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NRA Basic Rifle

List of Available Classes

Why Take This Course?

10-22 RifleEven if you have never held a rifle, you will be able to safely handle, shoot, clean, and store a rifle after you complete this course. If you are already familiar with rifles, this course can help you become a safer, more accurate sportsman.

Sig 556 Classic - Stock PhotoThis course is low-pressure, low-stress, and allows you to ask questions as the course progresses. You will not be asked to do anything that you are uncomfortable doing. Class size is limited to just four students!


Focus on the front sightYou do not need to own a rifle to take this course. In fact, this class teaches you how to choose your first rifle! A variety of rifles are available for you to use during the course at no charge. If you already own a rifle, you are welcome to use it during the range session with prior instructor approval. You will need to provide your own ammunition (about 50-100 rounds) for any rifle you wish to use on range day (the second day of class).

Please Note: Absolutely NO live ammunition is allowed in the classroom at any time.


Course Description

The NRA Basic Rifle class teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting. This course is divided into two sessions). The first day is classroom based with instruction, demonstrations, participation, and practical hands-on activities. This first day typically runs about 6-8 hours. The second day you will spend on the range applying your newly learned skills. This includes shooting from a variety of positions with your choice of several action types.

Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from multiple positions (bench, standing, kneeling, sitting, prone); cleaning the rifle; and continued opportunities for skill development. Class sizes are 4 persons or less and move at a student-set pace. There is plenty of time for questions and hands-on practice.

Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet. Upon successful completion of a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination and successful completion of the course, students also receive course completion certificate.

Prerequisites for NRA Basic Rifle

Although there are no pre-requisites or age restrictions for the course, a general minimum age suggestion would be 12 years old. This may vary significantly depending upon the specific student's maturity level and attention span.

If This Class is for You...

Visit the class schedule page to see when the next class is being offered, or to inquire about additional class offering dates.

Hunter Safety Information

If you are planning on hunting in Colorado, were born after January 1, 1949, and have not completed a hunter education course, you will likely need to attend a Colorado Hunter Education Course. Although PerSec USA does not currently offer this course, you can visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife's course listings to find a course most convenient for you.