NRA Training

NRA Training
315 Pat Covell Rd
Defuniak Springs, FL 32435, US
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NRA Certified Rifle & Shotgun Instructor and Range Safety Officer (RSO) Course The course dates for the courses have changed.  In response to COVID-19 and Council scheduling of events, the new course dates are now Saturday and Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2020 and January 9 & 10, 2021. Additionally, social distancing space requirements prevent Scouts under the age of 21 from attending.  I apologize for this change, but it was either change the dates or cancel the course.  The date changes are reflected in the information below.  This is a new NRA required 4-day.  The New Requirement – The new requirement levied by the NRA requires all Rifle and Shotgun instructor candidates to successfully complete the Basic Rifle and Basic Shotgun Shooting Courses before taking the NRA Rifle and Shotgun Instructor Courses.  Each of the two Basic Courses is 1-day in duration and will be presented on Dec 12 & 13.  The NRA Rifle and Shotgun Instructor Courses and the RSO Course will be presented on Jan 9 & 10. Attendance and completion of all courses is required.  NRA Instructor and RSO Certifications will be awarded.


NRA Certified Range Safety Officer Course.  Current NRA Instructors that wish to add the BSA required RSO certification to their credentials can attend only the RSO portion of the course on Jan 10th.  This course is only available to Registered Adult Scout leaders, 21 or older.  Registration Requirements below apply.


Please note that registration and payment IS NOW REQUIRED BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020 so that course material can be ordered.  Social distancing allows fewer persons to attend.  Therefore, registration is limited and will be provided on a FIRST REGISTERED basis.


NRA Certified Pistol Instructor Course may be offered in 2021, depending on the level of interest and by camp availability. This is a 1-day course for those who wish to add pistol shooting to their NRA instructor credentials and support Venture pistol shooting activities at the Crew, District and Council level.  This is a two-part Instructor Training Course with the part I, Basic Pistol Shooting, taken online in advance in advance of part 2, which will be conducted at Spanish Trail Scout Reservation.  However, completion of the NRA Rifle & Shotgun Instructor course is required.  Further information will be provided during the Jan 2021 Instructor course or upon request.


REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:  Adult attendees must be registered Scout Leaders or Merit Badge Counselors, 21 or older.  NRA membership is not required.  Experience with course appropriate firearms is recommended, but not required.  All courses will be presented in Henson Hall at the Spanish Trail Scout Reservation in DeFuniak Springs, FL.


FURTHER INFORMATION.  Upon completion of the above courses and in accordance with Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Publication “Guide to Safe Scouting”, number 34416A, NRA Instructors and RSOs will be able to teach and supervise Boy Scout and Venture rifle, shotgun, and Venture pistol shooting.  Instructors may also register as Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge Counselors in accordance with BSA Merit Badge books number 35942 & 35948.  Additionally, NRA instructors can present NRA Basic Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol courses.  They may also serve as NRA RSOs on any Boy Scout range or any private or public ranges that require their use.


FOR INFORMATION on how to register, course description, content, and course costs and fees:


Contact: Chuck Kuzma, NRA Training Counselor and Shooting Sports Director, Gulf Coast Council, BSA.  Telephone 850 803-8761, Email

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