NRA Handgun/Shotgun Instructor Development Course

Handgun/Shotgun Instructor

August 14th – 18th of 2017

This school compresses the handgun instructor school to 3 days and adds 2 days of shotgun instructor training. Student classroom presentations, concealed-carry training, and unconventional shooting positions are replaced with shotgun marksmanship and handling classroom presentations and range work. Shotgun drills include firing from cover, use of kneeling and prone positions, moving targets, malfunction clearing, firing on the move, and transitioning to the handgun. In addition to the above mentioned required equipment, the following are ALSO necessary for this school:

  • Duty-type, law enforcement 12 gauge pump or semi-auto police shotgun equipped with a sling
  • 900 rounds of duty or training handgun ammunition
  • 50 rounds of duty or training 12 gauge slugs
  • 20 rounds of duty or training 12 gauge 00 buckshot
  • 100 rounds of birdshot (#6, #7½, #8 or #9).

A backup handgun is NOT required for this school.
The shotgun and buckshot must be capable of shooting a group no larger than 18 inches at 15 yards in order to pass the course.
Rifled shotgun barrels are inappropriate for this school and are not allowed.

Per NRA, here is the list of the EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

The following equipment is REQUIRED and must be provided by the student for ALL firearm instructor development schools:

  1. Duty Handgun – A duty-type, law enforcement handgun.
  2. Magazines or Speedloader – If using a semi-automatic pistol, bring a minimum of 4 magazines, (5 if the magazine capacity is less than 10). If using a revolver, bring a minimum of 5 speed loaders.
  3. Holster, Belt, and Ammunition Carrier Pouches – The holster must be department or agency issue, duty-type (patrol), strong-side directional draw, equipped with a handgun retention device and securely fastened to the gun belt. Speedloader and/or magazine pouches must also be equipped with a retention device.
  4. Eye Protection, Ear Protection, and Baseball Style Cap – Safety glasses must be of the wrap around type or employ side panels. If wearing prescription glasses, they must be covered with safety glasses unless they meet the above requirements. Ear plugs or ear muffs (preferred), and a baseball cap with bill to deflect ejected brass must also be worn. NOTE: Students will NOT be allowed on the range without wraparound or side-panel safety glasses.
  5. Appropriate Clothing – Students should bring appropriate clothing to participate in the range exercises consistent with prevailing weather conditions. Range exercises will be conducted in inclement weather unless a safety hazard exists. NOTE: Shorts are NOT appropriate law enforcement range clothing.
  6. Duty Flashlight – Law enforcement, hand-held, duty-type flashlight capable of one-handed operation.
  7. Note-Taking Material – Pen, pencil, and paper to take notes with in the classroom and on the range. A jumbo permanent marker for use on the range.
  8. Cleaning Equipment – Appropriate cleaning equipment for the firearm being utilized at the school. NOTE: There is no time allotted during the school for the cleaning of firearms. Students will be expected to perform cleaning of their respective firearms on their own time.
  9. Knee and Elbow Pads – Knee and elbow pads are optional for kneeling and prone position shooting.


You can download the application here: nralefirearminstructordevschool

To view the schedule as well as all other course(s) and descriptions please follow this link to the NRA Law Enforcement website.


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