the other basic courses, the Personal Protection course covers
defensive shooting. Self-defense is a topic somewhat distinct from the
regular diet of shooting fundamentals., it can cover mind set, legal
issues, decision-making under pressure, and planning for the worst. The
Basic Personal Protection in the Home course is designed around the use
of defensive pistol.
Although the course can be
completed as quickly as eight hours, the amount of information
presented, and the probability of intensive question and answer
sessions of the included topics, makes it likely that he course will
Students will receive the NRA Guide to
the Basics of Personal Protection in the Home handbook and intensive
lessons on basics of defensive shooting, issues of self-defense, and
other strategies for protecting the home and family.
develop in the students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude
essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of
self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding
citizen's right to self-defense."
Introduction to defensive Shooting
Basic defensive Handgun Skills
Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force
Strategies for Home safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation
Selecting a Handgun for Personal defense
Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities
Course Review and Examination
in the Personal Protection course should be experienced shooters,
showing mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling. If necessary,
this course will put participants through a pre-course evaluation
exercise, where potential students are asked to demonstrate safe gun
handling, shoot a series of five-shot groups, discuss the operation
necessary to zero a pistol, and demonstrate how to properly clean a
Participants are expected to show
validation of shooting experience by showing an NRA Basic Pistol Course
certificate, an NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program certificate, a
Pistol qualification card, a DD214 card with pistol qualification, or a
Concealed Carry Permit.
Finally, the Personal
Protection course is intended for mature law-abiding adults, who have
the mind set and seriousness necessary to properly perform the
activities in the course. Self-defense is not a topic that lends itself
to horseplay and distractions.
will receive feedback on their shooting exercises, and a certificate
upon successful completion of the lessons. Not only are shooting
standards fired during the practical exercises, but a written exam will
be given at the end of the course. Throughout the course the instructor
will use an individual checklist for each student to ensure the
coverage of course material, and satisfactory absorption of the
material being taught.
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