First Shots Mission To promote responsible firearm ownership through introductory seminars that focus on local and state requirements coupled with a hands-on activity, and delivered by and at NSSF partner ranges.
First Shots Goals
To increase range traffic and activity by
creating new shooters and life-long
To inform and educate the public on firearm permit requirements and opportunities
to comply with those requirements.
To educate the general public about the
opportunities for safe and responsible use
First Shots is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation that offers
the public an opportunity to learn the rules and requirements of firearm ownership
along with comprehensive information on firearm safety, shooting sports opportunities,
individual and group training, and range access. Partnering with shooting ranges, First
Shots is a shooting program that provides quality instruction in the safe, recreational
use of firearms and provides newcomers with the opportunity to give shooting a try. First
Shots also answers new shooters’ questions regarding firearms and firearm ownership.
We have prepared an agenda for your use in planning your First Shots event. It was
designed in order to effectively maintain the focus referenced in our mission and goals
consistently from facility to facility.
First Shots teaches basic skills in firearm use and should not be considered a
complete course in traditional firearm training. It is not meant to replace any nationally
recognized and qualified training course or state-required education programs. The
agenda covers a three-hour period so that multiple sessions may be run in one day. If
time allows, ranges may elect to offer additional shooting to attendees after the session
In order to successfully encourage attendees to pursue their firearm interests, the
event needs to be educational and interactive and must include hands-on participation.
First Shots is designed to promote your shooting range in your community as well as
assist the participant. The following subjects will help you in conducting a successful
and informative introduction to firearm shooting.