Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training (FIRST)— is the NRA’s response to the public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers. We will instruct you in the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to own and use a handgun in a low stress, comfortable environment.

*This class is recommended for those concerned about their shooting skills prior to taking the CHL class *

  • Classes are limited to a maximum of 4 students per instructor.

  • Hands-on introduction for the safe handling and operation of one specific pistol action type, including the fundamentals of shooting, cleaning, and maintenance of your handgun.

  • Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.

  • The course is 3-4 hours long and includes a classroom portion and a live fire portion.

  • The live fire portion of this class can satisfy the proficiency requirements for the CHL class so you don’t have to qualify twice.

Classroom Instruction:

  • NRA Rules of Safe Gun Handling

  • Pistol parts, operation, & selection

  • Cleaning and storage

 Range Instruction:

  • Practical skill development

  • Range safety and etiquette

  • Range fees


You will need to bring your own firearm (in a gun bag or box please) and 100 rounds of ammunition for this class unless you make prior arrangements with ADFT.  Please do NOT bring ammunition into the classroom.

**If you do not have your own handgun, you can rent one from us for the class ($30 rental incl. 100 rounds of ammunition).**

Class Fee: $60

If renting a handgun from us: $90


This class is one half of the CHL/Combo class.