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NRA Defensive Pistol

Intermediate - Teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and with confidence.

Duration: 5 Hour Classroom, 2-3 Hours Range Time



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The NRA Defensive Pistol Course will focus on the techniques needed to develop a defensive mindset. The goal of the course will be to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and with confidence. As a result of participating in this course, the student will be able to explain and demonstrate the following: How to apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling when carrying a concealed firearm, basic principles of concealment, the difference between cover and concealment, drawing from the holster, levels of mental awareness, developing the proper mindset when using a pistol for personal protection, clearing common stoppages, use of pocket pistols, and more.

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Expectations and Outcomes

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and the NRA Defensive Pistol certificate. This course is only conducted by NRA Certified Advanced Pistol Instructors.

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Intermediate, Concealed Carry Training, NRA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

The instructor requires a copy of your Government Issued ID once you register.

The instructor requires a copy of your Concealed Carry Weapons permit once you register.

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1. A concealable handgun (.38 cal. or larger) with at least 200 rounds of new
factory ammunition For time and safety sake, we request that you do not use reloads.
2. A strong side hip holster or carry purse.
3. At least 2 magazines or speed loaders (if using a revolver) and a place to
hold your magazines on your person for quick access.
4. Hearing and eye protection (we have some for you to use if you do not).
5. Knee pads for shooting from a kneeling position. However, we will be on
sand, so it should not be too hard on the knees without the pads.