Since its inception in 1871, the National Rifle Association has been the leader in firearms training and education.
Dissappointed by the marksmanship (or lackthereof) shown by their troops during the Civil War, Union veterans Colonel William C. Church and General George Wingate founded the NRA. The chief goal of the NRA was to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis."
Over the years, the NRA has committed itself to the development of training, education and marksmanship within the shooting sports. The NRA has established programming for youth, adults, hunters, competitive shooters and law enforcement.
Today, there are over 125,000 NRA certified instructors that train about one million gun owners a year.