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 course abbreviated to the most fundamental shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of pistol.
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. After completion of the NRA First Steps Pistol Course we will have more time to also focus on standing positions on the range. It is encouraged for to bring your own firearm with you as long as you are lawfully allowed to transport, carry and posses that firearm. Please leave all firearms locked in their cases separate from the ammunition at all times. There are no firearms or ammunition allowed in the classroom for any reason.
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 Pistol Orientation Lesson Plans Lessons 1.Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation 2.Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting 3.Introduction to Pistol Shooting from the Benchrest Position 4.Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities
Prerequisites The are no prerequisites for taking this course.
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”.
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