FIRST stands for Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training. It is the National Rifle Association's response to the American public's need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers. New firearm owners are encouraged to take the "first step" of obtaining training, and the NRA FIRST Steps program is designed to provide a hands on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation of one specific firearm model.
This course provides the beginning shooter with an introduction to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely. We teach in a friendly, no pressure environment by NRA certified instructors. Students will spend approximately 1-2 hours at an Ocala Florida area pistol range that follows National Rifle Association range safety guidelines under the direction of an NRA certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer, covering ammunition, loading, unloading, safe handling and fundamentals of pistol shooting. Each student must pay a $10 cash range fee (at the shooting range) in addition to the $75 course fee and have sent in the Registration Forms, filled out, signed and dated. For students under the age of 18, we need the signature of a parent on all forms as well, and the minor(s) must be accompanied by a parent.
Each student needs to bring Eye Protection (safety glasses approved for shooting ) and Ear Protection ( shooting approved ear muffs or hearing protection device). Loaners are available, but you need adequate eye and ear protection at any shooting range, so it is a good idea to own your own eye and ear protection. Bring 50-100 rounds of ammunition compatible with your handgun. The wearing of holsters is not allowed at this range, so please bring your unloaded firearm in a safe carrying container. Targets will be provided.
Time at the range is followed by 2-3 hours of classroom time, covering pistol safety, parts and operation, pistol cleaning, storage and training opportunities.
NO firearms, loaded or unloaded, are allowed in the classroom.
Each student successfully completing this course will receive an NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Handbook, a completion certificate and other course materials.
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We teach all our courses in a safe, relaxed manner, and want you to feel comfortable and confident that your questions will be answered. Our pistol range is a real jewel, located near Ocala in Candler, Marion County Florida. As it is a members only (and guests) club you can join and enjoy pistol shooting year-round! You must be accompanied by a member of the club!
The only foolish question is the one you didn't ask!
Always remember, your safety is our priority!