We offer fundamental courses for enjoying our different firearm sports and courses to improve your existing skills. From shotgun, rifle, and handgun courses, including Black Powder and reloading courses.
Registration is limited for each course, to allow for “one-on-one” instruction.
Several courses are nationally recognized.
The courses are a full day. Please arrive at 9:00 am to sign-in; with the courses starting at 9:30 am, to provide members with a classroom and a practical session.
Courses are offered – first come, first served.
Registration is done online – just go to our Calendar page to register.
We offer the following courses:
NFA RSO Course (nationally recognized Range Safety Officer course, recognized by Canada’s National Firearms Association (NFA)) – if you take this course, you may move the firing line forward on designated handgun ranges and, with the prior consent of the Executive, you may move the firing line forward on designated rifle ranges; this course is for the safe operation of a firearms’ range at any firearm club or range in Canada, insured by the NFA; national certification is available with this course, so you may use it at other ranges and clubs.
NFA Holster Course (nationally recognized Holster Course, recognized by Canada’s National Firearms Association (NFA)) – if you take this course you will be able to shoot a loaded handgun from a holster at any firearm club or range in Canada, insured by the NFA; this course is for the safe use of a loaded handgun from the holster; you are expected to bring your own handgun, holster and ammo as there are several drills during the day; national certification is available with this course, so you may use it at other ranges and clubs.
Pistol Level I Course – everyone thinks they know how to play golf, until they take their first golf lesson; it is the same with handgun shooting; this course is for both the novice and the semi-experienced handgun shooter, teaching you the proper grip (two hand and one hand), stance, the proper sight picture, proper trigger fit and control and, the other fundamentals for good marksmanship with a handgun; you are expected to bring your own handgun, holster and ammo as there are several drills during the day
Pistol Level II Course – The objective of this course is to take you to the next level with your handgun skills. It is intended for holster qualified shooters who either have a couple of years handgun experience or, the newer holster qualified shooter who has taken the Pistol Level I course, like the MVRRC Pistol I course, and wants to go to the next level. In this course, you will first review the fundamentals for handgun shooting, as the foundation for learning enhanced skills. New skills will be taught to permit you to shoot faster and more accurately. This course will also introduce you to drills and a wide array of shooting, including strong hand and weak hand shooting. You will learn new shooting positions, new stoppage & clearing techniques, retention shooting, etc. while operating your handgun in a safe manner. You will continue to gain valuable knowledge to solidify the fundamentals for skilled handgun shooting
Rifle Level I Course – you don’t realize all your bad habits until an experienced rifle shooter tells you how to properly hold a rifle, the proper shooting position, how to sight-in with and without a scope, etc.; this course starts with the basics for better rifle shooting, with open sites & scopes, shooting positions: supported, unsupported, sling use, standing, kneeling, sitting or prone; you are expected to bring your own rifle, sling and ammo; this course includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles with the proper shooting skills needed to make every shot count
One-on-One Training, Rifle, Shotgun or Handgun – sometimes taking a full day for a firearm’s course is not possible or, you just want training on certain aspects of good marksmanship with a handgun, rifle or shotgun; then this course is for you, whether to learn the basics or to go to the next level in your shooting; the training session is generally 2 hours and you may take one session or several sessions; you and the trainer decide the date(s) and what is to be covered during the session(s)
Black Powder Level I Course – this course will introduce the beginner or novice black powder shooter to the various types of traditional (pre-1900) black power firearms. It will not cover the contemporary in-line style black powder firearms. You do not have to have a black powder firearm to take this course (but if you have a black powder rifle, original or reproduction, please bring it, along with your shooting supplies). You will be introduced to the range of black powder firearms including flintlock, percussion, and cartridge firearms; ignition sources and styles; loading with different projectiles from a patched ball to cartridges; care and cleaning methods; what to include in your black powder shooting supply kit, including tools, cleaners, etc.; storage of your shooting supplies; and a range of other fundamentals. The course will include classroom, range time, demonstrations, exercises, and an opportunity to fire black powder firearms. After this course you will have the basic knowledge to start and enjoy this growing shooting sport
Shotgun Level I Course – this is a great course for anyone who owns or is looking to purchase a shotgun. This course is for beginners and shotgun shooters who want to become a better shotgun shooter. You do not have to have a shotgun to take this course (but if you have a shotgun please bring it, along with your shells). You will be introduced to the range of different shotgun firearms; a review of basic shotgun shells; chokes; and different shooting patterns. Also, basic shooting fundamentals and principles of shooting moving targets. There will be a review of the proper technique for loading, unloading, and changing loads in your shotgun. Which choke to choose, the proper sight picture, proper stance, trigger actuation, movement and other fundamentals will be reviewed. Maintenance and cleaning of a shotgun will be reviewed. The course includes classroom, demonstrations, exercises, range time and an opportunity to fire shotguns at sporting clays. After this course you will have the foundation, ability, confidence, and basic knowledge to start or continue enjoying shooting a shotgun
Reloading Level I Course – this course is for beginners and inexperienced reloaders. It is for those who want to get involved with reloading ammunition for their handguns or rifles. The course will cover the minimum equipment needed, the basic materials required and the fundamental techniques to effectively reload handgun or rifle ammunition. There will be demonstrations of reloading equipment, tools, materials, and techniques. Also, a review of reloading components (brass, powder, bullet, primer, etc.); proper storage and the safety precautions required for handling and reloading; and several basic topics, including case fatigue and how to identify tired brass. The course will include classroom, demonstrations, exercises, and an opportunity for students to reload a handgun or rifle cartridge. After this course you will have the basic knowledge to start and enjoy reloading your handgun or rifle ammunition
What to bring to the courses:
On the day of the course, please arrive at 9 am and bring the following:
– your MVRRC membership card (if you are not a member, an ID with your picture)
– your PAL/RPAL (not required for Black Powder firearms, unless a percussion or cartridge black powder firearm)
– copy of your online receipt showing payment for the course
– water for the day
– snacks and a lunch
– eye and ear protection
– pen and note pad
– sun screen/bug spray
– plenty of energy and enthusiasm
Plus, also bring:
– for the Black Powder Level I Course – you do not need a Black Powder firearm to take the course, but if you have a Black Powder rifle, please bring it, with your shooting supplies
– for the Shotgun Level I Course – you do not need a shotgun to take the course, but if you have a shotgun, please bring it; with 50 shotgun shells, size 7 ½ or smaller
– for the Reloading Level I Course – just the items on the above list; nothing extra to bring
– for the Rifle Level I Course – also bring a center fire rifle; with 100 rounds of ammunition
– for the NFA Holster Course – also bring a handgun & a holster for your handgun (no button/Serpa holsters); with 250 rounds of ammunition
– for the Pistol Level 1 & Level II Courses – also bring a holster qualification card, a handgun and a holster for your handgun (no button/Serpa holsters); with 300 rounds of ammunition
– for the NFA RSO Course – you do not need a firearm to take the course, but if you have either a center fire handgun or a 22 rimfire rifle, please bring it; with 50 rounds of ammunition
(1) if you bring a firearm to a course, it should be in a case at all time, unless otherwise instructed by the instructor; bring all documentation required to transport and shoot it; also, make sure it is in working order; if it is not in working order, you will not be able to use it
(2) we need a dry day for the courses with range exercises; if the weather does not cooperate the course will be rescheduled and a notice posted by 12 noon the day before on our Notice page on www.mvrrc.ca ; please check the Notice page before coming to the Club
(a) if less than 7 days before the course – no refund
(b) prior to 7 days before the course – refund of course fee, less $50