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First Steps SHOTGUN



Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training - is the NRA response to the American public's need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers. New Firearm owners are encouraged to take the "first step" of obtaining training, and the NRA FIRST Steps Program is designed to provide hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation of one specific firearm model to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers.


In this approximately 3-hour session, you will learn the basics of firearms, gun safety and shooting fundamentals and have the opportunity to shoot live rounds at actual moving targets on the range.  It is designed to be a fast paced informative course and enjoyable at the same time.


This course, because of its narrow focus, can be completed as quickly as three hours. Students will get the NRA's The Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their shotgun. The practical exercise covers a single position and type of target. As the number of participants or shotgun types increases, the course will take proportionally longer.


We strive to maintain a ratio of 1-2 students per instructor and usually have to limit the number of students.


Course Goal

“To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific shotgun model safely.”


  • Introduction to Shotgun Safety, Parts, and Operation
  • Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Shotgun Shooting
  • Introduction to Shotgun Shooting at Straightaway Targets
  • Introduction to Shotgun Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities



The are no prerequisites for taking this course and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children. Be aware that the proper fitting of a shotgun to a shooter is an important step that enhances safety, comfort and performance and, while well worth the effort, can be time-consuming.


Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course completion certificate upon successful completion of the lessons.