NRA's John Howard training at Gunsite Academy Paulden, Arizona - Staff from NRA’s Training Department headed West last month to participate in cross-training with Gunsite. John Howard (pictured), Andy Lander, and Sean Thornton made the trip to the Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona where they conducted NRA Certified Instructor Courses for Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun for nine Gunsite Instructors. In exchange, the three attended the Gunsite Defensive Pistol 250 course.

It all started when NRA Board of Director and Gunsite owner Buz Mills discussed cross-training opportunities with Bill Poole, Director of NRA’s Education & Training Division.

“We knew that this would be a fantastic opportunity for Gunsite and NRA to come together and examine the evolution of firearms training – from where it’s been, to where it is now and how we can look to the future,” said Poole.


NRA Training Counselor Logo on NRAblog Steve Hoback, NRA's Senior Training Program Coordinator, recently returned from Belleville, New Jersey where he and fellow Training Counselors Anthony Colandro, Louis Fico and Chuck Lehnert taught a Training Counselor Development Workshop.

Training Counselors are experienced NRA Certified Instructors who are appointed by the NRA Training Department to train new instructors. In short, Training Counselors train the trainers.

Hosted by New Jersey-based firearms training company Gun For Hire, 19 new Training Counselors were appointed from six different states, spanning from Ohio to Rhode Island.

"The Workshop staff are proud and honored to have been part of the development of this part of the next generation of NRA Training Counselors," said Hoback. "All 19 of the newly appointed Training Counselors demonstrate they have the Knowledge, Skills and attitude to both develop and mentor new Instructors to ensure the tradition of National standard safe firearm training is upheld in the future."

To learn more about becoming an NRA Appointed Training Counselor, send an email to To view all of NRA's Training Courses or find one in your area, visit

NRA Women's Programs LogoWomen’s Programs Department is hosting training for women to become NRA Certified Pistol Instructors during the 2012 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri from April 13-15, 2012 at the America’s Center.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of the Female Pistol Instructor cadre and help train the thousands of women who are learning to shoot every year. With more women turning to the NRA annually for firearms training, female instructors play a crucial role in introducing them to the shooting sports.

“The NRA Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinic Program is incredibly successful and reached nearly 10,000 new women shooters in 2011,” said Diane Danielson, Women On Target® Program Coordinator. “We are fully committed to training more women instructors, not only helping meet the demand for NRA Certified Instructors, but showing women additional opportunities for developing and sharing their skills.”


Thanks to Rob Beckman for passing along the following report and photo from a Training Counselor Workshop in Kansas.   

The trainers and students from a Training Counselor Workshop in Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas - No one could had planned for nicer weather on the last weekend of winter. It was under those sunny skies and 80 degree weather that NRA's Education and Training Department conducted a Training Counselor Development Workshop (TCDW) at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation in Kansas City, Kansas.


Attention junior shooters! Could you use up to $5,000? Maybe you're saving for college for looking to buy a new rifle. If you're doing great things in school, in your community, and on the range, then you could win some of the $10,000 that's up for grabs through the Brownell's/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. First place wins $5,000, second place takes home $3,000 and third place will recieve $2,000. Check out all of the details below to see if you qualify to apply for the award.

Nathan Switzer 2010 OAYA winner Nathan Switzer competes in the 2009 National Junior Air Gun Championship at Camp Perry.
Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association is now accepting applications for the Brownell’s/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. Chosen for their accomplishments in the community, the classroom and the shooting sports, three exceptional young people from across the United States will receive a total of $10,000 courtesy of Brownell’s.

“The Outstanding Achievement Youth Award recognizes young people who exemplify excellence in not only the shooting sports, but other areas of their lives,” said Larry Quandahl, Manager of NRA’s Youth Programs Department. “Dedication to academics and community are important facets to becoming a well-rounded shooter.”


Coach Russ Evans and a smallbore rifle shooter check out a target during the NRA Junior Smallbore Camp at Camp Perry Port Clinton, Ohio - Just because school lets out for summer doesn't mean that you can't fit in some learning time on the range. If you or someone you know are a competitive junior pistol or smallbore rifle shooter, then the 2012 NRA Junior Pistol and Smallbore Rifle Camps this July in Camp Perry, Ohio are right up your alley.

Under the supervision of NRA Certified Coaches, these six-day camps offer expert instruction for 12-18 year old competitors looking to take their shooting skills to the next level. Although both camps are geared towards intermediate shooters, beginners will be accepted if space becomes available.

“The Junior Camps are an excellent resource for young competitive shooters who want to hone their skills,” said Bill Poole, Director of NRA Education & Training. “From mental focus to advanced marksmanship techniques, participants leave with a host of knowledge that they can apply to their training.”


New knit cap for Range Safety Officers

You asked for it, and the NRA Training Department listened. For all of our Range Safety Officers (RSO) who spend cold winter days out on the firing line, we've got you covered. Literally.

By popular demand, the NRA Training Department is introducing a new knit stocking cap just for Range Safety Officers, designed for warmth and comfort. The CORNERSTONE® Safety "Beanie" comes with a reflective stripe to help you stay warm and safe, featuring 3M™ reflective yarn for superior reflective capability.

This new product is available for purchase through the NRA Program Materials Center, both online and by phone at 1-800-336-7402. These make a great gift for range volunteers/staff and make the perfect headwear for cold days during hunting season. Do you have a product you'd like to see NRA offer for our Certified Instructors, Training Counselors or Range Safety Officers? Leave a comment below with your suggestions.

Six-Teen New Training Counselors Appointed During The Wisconsin State NRA Convention

A group of newly appointed NRA Training Counselors

The NRA Training Department conducted a very successful Training Counselor Development Workshop in conjunction with the Wisconsin State NRA Convention earlier this month.

Conducted by John Howard and Andy Lander with the NRA Training Department, the workshop was filled with sixteen candidates representing nine different states. There were five candidates attending from Wisconsin, one who traveled all the way from the state of Washington and another from Arizona. In addition to those states, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota were also represented.


NRA Training on NRAblog Listen up, NRA Certified Instructors! NRA Senior Training Program Coordinator Steve Hoback shared some news with us about important updates to that will help streamline the process of posting courses and allowing students to register. Here's what Steve had to say:

Big changes began yesterday on first, when the number of seats listed in the course is reached, a notice will appear on the instructor's page saying course is full, and students searching for courses will see the message "COURSE FULL. Please contact Instructor for further information"; this way, if the trainer wants to start a waiting list or edit the course to allow more students, he or she can.

Next, potential candidates searching for instructor courses will see the pre-course qualification for that particular course when they click on the details button. Finally, although the ability to create multi-discipline courses has been functional for several weeks, the User Guide will spell out how to create multi-discipline courses step-by-step.


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