NRA-NMLRA Basic Muzzle Loading Rifle Shooting Course


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Lesson Details

LESSON ONE (2 hrs) – Classroom

  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • History of Muzzleloading Rifles
  • Principle Parts of Percussion and Flintlock Rifles
  • Demonstration of Safe Muzzleloading Rifle 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 Rifle

LESSON THREE (2 hrs) – Classroom / Range

  • Demonstration of Safe Shooting Skill and Attitude for Muzzleloading Rifles
  • Shoot target from Benchrest position
  • Identify Rifle Cleaning Materials
  • Clean Muzzleloading Rifle Safely

LESSON FOUR (2 hrs) – Range

  • Causes of Muzzleloading Rifle Failure to Fire and Corrective Procedures
  • Demonstrating Firing a Muzzleloading Rifle from the Standing Position

LESSON FIVE (2 hrs) – Range

  • Demonstrate Shooting a Muzzleloading Rifle from the Crossed Stick (sitting) position
  • Progress in fundamental of firing a shot

LESSON SIX (2 hrs) – Classroom

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


  • 12-Hour Classroom & Range

This course is offered year round as a private lesson.

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a muzzle loading rifle. We supply NRA Basic Muzzle Loading Rifle Course class instruction, range fee, safety equipment. We will supply rifle rental, and supplies for an extra $30.00.

The course is 12 hours in length and includes classroom instruction and time on a range shooting a muzzle loading shotgun.

Students learn the NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling; parts; loading; shooting; cleaning; shooting from a standing position and shooting from a crossed stick position; and continued opportunities for skill development.

Students will receive the Muzzle loading Rifle Handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Muzzle loading Student Examination, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 1985, reprint 1-08). Upon completion of the class and exam, an NRA Safety certificate will be issued by mail.

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