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Classes at Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club

Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club is proud to serve the community by offering a wide variety of classes on the safe and effective use of firearms.

Please see the Calendar for the dates and times of  classes at SVRC.  If you have specific questions not answered by this section, contact our Chief Instructor, Boyd Kneeland, boyd@seanet.com

NEW CLASSES
Basic Personal Protection Outside the Home
and
Basic Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Training

* We use the pistol range for the class, and we leave the rifle range open for the general membership. If the rifle range fills up, we can make space for pistol shooters if needed.

The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course is intended to cover the knowledge and skills necessary for concealed carry of a handgun. The course covers the law surrounding concealed carry, how to draw and reholster a loaded handgun and a variety of intermediate level shooting drills.

The course Personal Protection Inside the Home is a prerequisite to taking this course.

2014 - 15 SCHEDULE - BASIC PISTOL 9/27-28

Notes for Instructor Training To take instructor training, you must be a Personal Protection Inside The Home certified instructor and you must have taken the Personal Protection Outside The Home basic course. If you want to register for instructor training, you will also need to register for the basic course.  

EQUIPMENT

You will need a handgun, holster, at least 400 rounds of ammunition, eye and hearing protection for each weekend. Additional equipment will be emailed to you when you register. Bring a sack lunch and non-alcoholic beverages, we will have a working lunch on the range both days.

FEE

Course Fee will be $100. $50 of that is transferable but not refundable (You can switch to another session up to 10 days before the class or you can send someone in your place.)

REGISTRATION

To register for the course, contact Boyd Kneeland (boyd@seanet.com) with the Subject: PPOTH TRAINING. Please include your name, email and evening phone number. We'll reply with a list of equipment and information on local hotel/motels and where to send your payment for the course.

LOCATION

The range is located near Snoqualmie Falls, between Fall City and Snoqualmie on Highway 202 - 25 miles east of downtown Seattle.

General Notes and Enrollment Instructions

For class you will need a pen and notebook. 

For the range portion of the NRA rifle and pistol classes you'll need a firearm and 200 rounds of ammunition. The club owns some revolvers and .22LR rifles that can be used in the classes if you do not own a firearm. Please let the Chief Instructor know if you need to use a club firearm.

Make sure to bring lunch and drinks and dress for the weather.

All Basic Pistol and Basic Rifle courses start on Saturday at 9:00am at the Snoqualmie Police Department classroom in Snoqualmie at 34825 SE Douglas St. Do NOT bring your firearm into the building, leave it in your vehicle.

We can accommodate special requests such as Women-Only courses, One-On-One courses, Family courses. Please contact Boyd Kneeland (boyd@seanet.com), Chief Instructor, with these requests.

Cost of Courses

Class

SVRC Members

Non-members

FIRST Steps Pistol $15 $25
FIRST Steps Rifle $15 $25
NRA Basic Pistol $30 $50
NRA Basic Rifle $30 $50
NRA Reloading $10 $20
Home Firearms Safety minimal fee minimal fee
Refuse To Be A Victim minimal fee minimal fee

Pre-paid registration is required to assure a spot in a class, class-size is limited.

To register for a class please list the specific course(s) and dates and mail a check made payable to SVRC to:SVRC
P.O. Box 309
Fall City, WA 98024

Please include your name and contact info (address/phone/email) for confirmation.

It is highly recommended that you attend the Basic Pistol course before taking the Personal Protection pistol course.

Home Firearm Safety

The NRA Home Firearm Safety Course is the basic course we recommend to anyone unfamiliar with guns or who needs a to learn gun terminology.

Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge and skills and to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of guns in the home.”

In this four hour course students will get the NRA's Home Firesarms Safety handbook, pamphlets on safety and terminology, and lessons on the rules of safe gun handling, identifying and unloading various firearms, ammunition, cleaning, and storage, and will get hands-on experience with the most common types of handguns, rifles, and shotguns.

