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Rifle Instructor


Duration: 10 hours



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This is a 10-hour course. This course consists of both classroom and range time. You will learn how to teach the basic course to basic students who want to shoot rifles. Instructor candidates 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 opportunity for skill development.

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Topics Covered

Lesson I: Rifle Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
Learning Objectives:
1. State the course goal and any special requirements for the five lessons.
2. Identify the principal parts of a rifle and the types of rifle actio ns, and
demonstrate how they function.
3. State, explain and apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling.
4. Demonstrate how to handle a rifle in a safe manner.
Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting
Learning Objectives:
5. Identify the different components of a rifle cartridge.
6. Explain the firing sequence of a cartridge.
7. Explain how to properly identify and store ammunition.
8. State the major types of cartridge malfunctions and how to react to them.
9. Explain the fundamentals of rifle shooting.
Lesson III: Firing the First Shots
Learning Objectives:
l0. Safely demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to assume the
benchrest shooting position with a rifle.
1 I. Safely shoot a rifle from the benchrest position, using the fundamentals of rifle
shooting, at a target on a range.
12. Safely demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to assume the free
arm and arm rest standing shooting positions with a rifle.
13. Safely shoot a rifle from the free arm and arm rest standing shooting positions,
using the fundamentals of rifle shooting, at a target on a range.
Lesson IV: Scoring Targets, and Selecting and Maintaining Your Rifle
Learning Objectives:
14. Properly score a rifle target.
15. Explain the basic guidelines for selecting and purchasing a rifle.
16. Identify the materials needed to clean a rifle.
17. Demonstrate how to safely clean a rifle.
Lesson V: Course Review and Examination
Learning Objectives:
18. Identify several ways to pursue rifle shooting activities after the course.
19. Successfully complete the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course written

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Basic, Instructor Training Courses, NRA Courses, Rifle, Scenario Based Training, Seminars / Lectures

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Documentation Requirements

You must be able to legally own and/or use a firearm in the United States.  

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Before class, you must provide your instructor with a copy of your Basic Rifle and Basic Instructor Training (BIT) certificates.  

Rifle (if you want to learn on your gun)
Your ammunition
Eye and ear protection
Laptop with Microsoft PowerPoint loaded
Closed-toe shoes
Comfortable clothing
Drinks if you do not prefer water and/or coffee