Courses

We offer a variety of courses.

Some of them are based on courses developed by the National Rifle Association ("NRA"). These are designated by "NRA" at the beginning of the course title. These courses will be taught by NRA-certified instructors. The curriculum has been altered and extended but in all cases meets or exceeds the NRA's training standards.

Other courses have been developed by Silver State Shooters. These courses incorporate material from a variety of sources, including our own experience and research, the California and Massachusetts Commissions on Police Officer Standards and Training, the United States Military, the National Rifle Association, and other training organizations.

(Click the course titles below to see descriptions)
Handgun Courses
NRA FIRST Steps Pistol

This half-day introductory course provides a brief introduction for new shooters. Students will learn safe gun handling skills and range etiquette, the basics of how modern firearms work, and the specifics of operating a semi-automatic pistol. After demonstrating their ability to handle a firearm safely, students will learn some basic pistol marksmanship and will have the opportunity to shoot at a paper target, using the semiautomatic pistol.

From the NRA: "NRA FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type for classes of four or fewer students. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific pistol action type. Students will learn the NRA's rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate."

Additional Notes: This is a great class for beginners interested in learning to shoot. The class is focused heavily on safety, and having a rewarding first experience. Small class size allows a fair level of individualized instruction. Families (and young people) are welcome.

We supply all necessary equipment. For the class we will use a semi-automatic pistol chambered in .22LR.

Students who already own handguns should probably consider other courses.

Duration:
3-4 hours
Classroom / Range:
75/25
Round Count:
~30
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$45/student
NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

This full-day introductory course provides a fairly comprehensive introduction to handguns for new shooters. Students will learn safe gun handling skills and range etiquette, the basics of how modern firearms work, and the parts and operation of various common types of handguns. Students will learn basic pistol marksmanship and will have the opportunity to shoot a variety of handguns.

From the NRA: "This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA's rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate."

Additional Notes: This class is recommended as a starting point for new shooters who are considering purchasing their first handgun. Students will learn about features of common handguns and how various actions work. No experience necessary. Families (and young people) are welcome.

We supply all necessary equipment, including handguns and ammunition. For the class, we will use .22LR handguns. Larger caliber (more powerful) handguns will be available to interested students at additional cost (to cover ammunition).

Duration:
8 hours
Classroom / Range:
70/30
Round Count:
~60
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$85/student
NRA Personal Protection In The Home

From the NRA: "Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual's right to self-defense.

" This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.

"NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment."

Each student must bring a handgun and at least 100 rounds of factory ammunition. Students are also encouraged to bring appropriate eye and ear protection if they own it, but loaner equipment will be available. Holsters will not be used in this class.

Duration:
8 hours
Classroom / Range:
60/40
Round Count:
~100
Prerequisite:
Experienced Shooter (see above)
Cost:
$125/student
Fundamental Handgun Techniques

Our Fundamental courses are shooting classes. The goal of these courses is to build a solid platform on which shooters can develop their skills. Students learn good habits and effective practice techniques, so that they can develop a greater level of skill on their own.

This is an on-range course, including one-on-one instruction. This is a great course for new handgun owners, or anyone who has never received any formal handgun instruction. This course covers handgun safety, marksmanship fundamentals, and practice techniques. Special attention is given to stance, grip, sight picture, trigger management, and dealing with common malfunctions.

An optional session after class, will cover cleaning tools and techniques.

Each student must bring a handgun and at least 150 rounds of factory ammunition. Students are encouraged — but not required — to bring a holster (please read our holster guidelines), however allowances will be made for those who do not have an appropriate holster.

This is not an NRA-approved course.

Duration:
6-8 hours
Lecture / Range:
40/60
Round Count:
~150
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$110/student
Intermediate Handgun: Defensive Shooting 1

Our intermediate courses are intended for shooters who are already comfortable and proficient with their firearms. The goal of these courses is to build on and expand a shooter's knowledge and skill-set.

This course introduces the handgun as a weapon. Areas covered include: cover and concealment, shooting from barricades, defensive accuracy, rapid-fire recoil management and trigger control. We will also discuss the physiological effects of stress , adrenaline, and gun shot wounds.

Each student must bring a handgun with at least 2 magazines, at least 100 rounds of factory ammunition, and an appropriate holster (see our holster guidelines below).

