First Shots


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

of firearms.


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

is complete.

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.