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First Steps, Basic Shooting, Home Firearm Safety, Personal Protection in the Home

First Steps:
Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun.

Description:

FIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training”, a program the NRA developed to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This FIRST Steps program is a basic courses abbreviated to the most fundamental shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model.

 

This course, because of its narrow focus, can be completed as quickly as three hours. Students will get the NRA's The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their pistol. The practical exercise covers a single pistol shooting position. As the number of participants or pistol types present increases, the course will take proportionally longer.

 

Course Goal

“To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.”


—NRA FIRST Steps Orientation Lesson Plans

Lessons

  • Introduction to Safety, Parts, and Operation

  • Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Shooting

  • Introduction to Shooting from the Benchrest Position

  • Introduction to Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities

 

Prerequisites:

The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

 

Course Completion:

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”.

Home Firearm Safety

 Description:

The NRA Home Firearm Safety Course is the basic course I recommend to anyone unfamiliar with guns or who needs a to learn gun terminology.

 

In this four hour course students will get the NRA's Home Firearm Safety handbook, pamphlets on safety and terminlogy and lessons on the rules of safe gun handling, identifying and unloading various firearms, ammunition, cleaning, and storage. Students will also get hands-on experience with the most common types of handguns, rifles and shotguns.

 

Course Goal:

“To teach the basic knowledge and skills and to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of guns in the home.”


—NRA Home Firearm Safety Course Lesson Plans 

Lessons

 

  • Rules for Safe Gun Handling

  • Identifying and Unloading Different Firearms

  • Practical Exercises in Safe Gun Handling

  • Types of Ammunition; Cleaning and Storage of Firearms

 

Prerequisites:

The are no prerequisites for taking this course and the material can be understood by mature people of all ages.

 

Course Completion:

Students will receive feedback on the practical exercises and a course completion certificate.

Basic Shooting:
Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun

Description:

The Basic course can be as short as ten hours. In it, students will get the NRA's The Basics of Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, the various types of firearms, the fundamentals of marksmanship, various firing positions, several practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of sports and activities.

 

Course Goal:

“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a firearm safely.”

 


—NRA Basic Shooting Course Lesson Plans

Lessons

  • Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling

  • Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Shooting

  • Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)

  • Multiple Shooting Positions

  • Sports and Activities

 

Prerequisites:

The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

 

Course Completion:

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.

Personal Protection in the Home

Description:

Although the course can be completed as quickly as eight hours, the amount of information presented, and the probability of intensive question and answer sessions on the included topics, makes it likely that the course will take longer.

 

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection in the Home handbook and intensive lessons on basics of defensive shooting, issues of self-defense, and other strategies for protecting the home and family.

 

Course Goal:

“To develop in the students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding citizen's right to self-defense.”

 

—NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home Course Lesson Plans

Lessons

 

  • Introduction to Defensive Shooting

  • Basic Defensive Handgun Skills

  • Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force

  • Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation

  • Selecting a Handgun for Personal Defense

  • Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities

  • Course Review and Examination

 

Prerequisites:

Participants are expected to show validation of shooting experience by showing an NRA Basic Pistol Course certificate, an NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program certificate, a Pistol qualification card, a DD 214 card with pistol qualification, or a Concealed Carry Permit.

 

Course Completion:

Students will be given feedback on their shooting exercises, and a certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Not only are shooting standards fired during the practical exercises, a written exam will be given at the end of the course.