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Two Free Firearms Training Programs: Which Is Better?

Firearms training programs go over a variety of skills that you need to know in order to safely own and use a gun. Some of those instructions focus on the basic rules of firearm use, how to load and unload, the parts that make up a gun, and some shooting skills. Most of the people that take these kinds of classes are first-time gun owners, although it’s never a bad idea to brush up on these skills as a responsible gun owner. 

The good news is that there are some free firearms training programs out there to get you started. Two such programs are from the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), and the National Rifle Association (NRA). Let’s look at both of these programs to determine which one is a better fit for you. 

The USCCA’s Program

The main goal of the USCCA’s firearms training program is to teach you how to use your firearm for self-defense. So it’s more about defensive accuracy and shooting skills. They teach three basic classes including handgun knowledge, conceal carry basics, and the defense of your home. There are also advanced classes you can take after that which are more customized for your specific goals. 

You can brush up on your skills by looking through all the training videos they have to offer on their website. They go through real-world scenarios that you may come across in your own life that would require you to use your weapon. It’s a very comprehensive and helpful way to learn right from your own living room. Being prepared takes exactly that…preparation.

The NRA’s Program 

The NRA’s free program starts off with the Basic Pistol class. It’s all about safety and getting more proficient with your firearm. After you finish the Basic Pistol class, you can move on to Personal Protection Inside the Home. In this class the instructors go through a variety of dangerous situations that could occur while in your home. 

One of the most important aspects of the class is about avoiding conflict. That’s one of the basic fundamentals about self-defense. The NRA truly offers effective classes that teach you a lot of information and practical skills. There is another category that the class goes into all about the legal aspects of owning a gun. That’s definitely something anyone who owns a firearm should be knowledgeable about, regardless of experience level.

So Which Is Better?

That’s a tough question to answer. They are both excellent in their own ways. But at the end of the day, each offers life skills and tips for responsible firearms use. So either one that you pick will accomplish that fact for you.


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5 Responses

  1. Where can we take the free classes? We live in Idaho near Boise

  2. The answer to the Subject question is BOTH!

  3. Please provide links to the free classes.
    I looked on the NRA site and the only free class is Hunter safety for a few states.
    USCCA only had a few classes not specifically firearm related. You have to be a member to enjoy “free” classes and even then there are tiers to what you can view.

    Training is always a great idea no matter the skill level – Novice to Master.

  4. I have to agree with Wallace. I have taken several classes from both and found while there is some overlap, there are some differences as well. The last live class from either were 50 miles away in different directions. There are some “free” courses on-line at the USCCA but you need to be a member and there is a shooting skills test they want you to take with a certified instructor, before unlocking more lessons.

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