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NRA First Steps Handgun Training

If you are on Oahu and looking to purchase a firearm, obtain a permit to acquire,  or are simply just wanting to learn about the tools themselves, the NRA FIRST steps course is a great fit for you. National Rifle Associations Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training (FIRST) – is the NRA’s response to the American public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers.

Students will receive the NRA’s The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook with quick practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their pistol. Students will participate in a supervised practical exercise for a single pistol shooting position. Actual length of the scheduled course many vary depending on number of course participants and types of pistol covered. The minimum amount of time will be four hours of instruction with two hours of range time. We have these minimum duration set to ensure students qualify for their Hawaii Permit to Acquire firearms.

Who should take this Course?

Anyone that is interested in learning the very basics of safety, usage, and stowage of firearms is a perfect candidate to attend. You need not own, or have even operated a firearm, prior to taking this course.  Our instructors can help you from square one. The instructor to student ratio for FIRST Steps classes are intentionally set low.  This is to ensure that you receive all the required attention to ensure the safe operation of your firearm.  We can teach all ages, but prefer to teach 12 years and older.


There are no set prerequisite for this course of instruction. This class is intended for the beginner student.

Course Overview and Course Goals:

  • Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation
  • Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Introduction to Pistol Shooting
  • Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage
  • Training Opportunities

Rules of Firearm Safety:

The first and most important aspect of firearms that must be discussed is firearm safety.  This aspect honestly can not be stressed enough to you.  The last thing anyone ever wants is to have to explain to a person’s loved one what happened because someone was unsafe and caused an accident.  Not to worry, the concepts are simple — and we will help you learn them. Our instructors work hard to ensure you have enjoyable learning experience in a safe and controlled environment.

Firearm Components:

Each firearm is different, and believe us, there are many different ones.  During this course you will be introduced to various models of handguns, in different calibers and styles.  Students will handle both single and double action revolvers. Additionally, all students will handle varied models of semi-automatic handguns.  If you have a specific brand or style of firearm in your home, and you wish to learn more about that specific type, please let us know so we may try and obtain a firearm in that model.

Firearm Ammunition:

Safety is important not just when dealing with a firearm, but also the ammunition. There are many different types and styles of ammunition, not all of which will work in or around your firearm. During this course we will explain to you not just the components, but also the construction of the cartridge.  The rules of Safety while handling and storing your ammunition will also be covered for your benefit. We stress these issues since using the wrong caliber or power in a cartridge can not only cause malfunctions during firearm operation, but most of all, because it can also cause serious injury or bodily harm.  When you leave the class, we will ensure that you know exactly what kind of ammunition is right for you and your firearm.

The Fundamentals Of Shooting:

Our instructors will side-by-side with you to teach you the very basics of firearm safety and use. This one on one instruction helps you by ensuring bad habits are caught and remedied early on in your firearm experience. Fixing these errors early allow you to develop into a skilled shooter in a shorter period of time.  The basics will be at the center of your course curriculum; sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control, and follow-through are heavily discussed.  These fundamentals are what defines a good shooter.  Utilizing these skills you will develop into a accurate, speedy, and responsible shooter.

How to Clean your Firearms:

The range is a great time, but like most things, at the close of the day — it will come to an end. Your firearms like to be kept nice and clean, like an old car.  Some firearms require after shooting maintenance and some don’t.  We will teach you how to properly clean your firearm.  The tools and solvents will be discussed in detail to ensure you leave empowered to keep your firearm maintained in a shooting condition.








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