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NRA FIRST Steps Pistol

3EI Tactical Applications Division

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NRA FIRST Steps Pistol

NRA FIRST Steps Pistol


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.

Course Goal

“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

Lessons – Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation, Introduction to Ammunition and
the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting, Introduction to Pistol Shooting from the Benchrest Position,
Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities.

Prerequisites – The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to
appropriately supervised mature children.

Course Completion

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”.

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