NRA FIRST Steps Pistol

  • 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 courses 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. As the number of participants or pistol types present increases, the course will take proportionally longer.
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.”
What to Bring
  • Notebook Pen/ Pencil
  • Highlighter
  • Gun & 100 rounds ammunition (We have range guns too)
  • Eye and hearing protection.
  • Refreshments if needed. (Pop machine on premises) (We will break for lunch/dinner)
  • Drivers licence or state ID (NRA card if you have it, not required)
  • Checkbook or Credit Card (NRA has a small fee for some certifications)
  • We suggest t-Shirts or a shirt that doesn't allow a hot case to gain entry.
  • A good attitude and a willingness to learn (Mandatory)
 NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation Lesson Plans
  • Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation
  • Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Introduction to Pistol Shooting from the Bench rest Position
  • Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities
  • There are no prerequisites for taking this course and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.
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”.