As part of joining AMA, new shooters will have to take a mandatory basic pistol course that is part class room instruction on safety and part practical training on the finer points of accurate pistol shooting. It is followed by a practical shooting test. Here you are coached until you can get five .22 rim fire rounds into a good group. 99 percent of new members qualify on the first night. Rarely, a member may take a further two to three nights to meet the standard. You also get a useful little book on pistol shooting that is included in your $15 fee for taking this course. The introductory course is conducted about once a month on Sundays and takes 2 hours to complete.
You will find there are always plenty of knowledgeable members who are more than willing to help a new shooter improve after this basic course. In addition, we encourage shooters to join our IPSC or House League competitions as these both provide a pleasantly low stress competition environment that further pushes you to improve.
AMA does not offer the Federal Firearms Safety Course required to get a gun licence. Contact Safety Services Nova Scotia for that. www.safetyservicesns.ca
New members who cannot prove membership or previous safety training at another gun organization will attend a mandatory basic orientation course, which consists of the club rules and some very basic pistol marksmanship. AMA offers the IPSC Black Badge Course to experienced pistol shooters and some ad-hoc training comes up occasionally for other disciplines. In all cases, the student is required to own & use their own firearm. We do not provide firearms for use. AMA does not offer tactical training, self-defence or that sort of shooting courses at this time. We are a gun club for people who are involved in the shooting sports.