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Self-Defense Basics - Lethal & Non-Lethal Options

Basic - Self-Defense Does Not Always Mean Using Your Firearm...

Duration: 1 hour classroom, 3 hours range



Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now October 11 Wednesday
Parma, OH
1 - 10 Students 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Candy Petticord Space Available target icon


Self-defense firearm basics should be an enjoyable topic for new and experienced shooters alike. In this course, we will begin by reviewing the “Universal Firearm Safety Rules” that are non-negotiable when it comes to safe firearm ownership, handling and use. We’ll also cover a number of other safety considerations that are part of safe firearm ownership including topics associated with firearm maintenance, safety on the range and safety considerations when selecting a holster, proper clearance (unloading) procedures for both semi-automatics and revolvers, and we’ll touch on the home defense shotgun and AR-15 platforms. Lastly, we will look at some non-lethal self-defense options beginning with a discussion on situational awareness and covering non-lethal defensive tools such as pepper spray, tasers, and the MUNIO Self-Defense device.

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Topics Covered

This course will introduce you to a wealth of information on different types of self-defense firearms including handguns, home defense shotguns, and the AR-15 platform. Students will be provided with easy-to-understand explanations of commonly used firearm terminology and will be introduced to non-lethal self-defense options. While the primary goal of this lesson is to de-mystify what can sometimes feel like a topic reserved for experts, we will also look at non-lethal self-defense options, such as pepper spray, tasers, and the MUNIO Self-Defense device.

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Expectations and Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive a certificate from Northpointe Training, LLC.

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Basic, Intermediate, CCW, Combatives / Less Lethal, In Home Defense Training, USCCA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

Please bring an unexpired Ohio Driver License or State ID and your unexpired CCW/CHL to class. 

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  • Modern defensive pistol, preferably a semi-automatic but revolvers are welcome too!! 🤗
  • Strong side holster (IWB, OWB, or Appendix) - no shoulder, cross draw, Serpa, or middle-of-back styles. Please note that holsters are NOT to be collapsible (i.e., Uncle Mike's style cloth holsters), and students must be able to holster their firearm using their dominant hand only
  • At least three (3) magazines
  • Speed loader
  • Magazine pouch or revolver speed loader pouch
  • Sturdy gun belt - Please understand this is NOT a Sunday-go-to-meeting belt. This is a rugged belt designed to support the weight of a firearm, a holster, and other carry accessories
  • Ammo: 250 rounds, minimum. The more ammo you bring, the more you can shoot!! 😎
  • ELECTRONIC hearing protection - Students must be able to clearly hear and understand instructors/instructions during this training 
  • Eye protection
  • Appropriate range clothing - No low-cut shirts or open-toed shoes, etc.
  • Brimmed hat or ball cap
  • Note taking materials
  • Snacks and hydration, if desired
  • A willingness to be an attentive, safe, and diligent learner with a positive and receptive attitude!! 😊