Resources for New Shooters

Tips, Safety, Ranges and More

Video Tips

Whether you’re an experienced or new shooter, you’ll find more than 100 videos on everything from how to sight in a rifle to techniques on how to become a better handgun shooter on NSSF’s YouTube channel. Browse Videos

Rules of Firearm Safety

Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. These 10 Rules of Firearm Safety are intended to make them even safer by emphasizing the basics of safety and storage and by reminding you that you are the key to firearm safety.


Free printable targets. Print as many as you need and bring them to the range. A variety of targets are available as PDF documents and print on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.

Youth Programs

From the Scholastic Clay Target Program — which has been called the “Little League of the shooting sports” — to programs at the college level, there are many opportunities for youths to get involved. View a list of youth and college shooting sports programs.

Where to Shoot

Now that you’ve taken your first shots, find a place to continue developing your skills. Search for a range in your area.

Types of Shooting Sports

More than 19 million Americans safely participate in target shooting. Learn more about handgun, rifle and shotgun sports.


There are a number of organizations that can be great resources in getting involved in the shooting sports. View a list of these groups.