling, & Sitting Positions
    • Sight adjustments vs. "Kentucky Windage"


  • Scoring Targets & Selecting & Maintaining a Rifle
    • How to Score a Target
    • Factors in Rifle Selection
    • Proper Care of Your Rifle


  • Continued Opportunities for Skill Development


You will need to provide:  


  • A notebook
  • A pen & highlighter
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Your rifle (A .22 is strongly recommended.)*  (Scopes & red dots ARE allowed.)
  • 100 Rounds of ammunition (minimum)* **
  • Your cleaning kit (if you have one)
  • A towel or cleaning mat (if you have one


          *Firearms &/or ammo can be provided for an additional fee or you may bring your own. 


          **You may bring more ammunition if you desire.  You can fire more than 100 rounds if time               permits.

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, Lunch, & 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.

NRA RIFLE INSTRUCTOR

The goal of the NRA's Rifle Instructor Course is to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the  knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course.


This class is for EXPERIENCED shooters only.  This is not a class to teach you how to shoot or work rifles. This class is to teach you the NRA methods for teaching a basic rifle student.  You MUST be familiar with bolt-action, lever-action, slide/pump action, hinge-action & semi-automatic rifles.


This class consists of 3 parts over 2-3 days: 


An NRA Basic Rifle class (see above)   We try to offer this class once per week, including the day before the Rifle Instructor course starts. Other dates can be set up.  We try to complete all prerequisites during this day. (See below.)


 Basic Instructor Training (BIT).  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 Rifle Instructor Training


Prerequisites: 


1.  Successfully complete the NRA Basic Rifle course.  This includes attaining a minimum score of 90% on the  Basic Rifle Shooting Course Student Exam.  


2.  Attain a minimum score of 80% on the NRA Pre-Course Qualification.  

         

The Pre-course Qualification will be conducted immediately after the Basic Rifle class & consists  of:          


  • Loading/Unloading - You must safely load & unload a bolt action rifle, a lever action rifle, & a semi-automatic rifle.  
  • Clearing Common Rifle Stoppages - You must demonstrate how to safely clear a common rifle stoppage using a semi-automatic rifle.  These stoppages include Failure to Fire &  Double Feed Drills. 
  • Rifle Shooting - The use of telescopic sights,  aiming devices, etc.  is allowed.  We strongly recommend the use of a .22.
    • You will fire 10 shots each from 3 positions:  bench rest, prone, & standing (unsupported).  
    • A blank 4.5" diameter circle at a distance of 25 yards will be used as the target.  OR a 9" paper plate at a distance of 50 yards may be substituted.
    • Two points will be given for each shot that hits the paper.  Shots that break the edge of the paper will count as a hit.
    • Two re-qualification shoots are allowed within any 24-hour period.  
  • 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 Rifle Instructor Course include: 


          Introduction of NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course Outline & Lesson Plans   


          Teaching Rifle Lesson I:  Rifle Knowledge & Safe Handling   


          Teaching Rifle Lesson II:  Ammunition Knowledge & the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting   


          Basic Rifle Instructional Method   


          Teaching Rifle Lesson III:  Firing the First Shots   


          Teaching Rifle Lesson IV:  Standing Rifle Shooting Positions   


          Teaching Rifle Lesson V:  Prone & Kneeling Rifle Shooting Positions   


          Teaching Rifle Lesson VI:  Sitting Rifle Shooting Position & Review of Positions   


          Evaluating & Improving Performance of Beginning Rifle Shooters   


          Teaching Rifle Lesson VII:  Rifle Sports & Activities  


You will need to provide: 


  • A pen & a different colored highlighter than you used in the Basic Rifle class   
  • A 1-1/2" 3-ring binder & paper for notes
  • Eye & ear protection   
  • Your rifle & sling   
  • Your spotting scope   
  • A kneeling roll   
  • Ground cover or shooting mat   
  • 230 Rounds of ammunition (minimum) - This includes ammo for the Basic Rifle class.  You may bring more ammo if you desire.  You can fire more, if time permits.  
  • Your cleaning kit with towel or cleaning mat


Reminders:    

  

Package pricing includes the Basic Rifle Class, BIT (if necessary), the Rifle Instructor Course, Lunches & Range Fees.  


If you have already taken the Basic class, let us know.  This will reduce your course fee & save you a day. We will need a copy of your completion certificate.


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...)


Only "dummy" ammunition is allowed in the classroom.  


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


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.  


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.      

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Instructor classes are offered once per month (in conjunction with the Basic class in that discipline).


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.

Have a question?   We're here to help!

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!