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South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit Class  -  $125.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Short Description:  This is the firearms course required by SLED to obtain a concealed weapon permit in South Carolina. 

 

More Details:   .The fee for this 8 hour class is $125.00.
Pre-requisites - 21 years old, resident or qualified non-resident of S.C. Must not have a history of a felony or criminal domestic violence conviction.

 

 
NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation  -  $50.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required

Short Description:  Firearms Instruction, Responsibilty and Safety Training---is the NRA's response to the American public's need for a firearm orientation program for new gunowners.

More Details:   NRA FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol 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 pistol action type. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.

 

 

 

 

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course  -  $80.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required

Short Description:   Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.


More Details:   This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.

 

 

 

 

NRA Home Firearm Safety Course  -  $60.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NRA FIRST Steps Rifle Orientation  -  $60.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required

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.

 

 

 

 

 

NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course  -  $100.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required

 

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.

 

 

 

 

NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun Orientation  -  $50.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required


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.

 

 

 

 

 

NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course  -  $100.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required

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

 
More Details:   This course is at least ten-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.

 

 

 

 

 

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course  -  $125.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required.

 

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.

The NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course participants must be law abiding, adults (at least 21 years old), 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NRA Range Safety Officer Course  -  $150.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminars  -  $50.00 per person.

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 certtificate.

  



 South Carolina Hunter Education Class  -  FREE COURSE  -  Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.

 

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Program is dedicated to the safe enjoyment of our outdoors. Through this program, students learn about responsibility and ethics in the field, as well as firearms safety.

Who needs a Hunter Education Card?

All residents and non-residents born after June 30, 1979, must complete a hunter education course before a hunting license can be obtained.

All children, age 12 and under, must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a bag lunch and pen or pencil to take notes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NRA Instructor Training Courses

    

Introduction

The NRA Instructor training courses are sanctioned by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and conducted by Certified NRA training counselors employed by SharpShooters Firearms Training.  They provide instructor candidates with the practical knowledge and skills needed to properly instruct beginning students in the specific disciplines they are certified in.  Instructor candidates completing these courses, and completing the required NRA certification application process, will achieve a solid foundation for instructing the particular firearm training disciplines they are certified in.  When certified for teaching the Basic Pistol, Rifle or Shotgun disciplines, certified instructors can also teach the First Steps courses for those disciplines as well.

All NRA Instructor training courses have the pre-requisite of the Basic Instructor training course.  This course is a six (6) hour classroom-only course, which covers the common firearms instruction techniques, policy & procedure, and other information needed for all instructors to successfully teach firearms training courses.

Becoming an NRA Instructor

Becoming an NRA firearms instructor is a three-step process.

  1. Take the NRA Basic Instructor training course, which is valid for a period of one year no matter how many discipline specific courses you follow with.
  2. Complete one or more NRA 'Discipline Specific' training courses, such as Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzleloading, Reloading or Chief Range Safety Officer.
  3. Submit the NRA instructor application with applicable certification and processing fees to the NRA.  

 

 

NRA Basic Instructor Training  -  $150.00 per person. Pre-registration is required. 

All NRA Instructor training courses require this pre-requisite training course.  This course is a six (6) hour classroom-only course, which covers the common firearms instruction techniques, policy & procedure, and other information needed for all instructors to successfully teach firearms training courses.

Lesson Details 

Opening Exercise (30 min) - Classroom

  • Complete pre-course questionnaire and registration card (back of card for one paragraph describing background)
  • State the goal of Part One of an NRA Instructor Training Course
  • Basic guidelines for introducing a speaker
  • Background of instructor candidates present
  • Introduce instructor candidates to the class

LESSON ONE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Importance of training to both shooters and instructors
  • NRA’s ‘Total Participant Involvement’ (TPA)
  • Eight fundamentals for training people
  • Purpose of NRA Basic Firearms Training Program and Instructor Program
  • Eligibility requirements, responsibilities, and personal qualities of NRA Certified Instructors

LESSON TWO (60 min) - Classroom

  • Function of a training team
  • Advantages of using a training team
  • Responsibilities of training team members in an NRA course
  • The ‘Buzz Group’ method of training

LESSON THREE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Required training materials for NRA courses
  • Procedures for ordering materials form NRA Sales
  • Characteristics, sources, and uses of training aids
  • Training aids which may be used

LESSON FOUR (60 min) - Classroom

  • The seven elements of course organization
  • Plan a hypothetical NRA Basic Course

  • Demonstrate cooperation and team spirit planning an NRA course with other instructor candidates

LESSON FIVE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Importance of using multiple senses in the training process
  • Steps necessary to teach a skill
  • Teaching principles and teaching methods

  • Use of questions in the teaching process
  • Using non-verbal communications while teaching

EXAMINATION (30 min) - Classroom

  • Take Trainer’s test: Score of 90% required for full certification

TOTAL

  • 6-Hour Classroom

 

 

 

NRA Pistol Shooting Instructor Course  -  $200.00 per person. Pre-registration is required.

 

All interested candidates MUST FIRST complete the online NRA Phase #1 Basics of Pistol Shooting before registering for this course. 

