Sighting In — 01 October 2012

D.C. Metro-area Residents Pack First Shots® Seminars

Washington, D.C., residents and their neighbors from Virginia and Maryland attended National Shooting Sports Foundation First Shots® seminars at area shooting ranges.

Making the leap from interest to actual ownership can be challenging. So, to provide helpful answers to the questions area residents had about the safe practice of handgun ownership, as well offer first hands-on experience in many cases, five facilities held free First Shots seminars.

NSSF co-sponsored the seminars with ranges. First Shots seminars were held Aug. 24-28, at: Blue Ridge Arsenal, Chantilly, Va.; Sharp Shooters Small Arms Range, Lorton, Va.; St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Waldorf, Md.; Clark Brothers Guns, Warrenton, Va.; and Range 82, Midland, Va..

Demonstrating the public’s high level of interest in firearms instruction and ownership, all five ranges reported their classes — up to four a day at each range — were filled.

“First Shots seminars provide an introduction to safe and responsible handgun shooting and firearms storage,” said program manager Tisma Juett. “Each seminar covers laws and regulations, emphasizes the value of proper training and puts participants on the firing line with certified instructors so they can experience the fun of target shooting.”

The seminars were open to men and women 21 years of age and older.

The First Shots program has provided an introduction to firearms ownership to 40,000 people nationwide. According to program research, half the individuals who attended past seminars have met local requirements for handgun ownership and have introduced another person to their new-found sport of target shooting. For more information about First Shots, contact Tisma Juett at or go to

Watch a video of the D.C. Metro-area First Shots.

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