NRA Shotgun Classes



Note to Shotgun Instructor Candidates:

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

NRA Basic Shotgun Class Overview:

The NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course is a full-day class for those desiring the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary for the safe & proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving clay target.  

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

This course will be held with an instructor at our facility.  We will work hands-on with various shotguns 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 Shotgun Shooting.   And then?  We go shoot!  Once we're done shooting for the day, we will do a detailed shotgun breakdown & cleaning. 

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

Lessons in the NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting class include:  

  • Shotgun Knowledge & Safe Gun Handling
    • Gun Owner's Responsibilities
    • Why Americans own shotguns
    • Safe Gun Handling Rules
    • Shotgun Parts
    • Types of Shotgun Actions
      • Pump Action 
      • Hinge Action 
      • Semi-Automatic Action
      • Bolt Action

  • Ammunition Knowledge & the Fundamentals of Shotgun Shooting
    • Shotshell Components
    • Firing Sequence of a Shotshell
    • Shotshell Designation, Identification & Storage
    • Shotshell Malfunctions & How to Respond to Them
      • Hangfire
      • Misfire
      • Squib Load
    • Dominant Eye
    • The Fundamentals of Shotgun Shooting
      • Position
      • Mount
      • Vision
      • Movement

  • Firing the First Shots / Practical Exercises
    • Range Layouts, Limits, & Rules
    • Range Commands
    • Shooting Qualification
    • Caring for Your Shotgun

  • Continued Opportunities for Shotgun Skill Development
    • Ways to Pursue Shotgun Activities after the class
    • Factors in Shotgun Selection

You will need to provide:

  • A notebook
  • A pen & highlighter
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Your shotgun*  
  • Your owner's manual (if you have one)
  • 50 Rounds (2 Boxes) of ammunition (minimum) (7-1/2, 8, or 9 shot)* ** 
  • Your cleaning kit (if you have one)
  • A towel or cleaning mat (if you have one)

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

          **You may bring more ammunition if desired.  You may shoot more than 25 rounds/1 box  if time permits.  There will 

               be an an additional $6.00 fee per 25 additional clay targets.


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.

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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.


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

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

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

An NRA Basic Shotgun class (see above)  We try to offer this class once per week, including the day before the Shotgun 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 Shotgun Instructor Training


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

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

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

  • Loading/Unloading - You must safely load & unload a pump action shotgun, hinge action shotgun, & a semi-automatic shotgun. 
  • Clearing Common Shotgun Stoppages - You must demonstrate how to safely clear a common shotgun stoppage using a pump or semi-automatic shotgun.  These stoppages include Failure to Fire & Double Feed Drills.  
  • Shotgun Shooting - You will shoot one round of trap or skeet.  You will have your choice, if it is convenient. 
    • If skeet is shot, the doubles may be shot as additional singles on stations 1, 2, 6, & 7.   
    • A minimum total number of hits necessary is 13 out of the 25.   
    • Two re-fires are allowed within any 24-hour period.  
    • As an alternate to the Shooting Qualification, you may provide documented proof of having scored 50% or greater in any ATA or NSSA event, or 45% in any NSCA event.  
  • 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.  
  • Unsafe handling of firearms will result in a failing score for the section of the Pre-Course Qualification you are working on at the time.   

Lessons in the NRA Shotgun Instructor Course include: 

          Introduction of NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course Outline & Lesson Plans   

          Teaching Shotgun Lesson I:  Shotgun Knowledge & Safe Handling   

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

          Basic Shotgun Instructional Method   

          Teaching Shotgun Lesson III:  Firing the First Shots   

          Teaching Shotgun Lesson IV:  Shotgun Shooting Skills Practical Exercise   

          Evaluating and Improving Performance of Beginning Shotgun Shooters   

          Teaching Shotgun Lesson V:  Shotgun Sports & Activities.      

You will need to provide: 

  • A notebook   
  • A pen & different colored highlighter than you used in the Basic Shotgun class
  • A 1-1/2" 3-ring binder   
  • Your Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook (Provided in the Basic Shotgun class)
  • Eye & ear protection   
  • Your shotgun   
  • 75 Rounds of ammunition (minimum) (7-1/2, 8, or 9 shot)  This includes enough for the Basic & Instructor Shotgun Class requirements.  You may bring more ammunition if you desire.  You can fire more than 75 rounds if time  permits.  


Package pricing includes the Basic Shotgun Class, BIT (if necessary), the Shotgun 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.  



Additional Information

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!