Lessons

Rules for Safe Gun Handling

Identifying and Unloading Different Firearms

Practical Exercises in Safe Gun Handling
Types of Ammunition; Cleaning and Storage of Firearms

Prerequisites

The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the practical exercises and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons.

Schedule and Enrollment

Classes can be set up on request. Course time is 4 hours. Please contact Boyd Kneeland, the Chief Instructor, for more information on scheduling this class.

Cost: minimal fee.

Basic Pistol

A pistol, or handgun, is a firearm designed to be fired while being held in one hand. While such firearms are small and compact, they can be the hardest to learn.

Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.”

The Basic Pistol course can be as short as ten hours. In it students will get the NRA's The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, the various types of pistols, the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, various pistol firing positions, several practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of pistol sports and activities.

Lessons

Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
Pistol Sports and Activities

Prerequisites

The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group.” There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.

Schedule and Enrollment

This class is being held 9/27 - 9/28 2014

Please see General Notes for Registration for locations and enrollment instructions.

Cost: $30 for members, $50 for non-members

FIRST Steps Pistol

FIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training,” a program the NRA developed to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This FIRST Steps program is a basic courses abbreviated to the most fundamental shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of pistol.

Course Goal

"To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.”

This course, because of its narrow focus, can be completed as quickly as three hours. Students will get the NRA's The Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their pistol. The practical exercise covered a single pistol shooting position. As the number of participants or pistol types present increases, the course will take proportionally longer.

Lessons

Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation
Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
Introduction to Pistol Shooting from the Benchrest Position
Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities

Prerequisites

The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”.

Schedule and Enrollment

Classes can be set up on request. Course time is 4 hours. Please contact Boyd Kneeland, Chief Instructor, for more information on scheduling this class.

Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members

Basic Rifle

A rifle is a long gun designed to be fired with two hands. It has a rifled bore (thus the name “rifle”) and is designed to shoot a specific size of ammunition. Rifles are often used in game hunting and in long range marksmanship competitions.

Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.”

The Basic Rifle course can be as short as fourteen hours. In it students will get the NRA's The Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, fundamentals of rifle shooting, several practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of rifle sports and activities.

Lessons

Rifle Knowledge and Safe Handling
Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting
Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
Standing Rifle Shooting Positions
Prone and Kneeling Rifle Shooting Positions
Sitting Rifle Shooting Positions
Rifle Sports and Activities

Prerequisites

The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children. Be aware that the proper fitting of a rifle to a shooter can be time-consuming.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercises and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.

Schedule and Enrollment

This class is not scheduled at this time. Please contact Boyd Kneeland, Chief Instructor, for more information on scheduling this class.

Cost: $30 for members, $50 for non-members.

FIRST Steps Rifle

FIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training”, a program the NRA developed to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This FIRST Steps program is the basic courses abbreviated to the most basic shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of rifle.

Course Goal

“To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific rifle model safely.”

This course, because of its narrow focus, can be completed as quickly as three hours. Students will get the NRA's The Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their rifle. The practical exercise only covers a single firing position. As the number of participants or firearm types increases, the course will take proportionally longer.

Lessons

Introduction to Rifle Safety, Parts, and Operation
Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting
Introduction to Rifle Shooting from the Benchrest Position
Introduction to Rifle Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities

Prerequisites

The are no prerequisites for taking this course, and the material is accessible to appropriately supervised mature children. Be aware that the proper fitting of a rifle to a shooter can be time-consuming.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons.

Schedule and Enrollment

Classes can be set up on request. Course time is 4 hours.  Please contact Boyd Kneeland, Chief Instructor, for more information on scheduling this class.

Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members

Basic Personal Protection in the Home

Unlike the other basic courses, the Personal Protection course covers defensive shooting. Self-defense is a topic somewhat distinct from the regular diet of shooting fundamentals, it can cover mindset, legal issues, decision-making under pressure, and planning for the worst. The Basic Personal Protection in the Home course is designed around the use of the defensive pistol.

Course Goal

“To develop in the students 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 citizen's right to self-defense.”

