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Defensive Pistol


Duration: 8 hours



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A prerequisite is the successful completion of the NRA Basic Pistol Course.  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 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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Topics Covered

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 conceal 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 Pistol Certificate

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Advanced, NRA Courses, Scenario Based Training, Seminars / Lectures

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Documentation Requirements

You must provide ICEFDT with a copy of your basic pistol certification

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OWB Holster
200 rounds of ammunition
Magazine pouch that can hold 2 additional magazines
Sturdy belt
Eye and ear protection
Closed-toe shoes
Appropriate clothing for the weather