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Get Started Shooting

Getting the right introduction to the shooting sports ensures a quality first-time experience and the start to a lifetime of enjoyment.

Begin with the basics. The National Rifle Association (NRA) provides firearm training courses that will teach you safety principles and help you develop the knowledge, skills and attitude that are needed to pursue your shooting interests.

The NRA provides an online state-by-state locator to help you find a local firearm safety course.

A professional shooting facility is another resource for you to contact about introductory courses and quality instruction. will help you find a range near you. Make contact and arrange a time to visit. Let the range know you are a newcomer to shooting. They will provide the information and instruction you need to get started in the different shooting disciplines; shotgun, rifle and/or handgun shooting.

If you can't find a range, locate a shooting sports retailer near you. A good shooting sports retailer can help get you pointed in the right direction to find firearm safety courses and shooting instruction.

Also take a look at where newcomers can find instructional opportunities to give handgun shooting a try.

You can find out more about the basic shooting games for shotgun, rifle and handgun at As you get more involved in target shooting, you may discover different variations of these basic games - and more opportunities to have fun.