Training Classes

New American Arms offers a wide selection of training classes for those with no experience, some experience, or the advanced shootist. No matter your skill level or prior experience, we can provide up to date techniques, methods, and current law. Our courses are taught by experienced professional instructors with backgrounds in law enforcement, competition, and gunsmithing.

Some of our more popular classes include:

Defensive Handgun Course - $89

This four-hour course will cover firearms safety, pertinent laws, firearm function and identification, marksmanship fundamentals, and incident response. The class will qualify you to apply for a Virginia CHP, with a certificate of training awarded upon completion. Classes held in our training room at New American Arms.

Prerequisites: NONE. All levels may participate.

Defensive Handgun Range Training - $59

This course is the next step following completion of the Defensive Handgun Course. We encourage all students to follow up with this range training in order to apply what was learned in the academic training and receive further training to develop confidence and capability with your handgun. This range training includes live fire with coaching. You will learn proper technique, operation of a firearm, and how to evaluate yourself as a shooter to improve performance. This course focuses on techniques for safety and proficiency. This training is on a private range located in Chesterfield County.

Prerequisites: Previous attendees of the Defensive Handgun Course OR retired LEOs.

Intermediate Defensive Handgun Course - $89

Range class with refresher on basics and moving to holster work involving safety, draw, presentation, and target engagement with live fire.

Prerequisite: successful completion of basic Defensive Handgun academic and range training or equivalent experience (determined on case-by-case basis).

Requirements: personal firearm suitable for self-defense, appropriate holster/belt, minimum of 2 magazines or speed loaders, 100 rounds of correct caliber ammunition.

Firearm and equipment must be approved prior to arriving at training.

Reloading 101 - $69

Fundamentals of reloading centerfire ammunition for both rifles and pistols. Explanation and demonstration of the steps, components, equipment choices and more. Learn from a veteran reloader and open the door to precision and volume reloading for personal use.

Introduction to the AR-15 platform of firearms - $59

Instruction includes safety features and use, sight in procedures, marksmanship fundamentals. Demonstration of field stripping, cleaning and maintenance requirements as well as identification of components. Instruction will also include discussion of modularity, types of upgrades/add-ons and the evolution of the platform from Eugene Stoner's original design to the modern M4 platform carbine and AR-pistol type arms. Classes held in our training room at New American Arms.

Historical Firearms - $199

Purpose: to introduce and educate students, collectors, and shooters to historically interesting and significant firearms from around the world. This class will present firearms according to countries of origin, design, and use. Interesting facts about the designers, development, and evolution of the various firearms will be covered. Facts presented may include ballistics, purpose, manual of arms, and operation. This class includes live fire of the firearms presented. Each student will be offered the opportunity to load and fire the subject firearms, including full auto examples. For most, this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually fire WW I and WW II battle rifles and machine guns!

Refuse to be a Victim - $39

One of the most important steps toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it. NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid criminal confrontation. This seminar will help you improve your personal safety strategies and will provide you with valuable information that you can apply in every area of your life.

U.S. LawShield Seminars – Free for members, $10 for non-members (cash only)

Learn your rights from real attorneys and law enforcement professionals. Topics include essential gun laws, use of force and deadly force, 4 th and 5 th amendment rights, law enforcement interactions and more.

Dates and times are available below. To reserve your spot, classes need to be paid for in advance. Please stop by the store to pay. If you would like to schedule a private class, please email with preferred dates and times - we require a minimum of four for the classroom and six for the range.