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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.

Adaptive Shooting

The NRA's goal is to increase access and participation in shooting activities for people with disabilities through specialized techniques and technologies that are safe and unique to each individual.

Range Services

NRA Range Services offers a number of resources to public and private ranges across the country including on-site assistance, educational seminars, grants and much more. Take an online course, learn from the NRA Range Technical Team and find other educational materials and resources.

NRA Member Benefits

When you sign up to defend your Second Amendment freedoms, you can immediately begin to enjoy exclusive member-only discounts on a variety of products and services. There are numerous opportunities to save in categories such as health, financial, travel, investment, insurance and telecommunications — and it’s all based solely on your membership with NRA.

Great American Outdoor Show

The World's Largest Outdoor Show! Featuring 1,100 exhibitors ranging from shooting manufacturers to archery, fishing, outdoor gear, boats, RVs and hunting outfitters covering 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space! Not to mention a jam packed schedule including country concerts, fundraising dinners, speaking events, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars, demonstrations and much more!

NRA Springfield M1A Match

This match is a fun and friendly competition held during the National Matches. From novice to champion competitor, every level of shooter can be found here and over $25,000 in cash and prize awards will be given out for this match.

Shooting Illustrated

From concealed carry and home defense to 3-gun competition and tactical training, Shooting Illustrated is loaded to full capacity with expert information on the subjects today's shooters care about most. Each issue offers in-depth analysis of the latest self-defense and tactical firearms and gear, along with valuable, how-to advice on shooting techniques and methods of personal protection. Practical knowledge, combined with dynamic photography and cutting-edge design, makes for the most comprehensive guide to defensive hardware and tactics available.

NRA Sports

NRA Sports is a lifestyle brand and collection of firearm programs for those interested in the active, outdoor lifestyle. The programs offered appeal to a wide variety of clubs, ranges, hunters, novices and shootings sports enthusiasts.

Firearm Training

From beginner to developing competitor, the NRA Training Department develops safe, ethical, responsible shooters through a network of more than 125,000 instructors and range safety officers and coaches. NRA Training Counselors recruit and train instructors to teach NRA's basic firearm courses. NRA Coaches, in turn, develop competitors at the club, high school, collegiate and national levels.

NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

From a young shooter's first BB gun to sophisticated air rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, pistols, and rifles, the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program offers family fun and enjoyment that can last a lifetime.

NRA Training Course Catalog

Find the right training course for you—pistol, rifle, shotgun, self-defense or safety.

Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics

Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics create more opportunities for women to learn all about firearms, and to gain confidence in newly-acquired shooting skills. You'll learn safe firearms handling, how to store your firearms safely, shooting skills, and a sport you'll enjoy for a lifetime!

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