 

 

Lesson Details 

PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT - Range

  • Safely load and unload all available demonstration firearms, covering at least:
  • A revolver
  • A semi-auto pistol
  • Complete pistol shooting exercises as follows:
  • Two-handed standing position
  • One-handed standing position
  • ‘Random’ (TC choice) position
  • At least one target must have a 50% score or a group size less than or equal to 5 ½ inches

LESSON SIX (30 min) - Classroom

  • Introduction to NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course Lesson Plans

LESSON SEVEN (90 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Pistol Lesson I: Pistol Knowledge and Safe Handling

LESSON EIGHT (30 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Pistol Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting

LESSON NINE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Basic Pistol Instructional Method

LESSON TEN (90 min) - Range

  • Teaching Pistol Lesson III: Firing the First Shots

LESSON ELEVEN (90 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Pistol Lesson IV: Two-handed Standing and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions

LESSON TWELVE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Evaluating and Improving Performance of Beginner Pistol Shooters

LESSON THIRTEEN (60 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Pistol Lesson V: Pistol Sports and Activities  

EXAMINATION & CONCLUSION (90 min) - Classroom

  • Role of the examination in the training process
  • Student evaluations
  • Importance of student recognition
  • Take instructor certification test: Score of 90% required for full certification
  • Applying to the NRA for certification

TOTAL

  • 11- Hour Classroom & Range

 

 

 

NRA Basic Rifle Instructor Training  -  $225.00 per person. Pre-registration is required.

 

Lesson Details 

PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT - Range

  • Safely load and unload all available demonstration firearms, covering at least:
  • Bolt Action Rifle
  • Semi-automatic Rifle
  • Complete rifle shooting exercises as follows:
  • Prone Position
  • Standing Position
  • ‘Random’ (TC choice) Position
  • At least one target must have a 50% score or a group size less than or equal to 3 inches

LESSON SIX (30 min) - Classroom

  • Introduction to NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course Lesson Plans

LESSON SEVEN (90 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Rifle Lesson I: Rifle Knowledge and Safe Handling

LESSON EIGHT (90 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Rifle Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting

LESSON NINE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Basic Rifle Instructional Method

LESSON TEN (90 min) - Range

  • Teaching Rifle Lesson III: Firing the First Shots

LESSON ELEVEN (90 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Rifle Lesson IV: Standing Rifle Positions

LESSON TWELVE (90 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Rifle Lesson V: Prone and Kneeling Rifle Positions

LESSON THIRTEEN (90 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Rifle Lesson VI: Sitting Rifle Positions

LESSON FOURTEEN (60 min) - Classroom

  • Evaluating and Improving Performance of Beginner Rifle Shooters

LESSON FIFTEEN (60 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Rifle Lesson VII: Rifle Sports and Activities

EXAMINATION & CONCLUSION (90 min) - Classroom

  • Role of the examination in the training process
  • Student evaluations
  • Importance of student recognition
  • Take instructor certification test: Score of 90% required for full certification
  • Applying to the NRA for certification

TOTAL

  • 14-Hour Classroom & Range

 

 

 

NRA Basic Shotgun Instructor Training  -  $225.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required

 

Lesson Details 

PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT - Range

  • Safely load and unload all available demonstration firearms, covering at least:
  • A pump-action Shotgun
  • A semi-auto Shotgun
  • Complete Shotgun shooting exercises as follows (10 shots each at straight-away targets):
  • Pump-action
  • Semi-automatic Action
  • Must obtain a 50% score in at least one exercise

LESSON SIX (30 min) - Classroom

  • Introduction to NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course Lesson Plans

LESSON SEVEN (90 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Shotgun Lesson I: Shotgun Knowledge and Safe Handling

LESSON EIGHT (30 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Shotgun Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Shotgun Shooting

LESSON NINE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Basic Shotgun Instructional Method

LESSON TEN (90 min) - Range

  • Teaching Shotgun Lesson III: Firing the First Shots

LESSON ELEVEN (90 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Shotgun Lesson IV: Shotgun Shooting Skills Practical

LESSON TWELVE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Evaluating and Improving Performance of Beginner Shotgun Shooters

LESSON THIRTEEN (60 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Shotgun Lesson V: Shotgun Sports and Activities

EXAMINATION & CONCLUSION (90 min) - Classroom

  • Role of the examination in the training process
  • Student evaluations
  • Importance of student recognition
  • Take instructor certification test: Score of 90% required for full certification
  • Applying to the NRA for certification

TOTAL

  • 11-Hour Classroom & Range

 

 

 

NRA Chief Range Safety Officer Training  -  $200.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required

 

This course is required by any Range Safety Officer, who wants to be certified to train new RSO's (train the trainer).  It has the standard NRA Basic Instructor training program (6-hr course) as its pre-requisite.

Lesson Details 

LESSON SIX (60 min) - Classroom

  • Introduction to the NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Lesson Plans

LESSON SEVEN (60 min) - Classroom

  • The role of the Chief Range Safety Officer and Range Standard Operating Procedures

LESSON EIGHT (60 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Basic Range Safety Officer Lesson I and II

LESSON NINE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Basic Range Safety Officer Lesson III

LESSON TEN (60 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Basic Range Safety Officer Lesson IV

LESSON ELEVEN (60 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Basic Range Safety Officer Lesson V

LESSON TWELVE (60 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Basic Range Safety Officer Lesson VI

LESSON THIRTEEN (60 min) - Classroom

  • Teaching Basic Range Safety Officer Lesson VII
  • Pass the NRA’s Chief Range Safety Officer test
  • Applying to the NRA for certification 
  • TOTAL

    • 6- Hour Classroom 

      

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