FIRST Steps Rifle - AR 15               


FIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training”, a program the NRA developed to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers.   This FIRST Steps program is the basic courses abbreviated to the most basic shooting skills and the specifics of a particular model of rifle . . . the AR 15.

This course, because of its narrow focus, can be completed in three - four hours.  Students will get the NRA's The Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe handling, use, cleaning, and storage of their rifle.   The practical exercise teaches only a single firing position. 

Course Goal

“To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use an AR 15 rifle safely.”


  —NRA FIRST Steps Rifle Orientation Lesson Plans: 

   • Introduction to Rifle Safety, Parts, and Operation

   • Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting

   • Introduction to Rifle Shooting from the benchrest position

   • Introduction to Rifle Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities



There are no prerequisites for taking this course and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.


Minimum Age Requirement

There is no minimum age requirement for NRA firearms training.  Minor students must display acceptable maturity (Instructor's discretion) and be accompanied by an adult.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons.  Successful completion of this course fulfills the requirements of the State of Florida concealed weapons application process.