Duration: 50 hours: 20 classroom, 20 live fire, 4 scenarios, 6 law of self-defense
There are no upcoming classes scheduled for this course.
Defensive Pistol course:
This is a civilian concealed carry class for self defense. This is
not a police class. This is not a military class. This is not a hunting
class. This is not a competition shooting class.
classroom lectures and pistol manipulation with dummy ammo
live fire exercises at Long Meadow Farm
10873 Betts Road, Greenbrier, TN 37073.
Tactical scenarios --
IPSC match at Strategic Edge Gun Range
2613 Highway 270 Chapel Hill, Tennessee 37034.
Force-on-force scenarios --
at Royal Range, 7741 US 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221.
Law of self-defense --
For the equipment list, course outline, etc. send an email to
It may take months to get the correct equipment
(It may take a couple of months for a craftsman to make
a holster that actually fits your pistol) or to have a
gunsmith modify your pistol to actually fit your hand
by reshaping the grip and moving the trigger to accommodate
the length of your index finger,
so get started immediately if you intend to attend.
Colonel Cooper’s safety rules
Manual of Arms
Holstering (by far the most dangerous part of any class)
One Handed Techniques
Tactics: Maneuver, Positioning
Cleaning and Storage
Moving and Shooting
Passing a gun to someone
Don’t Shoot Yet
Use of deadly force by Dr. Ignatius Piazza.
The criminal liability, the civil liability, and the aftermath associated
with the use of deadly force by Capt. Massad Ayoob.
Mental awareness and combat mind set by Tom Givens.
"The Truth About Violence" by Sam Harris.
"Five Levels of Competence”, “Stopping Power", and "Principles of Tactics"
by Front Sight.
“Principles of Personal Defense” by Col. Jeff Cooper
“Layers of Response” by John Farnam.
“Shooting in Self-Defense” by Sara Ahrens
“Law of Self Defense” by Andrew Branca.
“Ten Rules for Winning a Gunfight” by Jared Reston.
“Mental Preparation for Self Defense” by Tom Givens.
“In the Name of Self Defense” by Marc MacYoung.
Expectations and Outcomes
You can earn the NRA Defensive Pistol certificate if you pass the
written and shooting test (an IDPA match shot in a
tactically correct manner, no disqualification, no safety violations,
no muzzling no-shoot targets, etc.).
Advanced, Basic, Intermediate, CCW, NRA Courses, Private Classes (Group / Individual), Seminars / Lectures
Send an email to
requesting all of the documents for the course. Please read all
documents immediately. You will have questions. We need to
answer all of your questions and ensure you have all of the required
equipment before the start of class. The instructors will not loan
you equipment. Other students, who are strangers to you, will not
be allowed to loan you equipment.
Send me an email requesting the equipment list.