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NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminars

Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for developing a strategy for ones personal safety.

More Details: The seminar includes classroom instruction on a variety of crime prevention strategies, from criminal psychology to automobile crimes to cyber crime. Seminars can vary in length, and may be modified to suit the needs of a particular audience. This is not a firearms instruction course, and does not include instruction in physical combat self-defense. Seminars teach about common weaknesses that criminals may take advantage of, and teaches a variety of corrective measures that are practical, inexpensive, and easy to follow. Strategies include home security, carjack avoidance techniques, cyber safety, and use of personal safety devices. A complete seminar may last as long as eight hours and include the entire lesson plan, but a modified seminar may be as short as 90 minutes and address a specific topic. Students will receive the Refuse To Be A Victim student handbook, NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® brochure, NRA Become A Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Brochure, Refuse To Be A Victim® Firearms Supplement, and a course completion certificate.

Cost: 1 Day / $50


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NRA Home Firearm Safety Course

Short Description : Non-shooting course and teaches students the basic knowledge, skills, and to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition in the home.

More Details: This is a four-hour course for safe gun handling that is conducted in the classroom only. Students are taught NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling; primary causes of firearms accidents; firearm parts; how to unload certain action types; ammunition components; cleaning; care; safe storage of firearms in the home; and the benefits of becoming an active participant in the shooting sports. Students will receive the NRA Home Firearm Safety handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, course completion certificate.

Cost: 1 Day / $100


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NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course

The NRA Basic Pistol Course is a blended training course, which means a portion of the course (Phase I) is conducted in an eLearning environment (online), that can be completed on your own time. Upon successfully completing the online exam, students will be required to register for the instructor-led training portion (Phase II), which is to be conducted at your local range with an NRA Certified Instructor. You must successfully complete Phase I and Phase II in order to receive your Basic Pistol certificate.

Instructions for Phase II portion of course:
1. Sign up for Phase I – Online Class by clicking here.
2. After Phase I is complete, sign up for Phase II with RHK by clicking here
3. If you have trouble Contact us.


Phase II Cost $125

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NRA FIRST Steps Rifle Orientation

Short Description : Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training — is the NRA’s response to the American public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers.

More Details: NRA FIRST Steps Rifle is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific rifle action type for classes of four or fewer students. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific rifle action type. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular rifle model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the rifle; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan, revised 01-09).

Cost: 1 Day / $200


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NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course

Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.

More Details: This course is at least 14 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions; cleaning, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 1988, revised 12/10)

Cost: 2 Day / $250


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NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun Orientation

Short Description : Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training is the NRA’s response to the American public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers.

More Details: NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun course is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific shotgun model. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific model shotgun at a moving target. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular shotgun model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the shotgun; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan, revised 03-10).

Cost: 1 Day / $150


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NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course

Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target.

More Details: This course is at 10 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning how to shoot shotguns at moving targets. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; shotgun parts and operation; shotgun shell components; shotgun shell malfunctions; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting at straight away and angled targets; cleaning; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Shotgun Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 1988, revised 06-09)

Cost: 1 Day / $200


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NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course

Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

More Details: This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.(Lesson Plan, revised 08/11)

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

Cost: 1 Day / $250


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NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course

Short Description : Comprehensive and intensive in its approach to equip the defensive shooting candidate with the skills needed to survive serious adversity.

More Details: The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Students have the opportunity to attend this course using a quality strong side hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation.

The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced). Level one is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition requirements are minimum and may be exceeded. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and the appropriate course completion certificates(s), NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home (identifies strong-side hip holster or purse use) certificate, and NRA Advanced Personal Protection Outside The Home certificate.(Lesson Plan 2006, revised 4-09)

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.

Note: The Lesson III of the Personal Protection In and Outside The Home courses Firearms and the Law, and Legal Aspects of Self-Defense is conducted by an attorney licensed to practice law within the state in which this course is given and who is familiar with this area of the law, a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) who possesses an intermediate or higher Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate granted within the state, or an individual currently certified to instruct in this area of the law by the state in which this course is presented.

NRA Certified Instructors may conduct this lesson only if they meet the requirements stated above and then only in their capacity as an attorney, or other state certified individual not in their capacity as an NRA Certified Instructor.

