This innovative course includes presentation and movement, point shooting, instinctive shooting, low-light shooting, engaging multiple targets and one- hand shooting. The skills and other presented in this course form the core shooting skills used to counter a life-threatening attack outside the home. 

Duration

The course is divided into the Basic PPOTH (9-hours), and Advanced PPOTH (5-hours), totaling approximately 14 hours of instruction. The Basic level includes classroom sessions and live-fire range instruction covering presentation from a concealed holster or purse, shooting from cover, shooting one-handed, and point shooting. The entire Advanced Level is spent on the range and includes moving while shooting, shooting from low cover, shooting from sitting, turning, prone, low-light and hip-shooting for close encounters where a more traditional shooting stance is made impossible by the proximity of the attacker.

Course Goal

This course is designed to help develop the student’s knowledge, skills, and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective use of a concealed handgun for self-defense outside the home.

Required Ammunition / Equipment

250 rounds of ammunition minimum (300 rounds recommended) and range fees; handgun and two magazines or speed loaders; strong side outside the waistband (OWB) holster; eye and hearing protection.

Lessons (Basic 9-hour course)

1 - Introduction to Concealed Carry Safety and the Defensive Mindset (1 hr Classroom)

  • Responsibility & Ethics
  • Applying the three basic safety rules outside the home
  • Rules for storing or using a firearm outside the home
  • Special safety considerations outside the home
  • Techniques for storage outside the home
  • Four levels of awareness


2 - Introduction to Self Defense and Concealed Carry (1 hr Classroom)

  • Importance of mental preparation and mindset for carrying and using a firearm outside the home
  • Techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations
  • Psychological and physiological changes that may occur during an attack
  • Differences between in the home and outside the home use of a firearm
  • Techniques for controlling and responding to a violent encounter
  • Emotional, legal and social aftermath of a defensive shooting outside the home


3 - Legal Aspects of Concealed Carry and Self-Defense (1 hr Classroom)

  • Rights and restrictions under the law for carrying a defensive handgun
  • Key legal provisions and restrictions pertaining to the use of deadly force
  • Criminal and civil legal actions that may take place subsequent to a defensive shooting
  • Where to find local jurisdiction specific legal information 


4 - Carry Modes and Concealment (1 hr Classroom)

  • Various handgun concealed carry modes and benefits/limitations of each
  • Basic principles of handgun concealment for self-defense outside the home


 5 - Presenting the Handgun from Concealment (1-1/2 hr Range) 50 rounds recommended

  • Techniques for safely presenting a handgun from concealment


6 - Presentation, Position and Movement (2 hr Range) 60 rounds recommended
Presenting a handgun from concealment and shooting targets in center of mass, to include:

  • After moving to a high barricade
  • Engaging two targets
  • Aimed fire techniques with strong hand only
  • Point shooting with two hands
  • Point shooting with strong hand only


7 - Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities (1/2 hr Classroom)

  • Organizations, associations, clubs, and businesses that may help hone, enhance, and expand personal protection skills
  • Methods and precautions for dry-fire practice, including drawing from a holster


8 - Course Review and Examination (1 hr Classroom)

  • Programs, history and membership benefits of the NRA
  • Completion of the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home written examination


Lesson 9 (Advanced 5 Hour Course)

9 - Special Shooting Techniques (5 hr Range) 140 rounds recommended
Advanced presenting of a handgun from concealment and shooting targets in center of mass, to include:

  • Hip shooting techniques with strong hand - "speed rock"
  • Moving rearward, stopping and shooting
  • Standing to kneeling behind low barricade
  • Standing to squatting behind low barricade
  • Moving to low barricade kneeling or squatting
  • From sitting to standing
  • Standing, facing 90 degrees to target, turning left to shoot
  • Standing, facing 90 degrees to target, turning right to shoot
  • Standing, facing 180 degrees to target, turning left to shoot
  • Standing, facing 180 degrees to target, turning right to shoot
  • Engaging at extended range
  • Under low-light conditions


Prerequisites

Validation of the required skills and experience can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Possession of a NRA Basics of Personal Protection in the Home completion certificate; or,
  • Passing the PPOTH Pre-Course Evaluation consisting of the following:


Take the NRA Basics of Personal Protection in the Home student course examination and score 88% or higher.

State and demonstrate the three fundamental NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling.

Demonstrate the proper loading, cocking, un-cocking, and unloading procedures with a revolver and semi-automatic pistol with dummy cartridges, including the handgun the student will use during the course.

Demonstrate the ability to shoot three five-shot groups nine-inches or smaller in the middle of a target from a two-handed standing position at a distance of 15 feet, using the handgun the student will use during the course, in the following exercises:

     a - Preliminary dry-firing exercise (showing safe handling and correct form)
     b - Single shot live-fire exercise (load and fire one cartridge at a time, five times)
     c - Multi-shot live-fire exercise (loading and firing five cartridges at a time)

Course Completion

Students will be given feedback on their shooting exercises and a certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Shooting standards are fired during the practical exercises and 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. Two separate certificates are achievable with this course, and will be presented to those students completing either or both versions. 

Refuse To Be A Victim

$65.00 ($10 discount for groups of 6 or more)

NRA FIRST Steps Pistol

$75.00


FIRST is the acronym for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training”, a program developed by the NRA to provide new gun owners with an orientation on firearms fundamentals. This FIRST Steps program is a basic course abbreviated to the most fundamental shooting skills and the specifics of a particular model of pistol. Students will receive the NRA' s Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and quick practical lessons on the safe use, cleaning, and storage of pistols. The practical exercise covers a single pistol shooting position.

