NRA Defensive Pistol (NRADP) 1 & 2

Intermediate - This course teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly and with confidence.

Duration: This class is 8 hours, 2 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hour of range time.



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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, use of pocket pistols, and more.

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, the NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and the NRA Defensive Pistol certificate. This course is only conducted by NRA Certified Advanced Pistol Instructors.

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Topics Covered

Skills Taught:

  • drawing from the holster
  • one handed shooting
  • speed/tactical reloads
  • shooting from the hip
  • malfunctions
  • kneeling
  • shooting behind cover
  • decision making
  • shooting while going forward and going backwards

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Intermediate, NRA Courses

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The student will have to shoot a course of fire which is a pass/fail. The goal of each shooting exercise is to have all hits in the center of mass of the FBI Q or NRA D-1 Bianchi Target.  The student will not earn a course completion certificate until they are able to keep all shots within the center of mass on the target.

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