NRA Defensive Pistol

Course Description

The NRA Defensive Pistol Course is conducted by a select group of NRA Advanced Pistol Instructors. The training is objective based and will focus on the development of a defensive mindset. The goal of the course will be to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and with confidence. The course is a follow-on course to the NRA Basic Pistol or FIRST Steps Pistol Shooting Course. Upon successful completion of this training, students should know and be able to demonstrate a number of defensive pistol techniques and shoot a timed qualification course of fire.

It is nothing like any of the other NRA pistol classes. For one thing, there will be no written quiz. This class is more of a mentoring class with lots of hands-on training, drills and lots of shooting. We will have a maximum of 10 students in the class as opposed to 16 – 20 in some of the other classes.

Course Length: Approximately 6 to 8 hours

The following topics will be reviewed in the course:

  • The importance of carrying and using a pistol responsibly and ethically for personal protection
  • How the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling are applied to concealed carry
  • Basic principles of concealment
  • Presenting a pistol – re-holster
  • Mental awareness
  • Mental preparation to develop a defensive mindset for carrying and using a pistol for personal protection
  • Techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations
  • Explain the psychological and physiological changes that may occur during an attack
  • Flash sight picture
  • Reloading under stress
  • Clear common stoppages
  • Cover and concealment
  • Presenting a pistol from concealment and shoot targets at varying distances
  • Low-light/No-light drills
  • …..and more

Participant equipment requirements:

  • Pistol- minimum calibers,  9mm. & up (Semi-auto preferred)
  • Two spare magazines (three total)
  • Quality Strong side holster that covers trigger; magazine holders; Belt
  • Minimum 200 rounds of factory ammunition – (Only hits count so bring 400 rounds)
  • Clothing appropriate for concealed carry
  • Eye and ear protection

Course Pre-requisites:

This is NOT a Basic Pistol Class. Students must be experienced shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting groups, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm. Proof of shooting experience must be met and approved by the instructor. Experience proof can be one of the following… NRA Basic / First Steps Pistol Class Certificate, NRA competitive pistol qualification card, Military DD214 w/pistol qualification, LEO Pistol certification, or passing the precourse assessment(see instructor). There is some classroom lesson time but the majority will be spent on the range with live-fire exercises. Guest instructor will conduct Legal aspects of owning a firearm and home defense laws.