A shotgun is a long gun designed to be fired with two hands. It has a smooth bore (the inside of the barrel) and is designed to shoot a variety of ammunition, ranging from a solid bullet, called a slug, to multiple projectiles, called shot. Shotguns are often used in bird hunting, and in the sports of trap or skeet.
The Basic Shotgun course can be as short as ten hours. In it students will get the NRA's The Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, fundamentals of shotgun shooting, several practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of shotgun sports and activities.
“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in
shooting a moving target.”
—NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course Lesson Plans
- Shotgun Knowledge and Safe Handling
- Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Shotgun Shooting
- Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
- Shotgun Shooting Skills Practical Exercise
- Shotgun Games and Activities
The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children. Be aware that the proper fitting of a shotgun to a shooter can be time-consuming.
For best results, the shotgun shooting skills exercise is repeated several times, with feedback from the instructor.
Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.