NRA Defensive Pistol (4 day course)
Intermediate - Civilian concealed carry for self defense, given upon request
Duration: 4 days, theory - 20 hours classroom, practicum - 20 hours live fire
There are no upcoming classes scheduled for this course.
Civilian concealed carry for self defense. (Not police, they have a duty to pursue and arrest. Your primary goal is to escape, because the shorter the fight, the less hurt you get. Not military, they have a duty to destroy the enemy by fire, maneuver, and close combat. Your duty is to facilitate the escape of your loved ones. The pistol is just an emergency tool to ensure nothing prevents your escape. Not hunting. Not recreation, they are just having fun. You are focused and concentrating in a high stress situation. Not comptetitive shooting, they race the clock to win the game. You will move slowly, in a tactically correct manner, so as not to get yourself killed. You can't help anyone if you get incapacitated.)
This course is listed as an intermediate course, but we will cover the fundamentals, because I have found that the student may know things to be true that are false.
Send me a email at Jon_Low@yahoo.com, so I can send you the lesson plans, equipment list, and such. After reading the documents, you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to take this course.
Manual of Arms
One Handed Techniques
Tactics: Maneuver, Positioning
Cleaning and Storage
Shooting While Moving
Passing a gun to someone else
Don’t Shoot Yet
Expectations and Outcomes
You will have the comfort of skill at arms.
You wil be motivated to seek further training.
You will be able to recognize unsafe / incompetent gun handling and hopefully leave the area or gently educate the incompetent.
The NRA Instructor Staff sent us, Advanced Pistol Instructors, a letter demanding that we maintain high standards. So, you'll get the books immediately, but the certificate requires passing written and shooting tests, that are difficult.
Intermediate, NRA Courses
Equipment list for the Defensive Pistol class.
Please bring equipment to the class that you intend to use to carry your
concealed pistol on a daily basis. Specialized equipment for the class defeats the
purpose of the class. If it doesn't work in the class, it's not going to work on the
street. If it doesn't work fast enough in the class, it's not going to work fast enough
on the street. You need to find out what doesn't work and what needs to be fixed in
the class, because it's too late if you find out in combat.
A stiff sturdy belt, about 1.5 inches wide. It has to support your heavy pistol
and ammo pouch. Your belt should have continuous adjustment (as opposed to
discrete adjustment, holes every inch or so), because your body changes
You might also want suspenders to support your belt.
A holster that attaches to your belt at the side of your firing side hip. It
must cover the trigger. It must hold the pistol pointing down. It must have a stiff
mouth to allow one handed holstering. Leather holsters will have a reinforced
mouth. It must hold your pistol securely, so your pistol won't fall out.
It should not have any retention devices. It takes a lot of training for you to
defeat retention devices in a high stress situation. No one will be trying to grab
your pistol in the holster because you are carrying concealed.
An inside the waist band holster will afford you better concealment. And
your belt will hold your holster tight against your body, so it doesn't flop around.
An ammunition pouch that attaches to your belt at the side of your support
side hip. No flaps. No retention devices. Because they take time to defeat. It
would be nice if it also held your flashlight.
At least 5 rounds of dummy ammunition. The Tipton Snap-Cap (brass
base) or A-Zoom (machined aluminum) type are best. The extractor of your pistol
will rip the rims off the cheap plastic type.
If you have dummy ammo that can be confused with real ammo, don't use it,
don't bring it. It's dangerous, in that it may cause your pistol to not fire in a lethal
At least 3 magazines that operate correctly in your pistol.
A modern semi-auto pistol in good working order.
No ported barrels, because they will throw hot gas and burning powder into
your face when firing from the close contact position.
Revolvers are inappropriate because in combat, they take too long to reload,
are too difficult to reload, and require reloading too often.
We will perform a safety inspection of your pistol. Please bring the manual.
You may acquire the manual from the manufacturer free of charge. Most are
online for downloading. You may need it when you disassemble and clean the
pistol in class.
A tactical flashlight. The best long term decision on a flashlight would be a
rechargeable flashlight, such as the Streamlight Strion, because the cost of batteries
will kill you.
The disposable battery type flashlights are cheaper,
Or, the Surefire, though they are much more expensive,
Amazon.com is usually the cheapest place to buy them.
I've found perfectly functional flashlights in the sporting goods stores for as
little as $40. The important thing is to have a thumb pressure switch on the rear of
the flashlight. Press on, release off. No clicking, no strobes, no colors. Simple is
better. The flashlight should have an LED (light emitting diode) radiator, not a
xenon bulb. The LED's are much more efficient. They run cooler and the batteries
John Farnam says the flashlight should put out 500 lumens or more.
Eye protection. Shooting glasses or safety glasses or wire screen goggles.
Your glasses should be clear, not tinted, because we will be shooting at
night. If you show up with dark glasses, you won't be able to see at night, even
with your flashlight.
Your normal prescription glasses are okay, but they should be large enough
to protect your eyes from ricocheting copper fragments from the bullet jackets and
lead fragments from the bullets.
The Marine Corps issued us Oakley's. They're pretty good.
A hat with a wide brim to prevent the hot brass from getting caught between
your glasses and your eye.
