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NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course

Teaches the basic KNOWLEDGE. SKILLS, and ATTITUDE for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target.

Details:  This course is at least ten (10) hours and includes classroom and range time learning how to shoot shotguns at moving targets. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; shotgun parts and operation; shotgun shell components; shotgun shell malfunctions; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting at straight away and angled targets; cleaning; and continued opportunities for skill development.  Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules card, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program booklet, take a Basics of Shotgun Shooting Student Examination, and receive a Basic Shotgun Course certificate.


Students MAY bring their own shotguns for use during the course, but the shotguns MUST meet the following requirements:

  • MINIMUM barrel length requirement of 24"

    • Exceptions will be made for youth and disabled individuals.

  • Semi-automatic or over/under shotgun; 12 gauge is the most common, but a 20 gauge, 28 gauge, or 410 gauge shotgun will work also.

  • Open choke (ie: skeet, improved cylinder, or light modified).

  • Loaner shotguns are available, upon request, at a rental rate of $25.00. 

  • Pistol grips or collapsible stocks are NOT allowed.

  • Convertible/combo/hybrid semi-auto/pump shotguns are NOT allowed.


  • If you bring your own shotgun, you are welcome to bring your own ammunition, but no shot size larger than 7.5.

  • If shooting a 20 gauge, 28 gauge, or 410 gauge shotgun, you MUST bring your own ammunition.

  • Target loads ONLY.  No shot size larger than 7.5, with the following being the acceptable shot sizes: 7.5, 8, 8.5. or 9.

  • (25) 12 gauge shells will be provided for this course.


  • A student must not have been convicted of any felony or family violence offense.

  • A student must not have any felony or family violence charges pending.

  • Students must be legally eligible to possess and/or transport a firearm.

Cost: $254.00


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