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A rifle is a long gun designed to be fired with two hands. It has a rifled bore (thus the name “rifle”) and is designed to shoot a specific size of ammunition. Rifles are often used in game hunting and in long range marksmanship competitions.


The Basic Rifle course can be as short as fourteen hours. In it students will get the NRA's The Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, fundamentals of rifle shooting, several practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of rifle sports and activities.


Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.”


  • Rifle Knowledge and Safe Handling
  • Rifle components and operation
  • Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting
  • Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
  • Rifle Shooting Positions
  • Rifle Sports and Activities
  • Sight use and types
  • Basic range estimation



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.


Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercises and a course completion certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.