Beginner Pistol, Rifle or Shotgun

Beginner Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun

The Beginner Pistol Course is offered multiple times a year on weekends (please see our calendar).


We also offer the Beginner Pistol as well as Beginner Shotgun & Beginner AR-15 as on-demand courses during the week.


Please contact Kevin for more information


New firearm owners looking to gain the needed knowledge to improve their shooting skills and safe firearm handling/storage abilities with a pistol or a rifle or a shotgun. This course is operated ONE firearm type at a time. Groups will be below five shooters or one-on-one. Contact Kevin for more information and to schedule.



Never fired a firearm before? This course is for beginner level shooters in the safe and efficient use of their firearm. Classroom instruction and practical exercises on the range will provide the student a solid skill set in basic shooting fundamentals, manipulation skills and storage considerations. More experienced students who may be ‘rusty’ will refine their current skill set in order to progress as better shooters and ensure they are familiar with current firearms skills.


If you do not own a firearm and are wanting to gain some knowledge before buying one, this is definitely the course for you. Rentals are available.


Participants should be prepared to train in all weather conditions. This program can be challenging and participants should come to class with an open mind and a good attitude. With our personal approach to training, low student to instructor ratio, your skills will improve!


This is an 5 hour training day 8:30 am to 1:30 pm with an optional 30 minutes for lunch. It is highly recommend that you bring your lunch as you will have no options within 15 mins of the range. It is also recommended you have snacks, some will be available such as power bars and granola bars. Otherwise, please bring your own.

Length & Price: 1 day. $180.

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Areas of Instruction:

  • Firearm selection discussion
  • Firearm safety considerations
  • Basic shooting fundamentals
  • Loading and unloading techniques
  • Shooting Positions
  • Move, stop, shoot
  • Weapons maintenance


Prerequisites and Physical Requirements

  1. Student should be prepared to train in all weather
  2. Student must possess the physical strength and stamina to fire their firearms in shooting drills.
  3. Student should be physically able to get up and down from standing, kneeling and prone positions.

Required Equipment

  • Firearm in good working order (or rental firearm)
    • Pistol: 1-2 magazines or speed clips for revolvers and a holster that covers the trigger
    • Carbine rifle: 1-2 magazines
    • Shotgun: operational pump or semi-auto
  • Sturdy belt
  • Cap with brim (baseball or boonie style)
  • T-Shirt with crew neck collar (no V-necks)
  • Long pants (no shorts)
  • Jacket or vest for concealed carry
  • Light hiking boots or running shoes.   NO open toed shoes allowed!
  • Hearing protection (available upon request, no charge)
  • Wrap around eye protection (available upon request, no charge)
  • Water bottle or hydration system
  • Sunscreen / Bug Spray
  • Foul weather clothing
  • Note taking materials
  • Ammunition count:
    • Pistol: 150 rounds of range ammo
    • Rifle: 150 rounds of range ammo
    • Shotgun: 5 slugs, 5 buckshot 50 bird shot (either #6, #7.5 or #8)

** Ammunition available for purchase at BRM with advanced notice. **


**If you do not possess any of the above gear, or have any questions please contact Kevin as far out from the course date as possible**


Optional Equipment

  • Knee pads
  • Long sleeve ‘Sun’ shirt (can be button type)

Teaching Style:

At Blue Ridge Marksmanship, we help you to gain a better understanding for your firearm. We help your gun handling abilities improve and we teach you ‘a way’ to shoot. There are millions of ways to fire a gun and hit a target, we will help you find the best one for you, not hammer you into ‘the way’ to shoot.

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