NRA Basic Rifle Shooting

An illuminating introduction to rifles, without emphasis on defensive use





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 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 opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination, and receive a course completion certificate.


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We will start in the classroom and then move to the seasonally-appropriate range for live-fire exercises.

What to Bring

(This section lists only course-specific gear. See our FAQs for other required and recommended items.)

Your handgun—either a revolver or modern semi-automatic, in good working order

Please make sure your firearm is unloaded, and bring it to class in a case or “gun rug”—NOT in your bare hands!

At least one magazine for your semi-automatic handgun. Revolver users may bring a speed-loader if they wish.

At least 100 rounds of factory new ammunition​.


Steel-core ammunition damages range equipment and is not permitted.

Approximately $10-20 for range fees, payable directly to the range, when applicable.

Seasonally, when we conduct range activities indoors, you will need at least three dummy rounds (aka, “snap caps”) for your firearm’s chambering. DUMMY ROUNDS MUST BE READILY DISTINGUISHABLE FROM LIVE AMMUNITION.

Class Policies

  • Each class session must reach an enrollment “tipping point” in order to proceed as planned.  In the event that the tipping point is not reached, we will contact you to discuss options.
  • All MoD students must submit a photo of their current driver’s license or other state or federal ID prior to class.  This is used for class security and for our own records.
  • For medical reasons, we do not allow pregnant women to participate in our live-fire exercises.  If you wish to sign up for this class, please do!  But kindly let us find a time outside of the term of your pregnancy to complete the range activities.  You will not be charged extra for this service.