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February 18, 2010

Learn About Handgun Ownership


When it comes to learning about handguns, shooting and firearms ownership, not knowing how or where to begin can be an intimidating hurdle for newcomers. The National Shooting Sports Foundation's First Shots® program provides opportunities to get started in a supervised, supportive environment at shooting ranges across the country. Participants also learn how to continue with handgun shooting if they enjoy their introduction, which, our surveys show, most do.

Having a supervised, safe and fun first experience is key to staying involved and wanting to learn more. At a First Shots seminar, newcomers will receive . . . 

  • an educational introduction to the safe, recreational use of handguns
  • a clear understanding of the local requirements for owning and purchasing a handgun
  • individual and group training and shooting range access for continued participation
  • shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest

Most First Shots seminars provide an introduction to handgun ownership, but some shooting ranges also offer an introduction to rifle and shotgun shooting as well. See the seminar list below for a First Shots seminars across the United States, and check back here for updated seminar listings throughout the year. You can also watch this 30-second video about First Shots.

Unless noted, all seminars listed here are for handgun introduction. 

Schedule of First Shots Seminars

Saturday, February
20
Shooters
World- AZ

3828 North 28th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85017
602-266-2600
9:00am
Saturday, February 20
(Handgun/Rifle/Shotgun)
P2K
Range

2082 Willow Glen Drive
El Cajon, CA 92019
619-442-9971
10:00am
Saturday, February
20
Montrose
Rod & Gun Club

123 Akard Ave
Montrose, CO 81401
970-249-2771
9:00am
Sunday, February
21
Top
Gun Shooting Sports Inc.

16725 Racho Rd
Taylor, MI 48180
734-282-8470
12:00pm
Monday, February
22
Smith & Wesson
Shooting Sports Center

299 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
800-331-0852
6:00pm
Saturday, February
27
Duncan's
Outdoor Shop

501 Salzburg Ave
Bay City, MI 48706
989-894-6691
2:00pm
Saturday, February
27
A & S
Indoor Pistol Range

617 Overhead Bridge Road
Youngwood, PA 15697
724-925-1212
10:00am
Saturday, February
27
Texas
Thunder Range

7128 Bandera Rd
San Antonio, TX 78238
210-509-2273
10:00am
Sunday, February
28
Top
Gun Shooting Sports Inc.

16725 Racho Rd
Taylor, MI 48180
734-282-8470
12:00pm
Saturday, March
6
Sim
Trainer Academy

2031 Dryden Rd
Dayton, OH; 45439
937-293-3914
4:00pm
Monday, March
8
Smith & Wesson
Shooting Sports Center

299 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
800-331-0852
6:00pm
Saturday, March 20
(Handgun/Rifle/Shotgun)
Brune Land & Cattle
1079 FM 1890
Columbus, TXÂ 78934
949-230-2965
9:00am
Sunday, March
21
(Handgun/Shotgun)
Deep
River Sporting Clays

284 Cletus Hall Rd
Sanford, NC 27330
919-774-7080
10:30am
Thursday, March
25
Shooters
World- AZ

3828 North 28th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85017
602-266-2600
5:00pm
Monday, March
29
Smith & Wesson
Shooting Sports Center

299 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
800-331-0852
6:00pm
Saturday, April
3
Sim
Trainer Academy

2031 Dryden Rd
Dayton, OH; 45439
937-293-3914
9:00am
Monday, April
12
Smith & Wesson
Shooting Sports Center

299 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
800-331-0852
6:00pm
Saturday, April 24 Ammo
Alley

11562 County Rd 395
Hartsburg, MO 65039
573-634-6196
8:00am
Monday, April
26
Smith & Wesson
Shooting Sports Center

299 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
800-331-0852
6:00pm
Saturday, May
1
Sim
Trainer Academy

2031 Dryden Rd
Dayton, OH; 45439
937-293-3914
4:00pm
Saturday May 8 Gainesville
Target Range

1610 NW 65th Place
Gainesville, FL 32609
352-359-2864
8:00am
Saturday May 8
(Handgun/Shotgun)
Tri-Cities
Shooting Association Rattle Snake Mountain Shooting Range

Milepost 7.75 SR 225
Benton City, WA 99320
509-545-1169
8:30am
Sunday May 9
(Rifle)
Gainesville
Target Range

1610 NW 65th Place
Gainesville, FL 32609
352-359-2864
8:00am
Monday, May 10 Smith & Wesson
Shooting Sports Center

299 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
800-331-0852
6:00pm
Saturday, May 22
(Handgun/Rifle/Shotgun)
P2K
Range

2082 Willow Glen Drive
El Cajon, CA 92019
619-442-9971
10:00am
Monday, May 31 Smith & Wesson
Shooting Sports Center

299 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
800-331-0852
6:00pm
Saturday, June
5
Sim
Trainer Academy

2031 Dryden Rd
Dayton, OH; 45439
937-293-3914
9:00am
Monday, June 14 Smith & Wesson
Shooting Sports Center

299 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
800-331-0852
6:00pm
Monday, June 28 Smith & Wesson
Shooting Sports Center

299 Page Boulevard
Springfield, MA 01104
800-331-0852
6:00pm