Shongum periodically runs training & safety classes that are open to the public. Registration is on a first come first served basis and class size may be limited. Discounts are offered to Shongum Members and their family, Pledges, and Applicants on the waiting list.
To register, please fill out a registration form, include payment and mail to the address on the form. Registration forms are available at the clubhouse, at the bottom of this page, and on the applicable Training Class Flyer.
You may also go to the NRA Training site to find classes offered at other locations
This fundamentals course will provide persons interested and curious about firearms with a good, solid foundation about firearms, particularly handguns. This novice class is for beginning shooters and provides the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely and properly use a pistol.
This fundamentals course covers:
Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation
Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
Pistol Shooting Exercises
Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities
Students will get hands-on practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of a pistol.
Location: Shongum Classroom and Indoor Pistol Range
Prerequisites:No prerequisites are required to take this course, other than a good attitude and a willingness to learn. All training materials, .22 caliber firearms and ammunition will be provided.
Fee: Shongum Members and Families, Member Candidates on The Shongum Waiting List, And Pledges $75, Non-Members $95.
Scheduled Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Note: Please use the Pistol Fundamentals 1.01 Class Flyer to Register
Successful completion of the NRA Basic Pistol online Phase I course is a requirement for attendance in the Phase II training class. The student is to bring to class their certification, which is downloadable after completing Phase I.
The NRA Basic Pistol Course Phase II is taught by Shongum NRA Certified Counselors and Instructors who will validate the student’s comprehension and the proper application of gun safety rules learned in Phase I.
Phase II is “hands-on” training that covers range protocol, proper firearms handling, loading and unloading procedures, application of pistol shooting fundamentals, stable shooting positions, and live fire exercises.
At the end of Phase II, students are required to shoot a Qualifying Exercise, demonstrating their competence with a firearm.
NRA Basic Pistol Phase II is an objective-based training program expected to take about 6 hours to complete.
What Is Included:
Loaner firearms - 22LR, .38 Special, and 9MM calibers, and ammunition. If you choose to bring a firearm you must also bring your own ammunition est. 200 rounds.
Leave the firearm locked in your vehicle when arriving at Shongum. You will be advised when you may bring it into the range.
Also provided are targets, loaner eye and ear protection, NRA Training Materials, coffee, and donuts, lunch, and refreshments.
Fee: Shongum Members, Their Families, Member Candidates on The Shongum Waiting List, And Pledges $120, Non-Members $175.
Scheduled Dates:March 25, 2017 & October 14, 2017
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Note: Please use the NRA Basic Pistol II Flyer to Register
For More Information:
Contact Bob Ross (NRATraining@shongum.org or 973-224-0731)
This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100-150 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.
NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult (21 and over) citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be an NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate or similar certification or experience. Passing a pre-course assessment may be required.
Lesson I: Introduction to Defensive Shooting
Lesson II: Basic Defensive Handgun Skills (Live fire exercises)
Lesson III: Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership and the Use of Deadly Force (presented by attorney)
Lesson IV: Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation
Lesson V: Selecting a Handgun for Self-Defense
Lesson VI: Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities
Lesson VII: Course Review and Examination
Bring your own personal defense handgun, semi-auto or revolver, in 9MM or .38 Special or larger.
Bring 150 rounds of ammo for your gun.
A holster is optional (used for transporting an unloaded handgun on the range)
Evidence of the pre-requisite training can be NRA Basic Pistol, First Steps Pistol, DD-214 with pistol qualification or equivalents. A pre-qualification shooting session before the class date may be required if certification is not available.
An attorney familiar with Federal and NJ law pertaining to firearms and use of deadly force will present Lesson III.
Fee:Shongum Members, Their Families, Member Candidates on The Shongum Waiting List, And Pledges $150, Non-Members $200.
Scheduled Date: April 15, 20179:30 am to 1:00 pm
Note: Please use the SSA NRA PPIH Class Flyer to Register
This course includes classroom and range time learning how to safely and effectively shoot at moving claytargets. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe shotgun handling, shotgun parts and operation, shotshells and components, safely clearing a shotgun malfunction, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting at straight away and angled targets, shotgun cleaning and continued opportunities for skill development.
Upon successfully passing the course examination, the student will receive an NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun Course Certificate.
The range exercises take place on Shongum’s Trap Range.
Fee:Shongum Members, Their Families, Member Candidates on The Shongum Waiting List, And Pledges $125, Non-Members $175.
Scheduled Date: May 20, 2017 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Note: Please use the NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun Class Flyer to Register
NRA FIRST Steps Rifle Orientation: NRA FIRST Steps Rifle is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific .22 rifle action type. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific rifle action type – semi-automatic. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular rifle model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the rifle; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate. Loaner semi-automatic rifles, ammo, targets, and refreshments are included.
The range exercises take place on Shongum’s Outdoor 100 Yard Range.
Fee:Shongum Members, Their Families, Member Candidates on The Shongum Waiting List, And Pledges $100, Non-Members $150.
Scheduled Date: September 9, 2017 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Note: Please use the NRA FIRST Steps Rifle Class Flyer to Register
The NRA Defensive Pistol Course focuses on technique and the development of a defensive mindset. The goal of the course is to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and with confidence.
Upon successful completion of this training student’s should be able to demonstrate • How the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling are applied for the defensive use of a handgun concealed and carry • Basic principles of concealment • Presenting and reholstering a pistol • Mental awareness • Mental preparation required to develop a defensive mindset for carrying and using a pistol for personal protection • Techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations • The psychological and physiological effect of an attack • Flash sight picture • Reloading under stress • Clear common stoppages … and more.
Location: Shongum Classroom and Outside Pistol Range
Prerequisites:This is an intermediate/advanced course for experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm). Class size is limited.
Students must provide:
A quality, personal pistol appropriate for concealed carry – minimum of 9mm or .38 Special You must understand and apply the firearm “manual of arms” (i.e. proper use of the safety on 1911)
A quality, strong side hip holster from form fitted leather or kydex. Must cover trigger/trigger guard
Quality Belt, designed to carry a holster and a firearm
This 4 ½ hour course is an Introduction to USPSA Competitive Shooting and is intended for the novice, to provide the student with an essential understanding of the safety requirements, equipment requirements, rules and methods needed for shooting in a USPSA Match.
Location: Shongum Classroom and Outside Pistol Range
What is included:
Part 1: 1 1/2 hours of classroom instruction covering the fundamentals of USPSA competition, Safety, Equipment, Scoring, and Sport Courtesy.
Part 2: Utilizing the Shongum Outdoor Range while under the immediate direction of USPSA Officers and Experienced Shooters, students will shoot the USPSA Course of Fire and Practical Shooting Stages.
What you will need:
A 9mm minimum caliber handgun.
A quality holster that completely covers the trigger and is securely attached to a belt, at waist level through at least three pant belt loops.
While in the holster, the pistol muzzle cannot point greater than 3 feet in front or behind the shooter.
At least 2 magazines that must be affixed to the belt.
A minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition.
Class size is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.
Fee: Shongum Members, Their Families, Member Candidates on The Shongum Waiting List, And Pledges $75, Non-Members $100.
Scheduled Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
For more Information: email Bob Ross at NRATraining@Shongum.org or call 973-224-0731
This 3-4hr class is held monthly on the Saturday following the General Meeting to introduce new members to the club's facilities and review our Rules & Safety Regulations. It is the final step to becoming a probationary member and is required. It includes a live fire qualification session.
Saturday following General Meeting (see table) 9:00 am to 12:00 pm