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NRA First Steps Rifle Orientation

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Duration: 7 hours

The NRA Basic Rifle (BR) course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.  This course is at least 14 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles.  Students will understand and be able to demonstrate proper gun safety and shooting fundamentals before they step on the range.  Small classes allow each student to receive plenty of individual attention from the instructor and leave no unanswered questions before moving to live fire exercises.

Students will learn:

  • Rules for safe firearm handling and storage
  • The anatomy and function of a rifle (parts and operation)
  • Ammunition components and their function
  • Shooting fundamentals and technique
  • Range rules
  • Shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions
  • How to clean and lubricate a rifle
  • Continued opportunities for skill development

Students will receive:

  • The Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook
  • NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure
  • Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet
  • Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination
  • Course completion certificate

Students are responsible for providing their own:

  • Eye protection and ear protection.  Eyes and ears are available for rent at most shooting ranges.
  • Small bore rifle or shotgun with slugs.  Rifles are sometimes available for rent at the range if the students does not own a firearm.
  • 50 rounds of factory ammunition.  Reloaded, foreign or surplus ammunition is NOT permitted.  Ammunition is available for purchase at most shooting range.
  • Full toe shoes and a baseball style cap for use at the range (highly recommended).  Low-cut shirts are not recommended.
  • Range fees.

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