This course covers the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the
safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, provides
information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.
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.
Course run time: Approximately 8 hours.
Prerequisites: The NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course participants must
be law abiding adults (at least 21 years old), and experienced shooters able to show mastery
of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning
the firearm. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol
Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with
pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.
Note: The Lesson III of the Personal Protection In and Outside The Home courses,
Firearms and the Law, and Legal Aspects of Self-Defense, is conducted by an
attorney licensed to practice law within the state in which this course is given and
who is familiar with this area of the law, a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) who
possesses an intermediate or higher Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
certificate granted within the state, or an individual currently certified to instruct in
this area of the law by the state in which this course is presented.
Live ammunition is never allowed in classrooms.