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Firearm & Personal Defense Training at River Valley Arms & Ammo

We offer a variety of courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced firearms enthusiasts. To learn more about the courses, click on the images below or contact us! View the training calendar to check out upcoming classes or click here to learn more about scheduling a private class.

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Most Popular Courses

MN Permit to Carry
Intro to Defensive Handgun
Women Only Weekend

These courses are the most popular courses at River Valley Arms & Ammo.

Get your training in the safe use of a pistol requirement satisfied by taking the MN Permit to Carry course from the certified instructors at RVAA. The Minnesota Permit to Carry course is offered at least once a month and additional classes may be scheduled upon request. 

Ready to heighten your defensive handgun skills? Ensure that you’re developing good habits by learning drills you can take home from the best. The Intro to Defensive Handgun course is a blast! It’s an all range course that’s sure to teach you a thing or two!

Women Only Weekend is a great opportunity to learn about long guns, handguns, personal defense and the Minnesota Permit to Carry laws all in one weekend! This series of classes offers ladies a comfortable environment to learn how to safely handle firearms and take their defensive skills to the next level.

River Valley Arms & Ammo Courses

Firearms 101
Handguns 101
Intro to Personal Defense
High Power Training Clinic
Women Only Weekend
Intro to Defensive Handgun

These courses were developed by the experienced instructors at River Valley Arms & Ammo to offer students versatile firearm knowledge. 

Firearms 101 and Handguns 101 were designed with the beginner in mind. These courses are great for folks who have had little experience in recent years with firearms. Whether it’s simply been awhile since you’ve taken to the range or you’ve never touched a firearm in your life, these courses cover the fundamentals of safety and handling.

Intro to Personal Defense is offered during Women Only Weekend and does not require a firearm. It’s a great course for those going off to college or for those interested in learning more about situational awareness. 

If you’re interested in getting involved in competition shooting, the High Power Rifle Clinic is the perfect course for you. Instructor Larry Weidell shares his vast knowledge of high power rifle shooting to give you the competitive edge.

Women Only Weekend was created to allow for a comfortable environment for ladies to learn more about firearms. From those who have never touched a gun to ladies that shoot every week, there’s something for every level during this weekend of courses for women only. 

Looking to move your defensive handgun skills to the next level? Intro to Defensive Handgun is the right course for you. This all-range course is perfect for the shooter looking to learn a few new drills to hone in their skills.

NRA Courses

NRA Range Safety Officer
NRA Basic Pistol
NRA Basic Shotgun
NRA Basic Rifle
NRA First Steps

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is an organization with a long standing history of advocating for our second amendment rights. In addition to their advocacy, they are a leader in the industry in regards to firearms training. River Valley Arms & Ammo is proud to have a number of instructors who are members of the NRA as well as NRA Certified Instructors. 

Our Training Philosophy

My Dad taught me an appreciation and respect for firearms for as long as I can remember.  Not everyone has that.  He taught me that there are few things better than a crisp, fall morning, the silence of the woods, and the crack of a twig.  There are few things better than the smell of gunpowder on a sunny afternoon at the range with your buddies.  There are few things better than knowing that you can protect your loved ones with judicious accuracy.

This is the feeling that we want everyone to have a chance to experience.

This is why we are offering training through River Valley Arms & Ammo.


(See, you can tell they’re bad guys because of their mean eyes.)