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NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course

Pricing Information: $220

Course Information:

The Personal Protection in The Home Course focuses on the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family. Students also learn about their right to self-defense as a law-abiding citizen. “People who take this course realize the importance of protecting themselves and their families,” said John Howard of the NRA’s Training division. “The responsibility of protecting your home falls upon you. The homeowner is the first responder.”

During the eight-hour course, students learn basic defensive shooting skills, how to respond to a violent confrontation, and strategies for home safety. Specific state firearms and home defense laws are taught by an attorney or police officer certified in the state. Choosing a handgun for self-defense in your home, along with continued opportunities to expand your skills are also addressed. Students shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. The course is not for beginners. Students must be law-abiding adults (at least 21 years) and have experience with a firearm. Although the course is scheduled for eight hours, the amount of information presented, makes it likely that the course will take longer. Students 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.

Prerequisite: This is not a beginner course. Firearms experience is necessary but we can help you develop the minimal skills to safely complete the course. We can also conduct a Pre-Course Assessment. Ask! The following qualify for experience: NRA (or equivalent) Basic Pistol certificate or military pistol qual documents. The information & skills we teach are meant for law abiding US citizens. Students must be 21, a law-abiding adult with no felony convictions or orders of protection. A concealed carry permit confirms that status but we can also conduct a background check for a minimal fee.

Students need at least 100 rounds & a pistol in .380 caliber or larger.

Explain the importance of using a firearm responsibly and ethically for personal protection.
Explain the importance of developing the proper mindset for using a firearm for personal protection and facing a life-threatening encounter.
Explain and evaluate your state of mental awareness using the four levels of awareness.
Explain the importance of mental preparation and physical training for a potentially life-threatening confrontation.

LSN II: Basic Defensive Pistol Skills
Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of defensive marksmanship.
Explain defensive accuracy.
Shoot targets in the center of mass using aimed shots from a two-handed standing position.
Explain the differences between cover and concealment, and identify examples of each.
Shoot targets in the center of mass:
Using a Flash Sight Picture
Using Cover and Concealment
From a Kneeling Position
At Close Range Using Point Shooting

LSN III: Firearms And the Law: Possession, Ownership and the Use of Deadly Force.
Explain key provisions of the law pertaining to the purchase, transfer and possession of pistols.
State key provisions and restrictions within the law pertaining to the use of deadly force.
Explain potential criminal and civil legal actions that may be taken against you subsequent to a defensive encounter.
Explain where you may find detailed legal information for their specific jurisdiction.

LSN IV: Strategies For Home Safety And Responding To A Violent Confrontation
Explain strategies and methods to your personal safety at home and in public.
Describe strategies for responding to a potentially life-threatening encounter.
Explain the importance of mentally preparing for the aftermath of a violent confrontation.
Explain methods for safely storing a personal protection pistol.

LSN V: Selecting A Pistol For Self Defense
Identify the criteria for selecting a pistol and ammunition suited to your individual self-defense needs.
Identify major cartridge designs available for practice and personal protection and explain the use, advantages, and disadvantages of each type.

LSN VI: Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities
Successfully complete the NRA Personal Protection In The Home Course written examination.
The course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.

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NRA Personal Protection in the Home

I wish to enroll in the NRA Personal Protection in the Home (PPIH) Course. The PPIH Course focuses on the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family. The course is at least eight-hours long including classroom and range time. The course fee of $220 covers classroom/range instruction, materials, targets, hearing & eye protection. I will be invoiced separately. Range fees, ammunition, gun rentals are not included. I am a law abiding citizen who can legally possess a firearm. I understand this is not a beginner’s course. I meet the prerquisite training (I specified in notes below) or am willing to undergo a pre course assessment or training before the class to become qualified (again noted below). Understanding that half the course is conducted outside, I will bring/wear a hat with brim and weather/shooting appropriate clothing. I will also bring a safe & functioning pistol in .380 or greater caliber, at least one spare magazine, a hard shell strongside hip holster and 125 rounds of ammunition for that firearm.
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