NRA-NMLRA Basic Muzzleloading Shotgun Shooting Course


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Lesson Details

LESSON ONE (2 hrs) – Classroom

  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • History of Muzzleloading Shotguns
  • Principle Parts of Percussion and Flintlock Shotguns
  • Demonstration of Safe Muzzleloading Shotguns Handling

LESSON TWO (2 hrs) – Classroom

  • Blackpowder, its Substitutes and Proper Use
  • Safety Procedures for Blackpowder
  • Proper Components of a Load
  • Procedures and Accessories for Loading Muzzleloading Shotguns

LESSON THREE (2 hrs) – Classroom / Range

  • Demonstration of Safe Shooting Skill and Attitude for Muzzleloading Shotguns
  • Shoot a moving target
  • Identify Shotgun Cleaning Materials
  • Clean Muzzleloading Shotgun Safely

LESSON FOUR (2 hrs) – Range

  • Causes of Muzzleloading Shotgun Failure to Fire and Corrective Procedures
  • Demonstrating Firing a Muzzleloading Shotgun from Various Stations

LESSON FIVE (2 hrs) – Classroom

  • Identify Several Ways to Pursue a Shooting Interest
  • Use of NRA Muzzleloading Qualifications Program
  • Criteria for Selecting Muzzleloading Shotgun
  • Joining Shooting Groups


  • 10 Hour Classroom & Range

This course is offered year round as a private lesson.

This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a muzzleloading shotgun in shooting a moving target. We supply NRA Basic Muzzle Loading Rifle Course class instruction, range fee, safety equipment. We will supply shotgun rental, and supplies for an extra $30.00.

The course is ten hours in length and includes classroom instruction and time on a range shooting a muzzleloading shotgun. Students will receive the Muzzleloading Shotgun Handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Muzzleloading Student Examination, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 1985, reprint 5-07). Upon completion of the class and exam, an NRA Safety certificate will be issued by mail.

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