NRA First Steps Pistol and Intro to Concealed Carry


The course provides a thorough introduction to firearms safety and handling.  The initial four hours of classroom instruction includes: NRA policies for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, types of ammunition, shooting fundamentals, cleaning and continued skill development opportunities.  The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester / NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and a First Steps course completion certificate are provided to each attendee.

The course completion certificate is an acceptable training verification that may be used to obtain a Virginia resident / non-resident concealed carry permit.

There is an additional two hours of lecture following the First Steps Orientation designed to provide students with an initial introduction to concealed carry techniques and the applicable Virginia laws.  The lecture includes: Use of deadly force, holster types, situational awareness, legal ramifications, “What If” scenarios and clothing selection. (Note: This 2 hour lecture is designed by IDS, llc instructors and is not part of the NRA approved First Steps Pistol Orientation course.)

Cost for class is $125 and is payable in advance to reserve your seat.  The class is limited to 12-15 students.  If you do not own a firearm, one will be provided for you.

Ammunition and Range Expense is the responsibility of the student and is NOT included in the $125. Ammo can be purchased at the time of the range portion. Range Time is between $15-20 per person depending on the range used. (Either Silver Eagle Group or Blue Ridge Arsenal).

Classroom: 6 Hours

Classroom 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Range Time is the Sunday morning, the day after the course normally but sometimes also precedes the course. (this is determined by how many people are registered for the course and whether it is feasible to use a public range during public hours. If we have more then 8 students we will rent out the Silver Eagle Group Range on the Sunday after the classroom portion from 7:30-8:30 am Shooting starts at 7:30 am prompt when we rent out the range, please try and arrive 20 minutes early so that we can begin at 7:30 am. If you have not fired at the Range before you will need to fill out a waiver and read the rules, just another reason to arrive early so that we can begin on time.

(Note: Students are advised to bring a snack with them as there will not be a formal break for lunch.)

We take breaks every 50 minutes during the course for about 5-10 minutes.

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Our Mission

IDS focuses on teaching intuitive defensive handgun skills that lend themselves to efficiently handling a firearm in ways that are congruent with the body’s natural reactions under stress. This methodology allows us to better prepare our students for situations where drawing a firearm is a possibility.
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