Defensive Pistol Shooting


Duration: 8 hours



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

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Topics Covered

  • Concealed Carry Safety
  • Self Defence and the Defensive Mind Set
  • Cover, Concealment and Reloading Under Stress
  • Range Proctice
  • Qualification

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Expectations and Outcomes

  • 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 – reholster
  • 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
  • Reload under stress
  • Clear common stoppages – immediate action drills
  • Present a pistol from concealment and reholster
  • Cover and concealment
  • Present a pistol from concealment and shoot targets at varying distances
  • Move off the line of attack and shoot
  • Qualify for the NRA Defensive Pistol Certificate

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Intermediate, NRA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

  • NRA's Basics of Pistol Shooting Certificate
  • A picture of a target demonstarting the ability to shoot at the Level I (15 out of 20 rounds inside a 4" diameter circle at 10 feet)

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  • The student should have passed the Basics of Pistol Shooting Course and have shot the qualification, at a minimum, at the Level I, with Level II or higher prefered.
  • Quality Pistol appropriate for concealed carry – recommend minimum of 9mm or .38 Special
  • Quality Strong Side Hip Holster – recommend form fitted leather or kydex, must cover trigger/trigger guard
  • Quality Belt, designed to carry a holster and a firearm strongly recommended
  • At least two hundred rounds of quality ammunition suitable for practice.
  • Spare magazines or speed loaders with appropriate pouches – at least two spares.
  • Clothing appropriate for concealed carry
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection - recommend electronic