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Shotgun Fundamentals Online

Gain confidence with your firearm and learn the fundamentals of safe firearm ownership through this introductory online course.

The Official IHEA-USA introduction to firearm ownership course will teach you safe practices in the home, at the range, and everywhere in between.

Basic Shotgun Safety

As the experts in safe gun handling in the field, the IHEA-USA now offers gun owners thorough, basic firearm safety instruction through our new Firearm Fundamentals course. This course is carefully designed to help you have a safe and positive experience with your new firearm, whether you own a rifle, handgun, or shotgun.

Firearm Fundamentals will teach you:

  • Firearms Safety Rules
  • Firearms Owner Responsibilities
  • Safety in the Home
  • Storing and Transporting Firearms
  • Locks and Safes
  • Ammunition
  • Range Safety Etiquette and Equipment
  • Firearms Care and Cleaning
  • Opportunities to Use Your Firearm in Fun Environments
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IHEA-USA Developed and Approved

As the experts in safe gun handling field education, the IHEA-USA recognized the need to offer thorough, basic firearm safety instruction for anyone who recently purchased a new firearm or is considering gun ownership. This course was developed with contributions by industry leaders from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Rifle Association, the IHEA-USA Instructor Advisory Committee, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Hunter Education State Agency Officials.

What to Expect From Firearm Fundamentals

Learn Your Way on Any Device

Firearm Fundamentals offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

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Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

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