FIRST stands for “Firearm
Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training”, a program the NRA developed to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This FIRST Steps program is a basic courses
abbreviated to the most fundamental shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of pistol.
This course, because of its
narrow focus, can be completed as quickly as three hours. Students will get the NRA's The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons
on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their pistol. The practical exercise covers a single pistol shooting position. As the number of participants or pistol types present increases, the course
will take proportionally longer.
“To provide beginning
shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.”
—NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation Lesson Plans
- Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and
- Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of
- Introduction to Pistol Shooting from the Benchrest
- Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage, and Training
The are no prerequisites for
taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.
Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” rocker upon successful
demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”.