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Firearms Safety for Families with Teens,
Modules I and II

Offered by arrangement
Location: near Paradise, CA


Our Firearms Safety for Families with Teens class teaches your teen safe and responsible practices and presence of mind with regard to the firearm(s) they're most likely to be around: your family's own.

Module I takes place in a classroom and dry-fire range. Module II takes place on a live-fire range. You, your teen, and your instructor will discuss the teen's readiness and comfort with the material, and your family will make the decision together as to when your teen is ready to proceed.

Modules I and II are held on different days so teens have a chance to absorb the information, discuss questions with you, and develop follow-up questions for the instructor.

Module I

Module II

Location: Dry-Fire Range Location: Live-Fire Range

Detail: Module I starts in the classroom with a discussion on, and practice in, safe and responsible gun handling. (These concepts are reinforced throughout both modules.) Teens are taught how to identify the parts of different kinds of firearms. They handle unloaded firearms to experience differences in weight and grip type. This module then moves into a session on a dry-fire laser range to work on grip, stance, timing, and more.

Teens are provided with, and practice, dry-fire exercises that can be done at home to improve marksmanship along with exercises to help build hand strength. We brief the rules of hygiene on a range: why ranges have rules against eating or drinking near the firing line and why being too close to a firing range is a bad idea for pregnant women. We discuss items the teen might want in his or her own range bag, and why.

The law in relationship to the use of defensive firearms in California is briefed. The teen is not addressed as a potential future CCW holder but as a family member with observational skills.

Finally, teens are instructed on how to address a gun they encounter out of doors away from people. (A retreat to a safe distance and a cell phone call to alert appropriate authorities are recommended.) This section touches on "See Something, Say Something™. (In our opinion, what's often left unsaid is how, exactly, to identify a "something" that would warrant speaking up.)

Non-shooting adult family members can, if present and interested, be taught how to "safe" a family firearm.

Detail: In Module II the earlier lessons of Module I are reinforced as teens are taught how to safely observe and participate in range activities, including:

  • What instructions a Range Safety Officer might give and why, and why in a particular order.

  • The physical features and landmarks of ranges.

  • Where to safely be when the range is "cold" and someone goes downrange.

We readdress practical range hygiene and common courtesy among shooters. If you and your teen(s) have decided that he or she is ready to experience real shooting, teens are brought up to the firing line one at a time with one-on-one supervision by an NRA Range Safety Officer.


  • Teens must be at least 12 and under 18 years of age.
  • At least one parent must have taken and passed our Range Safety Officer or CCW class.
  • That qualified parent must be present during the entire session.
  • A signed liability waiver.


  • Completion of Module I
  • The qualified parent must be present during the entire session.
  • A signed liability waiver.
  • Your working handgun and ammunition for it.
  • Other typical, live-fire range-related requirements, specified at registration.


At least one qualified parent and up to two teens in one family.


At least one qualified parent and up to two teens in one family. Teens shoot one at a time.

Cost per hour: $35 for one participant or $50 for two.

Cost per hour: $35 for one shooter or $50 for two. Range fees are extra and are per person.


Most families seem to go for a 1-2 hour starter session. This module can be repeated as often as desired.


Live fire usually is more tiring for novices than dry-fire, so plan accordingly. Most families start with a one-hour session. This module can be repeated as often as desired.



  1. Contact us to arrange date and time, and your method of payment.
  2. If you choose to pay by credit card, return here to pay for the first hour of your selected module:
(BOT's Refund Policy)


That's it! We'll contact you with map and instructions, and see you in class.