NRA Basic Rifle Course

Basic - This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.

Duration: 4 hours classroom, 4 hours range time



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The NRA Basic Rifle Course is intended for all individuals regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation. This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot various types of rifles. 

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Topics Covered

  • 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
  • Continued opportunities for skill development 

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Expectations and Outcomes

Students are required to successfully complete a Basics of Rifle Shooting examination in order to receive a course completion certificate.

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Basic, Intermediate, NRA Courses, Rifle

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Documentation Requirements

Please bring valid ID.

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Please leave your firearm unloaded, cased, and secured in your vehicle.  Leave all ammunition in your vehicle or in specified areas until instructed otherwise. You will need about 200 rounds of factory target ammunition rated under 1300 fps.  NO RELOADS!

Eye protection and hearing protection are required. Electronic hearing protection is preferred but any protection that provides proper coverage can be used. 

Long pants, closed shoes and properly fitting shirts should be worn. A brimmed hat is preferred if needed but not required. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Please bring your own drinks and snacks for the day.