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NRA Defensive Pistol


Duration: 8 hours; (Estimate) this course is performance/objectives based.



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

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 necessary 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, and more.

The course is designed as a logical follow-up to either the NRA First Steps Pistol course or the NRA Basic Pistol course. A sampling of subjects that will be discussed and practiced are: Principles of concealment, presenting a firearm from concealment, Confrontation avoidance, Flash sight picture, reloading under stress, immediate action drills, and range training.

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Advanced, CCW, In Home Defense Training, NRA Courses, Scenario Based Training

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Documentation Requirements

Course Pre-requisites:

  • NRA Basic Pistol, NRA FIRST Steps Pistol course or other certified pistol training
  • Participant must be 21 years of age or older

The instructor requires a copy of your driver's license once you register.

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  • Ear Protection, Eye Protection
  • Holster – strong side holster - (no cross draws, or shoulder rigs). NO SERPA Holsters
  • No pocket guns or holsters. You will be presenting the gun from concealment and re-holstering approx. 100 to 150 times. You need to be proficient at this task and have a holster that does not collapse when the gun is removed.
  • Concealment garment, light jacket, shirt or vest.
  • Shoes – comfortable with sufficient support to permit a full range of motion. No sandals or flip-flops.
  • Semi-Automatic Pistol or Revolver
  • Two extra functional magazines (semi-autos) or speed-loaders (revolvers)
  • Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  • Dual Magazine carrier optional but HIGHLY recommended.
  • Hydration system or Bottled water.
  • Optional Items are a hat, sunscreen, bug repellant, and rain gear. We will be on the range uncovered and exposed to the elements for the entire day – be prepared. Class is on RAIN or SHINE.

Ammunition: 350 rds of factory ammunition (38 spl., 9mm, 40 S&W or 45ACP) (NO RELOADS) (Ammunition will be available for purchase at Ed’s Gun Shop)