Northwest Safety and Firearms Education (NWSAFE) is a group of
volunteer firearms instructors dedicated to introducing novice
shooters to the shooting sports as well as familiarizing adults with
techniques for staying safe in their daily lives.
Some of the instructors start with the NRA Basic and FIRST Steps
courses and add in their diverse experience and backgrounds to hopes
of motivating shooters to be safe and accomplished. Other instructors
are more focused on safety, awareness, and caring for basic needs.
NWSAFE focuses on relatively small class sizes and more individual
instruction to help people get the best start with firearms. Most
classes with shooting have no more than two students per coach.
Where to Start
I want to know about basic protection
Need some pointers on staying safe? Ever wonder what your options
were for being more aware on the street, at home, or in the car? Do
you need to discover what threats are out there and what tools and techniques
are available to counter them? The Refuse to be a Victim seminar may be just what you need. This class typically costs less than $20.
I've never touched a gun before
Have you never shot a gun before and you just want to see what they
are all about? Do family members own guns in your household and you
aren't really sure about how safe they are? The beginning for many
people is the NRA Home Firearm Safety
course. In this four hour course you will learn facts about firearms,
how to safely clean and store them, and most importantly
the three powerful rules of safe gun
handling. There is no shooting in the class, but you will learn a
great deal about guns, and our students think it is a lot of fun.
I just got a new gun
Maybe you've shot a little but never taken a class. Maybe you are
getting a brand new gun and you want the family to know how to use
it. Maybe you'd just like a short class to touch up on the
fundamentals. If so, then a FIRST Steps class is the right thing for you.
We have several instructors who can teach NRA FIRST Steps Pistol, for example, butshotgun and rifle are also available. This class is very affordable and includes ammunition and loaner guns.
I want to improve my skills
It's time to do a skill builder. Perhaps you are interested in
getting involved in the shooting sports, but you haven't really had
formal training. The NRA's basic courses are where you should start.
Pistol, shotgun and rifle are all available. A basic course
typically takes a full day, but can be broken into several days. Students will most often bring their own
guns and ammunition but the instructors will provide an opportunity to
learn about many other types and models.
I want to protect my home
You've become a reasonably practiced pistol shooter and you want to
examine your plans, options, and techniques for protecting your home
and family with your handgun. It's time for the intensive NRA Personal Protection in the Home course.
This is often accomplished over more than one day. Material includes
unusual shooting positions, a discussion of the law with regard to
firearms, guidance on plans and options, and a thorough discussion of
the defensive use of the firearm.
I want to help with safety at my range
You are an experienced firearms enthusiast that wants to help keep
order on your range. Perhaps it's time to become a Range Safety Officer.
NWSAFE normally offers this course quarterly.
I want to teach other people
You are an accomplished shooter, good public speaker, have
infectious enthusiasm and you want to share your love of safe firearms
use with others. It's time to become an NRA-certified instructor! From
time to time the team offers instructor training. Watch the schedule
for an upcoming ITC for Instructor workshops!
At this time we do not have published schedule on this site. You may check the following locations for class schedules:
Douglas Ridge Rifle Club Classes
Utah CHL Class Schedule at GunSmart Firearms Training, LLC.
NRA Course Search for your area
The NWSAFE practice target can be downloaded here (now in PDF format).
This target was designed to be a simulation of a paper plate with
faint scoring zones and places to document your improved shooting.
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