The UPMS Scholarship
UPMS Educational Programs
Home Firearms Safety Classes
Home Firearms Safety Classes are taught approximately monthly
by NRA-certified instructors. The course is non-judgmental as
to whether anyone should own a gun, but strongly stresses that
if one chooses to own one, one must also accept the responsibility
for storing and using it responsibly.
The objective is to make participants, particularly parents, aware
of potential hazards associated with firearms, point out that
the primary causes of firearms accidents are ignorance and carelessness,
then teach the three fundamental rules of gun safety as well as give numerous details and specific examples. The Eddy Eagle Program is stressed for younger children.
A major portion of the class involves allowing participants
to get hands-on experience with operating a wide variety of different
types of guns - rifles, shotguns and handguns - in order to gain
first-hannd knowledge of how to open the actions and learn that
any gun they encounter is unloaded and therefore safe. The class
ends with an optional examination and certificates of attendance
or completion for participants.
Numerous locations, including the University of Utah Naval ROTC
Building, Salt Lake County Libraries and industries, and private
homes, are used. No shooting is done; no live ammunition compatible
with guns used for demonstration purposes is allowed in the classroom.
For more information or to schedule a class for your family,
coworkers, church group or any other organization, send us
or leave a message on our answering machine at 801-278-6335.
NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course
The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course is a 10-hour course taught
in accordance with strict guidelines of the National Rifle Association
and leading to a nationally-recognized Certificate of Completion.
The objective of this course is to impart to students the basic
knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for owning and using
a pistol safely. The course is taught in five 2-hour segments
or three meetings of 3 1/3 hours each. The topics included are:
- Nomenclature and operation
- Using a pistol safely
- Operating a pistol
- Cleaning, storing and transporting a pistol
- Shooting fundamentals
- The benchrest position
- Two-handed shooting
- One-handed shooting
- Improving and maintaining skills
- Choosing a pistol for purchase
- Follow-on activities
University of Utah Division of Continuing Education
The University of Utah Division of Continuing Education Basic Pistol Marksmanship course is predicated on the premise that target pistol shooting is
fundamentally an academic discipline: the mental aspects of the sport are far more
important than the physical requirements of the participants. The course
includes basic information about safe firearm handling as well
as an extensive discussion of the principles of marksmanship.
Application of those principles involves firing approximately
50 rounds per week. Personal .22 caliber semiautomatic pistols
with adjustable sights are strongly recommended. Air guns are
also used fall and winter quarters.
Basic Pistol Marksmanship
The class may be taken for two credits or non-credit. It meets
for two hours weekly. Graduates will have mastered the fundamental
skills required to participate at an entry level in
conventional NRA or
The class is a great beginning point for those wishing
to become competitive shooters, either as members of the University of Utah Collegiate Pistol Team or the many competitive pistol events
sponsored by UPMS.
Pistol Marksmanship for Women
NRA Basic Pistol Shooting
and Home Firearms Safety Instructor Courses
Our Basic Pistol Shooting and Home Firearms Safety Instructor
courses came on line in the Spring of 1996. For information on future classes, leave a message at 801-278-6335 or check our Schedule of Upcoming Events.
UPMS helps train coaches for various competitive groups by encouraging
and partially or fully subsidizing costs for attending events
such as the NRA Class C Coaching Clinic (typically held in conjunction
with the National Matches at Camp Perry OH) and the National Coaches
College held at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
CO. We currently have five Class C coaches and four graduates
of the Coaching College. They are involved in coaching the West
High School Junior ROTC Pistol Team and the University of Utah
men's and women's
Collegiate Pistol Teams.