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Course Contents

  • Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

    I. Introduction to Defenside Shooting
    • Explain the importance of using a firearm responsibly and ethically for personal protection
    • Explain the importance of developing the proper mindset for using a firearm for personal protection and facing a life-threatening encounter.
    • Explain and evaluate their state of mental awareness using the four levels of awareness.
    • Explain the importance of mental preparation and physical training for a potentially life-threatening confrontation

    II. Basic Defensive Pistol Skills
    • Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of defensive marksmanship.
    • Explain defensive accuracy
    • Shoot targets in the center of mass using aimed shots from a two-handed standing position
    • Explain the differences between cover and concealment and identify examples of each
    • Shoot targets in the center of mass:
      • Using cover and concealment
      • Using a flash sight picture
      • From a kneeling position
      • At close range using point shooting

    III. Firearms and the Law
    • Explain key provision of the law pertaining to the purchase, transfer, and possession of pistols
    • State key provision and restrictions within the law pertaining to the use of deadly force
    • Explain potential criminal and civil legal actions that may be taken against them subsequent to a defensive encounter
    • Explain where they may find detailed legal information for their specific jurisdiction

    IV. Strategies for Home Safety & Respoiding to a Violent Confrontation
    • Explain strategies and methods to enhance their personal safety at thome and in public
    • Describe strategies for responding to a potentially life-threatening encounter
    • Explain the importance of mentally preparing for the aftermath of a violent confrontation
    • Explain methods for safely storing a personal protection pistol

    V. Selecting a Pistol for Self-Defense
    • Identify the criteria for selecting a pistol and ammunition suited to their individual self-defense needs.
    • Identify the major cartridge designs available for practice and personal protection and explain the use, advantages and disadvantages of each type.

    VI. Other Shooting Activities and Traing Opportunities
    • Identify organizations, associations, clubs and businesses that may help them hone, enhance and expand their personal protection skills.
    • Explain methods and precautions for dry-fire practice.


  • Course Pre-Requisites

    Applicants for this course must be 21 years old and law-abiding adult citizens as described by applicable federal, state or local law. Applicants for this course must have previously taken either the NRA First Steps Pistol Course, the NRA Basic Pistol Course, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification or be able to demonstrate previous safety, gun handling and shooting skills through a pre-course evaluation administered by the instructor.

  • Student Equipment List

    • Pens or pencils
    • Drinks, snacks, and a lunch.
    • Personal Handgun - (Revolver or Semi-Automatic) Personal firearms brought to class must be clean and in good operating condition every day. Firearms brought into the classroom must be completely unloaded and in a case or proper holster.
    • Ammunition - Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition for your handgun. Factory loaded ammunition only! No reloaded ammunition allowed.
    • Ear and Eye Protection - Either shooting muffs or earplugs and impact resistant shooters glasses are required. Electronic hearing protection is highly recommended.
    • Holster (Optional)
      • A strong side belt holster that properly fits your handgun with a retention strap or some type of passive retention or absolute fit to your handgun.
    • Clothing - Appropriate to weather and what you would normally wear as concealment cover..

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