NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting

An illuminating introduction to shotguns, without emphasis on defensive use





Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target.

This course is at least ten-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning how to shoot shotguns at moving targets. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; shotgun parts and operation; shotgun shell components; shotgun shell malfunctions; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting at straight away and angled targets; cleaning; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Shotgun 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​.  FOR SAFETY REASONS, WE DO NOT PERMIT USE OF RE-LOADED OR HAND-LOADED AMMUNITION.

  • 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.