This is NOT a Concealed Carry class. This class will not meet the requirements for a Nevada concealed handgun license. This class is designed for people who already have or are planning to get a permit, but unlike typical CCW courses which do not actually teach any shooting, this course is intended to help you develop skills and knowledge that will prepare you to survive a lethal force encounter.

This is not an NRA-approved course.

Duration:
6-8 hours
Lecture / Range:
40/60
Round Count:
~100
Prerequisite:
Fundamental Handgun Techniques
Cost:
$110/student
Intermediate Handgun: Defensive Shooting 2

Our intermediate courses are intended for shooters who are already comfortable and proficient with their firearms. The goal of these courses is to build on and expand a shooter's knowledge and skill-set.

This course builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Defensive Shooting 1. Areas covered include: multiple threats, one-handed and weak-hand shooting, malfunction drills, injury drills, and training to survive.

Each student must bring a handgun with at least 2 magazines, at least 150 rounds of factory ammunition, and an appropriate holster (see our holster guidelines below).

This is not an NRA-approved course.

Duration:
6-8 hours
Lecture / Range:
30/70
Round Count:
~150
Prerequisite:
Defensive Shooting 1
Cost:
$110/student
Rifle Courses
Beginning Rifle Shooting

Our Beginning courses serve as a good introduction for students who have no shooting experience. In this course students will learn how to safely handle and operate a typical semi-automatic rifle. The course will provide an overview of how fixed-ammunition firearms function, terminology related to semi-automatic rifles, an overview of common sighting systems, and shooting fundamentals. Each student will have the opportunity to get some hands-on shooting experience.

Additional Notes: This is a great class for beginners interested in learning to shoot. The class is focused heavily on safety, and having a positive first experience. Small class size allows a fair level of individualized instruction, families (and young people) are welcome.

We supply all necessary equipment. For the class we will use a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .22LR.

Students who already own handguns should probably consider other courses.

This is not an NRA-approved course.

Duration:
3-4 hours
Lecture / Range:
75/25
Round Count:
~25
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$45/student
Fundamental Rifle Techniques

Our Fundamental courses are shooting classes. The goal of these courses is to build a solid platform on which shooters can develop their skills. Students learn good habits and effective practice techniques, so that they can develop a greater level of skill on their own.

This is an on-range course, including one-on-one instruction. This is a great course for new rifle shooters, or anyone who has never received any formal rifle instruction. This course covers rifle handling safety, marksmanship fundamentals, ammunition, and shooting from a bench.

An optional session after class, will cover cleaning tools and techniques.

We provide all necessary equipment, including a semiautomtic rifle chambered in .22LR. Students who bring their own rifle and at least 100 rounds of ammunition, need not pay the ammo fee. Students who wish to bring their own rifle are strongly encouraged to bring a rimfire rifle.

This is not an NRA-approved course.

Duration:
6-8 hours
Lecture / Range:
40/60
Round Count:
~60
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$110/student
Intermediate Rifle: Mid-Range Marksmanship 1

Our intermediate courses are intended for shooters who are already comfortable and proficient with their firearms. The goal of these courses is to build on and expand a shooter's knowledge and skill-set.

This course refines the student's marksmanship abilities and introduces the student to position shooting. Areas covered include: zeroing sights, standing, seated, and prone firing positions; trigger control.

Each student should bring a semiautomatic rifle with at least 2 magazines, at least 100 rounds of factory ammunition.

This is not an NRA-approved course.

Duration:
6-8 hours
Lecture / Range:
40/60
Round Count:
~100
Prerequisite:
Fundamental Rifle Techniques
Cost:
$110/student
Intermediate Rifle: Mid-Range Marksmanship 2

Our intermediate courses are intended for shooters who are already comfortable and proficient with their firearms. The goal of these courses is to build on and expand a shooter's knowledge and skill-set.

This course builds on techniques learned in Mid-Range Marksmanship 1, further refining the student's marksmanship abilities and introducing the use of a support sling to stabilize the positions; the breathing cycle; introductory ballistics concepts and adjusting for range.

Each student should bring a semiautomatic rifle with at least 2 magazines, at least 100 rounds of factory ammunition.

This is not an NRA-approved course.

Duration:
6-8 hours
Lecture / Range:
40/60
Round Count:
~100
Prerequisite:
Mid-Range Marksmanship 1
Cost:
$110/student