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 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.


  • Safety
  • Mental Preparation
  • Strategies for Home & Personal Safety
  • Developing Defensive Shooting Skills
  • Firearms, Self Defense and the Law
  • Selecting Firearms, ammunition & Accessories
  • Participants will learn and Experience:
  • 2 Live Fire Practice Sessions
  • Defensive Shooting Safety
  • Firearms Storage
  • Awareness
  • Defensive Mindset
  • Center of Exposed Mass
  • Defensive Accuracy
  • Shooting Positions
  • Flash Sight Picture
  • Point Shooting
  • Multiple Shots
  • Breaking Tunnel Vision, & Auditory Exclusion
  • Multiple Assailants
  • Cover vs. Concealment
  • Movement
  • Reloads
  • Malfunctions
  • Dry Fire Practice
  • Discussion to include:
  • Making Yourself Safer
  • Making Your Home Safer
  • Safe Room
  • Confronting an Intruder
  • Aftermath of a Shooting
  • Self Defense and the Law
  • Selecting a Firearm for Personal Protection
  • Selecting Ammunition for Personal Protection
  • Purchase, Transfer & Possession of Firearms
  • Use of Deadly Force
  • Potential Criminal & Civil Actions
  • There will be no shooting from the holster.


Handgun :.38, 9mm or larger caliber handgun, 200 rounds of ammo, Hearing protection, eye protection, long pants, closed toed shoes

Prerequisites : NRA Basic Pistol, NRA FIRST Steps, or equivalent

The course will be offered to the first 6 participants who sign up. Course fee is $275 (paid in advance, non-refundable).

A minimum of four students is necessary to hold class.

Classes are held the third Saturday and Sunday of each month from 8am till noon. Attendance is required both sessions