A shirt with a high neck to prevent hot brass from going down the front of
your shirt. Low V neck shirts are dangerous. The brass is hot enough to burn you
and cause a startle response (causing an officer at a nuclear plant to shoot her foot,
resulting in amputation of the foot [incident report at the 2016 Tactical
Ear protection. Electronic ear muffs are best as they allow you to hear
range commands and block harmful noise. Custom made ear plugs are better. Ear
muffs over foam ear plugs are good. Foam ear plugs are okay if you get them deep
enough into your ear canal to work. If they are visible outside of your external
auditory meatus, you probably don't have them in deep enough to be effective. If
they are inserted correctly, they will completely block your ear canal and you will
feel congested. Remember, hearing loss is cumulative and permanent.
Water. If you displays signs of dehydration, we will ask you to leave. At
least 2 liters of water per person per day.
Food. If you display signs of low blood sugar, we will ask you to leave.
If you are taking any type of psychotropic drug, you must inform the
instructor. This is not disqualifying. We wish to be accommodating. If you don't
tell us, we may misinterpret your behavior to be under the influence of an illegal
Ammunition. Some classes have fired over a thousand rounds per person.
(professionals preparing for operations who wish to stress their equipment and
themselves, lots of live fire exercises) Some classes have fired as few as 300
rounds per person. (competent marksmen who wish to concentrate on tactics) A
class of average citizens studying for civilian concealed carry, would probably fire
500 to 800 rounds per person. If this seems prohibitively expensive, don't worry
about it. You can always do the exercises dry.
You will also need at least 200 rounds for the IDPA match and $20 for the
Bring a reloading device such as the Maglula pistol magazine loader.
Otherwise, you may have sore and bleeding thumbs. Shooting 1000 rounds in two
days is not the same as shooting 50 rounds on a weekend.
Cleaning gear. A rod to hold your bore brush and your jag, a bronze bore
brush that fits your bore (Brownells sells bore brushes that are much stiffer and
stronger than common bore brushes, https://www.brownells.com/gun-cleaningchemicals/
Nylon is too soft. It won't scrub out the fouling. Steel is too hard. It will
scratch your bore. The brush must be bronze.), a jag that can push your bore patch
(e.g. lint free cloth rag, coffee filter [because they don't have lint], etc.) through
your bore with sufficient friction to get the dirt out, bore solvent (e.g. Hoppe’s #9),
cleaner (e.g. WD-40), cleaning brush (like a toothbrush, but much stiffer [The old
boar bristle tooth brushes would work. But, you're probably too young to have
ever seen such.]), Q-tips (the kind on long wooden sticks are good), pipe cleaners,
bore patches, lots of clean absorbent rags, and a lubricant.
Also useful: latex gloves, safety glasses, bore light, compressed dry air, 5
gallon plastic bucket to let parts soak in overnight in WD-40.
A concealment garment. Preferably a loose fitting button front shirt, so
you can practice open front and closed front concealment garment presentations.
Stop by Goodwill and pick up a cheap disposable concealment garment, because
you will shoot through your concealment garment when shooting one handed from
the close contact position.
Redundancy is good in case something breaks. You might want to bring two
of everything. If you don't have these things, ask your instructor for help, at least
two weeks before the class starts. Make sure you have all your equipment before
the start of class. Don't force the instructors to run around to find equipment for
you. Don't expect the instructors to loan you equipment.
You will need to wear an undershirt that is long enough to stay tucked in
your pants. Otherwise, your undershirt will foul your draw and that would be
You must wear pants with belt loops. The belt loops hold your belt down.
Your suspenders hold your belt up. Your belt must stay in place, because your
holster is attached to your belt. The pistol must remain tight against your body.
Otherwise, it's dangerous.
You must bring a concealment garment that does not have draw strings.
Draw strings can get into your holster and fire your pistol. Yes, as a matter of fact,
it has happened many times. You can find YouTube.com videos of this happening
in gun stores and on the range.
You must wear a wide brimmed hat to block the ejected brass from getting
caught between your eye and your glasses. Which is extremely dangerous,
because startled persons will point their pistols in unsafe directions when a piece of
hot brass is burning their eyeball.
You must wear a high necked shirt. Because hot brass going down the front
of your shirt will burn you (especially if you have breasts) and may cause you to
point your pistol in unsafe directions, and may cause you to commit an negligent
You must bring eye protection. Wrap around shooting glasses are best.
Wire screen glasses are okay. Prescription glasses are okay.
You must bring ear protection. Electronic ear muffs are best. They allow
you to her the range commands. Regular ear muffs are okay. Ear plugs that are
molded to your ear canal are okay. Foam squishy ear plugs are okay, if your
compress them enough to get deep into your ear canal and actually plug your ear
canal. If they are sticking out of your ear, they are ineffective. Hearing loss is
permanent and cumulative. It never heals. It never gets better. So, you have to
conserve your hearing.
Avoid holsters that require the use of the trigger finger of the firing hand to
actuate a button to release the pistol, such as the Blackhawk SERPA holster, for
the following reasons:
1. Because, the common factor in documented negligent discharges is an
unintended continuation of the movement of the trigger finger toward the trigger
due to the “push button” motion required by the trigger finger to initiate firearm
2. The manufacturer recommends that you not insert the pistol backwards
into the holster, because the pistol can get stuck in the holster. This is the primary
technique taught for support side hand presentation in the federal law enforcement
training schools (FLETC, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center).
3. The release mechanism may fail to release the pistol due to debris (dirt,
small pebbles, snow) lodging behind the release button.
Citation – email from U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park
Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240; dated July 5, 2012; from
Acting Associate Director Louis Rowe; reference W34 (2460).
[see attached documents, or ask for them]