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NRA Basic Rifle

This course is a mandatory pre-requisite to obtain a Long Gun Eligibility Certificate In The State of Connecticut

Course Description

The basic rifle course is designed to teach the basic knowledge skills and attitudes essential to owning and using a rifle safely. Through the Basic Rifle course the shooter will gain a hands on experience and learn rifle parts and operations, shooting fundamentals, shooting positions, sighting in and sight alignment.

Course Goal

To teach the basic knowledge skills and attitudes necessary for the safe and proper use of a rifle in shooting a target

Course Instructor

All coursework presented through Tactical Recovery Network are taught by state certified/duly authorized Training Counselors/law enforcement instructors with over 20 years experience in security, education and training.


Lesson I: Rifle Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling

Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting

Lesson III: Firing The First Shots

Lesson IV: Standing Rifle Shooting Positions

Lesson V: Prone and Kneeling Rifle Shooting Positions

Lesson VI: Sitting Rifle Shooting Position and Review of Positions

Lesson VII: Additional Training Opportunities


A positive attitude

Must be drug free

Must be mentally stable with no Psychiatric medical history

Must be a law abiding citizen with no felony convictions

Course Duration

  • The NRA Basic Rifle Course and its application to obtaining a Long Gun Eligibility Certificate consists of 14 Hours of in depth instruction. The course is broken up over two days under the following parameters.

  • Day One: 10 Hours classroom

  • Day Two: 4 Hours range

  • Please see location specific links on the bottom of the page for more accurate course information

Course Completion Requirements

  • Written Exam

  • Range Qualification

Provided Materials

  • Comprehensive NRA Guide To The Basics of Rifle Shooting

  • Gun Safety Rules Poster

  • Introduction to the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

  • All necessary course equipment will be provided

Course Benefits

  • 10% discount on future courses taken through Tactical Recovery Network

  • Discounts on NRA Membership

  • Satisfies State of Connecticut Requirements to obtain a Long Gun Eligibility Certificate

  • CT DESPP Long Gun Application  

Course Cost

  • $300 (Class of 4+) 

Mobile Courses

Our mobile division is equipped to bring the training to a location of your choice. This course is shooting course and necessitates a duly authorized range or authorization to discharge firearms on private property.

Area Lodging:

  • The Danbury, Connecticut area has several major hotel chains within minutes of our training facility. Our Recruitment Division has secured a discounted rate for course attendees.

  • Once seats are reserved, reservation codes will be made available. Please inquire with with your sales coordinator for more specific information. 

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