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NRA TRAINING COURSES

 

The NRA is recognized nationally as the gold standard for safe firearm training, developing millions of safe, ethical, responsible shooters and instructors. Whether you’re a new gun owner in search of training, or an experienced marksman looking to support others, the NRA has a course for you.

 

NRA Basics of Home Firearms Safety

Overview - 4 Hours

Non-shooting course and teaches students the basic knowledge, skills, and to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition in the home.

 

Details

Students will not fire or handle any live ammunition as part of this course!

This class is highly recommended to individuals who may come across a firearm, children who may not be physically or mentally mature enough to fire a firearm, or others in your home who may have access to firearms you own.

Required Equipment

None

Frequently Asked Questions

Can minors attend this class?

Yes, we actually highly encourage any responsible adult with minors that have access to firearms in their home to attend this training. 

Do I have to own a firearm to attend this class?

No, we provide all training aides. 

Will I be required to shoot during this class?

No, this is a non-firing course, we will strictly be going over safe handling and home firearms topics. 

 

 

NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

Overview - 8 Hours

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is intended for all individuals regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation and is available for delivery in two ways. One option is the traditional, instructor-led course where you will receive direct instruction from an NRA-certified instructor from beginning to end. The other option has two components: a self-study or “eLearning module” which is completed online in your own timeframe and a hands-on practical portion conducted in a classroom and shooting range with an Instructor.

Details

 Course topics include: gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, pistol selection and storage, shooting fundamentals, pistol inspection and maintenance, marksmanship, and shooting range safety. Additionally, students will complete live fire training and a nationally standardized shooting qualification while on the range with an NRA Certified Instructor. Students will receive the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate bearing the signature of the NRA Secretary and your NRA Certified Instructor.

Course Fee does not include Ammo.

Students wishing to become Pistol Instructors must complete the LVL 4 Qualification shoot.

Required Equipment

Almost all handguns and pistols are welcomed. If you are shooting 22.LR please make sure you bring High Velocity rounds. Students will need 100 Rounds of ammunition, and at least 1 magazine if you are using a mag fed firearm. 

Hearing protection and Eye protections is required. Pistol and Equipment Rentals are available if requested ahead of time.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs coming soon

NRA Basics of Rifle Shooting

Overview - 14 Hours

This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.

Details

This course is at least 14 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions; cleaning, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination, and receive a course completion certificate.

Course Fee does not include Ammo.

 

Required Equipment

Almost all rifles are welcomed. If you are shooting a 22.LR semi auto please make sure you bring High Velocity rounds. Students will need 100 Rounds of ammunition, and at least 1 magazine if you are using a mag fed firearm. 

Hearing protection and Eye protections is required. Rifle and Equipment Rentals are available if requested ahead of time.

Frequently Asked Questions

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NRA Basics of Shotgun Shooting

Overview - 10 Hours

This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target.

Details

This course is at least 10 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning how to shoot shotguns at moving targets. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; shotgun parts and operation; shotgun shell components; shotgun shell malfunctions; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting at straight away and angled targets; cleaning; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Shotgun Shooting Student Examination, and receive a course completion certificate.

Required Equipment

Almost all shotguns are welcomed. Students should bring Bird shot, buck shot is not advisable for this class. Slugs are prohibited for this class. Students will need 75 Rounds of ammunition, and at least 1 magazine if using a mag fed shotgun. 

Hearing protection and Eye protections is required. 
Shotgun and Equipment Rentals are available if requested ahead of time.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Personal Protection Inside the Home

Overview - 8 Hours

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

Details

This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.

Prerequisites

This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm). Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

Required Equipment

Almost all handguns and pistols are welcomed. If you are shooting 22.LR please make sure you bring High Velocity rounds. Students will need 100 Rounds of ammunition, and at least 1 magazine if you are using a mag fed firearm. 

Hearing protection and Eye protections is required. Pistol and Equipment Rentals are available if requested ahead of time.

A holster is required for this course, holster must be a solidly made holster. (Any holster that collapses upon itself and holsters made of soft flexible nylon will not be acceptable) 

For this course only strong side outside the waistband (OWB) holster is acceptable. No other methods of carry will be approved. Strong side means, holster is worn on the right side for a right handed student.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Personal Protection Outside the Home

Overview - Level I: 9 Hours + Level II: 5 Hours

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

Details

The course is divided into two levels. Level one is nine-hours and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Students spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one.

Upon completion, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition learning advanced shooting skills. Time and ammunition requirements are minimum, and may be exceeded. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and appropriate (level one/level two) course completion certificates(s)

Prerequisites

This course is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.

Required Equipment

Almost all handguns and pistols are welcomed. If you are shooting 22.LR please make sure you bring High Velocity rounds. Students will need 100 Rounds of ammunition, and at least 1 magazine if you are using a mag fed firearm. 

3 Magazines + Magazine Holder

Hearing protection and Eye protections is required. Pistol and Equipment Rentals are available if requested ahead of time.

