Basic Rifle


Learn To Shoot Safely And Correctly. Whether you are interested in recreational shooting, competition, hunting, gun collecting, historical reenactment, home safety, or personal protection. The basics are where to start!

NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses teach you the safety principles and help you develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude that are needed to successfully pursue you’re shooting interests.

Since 1871, one of NRA’s major objectives has been to provide basic training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Today, NRA Certified Instructors throughout the United States continue this fine tradition of public service by conducting NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses.

NRA Basic Rifle

This course is at least 14 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions; cleaning, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.

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What will you learn in an NRA basic course?

Using the NRA training method of Total Participant Involvement, basic courses provide hands on learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • Safe firearms handling.
  • Firearm parts and operation.
  • Ammunition and its function.
  • Shooting fundamentals and an opportunity to develop them on the range.
  • How to select, clean and store a firearm.
  • Review of various activities available to help participants develop and improve their shooting skills.
  • Attractive certificates are awarded to participants who successfully complete each basic course.

NRA’s FIRST STEPS Program

FIRST (Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training) STEPS is the latest addition to the NRA’s training programs for new shooters. It provides hands-on orientation to one specific rifle, pistol or shotgun model in as little as three hours, including a one-hour shooting session on a range.

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