Cost: 2 Day / $300


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NRA Range Safety Officer Course

Short Description : Develops NRA Certified Range Safety Officers with the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

More Details: This course is nine hours long and is conducted in a classroom and at a shooting facility. Range Safety Officer candidates will learn roles and responsibilities of an RSO; Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); range inspection; range rules; range briefings; emergency procedures; and firearm stoppages and malfunctions. Each Range Safety Officer Candidate will receive an RSO Student Study Guide, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, an NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, an Instructor Application/Course Evaluation form. (Lesson Plan 10-05, revised 01-10).

Cost: 1 Day / $150


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NRA Defensive Pistol

The Advanced Defensive Pistol class is nothing like any of the other NRA pistol classes. This class is more of a mentoring class with lots of hands-on training, drills and lots of shooting.

This is the most advanced pistol class in the citizen/non law enforcement NRA curriculum.

It will be important that you have all of your equipment and that you get familiar with it and practice with it as much as possible prior to class. Make sure your pistol is UNLOADED for any gun handling practice and there is no live ammo in the same room.

Here are the course objectives: As a result of participation in this course, you should be able to explain and demonstrate the following:

· The importance of carrying and using a pistol responsibly and lawfully for personal protection
· How the NRA Rules for Safe Gun handling are applied to concealed carry
· Basic principles of concealment
· Presenting a pistol and re-holstering
· Mental awareness
· Mental preparation to develop a defensive mindset for carrying and using a pistol for personal protection
· Techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations
· Explain the psychological and physiological changes that may occur during a violent attack
· Flash sight picture, point shooting and instinctive shooting
· Reloading under stress
· Clearing common stoppages – immediate action drills
· Present a pistol from concealment and re-holster
· Cover and concealment, shooting from behind cover
· Present a pistol from concealment and shoot targets at varying distances
· Moving off the line of attack and shoot
· Qualify for the NRA Defensive Pistol Certificate
· Pocket Pistols, their use, advantages and disadvantages

Prerequisite for this class is NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course or equivalent. If you have substantial shooting experience and have developed good gun handling practices you’ll probably be OK. All students must be able to lawfully possess a firearm under state and federal law. If you have not yet attended completed the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course class and would like to do so please contact us.

Required equipment:

· A pistol that you are familiar with and comfortable with. Preferred calibers: 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 acp. You especially need to be able to load and unload it comfortably, efficiently and quickly, including being able to lock back the slide. Semi-auto only.

· At least two additional magazines (for total of three).
· A magazine pouch that will hold two magazines, either paddle-style or belt pouch.
· A Kydex-type paddle or belt hip holster (strong side hip holster) with no supplemental retention devices (no snaps, thumb breaks, etc.)
· 500 rounds of factory ammunition. Less expensive target rounds are recommended, rather than personal protection ammo. No reloads and no magnum, +P or +P+ loads.
· 4 or 5 snap caps or dummy rounds of the appropriate caliber for your handgun
· Eye protection. Prescription glasses with large lenses are acceptable. Professional safety glasses are better.
· A ball cap with brim in front to protect your face and eyes from hot ejected brass
· Hearing protection. We strongly recommend electronic headsets with microphones. This way you can hear what we are saying without removing your headsets. We strongly discourage the use of foam plugs as they will significantly delay the class, waiting for you to insert them correctly and waiting for them to expand inside your ear before we can shoot.
· A concealment garment such as a vest or light weight jacket that effectively conceals your handgun. Shirts under your jacket or vest must be kept tucked-in for safety reasons.
· A wide and stiff belt to provide rigid support for your holster and magazine/loader pouches
· Cargo pants or tactical duty pants are strongly recommended. The extra pockets are invaluable for empty mags and extra rounds for reloading your mags and loaders while still on the line.
· Wear sport shoes or light weight hiking boots that fit well and allow you to maneuver safely and not roll an ankle. You will be moving forward and backwards, kneeling and crouching with a loaded pistol.
· Bring a pen or pencil for taking notes. We will provide your book and student packet. No advanced study is needed.

If you have any questions or concerns about the equipment listed, please email

Cost: 2 Day / $250


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