First Steps RIFLE
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.
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 the
range. Additional topics such as range estimation, sling use and stance will be briefly touched upon. It is designed
to be a fast paced informative course and enjoyable at the same time.
Steps orientations are model-specific, and teach only the most basic shooting skills, they are not complete "courses"
in the traditional sense of the word. They do provide a thorough introduction to firearm safety, handling, and shooting skills
on a certain particular model. This course, because of its narrow focus, can
be completed as quickly as three hours. Students will get the NRA's The Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe
use, cleaning, and storage of their rifle. The practical exercise only covers a single firing position. As the number of participants
or firearm 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.
These skills require practice. Initially,
this practice should take place under the supervision of a qualified individual -- like a NRA Certified Instructor or NRA
Shooting Coach. For this reason the orientation encourages participants to obtain additional training in a NRA basic Firearm
Training Course, and then to take the "next step" by participating in other local club activities designed to help individuals
maintain and develop their shooting skills through enjoyable recreational pastimes.
“To provide beginning shooters with
an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific rifle model safely.”
- Introduction to Rifle Safety, Parts, and Operation
- Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting
- Introduction to Rifle Shooting from the Benchrest Position
- Introduction to Rifle 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 rifle to a shooter is an important and ‘essential’ element that enhances safety,
comfort and performance and, while well worth the effort, can be time-consuming.
Students will receive feedback on the live-fire
exercise and a course completion certificate upon successful completion of the lessons.