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NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation

Basic - Need starter lesson with a new handgun? Want an intro to handguns before you buy your first?

Duration: 3-4 hours classroom, 1 hour range

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There are no upcoming classes scheduled for this course.

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Course fee includes $30 range use fee.
Instructor and students will schedule range portion for individual students for maximum time use. 

Are you new to shooting handguns? Or has it been years since you used a handgun and would like refresher training?
Do you want to buy your first handgun, and want help on deciding what to buy?
Do you have a new handgun and want to learn the basics of safe handling and use?
If you answer YES to any of those questions, this personal one-on-one NRA introductory course is for you.  

The class is limited to four students, all using the same model handgun.

Contact me to plan time and place for the your class and exactly what gun you want to use.

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Topics Covered

We will cover safe handling and use, ammunition, care of the handgun, and practice basic shooting on the range with YOUR gun. If you do not, yet, have your own gun, you will be able to use a gun provided by the instructor (small added fee). This course can cover use of a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol, customized for your interests.

The classroom portion of the course includes handling both inert training pistols and fully functional handguns, but with no live ammunition in the room at any time.

A second session at a range involves live fire of your selected handgun, and is required to complete the course.

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Expectations and Outcomes

By the end of this class you will know and understand basic safe handling of handguns, how to operate safely your selected semi-automatic pistol or revlover, and the basic steps of developing marksman skills.

Students will receive the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet. 

Following the class you will receive your NRA FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.

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Basic, NRA Courses, Private Classes (Group / Individual)

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Documentation Requirements

Adult students must bring as ID either driver license, Passport, or Resident Alien Green Card.

The instructor requires a copy of your Government Issued ID once you register.

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No loaded firearms or any live ammunitionm or allowed in the classroom. We will handle live ammunition only at the range.

Bring your selected handgun for instruction, either semi-automatic pistol or revlover, and one box of new factory ammunition (no reloaded ammunition) for that gun.  If you have  the manual that goes with that gun bring it, too.
Alternately, contact the instructor to arrange to use one of the instructor's guns.
You must discuss the handgun selection with the instructor at least one week prior to the class.

Students must

  • be at least 18 years old, or accompanied by an adult parent or legal guardian who is also a student in the class,*
  • be a U.S. citizen or Resident Alien (green card holder),**
  • not be a prohibited firearm possessor under Federal or state law.**

* A parent or guardian may accompany no more than one minor student under the age of 14, or two minor students between 14 and 18 years of age. There is a discount for parent & minors training together.

** These are legal requirements and not negotiable.

Note: if you currently have a medical marijuana card, or have had an active card within the past 12 months, you are considered a prohibited firearm possesssor under Federal law, and are not eligible to take this class.
This is the same basis under which the Arkansas State Police deny Concealed Hangun Carry Licenses (CHCL) to current and recent medical marijuana card holders.