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NRA Basic Shotgun Course

The NRA Basic Shotgun Course will familiarize you with the correct operation and maintenance all types of shotguns, along with teaching you how to handle and shoot them safely. The course is perfect for the new shotgun owner and serves as an introductory skills course for other more advanced hunting or competitive skeet/trap shooting courses. The core basics of safe shotgun usage are the lifelong building blocks for many other hunting or shooting sports. The ultimate goal of the Basic Shotgun course is to teach the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a shotgun safely.


Any person of good character who is not legally disqualified from possessing a shotgun in the U.S. can attend this class. All persons of less than 18 years of age may only take this course with their parent or with an adult guardian.


Our team of NRA Certified Shotgun Instructors will teach this approximately 11 hour course. Depending on the class size and ability, the instructors may adjust lesson time to assure sufficient repetitions to develop skills.



  1. Shotgun Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling

  2. Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Safe Shotgun Operations

  3. Fundamentals of Shotgun Marksmanship

  4. Proper Cleaning and Storage of all types of Shotguns

  5. Firing the First Shots

  6. Shooting Sports and related activities along with advice on selection of a shotgun


This course combines classroom and live fire range time with up to 50 rounds fired. ATP Training provides all targets and needed documentation along with the NRA course materials.

You do not need to own or bring a shotgun to attend this NRA class. If you wish to bring your own shotgun, please contact ATP Training for the requirements and legal transport restrictions of your firearm. ATP Training will provide eye and hearing protection for all students involved in the course.


This NRA Basic Shotgun class is an 11 + hour course with a fee of $100.

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