NRA First Steps Rifle


FIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training”, a program the NRA developed to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This FIRST Steps program is the basic courses abbreviated to the most basic shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of rifle.

This course, because of its narrow focus, can be completed as quickly as three hours. Students will get the NRA’s The Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their rifle. The practical exercise only covers a single firing position. As the number of participants or firearm types increases, the course will take proportionally longer.

Course Goal

“To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific rifle model safely.”



  1. Introduction to Rifle Safety, Parts, and Operation
  2. Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting
  3. Introduction to Rifle Shooting from the Benchrest Position
  4. Introduction to Rifle Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities


The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children. Be aware that the proper fitting of a rifle to a shooter can be time-consuming.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons.


The following Business or individuals have contacted the Custer Sportsmen’s Club and presented insurance and certificates of instruction as well as willingness to teach this class. Custer Sportsmen’s Club has authorize these vendors to use the Custer Sportsmen’s Club Facilities to teach this course.

Content of the course is determined by the individual vendor and is not determined by the Custer Sportsmen’s Club.

For information from a particular instructor contact information is below:

Custer Firearms Academy Rick Naslund 360-303-9519, Clark Cotner 360-371-7900


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