More than likely there’s someone on your holiday shopping list who needs another stocking stuffer. Here’s an easy solutior everyone—from newcomer to veteran owner and even those who don’t own a gun—can appreciate: Enroll them in one of the many training courses offered by NRA. Yes, there’s an adult safety course that doesn’t involve firearms.
Gift wrapping is up to you, but there’s no long line at the mall or parking lot mayhem required. It’s as simple as browsing the online catalog and making the right choice.
More than one million receive training from the NRA every single year, which speaks volumes about the quality of instruction. The luster on this gift doesn’t fade after the holidays, either, because there’s no expiration date on knowledge.
New Owners/Enthusiasts Someone brand new to firearm ownership, and those around them, will benefit from the NRA Home Firearm Safety Course. The four-hour classroom session teaches safe gun-handling procedures, cleaning, proper unloading of firearms, ammunition storage and components and much more.
Other courses available provide training for pistols, rifles and shotguns and cover a variety of different subjects, from basics to advanced use. There’s even one tailored for muzzleloading.
Experienced Enthusiasts Gun owners interested in wringing out that last bit of performance from their gun (or saving money) could find the Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course ideal. A separate class covers the basics of reloading shotshells.
Consider, too, the value if that special someone gets certified as a range safety officer. They may never work at a range, but the information is solid and invaluable, particularly if informal sessions with family and friends are part of the routine.
If that someone on your list eagerly shares a wealth of firearm knowledge and display what it takes to enlist the next generation of enthusiasts, maybe it’s time to turn things up a notch by becoming a certified instructor or coach. NRA also offers a wide variety of courses designed for self-defense both in and out of the home. The NRA Basic CCW course is the first step in getting a concealed-carry permit.
Non-Owners We all have a friend or family member who doesn’t own a firearm and probably never will. Unfortunately, the world is teaming with criminals and scams.
The NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Course is an ideal option for these people on your list. It addresses how to minimize the chances of becoming another statistic of violent crime, property crime and even vehicle theft. Gun training is not included.
A variety of law enforcement and public agencies across the U.S. use the program every year in their crime-prevention efforts. More than 120,000 people have benefited from the wealth of knowledge shared in sessions.
There’s One Nearby Rather than forcing a loved one travel very far to attend, the NRA course catalog conveniently provides a zip code sort to find courses nearby. It’s fast, convenient and beats standing in a long line of impatient strangers wearing ugly sweaters.
On behalf of all of use at American Rifleman, and the entire NRA family, we hope you and all your loved ones have a holiday filled with the peace and joy so richly deserved by us all.