A holster is required for this course, holster must be a solidly made holster. (Any holster that collapses upon itself and holsters made of soft flexible nylon will not be acceptable) 

For this course only strong side outside or inside the waistband (OWB or IWB) holster is acceptable. No other methods of carry will be approved. Strong side means, holster is worn on the right side for a right handed student.

 

Level I Ammo – Approximately 100 rounds 

Level II Ammo – Approximately 125 rounds

Frequently Asked Questions

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NRA Basic CCW Course (CA)

Overview - Level I: 9 Hours + Level II: 5 Hours

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

Details

Course topics include: Firearm Safety (Mandatory), Pistol Nomenclature and Selecting a Pistol for Self-Defense, Basic Defensive Pistol Skills, Drawing from Concealment, Loading and Stoppage Remediation, Mindset, Carry Modes and Pistol Concealment, Firearm Cleaning, and Sport Shooting and Training Activities.

Level 1 will satisfy all the permitting requirements for a California CCW and ends with the county specific, Live Fire Qualification shoot. Please call ahead to make sure you bring the appropriate Qualification Sheet. Some counties require you to Qualify with the specific weapon you intend to carry. Please bring all firearms you intend to carry as part of your application.

Level 2 will train and introduce students to concealed carry related shooting concepts and fundamentals.

Students will receive reference books, take a NRA CCW Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate bearing the signature of the NRA Secretary and your NRA Certified Instructor.

Prerequisites

This course is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. 

Required Equipment

Almost all handguns and pistols are welcomed. If you are shooting 22.LR please make sure you bring High Velocity rounds. Students will need 100 Rounds of ammunition, and at least 1 magazine if you are using a mag fed firearm.

3 Magazines + Magazine Holder

Hearing protection and Eye protections is required. Pistol and Equipment Rentals are available if requested ahead of time.

A holster is required for this course, holster must be a solidly made holster. (Any holster that collapses upon itself and holsters made of soft flexible nylon will not be acceptable) 

For this course only strong side outside or inside the waistband (OWB or IWB) holster is acceptable. No other methods of carry will be approved. Strong side means, holster is worn on the right side for a right handed student.

Level I Ammo – 100 rounds per pistol you will be qualifying with.

Level II Ammo – Approximately 150 rounds

Only 1 pistol is needed for Level II. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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NRA Defensive Pistol

Overview - 9 hours

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

Details

The NRA Defensive Pistol Course will focus on the techniques needed to develop a defensive mindset. The goal of the course will be to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and with confidence. As a result of participating in this course, the student will be able to explain and demonstrate the following: How to apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling when carrying a concealed firearm, basic principles of concealment, the difference between cover and concealment, drawing from the holster, levels of mental awareness, developing the proper mindset when using a pistol for personal protection, clearing common stoppages, use of pocket pistols, and more. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and the NRA Defensive Pistol certificate. This course is only conducted by NRA Certified Advanced Pistol Instructors.

Prerequisites

This course is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. 

Required Equipment

Almost all handguns and pistols are welcomed.

Quality pistol appropriate for concealed carry – recommend minimum of 9mm or .38 Special
• Pocket pistols for short range exercises, if a student has one they
would like to shoot. However, during this course, students should
use strong side hip holsters.
• Quality strong side hip holster – recommend form fitted leather
or kydex, must cover trigger/trigger guard
• Quality Belt, designed to carry a holster and a firearm strongly
recommended
• Quality factory ammunition suitable for practice. Encourage students to have at least two hundred rounds.
• Spare magazines or speed loaders with appropriate pouches – at
least two spares.
• Clothing appropriate for concealed carry
• Eye protection
• Hearing protection – recommend electronic

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Southwest Training Center?

TRAINING MEETS OR FAR EXCEEDS THE BASELINE TRAINING STANDARDS YOU WILL GET AT OTHER TRAINING CENTERS.

HAVING TRAINING WILL HELP YOU IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COURT HAVING TO JUSTIFY YOUR EXPERIENCE.

NOTHING IS %100 PERCENT SAFE OR EFFECTIVE! LEARN HOW TO MINIMIZE YOUR LIABILITY AND MAXIMIZE SAFETY!

Firearms are tools that can have a wide range of purposes, whether you own firearms for sporting, hunting, self-defense or other constitutional purposes; the National Rifle Association has courses for you! For new owners we strongly recommend starting with the basics of shooting courses.

Do not settle for second class training. The NRA is a nationally and internationally recognized organization when it comes to providing world class firearms instruction. The NRA is the standard that everyone holds themselves to when it comes to professional and legally recognizable training standards and course outlines. 

Choosing Southwest Training Center guarantees you are training among the best in the industry.

“Many people are not aware that the NRA practically uniformed firearms training nationwide. Whether you are an avid sport shooter, hunter, or seeking defensive firearms training, the NRA has you covered!”

-Luis Ramirez

Director of Training Operations

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Classrooms:

6200 Wilmington Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90001

10285 Glenoaks blvd pacoima, ca, 91331

 

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