The NRA Basic Courses are more appropriate for individuals who want to learn more in depth and gain more hands-on training than a FIRST Steps program.
NRA Basic Courses teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude needed for owning and using a firearm safely. Students will learn about the firearms parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety and handling, selecting a firearm and much more.
Unlike the FIRST Steps program which focuses on one specific action type of firearm (i.e., Revolvers), the NRA Basic Courses teach a type of firearm (i.e., Pistols – single and double revolver actions and semi-automatic actions). This results in a much broader knowledge of the firearm type.
Each discipline is a minimum 10-hour course (split over 2 days) including range time. Textbook and course materials are provided.
Using the NRA training method of Total Participant Involvement, basic courses provide hands on learning opportunities in the following areas:
- safe firearm handling
- firearm parts and operation
- ammunition and its function
- shooting fundamentals and an opportunity to develop them on the range
- how to select, clean and store a firearm
- review of various activities available to help participants develop and improve their shooting skills
NRA Basic Courses are offered by Heritage Shooting in the following disciplines:
- Home Firearm Safety
Attractive certificates are awarded to participants who successfully complete each basic course.