Although the course can be completed as quickly as eight hours, the amount of information presented, and the probability of intensive question and answer sessions on the included topics, makes it likely that the course will take longer.

Students will receive the NRA Guide to Personal Protection in the Home handbook and intensive lessons on basics of defensive shooting, issues of self-defense, and other strategies for protecting the home and family.

Lessons

Introduction to Defensive Shooting
Basic Defensive Handgun Skills
Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force
Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation
Selecting a Handgun for Personal Defense
Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities
Course Review and Examination

Prerequisites

Participants in the Personal Protection course should be experienced shooters, showing mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling. If necessary, this course will put participants through a pre-course evaluation exercise, where potential students are asked to demonstrate safe gun handling, shoot a series of five-shot groups, discuss the operations necessary to zero a pistol, and demonstrate how to properly clean a handgun.

Participants are expected to show validation of shooting experience by showing an NRA Basic Pistol Course certificate, an NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program certificate, a Pistol qualification card, a DD 214 card with pistol qualification, or a Concealed Carry Permit.

Finally, the Personal Protection course is intended for mature law-abiding adults, who have the mindset and seriousness necessary to properly perform the activities in the course. Self-defense is not a topic that lends itself to horseplay and distractions.

Course Completion

Students will be given feedback on their shooting exercises, and a certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Not only are shooting standards fired during the practical exercises, but a written exam will be given at the end of the course. Throughout the course the instructor will use a individual checklist for each student to ensure the coverage of course material, and satisfactory absorption of the material being taught.

Schedule and Enrollment

The schedule for this class is pending. Please check back for updates.

Please see General Notes and Enrollment Instructions for locations and details. 
Course description courtesy of Joshua R. Poulson.

Safety experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to Refuse To Be A Victim®. You stand a much better chance of preventing criminal attack if you develop a safety plan before you need it. That is why the National Rifle Association is offering the Refuse To Be A Victim® crime prevention seminar.

The seminar teaches easy-to-understand methods you can use to increase awareness and prevent criminal confrontation. In just three to four hours, you will get the tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategy, including information about:

The Psychology of the Criminal Mind
Home & Phone Security
Automobile & Travel Security
Personal & Technological Security
Self-Defense Devices and Training Options
And more!

Additional information about this program can be found on the following Web pages:

Refuse to be a Victim
Refuse to be a Victim - Safety Strategies
Refuse to be a Victim - Publicity and Praise

Schedule and Enrollment

Classes can be set up on request. Course time is 4 hours. Please contact the Boyd Kneeland, boyd@seanet.com   Chief Instructor, for more information on scheduling this class.

Cost: minimal fee.

NRA Reloading

Reloading - the assembly of safe, functional ammunition from the basic cartridge components - is a hobby that many firearm owners have found adds greatly to their enjoyment of the shooting sports. The NRA Reloading class presents the basic theory, procedure and equipment to safely reload handgun, rifle and shotgun ammunition.

Course covers:

Safety rules and considerations
The firing process
Components needed to reload
Equipment needed to reload
Reloading Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun ammunition

Benefits of reloading include learning and enjoying a whole different aspect of the shooting sports; saving money on the cost of ammunition; developing custom-tailored cartridges for your firearm and shooting activity for more accuracy and precision; helping the environment by recycling shells; and reloading can be fun and relaxing.

Schedule and Enrollment

This class can be set up with only one or two students at a time. The course is held in the home of the instructor where equipment is set up so you get hands-on training. Please contact Boyd Kneeland, boyd.k@svrifle.org , Chief Instructor, to set up this class. Cost is $10 for SVRC members, $20 for non-members.

About this page

Many of the NRA course descriptions on this page were written by Joshua R. Poulson. Josh has been certified by the NRA to teach Home Firearm Safety, Basic Pistol, FIRST Steps Pistol, and Personal Protection in the Home. He is also a certified Range Safety Officer.

The official NRA lesson plans were used to develop each course description, and are quoted where appropriate. Those publications are copyrighted by the NRA and are available for purchase from the NRA store.

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