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FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation

 

Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training — is the NRA’s response to the American public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers.

 

NRA FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific pistol action type.

 

Students will learn:

  • The NRA’s rules for safe gun handling;

  • The particular pistol model parts and operation;

  • Ammunition;

  • Shooting fundamentals;

  • Cleaning the pistol;

  • Continued opportunities for skill development.

Students will receive:

  • The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook;

  • NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure;

  • Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet;

  • FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.

 

Course Outline

 

Lesson I: Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts and Operation

Learning Objectives: As a result of their participation in this training session, participants will be able to:

  • State the goal of the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation.

  • Name the three fundamental NRA rules of safe gun handling and demonstrate them with a specific pistol model.

  • Name the three major components of a pistol and describe their functions.

  • Safely demonstrate how to handle a specific pistol in a safe manner.

Lesson II: Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting

Learning Objectives: As a result of their participation in this training session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the three items they need to check to determine the proper ammunition for their pistol.

  • Identify and define the three major types of cartridge malfunctions and explain how to respond safely when they occur.

  • Determine their dominant eye.

  • Explain the fundamentals of pistol shooting and demonstrate them from the benchrest position.

Lesson III: Introduction to Pistol Shooting from the Benchrest Position

Learning Objectives: As a result of their participation in this training session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the three range commands, the procedures to be followed if one has a problem with a firearm or drops ammunition, and any applicable range rules which apply to the facility being used.

  • Discuss and explain the eight NRA gun safety rules to be followed when shooting and storing a pistol.

  • Safely shoot a target from the benchrest position using the five fundamentals of pistol shooting.

Lesson IV: Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage and Training Opportunities

Learning Objectives: As a result of their participation in this training session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify materials needed to clean a pistol.

  • Outline the three safety guidelines to be followed when cleaning a pistol.

  • Explain and demonstrate how to clean a pistol safely.

  • Name the NRA rule for safe firearm storage, and discuss options for applying this rule when storing a pistol.

  • Discuss the three hygienic guidelines following exposure to airborne particulates and cleaning solvent residue.

  • Discuss the benefits of receiving additional pistol training through the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.

 

 


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