NRA Basic Rifle Shooting

Beginners' rifle training the NRA way

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  • Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.

  • This course is at least 14 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions; cleaning, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination, and receive a course completion certificate.

VENUE: We will start in the classroom and then move to the seasonally-appropriate range for live-fire exercises.

Country Inn & Suites
3355 E. Pine Ave.
Meridian, ID 83642

George Nourse Range
16802 Nash Rd.
Nampa, ID 83686

Impact Guns
11655 W. Executive Dr.
Boise, ID 83713

WHAT TO BRING: (This section lists only course-specific gear.  See our            for other required and recommended items.)

  • Your handgun—either a revolver or modern semi-automatic, in good working order

    • Please make sure your firearm is unloaded, and bring it to class in a case or "gun rug"—NOT in your bare hands!
  • At least one magazine for your semi-automatic handgun.  Revolver users may bring a speed-loader if they wish.

  • At least 100 rounds of factory new ammunition​.  FOR SAFETY REASONS, WE DO NOT PERMIT USE OF RE-LOADED OR HAND-LOADED AMMUNITION.

  • Approximately $10-20 for range fees, payable directly to the range, when applicable.

  • Seasonally, when we conduct range activities indoors, you will need at least three dummy rounds (aka, "snap caps") for your firearm's chambering.  DUMMY ROUNDS MUST BE READILY DISTINGUISHABLE FROM LIVE AMMUNITION.


  • For medical reasons, we regrettably decline to invite or allow pregnant women to participate in our live-fire activities.  If you are pregnant and wish to take this class, please do!  But kindly allow us to find a time outside of your pregnancy to help you complete the live-fire requirements at no additional charge.