NRA Rifle Handbook

NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course

Course Description
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.

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 Duration
The basic Rifle Course can be completed in 14 hours: either one full day or two half-days/evenings.

Course Goals
To teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and using a firearm safely

Course Lessons

Additional Requirements

There are no Perquisites for this course and the material is accessible for appropriately supervised mature children.

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Course Completion
After successfully completing all lessons, firing a qualified group, and passing a written exam, students will receive a "Basic Practical" certification.