Defensive Handgun 1 (NRA Personal Protection in the Home)

 Course Length: 

8 hours

 Cost per Student:


Class Size:

Groups of 10 

 Target Audience:

People who with some pistol shooting skill who are looking to learn pistol defensive skills


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. This class is meant for those students wishing to apply for a Concealed Carry Permit and does satisfy the State of Maine requirement.

This is a 8 hours course where 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. NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home 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) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Ideally one should complete the NRA Basic Pistol Course before taking this course.
Course Outline
  1. Introduction
    1. Administrative Items
    2. Course Goals
    3. Gun Owner’s Responsibilities
  1. Lesson I: Midset and Awareness
    1. Ethical Responsibility
    2. Midset
    3. Mental Awareness
    4. Confronting an Intruder or Assailant
    5. If you Must Shoot
  1. Lesson II: Basic Defensive Pistol Skills
    1. Range Safety Briefing
    2. Purpose of the Shooting Event
    3. Range Layout and Limits
    4. Range Safety Rules
    5. Range Commands
    6. Defensive Accuracy
    7. Fundamentals of Marksmanship
    8. Elements of a Good Shooting Position
    9. Two Handed Standing Ready Position
    10. Two Handed Standing Standing Shooting Position
    11. Defensive Shooting Skills
    12. Cover vs. Concealment
    13. Shooting Exercise
      1. Warm up exercise
      2. Flash sight picture sight deviation
      3. Accelerated shots
      4. Cover and concealment
      5. Kneeling position
      6. Point shooting
      7. Verbal challenge drill
      8. Tueller drill
  1. Lesson III: Firearms And the Law
    1. Obtaining a Pistol
    2. Transferring, Possessing, and Transporting
    3. Use of Deadly Force
    4. Resources for Legal Information
  1. Lesson IV: Strategies For Home Safety And Responding To A Violent Confrontation
    1. Strategies for Home Safety
    2. Emotional Aftermath
    3. Legal Aftermath
    4. Safe Storage
  1. Lesson V: Selecting a Pistol for Self Defense
    1. Selecting a Pistol
    2. Ammunition Considerations
    3. Bullet Types
    4. Ammunition
    5. Accessories
  1. Lesson VI: Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities
    1. Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program
    2. Recreational Shooting
    3. Shooting Activities
    4. Additional NRA Training Opportunities