The NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun Orientation course of:
Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training
is the NRA’s response to the American public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers.
NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific shotgun action type for classes of four or fewer students.
There are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.
This course is at least three (3) hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific shotgun action type.
In this Shotgun Training class, students will learn:
- the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling;
- the particular shotgun model parts and operation;
- ammunition; shooting fundamentals;
- cleaning the shotgun;
- 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,
- FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.
Since FIRST 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. These skills require regular practice. Initially, this practice should take place under the supervision of a qualified individual – like an NRA Certified Instructor or NRA Shooting Coach. For this reason, the orientation encourages participants to obtain additional training in an NRA Basic Firearm Training Course and then take the “next step” by participating in other local activities designed to help individuals maintain and develop their shooting skills.