The Preserve Academy, located at The Sporting Shoppe & Range at The Preserve, offers a wide curriculum of firearms safety and tactical training classes taught by NRA Certified Instructors. With patience, dedication, and over 25 years of law enforcement experience, our instructors pride themselves in teaching firearms safety and shooting skills to participants of all skill levels from the novice to the expert.

Come learn in a comfortable environment and challenge yourself in our state-of-the-art indoor range renowned as America’s longest! Increase your knowledge and competency, raise your self-confidence, hone your abilities, and take your skills to the next level at The Preserve Academy!

 

List of all classes for August

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DEFENSIVE SHOTGUN (101)

This six (6) hour class reviews firearm safety and shooting fundamentals in the classroom, and then it’s off to the range. We cover grip, stance, verbal commands, ready positions, re-loading, Phase 1 malfunctions, effective shooting drills, and more!
This course focuses on using a firearm for the lawful self-defense of you or your family. Learn how to use your handgun to give yourself the best chances of stopping a threat and save a life, especially your own!
Students should bring a firearm, 2 magazines, and approximately 150 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection. A holster is recommended but not required.
(Includes, Continental Breakfast and Lunch)

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Rhode Island Pistol Permit & Massachusetts License to Carry Class

This four (4) hour class will help you accomplish a number of objectives. We will conduct the NRA Home Firearm Safety Course which is accepted by the State of Massachusetts for a License to Carry. You will also be able to shoot the Rhode Island Army L course which is required by the State of Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office for a Rhode Island Pistol Permit.
The Army L course is challenging and prior shooting experience is recommended. You will get three (3) attempts to pass the Army L qualification and upon successful completion, you will be certified with the caliber of gun you use. Information about the Rhode Island Army L course can be found here.
Students should bring a firearm, 2 magazines, approximately 150 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection, and your Rhode Island Pistol Permit Application. A holster is recommended but not required.
At the successful completion of this course, you will receive a NRA Home Firearm Safety Certificate, a Massachusetts Basic Firearm Safety Certificate, and be signed off on your Rhode Island Pistol Permit Application for the Army L course.
(Includes refreshments)

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LADIES BEGINNER PISTOL (100)

Sorry guys, this one is for ladies only! This four (4) hour class covers firearm safety and shooting fundamentals in the classroom and then it’s off to the range. We cover grip, stance, ready positions, loading, unloading, shooting drills, and more all at a controlled and  comfortable pace designed for the new shooter.
This is the perfect class if you have never fired a gun or are a beginning shooter. This course will give you a solid foundation in firearm safety and basic shooting skills which you can build upon in more advanced classes.
Students can bring their own firearm, 100 rounds, eye, and ear protection or it will be provided by The Preserve.

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Basic Wound Management

This (4) hour course covers the lifesaving techniques of bleeding control using wound packing and tourniquets, management of chest wounds, and splinting. This is a hands-on class and we provide all the materials needed!
Whether you carry a gun or not, it is crucial to be able to provide treatment of chest wounds, control bleeding with a tourniquet, and conduct basic splinting techniques. This class is geared for the general public to provide lifesaving techniques while waiting for professional help to arrive. There will be practical skills stations which include wound packing, tourniquets, and splinting.
(Includes refreshments)

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Introduction to Carbine Rifle (100)

This four (4) hour class explores the operation of the AR-15 rifle and gives an overview of direct gas impingement and piston driven operating systems. We also cover firearm safety, shooting fundamentals, stance, grip, breathing, re-loading, and Phase 1 malfunctions for the AR rifle.
This class is for the shooter who has never fired an AR or is new to using an AR style firearm. We will give you a solid foundation on how to operate your AR rifle and prepare you for more advanced AR shooting skills and rifle manipulations. On top of that, refreshments and lunch is served free of charge!
Students should bring an AR style rifle, 2 magazines, approximately 200 rounds of ammunition, eye, and ear protection. A reliable sling is required for this class. A plate carrier, vest, and/or magazine pouches are strongly recommended.
(Includes refreshments)

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Fly Fishing(100)

We will cover the basics of fly fishing in the classroom and on the pond. Starting with fundamentals like the differences between fly and spin rods, types of flies, fly line construction, casting basics, reel selection and how to present a fly to fish, we’ll talk streamers, wet and dry flies plus some basic entomology and then pack up the gear and get to the fishing. You’ll leave excited to start fly fishing on your own, knowing how to identify local fish and which fly set up is best for you.
Todd Corayer is a local fisherman who has fished fresh and salt water on both coasts, Canada and Mexico. He’s a freelance outdoors writer who pens the weekly Fish Wrap column while also working as The Preserve’s Field Manager.
The Sporting Shoppe will provide a Complete Fly Fishing Package (Rod, and Reel) Which Can Be Taken Home with You After Class FREE of Charge.

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NRA Basic Pistol Class

This course combines classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting positions, cleaning the pistol, and continued opportunities for skill development.
This is the perfect class if you have never fired a gun or are a beginning shooter. This course will give you a solid foundation in firearm safety and basic shooting skills which you can build upon in more advanced classes. This class is also a prerequisite to becoming an NRA Pistol Instructor.
Firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection will be provided by The Sporting Shoppe at The Preserve or you are welcome to bring your own. A holster is recommended but not required and the ammunition count is approximately 100 rounds.
This course qualifies you for your Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Florida resident or NON-resident pistol permit licenses. 
Students can bring their own firearm, 100 rounds, eye, and ear protection or it will be provided by The Preserve.
(Includes, Continental Breakfast and Lunch)