Firearm Proficiency: Safe Handling and Usage Course – New for 2024!

Empower Your Skills, Embrace Safety

Welcome to a new era of firearm safety and proficiency. IFA Countryside in association with Harbour House Sports Club, is proud to present our exclusive Firearm Proficiency Course – the most comprehensive of its kind in Ireland.

Our specialised course is meticulously designed with you in mind – whether you’re applying for a new firearm license, looking to enhance existing skills, or a professional involved in firearm regulation seeking hands-on experience.

Why Choose Our Course?

  • Expertly Crafted Curriculum: Learn the essentials and beyond as we cover Rifles, Pistols, and Shotguns in one all-encompassing course.
  • Hands-On Experience: Immerse yourself in practical proficiency with guidance from seasoned instructors renowned for their expertise.
  • Continuous Learning: Designed for existing license holders to refine and strengthen their foundation, fostering a culture of lifelong competency.
  • Informed Legislation Insight: Ideal for professionals engaged in firearm legislation. Gain in-depth knowledge to make informed decisions in regulation and policy.
  • Community & Safety: Join an ever-growing community of safety-conscious, responsible firearm users committed to personal and community well-being.
  • Certification of Completion: Successfully complete our course and receive a certification of completion.

Your Pathway to Mastery

Our course isn’t just about learning to shoot; it’s about mastering the discipline of firearm handling with a focus on safety and responsibility. Subsidised by Farm Business Skillnets, we offer this unparalleled training at an exceptional value of just €90 which includes refreshments and lunch.

Embark on your journey towards becoming a confident, competent firearm user. Boost your knowledge, skills, and understanding where it matters most.

Join us at Harbour House Sports Club, Lougharbour, Athy, Co Kildare, for an experience that goes beyond the basics. For details, costs, and course schedules, complete the form below.

Take Aim at Excellence. Secure your spot in our next Firearm Proficiency Course today. Members can book here.


This course was extremely beneficial for both experienced shooters and beginners. From beginning to end the staff were excellent in coping with so many different individuals with varying levels of experience. I enjoyed the camaraderie between staff and participants while still keeping safety measure to the forefront. I was pleased to learn how to use a pistol for the first time and with instruction I felt I did it very well. I would definitely recommend this course to others.

Denis Tuohy


Excellent course, detailed and precise. Well done on the practical side of the course!  As a shooter for the last 30 years, I still found it interesting and it highlighted a few habits I needed to address. Overall excellent tutoring, everything explained to the last detail.


An excellent day of learning and practical participation. Expertly delivered by Gavin and the rest of the team at Harbour House.

Derek Doyle


Excellent course delivered in a very practical way by experienced and patient instructors. 

I would highly recommend this course for absolute beginners to veteran shooters.


Experienced and engaging instructors and real hands-on access to different types of firearms



The safety elements of this course were brilliant and both instructors hold an incredible amount of expertise in all areas.  The location was ideal. Being able to try all three types of firearms was great and I would absolutely recomend this course.

Firearm Proficiency Course Enquiry Form

If you are interested in this course, please complete the expression of interest form.

Are you an existing IFA Countryside member?(Required)