FAQs

 Where are the courses taught?
Most courses are taught in two sections.  The classroom portion is taught in Springfield, VA and the range portion is taught at the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA. 

Do I need to bring my own firearm?
No, students are encouraged to bring their own firearm, if available.  However, if students do not own one, a firearm can be provided at no additional cost.

What guns are available for use?
A variety of semiautomatics and revolvers in various calibers are available for use.  See the Gun Room for details. 

Are there any additional charges for the courses?
There is a $10 test fee at the NRA range. Students who would like to purchase additional ammunition (beyond what is included in the courses) can do so at the range.

Can I take the FIRST Steps Pistol and Multi-State Concealed Handgun Permit course at the same time?
Yes.  After the conclusion of the Multi-State Concealed Handgun Permit class, students who wish to take both courses can attend a range session which will complete the requirements for the FIRST Steps course.

Is the course fun?
YES!  All people who have taken these courses have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Many have taken up shooting as a frequent hobby.

Is this safe?
YES! All courses focus on safety before heading to the range.  Courses are 2/3 in the classroom and 1/3 on the range.

Can I  take a course?
YES! Women and men of all ages are able to take this course.  Those who are under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present for the duration of the course.

I am traveling to the US on vacation can I still participate?
YES!  As long as you are traveling  here legally and have not been convicted of serious offense in your country you can participate.

I would like to take the course with another person is this allowed?
YES! Taking the course with a friend or few is an excellent idea, this offers an opportunity to be competitive and learn from each other

I live in DC, and therefore cannot own a gun can I still take the class?
YES! I provide everything you will need, including a gun, ammunition, hearing and eye protection, targets and a safe place to shoot.  All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and desire to try something new.

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