Instruction

The next NRA Pistol Certification Class will be held on Saturday, September 24.  Call Blue Trail Range at 203-269-3280 to book your reservation.

While you may find a cheaper class elsewhere, our classes include actual range time; generally a visit from an attorney outlining local, state, and federal laws; some of the paperwork required to apply for your pistol permit; and, you will leave with the marksmanship skills required to shoot accurately.  Click here for complete Pistol Class Schedule 2016

Instruction (Private & Group)

Blue Trail Range offers shooting instruction for adults and juniors 9-16. Our instructors are certified by the NRA, and are competitive shooters themselves. We supply firearms and ammunition for our private instruction, or you may bring your own. We comply with all NRA and CT Firearms Association safety guidelines, and all applicable Connecticut firearms law.   You do not have to have a pistol permit to participate in these classes.

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NRA Pistol Certification Class (for men and women)


NRA Pistol Certification Class

Taught by NRA-certified instructor and 1982 National Champion David B. Lyman, this class covers familiarization with pistols and calibers; basic safety on the use of pistols; fundamentals of accurate marksmanship; and gun laws pertaining to pistols. We supply the firearms, ammunition, and targets. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an NRA pistol certificate, which is required when applying for a Connecticut carrying permit.

$185 per person, limited to 30 participants. Pistol Class Schedule 2016 | NRA Pistol Certification Class Application 2016 *1

*1 – Please enter a date in the Application with a valid date from our “Upcoming Pistol Classes (2016)” document (above) or calendar!


Junior Rifle Club

Have a 9-19 year old at home?  Blue Trail Range (BTR) offers instruction (basic safety thru advanced instruction) by qualified NRA instructors.  Equipment is provided, competition at all levels, and awards.   Classes begin October 17.  New shooters MUST REGISTER on October 1 or 2 from 9AM-4PM.  For more information … JRC Registration Cover Letter to Parents 2016.08.11 and JRC Registration 2016 2017 Season 2016.08.11  Not sure if it’s right for your young athlete?  Come out and visit on October 1 or 2 from 9AM-4PM and ask for Head Coach David Lyman.  Blue Trail Range is “Home of Championship Shooters”.  33 colleges have NCAA Rifle Teams and provide various levels of shooting scholarships!  And any parent recognizes that keeping today’s youth involved in a sport keeps them off the couch and street, active, and in good health.  Make the BTR Junior Rifle Club a part of your son or daughter’s life.

Shotgun Instruction

Taking a hunting safety course? Going on a cruise and want to learn to shoot clay pigeon first? Our private shotgun instruction is for you. Learn to shoot clay pigeons or brush up your hunting skills one-on-one with the instructor. Half-hour sessions for $65.00. Guns available for loan during the lesson, or you may bring your own. Call 203-269-3280 to book; 2-3 days’ advance notice required.

Rifle Instruction

Private rifle instruction is available for $65.00 per half-hour. Sessions are taught by experienced marksmen, many of whom compete nationally. Guns available for loan during the session, or you may bring your own. No fully automatic or 50 caliber BMG. Call 203-269-3280 to book; 2-3 days’ advance notice required.

Pistol Instruction

Private pistol instruction is available for $65.00 per half hour. Sessions are taught by NRA-certified instructor David B. Lyman. Guns available for loan during the session, or you may bring your own with valid Connecticut carrying permit. Call 203-269-3280 to book; 2-3 days’ advance notice required.