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NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting

May 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

The NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. This course is designed for sport shooting (trap and skeet), not defensive shooting. It is also a prerequisite for the NRA Shotgun Instructor course, which we are offering the same weekend. Please note that this is a semi-private class. Enrollment is restricted to only those who are taking the Shotgun Instructor course the next day.

This day-long course includes classroom and range time learning how to shoot shotguns at moving targets (sport shooting, trap and skeet). Topics include:

  • NRA’s rules for safe gun handling
  • Shotgun parts and operation
  • Shotgun shell components
  • Shotgun shell malfunctions
  • Shooting fundamentals
  • Range rules
  • Shooting at straight away and angled targets
  • Shotgun cleaning
  • Continued opportunities for skill development

Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and the NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet. The course closes with a written examination, and all successful students will receive a course completion certificate.

Please note that this Basic Shotgun course is open only to individuals who are also enrolled in the NRA Shotgun Instructor course we are conducting the same weekend. Unfortunately, we cannot accept registration for the Basic Shotgun alone. For information on signing up for the Shotgun Instructor course, please see our calendar page. Thanks!

Here’s what you’ll need to bring to this class:

  • Range fee: $10 per person (policy of OK Corral Shooting Range)
  • $5 for every 25 clays you plan to shoot (clays must be purchased onsite; policy of OK Corral Shooting Range)
  • Lunch, snacks, water (there won’t be time to leave the range for lunch)
  • A shotgun set up for sport shooting*
  • Your shotgun owner’s manual (if you have one)
  • A notebook, pen, and highlighter
  • Eye and ear protection
  • A minimum of 50 Rounds (2 boxes) of ammunition (7-1/2, 8, or 9 shot)*
  • Your cleaning kit (if you have one)
  • A towel or cleaning mat (if you have one)

*Sporting shotguns are very different from defensive shotguns. If you need to rent a sporting shotgun, please contact Defensive Specialties in advance. You can also purchase ammo onsite at OK Corral.

For this class, CSA is pleased to welcome guest instructors Mike and Marie Bain of Georgia-based Defensive Specialties, LLC. Here’s a bit more about Mike Bain, from the Defensive Specialties website.

John “Mike” Bain is the owner of Defensive Specialties, LLC. He is an NRA Training Counselor & Chief Range Safety Officer, Regional Counselor for the NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim® Program & a State-Licensed Instructor for Georgia’s Armed & Unarmed Security Officers & Private Investigators. Disciplines he teaches include Tactical Shooting, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, Defensive Pistol, Metallic & Shotgun Shell Reloading, and Muzzleloading. He is certified as an NRA Law Enforcement Instructor for Pistol & Shotgun. Mike holds NRA Distinguished Expert ratings in both pistol & rifle.

His background includes 14 years in law enforcement & the military to include the Alabama State Patrol, Mississippi State Harbor Police, & as a US Army Military Policeman. While in the US Army, he also served with the 63rd Chemical Company as an Assistant Squad Leader. While with the 63rd, he was trained in Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical Operations, was the unit armorer, & served in Operation Desert Storm. Other military duties included Senior Patrol Officer, SWAT Team Member, Training NCO, Unit Armorer, Unit Medic, & Marksmanship Instructor.

He has been reloading his own ammunition since the 1980’s & casts his own bullets as well. He has been a concealed carry permit holder since 1976. Mike is involved in shooting activities at Cherokee Gun Club in Gainesville, GA. He led the Ladies League there for three years & is currently serving as the Range Officer for the complex.

For this course, CSA is pleased to welcome guest instructors Mike and Marie Bain of Georgia-based Defensive Specialties, LLC. Anyone interested in the course should contact Defensive Specialties to register. You can learn more about Defensive Specialties and ask about registration via any of the contact methods below. You can also register on the NRA Training website (just run a search for Tennessee shotgun classes, and you should see it).


May 24, 2019
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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OK Corral Shooting Range
3175 Pleasant Ridge Rd
Woodbury, TN 37190 United States
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