$2,500 firearms insurance included free with membership!

NRA Basic Pistol Course

This course includes both a classroom and firing range component.

$150.00


A pistol, or handgun, is a firearm designed to be fired while being held in one hand. While such firearms are small and compact, they can be the hardest to learn. With this course the students will receive the NRA's Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook and intensive lessons in safety, gun handling, the various types of pistols, the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, various pistol firing positions, several practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning, storage, and a summary of pistol sports and activities.

Duration

The course is provided in a classroom setting and typically runs approximately 3 hours.

Course Goal

To provide beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Pistol Safety, Parts, and Operation
  • Introduction to Ammunition and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Introduction to Pistol Shooting from the Benchrest Position
  • Introduction to Pistol Cleaning, Storage, and Training Opportunities
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NRA PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE HOME COURSE

This course includes both a classroom and firing range component.

Level 1: $250.00   |   Level 2: $150.00 


NRA’s Personal Protection Outside The Home (PPOTH) course builds on the pre-requisite to this course, Basic Personal Protection Inside the Home. The focus of this course is the effective use of a concealed handgun for self defense on the street. Students will receive the NRA Guide To The Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home. Included are chapters on concealment techniques and devices, presenting the handgun from concealment, utilizing cover and concealment outdoors.

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Firearms Courses We Offer

Duration

The Basic Pistol course can be completed in approximately 8 hours, either in one full day or in two half-days/evenings.

Course Goal

To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.

Required Ammunition

100 rounds and range fees

Lessons

  • Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
  • Ammunition Knowledge and Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
  • Firing the First Shots (includes cleaning and storage)
  • Two-handed and One-handed Standing Shooting Positions
  • Pistol Sports and Activities


Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire exercise and a course certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Students will receive a “Basic Practical” certificate upon successful demonstration of firing a qualifying “group”. There is a short written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.

Duration

The Basic Personal Protection in the Home course can be completed in approximately 8 hours, either in one full day or in two half-days/evenings.

Course Goal

To 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.

Required Ammunition

100 rounds and range fees

Lessons

  1. Introduction to Defensive Shooting 
  2. Basic Defensive Handgun Skills
  3. Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force
  4. Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation
  5. Selecting a Handgun for Personal Defense
  6. Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities
  7. Course Review and Examination


Prerequisites

Participants in the Basic Personal Protection In The Home 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 operations necessary to zero a pistol, and demonstrate how to properly clean a handgun. Alternatively, 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 DD 214 showing pistol qualification, or a Concealed Carry Permit.

Course Completion

Students will be given feedback on their shooting exercises, and a certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Shooting standards are fired during the practical exercises and 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.

Safety experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to Refuse To Be A  Victim. You have a choice!   You stand a much better chance of preventing criminal attack if you develop a safety plan before you need it. This workshop will provide you with easy-to-understand methods you can use to increase awareness and prevent a criminal confrontation. Over the course of approximately three-to-four hours, you will be provided the tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategy, including information about: psychology of the Criminal Mind; Home & Phone Security; Workplace  Security; Automobiles  and Travel Security; Personal and Technological Security; Self-Defense Tools and Training Options.

Refuse To Be A Victim seminars cover topics that pertain to both men and women. The information covered is appropriate for young adults to senior citizens. In addition, the seminar materials also include a special teaching module for parents; which discusses tips for children ages pre-school to college. This is not a firearms instruction course and does not include instruction in physical self-defense.

Duration

The duration of this interactive workshop varies depending on the number of participants. Typically, the workshops run from approximately 2 to 4 hours.

Course Goal

In this seminar you will be provided with personal safety tips and techniques necessary to help you avoid dangerous situations and reducing your risk of becoming a victim.

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Laws of Deadly Force in Self-Defense (Legal Workshops)

$20 (Minimum Class Size: 10)


As a gun owner, you have made the decision to take personal responsibility for the protection of yourself and your family if faced with a deadly threat. That decision is only the beginning, not the end, of responsible gun ownership. Hopefully, you have also made the decision to obtain the training necessary to safely handle your firearm at all times, from safely cleaning your firearm to effectively presenting and discharging the firearm under stress. But have you made the commitment to attain even a basic understanding of the various gun laws that every gun owner should be aware of? Attending our 2-hour legal workshop will provide you with an overview of the use of deadly force in self-defense, the Castle Doctrine and how it applies to vehicles, temporary residences, and so on. In our legal workshop, you will also hear the recommendations of professionals as to the interaction with police after an incident, beginning with the 9-1-1 call. Everything you say can and will be used against you, but should you remain absolutely silent? Attend our workshop and engage in an interactive discussion on this any many other topics.

NRA BASICS PERSONAL PROTECTION IN THE HOME COURSE

This course includes both a classroom and firing range component.

$250.00


NRA’s Basic Personal Protection in the Home course covers defensive shooting. The course moves beyond the fundamentals of firearms safety and accuracy into the realm of self-defense. This includes the required mindset, 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 the defensive pistol. Students will receive the NRA Guide To The Basics of Personal Protection In The Home and intensive lessons on basics of defensive shooting, issues of self-defense, and other strategies for protecting the home and family.