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NRA Basic Personal Protection Inside The Home

Basic - Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

Duration: about 8 hours classroom and 2 hours range time



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This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm). Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.

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Topics Covered

  • NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Review (especially basic safety & fundamentals of marksmanship)
  • Safety
  • Mental Preparation
  • Developing Basic Defensive Shooting Skills
  • Strategies for Home & Personal Safety
  • Firearms, Self-Defense & the Law
  • Selecting Firearms, Ammunition, and Accessories for Personal Protection

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Expectations and Outcomes

Pocket-sized laminated card and letter-sized NRA Basic PPITH Certificates.

If the student also takes the FSC, a FSC laminated card will be issued.

This class is a pre-requisite to enroll in the NRA Basic PPITH Instructor Track, to become a NRA PPITH Instructor.

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Basic, Intermediate, In Home Defense Training, NRA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

Upon registration, the student will receive further information via a Student Welcome Letter.

The instructor requires a copy of your Government Issued ID once you register.

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The student will need to bring his/her firearm. A centerfire handgun (9mm, .45ACP, 38SPE...) is highly recommended to focus on the fundamentals of self-defense. Bring 200 rounds of target practice ammunition for your firearm. No steel projectiles.

If you don't own your firearm, a loaner may be proposed ($25).

A holster and a 2-magazine pouch is required. Specific instruction about the holster will be provided.

Ammunition for the Firearm Discovery Package: due to California new laws, you will need to visit an ammunition dealer to purchase your own ammunition for the range activities, after a background check is conducted: you will need about 200 rounds of .22LR and 50 rounds of 9mm Luger. Bass Pro Shop (5160 Cherry Ave San Jose, CA-95118) is an ammunition dealer. If you already own a firearm, a $1 ammunition eligibility check will be run instantaneously. If you don't own a firearm, a $19 background check will be conducted by the ammunition vendor with up to 10 days waiting period.