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Rivanna Rifle & Pistol Club
A private shooting club in Charlottesville, VA


Class 3 Weapons

All members who use their automatic firearms on Club property must have a universal baseline of knowledge with respect to safety protocols, Club rules, and relevant state and federal laws.

To shoot your machine guns at the Club, you MUST be certified by the Class 3 Committee.

Contact the Class 3 Committee for more details or to obtain this certification.


FIRST Steps Pistol Class

FIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training.”  The NRA designed FIRST Steps as a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This basic firearms course covers the most fundamental shooting skills, and the specifics of your particular model of pistol.

This course, because of its narrow focus, can be completed in roughly three hours. Students will receive the NRA's handbook, The Basics of Pistol Shooting, which contains basic practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of their pistol.  The practical part of the course consists of shooting from a single pistol shooting position.  As the number of participants or pistol types involved increases, the course will take proportionally longer.

The course goal according to the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation Plan is the following: “To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.”  The lessons covered in the classroom include :

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

Students will receive feedback from one–on–one instructors on the live–fire exercise.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate.

Class registration starts promptly at 5:30PM.  Classes start at 6PM and end no later than 10PM. Students are requested to bring their own handgun (semi-auto pistol or revolver) and ammunition.

The classes are limited to 16 students and the cost is $15 for club members and $35 for non-members to cover the course materials.  Applicants must sign up for the class in advance by contacting the Training Committee Chairman at training@rrpc.org.  Advanced payment is required.  Enrollment will be on a first–come, first–served basis. Classes are held on the 4th Thursday of most months.  Check the Calendar for specific dates.

For more information on current courses or to suggest ideas for additional training, please contact the Training Chairman at training@rrpc.org.