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The NRA Basic Shotgun Course introduces students to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a Shotgun safely. Through this course, the students will learn about Shotgun parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, Shotgun shooting fundamentals, and Shotgun shooting activities. The Basic Shotgun Course will also help prepare the student for participation in other NRA courses. Upon successful completion of the course students will receive a certification in NRA Basic Shotgun.
NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course is broken down into five lessons.
Course Goal: To teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target.
Length of Course: 10 hours
Lesson I: Shotgun Knowledge and Safe Handling
Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Shotgun Shooting
Lesson III: Firing the First Shots
Lesson IV: Shotgun and the Shooting Skills Practical Exercise
Lesson V: Continued Opportunities for Shotgun Skill Development
- Eye and hearing protection
- Shotgun. Shotguns are also available for students to rent during the course.
- 100 rounds of 7 ½ or 8’s target loads
- Appropriate range attire. No open toed shoes, no low-cut clothing.
- Water bottle
- Pencil and note pad
- Gun cleaning kit (if you have one)
- Bug Spray
Call for pricing. Group Rates also available
- Certified NRA Basic Shotgun Course. Taught by Certified NRA Instructors
- NRA Basic Shotgun Certificate upon successful completion
Every guest must read and sign the online Waiver before they are allowed into the center.
Required and Suggested Equipment
NRA Basic Shotgun Course Schedule (subject to change)
Course Length and Time Requirements:
Course is typically scheduled as a 1 day event.
The course length of the NRA Basic Shotgun Course is based on the estimated
length of each lesson indicated in the lesson plans. The actual course length may vary, as the time required for each lesson will vary based on class size, student experience and comprehension level, student-to instructor ratio, weather, and unforeseen circumstances.
This course has been designed to allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling. It may
be conducted a few hours at a time over several days or it may be conducted as a one-day
This schedule is tentative. Times are subject to change.
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Before arriving, every guest must read and sign the online NRA Whittington Center Waiver.
Located near beautiful Raton, New Mexico, the NRA Whittington Center is home to the nation’s premier hunting, shooting, and outdoor recreation facility. The NRA Whittington Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generous contributions of donors who want to preserve our heritage of freedom for the next generation of shooters and hunters.