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Recreational Shooting

You don’t have to be a world-class competitor to enjoy the shooting sports. The NRA has many events for the recreational shooter. There are opportunities to learn and sharpen shooting skills for women, youth, those just starting out, or gun owners who have been shooting all their life. Use the Find NRA tool to find events and ranges in your area!

Fun For The Family

The shooting sports provide opportunities for shooters of all ages and skill levels

100,000 + Instructors, Coaches, Training Counselors and Range Safety Officers

Make up the network that develops and trains safe, ethical, responsible shooters from novice to developing competitor

Approximately 40 Million

Americans enjoy recreational shooting each year

America's Rifle Challenge

The popularity of ARs over the past few years continues to rise. Millions of gun owners have purchased ARs for recreational shooting as well as for home defense. To help owners sharpen their skills on this platform, the NRA has developed a unique training and competition event designed to go beyond typical target practice.

3 Gun Experience

NRA 3 Gun Experience presented by Smith & Wesson is designed to introduce new and intermediate shooters to the world of 3 Gun with a safe, family fun, recreational shooting program.

Women's Wilderness Escape

The NRA Women's Wilderness Escape provides women 18 and older with an eight-day getaway opportunity to experience the softer side of firearm education with exposure to a wide variety of shooting sports activities and an array of enticing hunting and outdoor related activities.

NRA Day Presented by Brownells

NRA Day events provide community members the opportunity to come together to learn, experience, share, and grow in appreciation of the shooting sports. Participants will be able to learn about the many different activities available in shooting sports and explore them in a safe environment.

Make A First

The Make A First movement exists to tell the stories, celebrate the heritage, and inspire new passions for the outdoors. Firing that first gun, stargazing from a campsite, signing your hunting license, setting the hook on a fish – these are all “firsts” to be celebrated and stories to be told. Help make someone's first and share your story today.

The NRA Range

Come and shoot on one of the most technically advanced, user-friendly indoor shooting ranges in the country - right in the basement of NRA Headquarters! The 50-yard, wheelchair accessible NRA Range is open to all NRA members, the general public, and available for private group rentals. Featuring 15 shooting booths, The NRA Range has ample room for pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting.

Home Air Gun Program

The NRA's Home Air Gun Program Introduction brings marksmanship activities directly to the community. This guide is to provide parents, teachers, activity and club leaders with information and guidance on BB and air gun shooting sports. It also guides you on how to select a BB or air gun and how to construct permanent ranges and what portable ranges are available.

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NRAExplore is the resource for all programs of the National Rifle Association. Select an interest to browse programs and find information about firearm safety, a variety of events, educational courses and more!