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NRA FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide new or inexperienced shooters a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to specific pistol action types (Revolver or Semi-automatic) for small classes with a low Instructor to Student ratio.


This course is at least 3 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific pistol action type.


Students will learn:

•NRA’s rules for safe gun handling;

•Particular pistol model parts and operation;

•Ammunition Selection Information

•Shooting fundamentals

•Basic pistol cleaning and maintenance

•Continuing opportunities for skill development.


Students will receive:

•NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook,

•NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure,

•Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet,

•FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.

•Guide to Concealed Holster Selection booklet


Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.
Students learn:
  • NRA’s rules for safe gun handling;
  • Pistol parts and operation;
  • Ammunition;
  • Shooting fundamentals;
  • Range rules;
  • Shooting from the bench rest position,
  • Two handed standing positions;
  • Cleaning the pistol;
  • Continued opportunities for skill development. 
Students will receive:
  • NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook,
  • NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure,
  • Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet,
  • Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination,
  • Course completion certificate.

NRA - Personal Protection In The Home


The goal of this course is to develop in the students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding citizen's right to self-defense.


Participants in the Personal Protection In The Home course should be experienced shooters, showing mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling. If necessary, this course will put partcipants through a pre-course evaluation exercise. 


Participants are expected to show validation of shooting experience by one of several acceptable methods, such as NRA Basic Pistol, DD-214, or State issued CCW License.


The Personal Protection course is intended for mature law-abiding adults, who have the mindset and seriousness necessary to properly perform the activities in the course. 

NRA - Personal Protection Outside The Home    

​The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home.  From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation.


The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced). Level one is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home.


Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 150 rounds of ammunition during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 150 rounds of ammunition. 


The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course.


Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.

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1873 N. Nova Road

Holly Hill, FL  32117





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