NRA Certified Instructors’ Courses Offered by Betty S. Strauss for 2013

NRA Certified Instructors Courses for 2013 are  taught by Veteran NRA Training Counselor, Betty S. Strauss on her farm in Radford, Virginia.

NRA Certified Instructors Course Range Exercises

NRA Certified Instructors Course Range Exercises

Betty Strauss provides professional, ethical, and effective instruction in the defensive use of firearms, based on decades of extensive training and experience.

Betty Strauss shares her passion for the personal empowerment that comes with being able to defend herself, by providing  both introductory and advanced level courses through the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) Programs.

She Chaired the New River Valley Friends of the NRA Committee since it was formed 15 years ago.

Betty S. Strauss and her belated husband John E. Strauss became Chief Range Safety Officers and NRA Training Counselors (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Home Firearms Safety, & Personal Protection) in 1999.  Today Strauss continues the traditions she and her husband started with the training and education programs of the NRA, along with providing Advanced Shooting Techniques Instruction on her private shooting range in Montgomery County, Virginia, near Christiansburg, VA.

Betty S. Strauss has trained, taught, and certified many NRA Certified Instructors coming from all across the United States, from a variety of backgrounds:  former military, law enforcement, housewives, teachers, fire fighters, professors, retired special forces military personnel, Boy Scouts of America, and passionate gun enthusiasts from all backgrounds.

Master Chief Petty Officer John E. Strauss & Betty S. Strauss

Master Chief Petty Officer John E. Strauss & Betty S. Strauss


From 1981 until 2009 Betty Strauss worked as a Licensed Realtor with a Broker’s License.  Betty says that when you are showing property you never know who is getting into the car with you.

For 32 of the 40 years that John and Betty Strauss were married, Betty was a Navy Wife, travelling with and supporting her husband who served  in Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.  John E. Strauss ultimately achieved the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, attached to the Operations Staff of the Navy Surgeon General at the Pentagon in Washington, D. C.

During their 40 years of marriage John and Betty raised their children, enjoyed their grandchildren, and shared their passion for firearms competitions, as well as instruction and training in the safe and effective use of firearms.

Working as a team, Betty and John were instrumental in formulating and advancing the availability of Educational  Programs in the New River Valley Community and beyond to passionate gun owners.

While John was away performing his duties for the United States Navy, Betty Strauss took care of the household, raised the children, cared for the farm animals, and managed the family responsibilities as a Career Navy Wife.


Betty Strauss successfully completed several courses at the prestigious Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, including:

  • Four-Day Defensive Handgun Course
  • Two-Day Tactical Handgun Course
  • Four-Day Tactical Shotgun Course
  • Four-Day Instructor Development Course

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) has Trained and Certified Betty S. Strauss in the following:

  • NRA Certified Instructors for the following:  Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety,  Personal Protection In the Home, and Personal Protection Outside the Home.
  • Chief Range Safety Officer and NRA Training Counselor for the following:  Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Home Firearms Safety, and Personal Protection.
  • From 1999-2009 Betty Strauss was a Master Hunter Education Instructor for the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries.
Betty Strauss, NRA Training Counselor & NRA Certified Firearms Instructor

Betty Strauss, NRA Training Counselor & NRA Certified Firearms Instructor



Her 32 years as a Navy Wife (which is said to be the toughest job in the Navy), perhaps helped Betty blaze the trail for women breaking into the field of Shooting Sports.  Spending a great deal of time in rural areas raising their children, taking care of their homes and farms, and keeping the home fires burning while John was away with the Navy necessitated Betty’s independence and self-reliance.  She forged a path for all women to follow in the male dominated gun community.

If you are interested in acquiring a Concealed Handgun Permit, contact Betty Strauss to get the proper education, training, experience, and credentials necessary to safely and effectively learn to use a handgun for personal defense both inside and outside your home.

If you are a woman and would like to attend basic introductory courses such as the NRA First Step Course, NRA Basic Pistol Course, NRA Personal Protection In the Home Course, and basic gun safety courses with range experience, Betty will form classes just for women.

Aspiring female NRA Certified Instructors can contact Betty Strauss to request NRA Certified Instructors Courses taught by a woman, and attended only by women.