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Course Contents

  • Extended Description

    The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced).

    Level one is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition requirements are minimum and may be exceeded. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and the appropriate course completion certificates(s), NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home (identifies strong-side hip holster or purse use) certificate, and NRA Advanced Personal Protection Outside The Home certificate.(Lesson Plan 2006, revised 5/09)The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home participants in this course must be at least 21 years of age and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation. is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one.

  • Course Pre-Requisites

    The student must have completed the NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home course.

  • Student Equipment List

    • Pens or pencils
    • Drinks, snacks, and a lunch.
    • Personal Handgun - (Optional) 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 - (Optional) 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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