top of page

NRA - Personal Protection Outside the Home

Course Goal:


To teach 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 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). Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA Pistol Competitive shooting Qualification Card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment. 


Student must have to complete this class:


  • Your own Firearm- one of a sufficient caliber and capacity to adequately stop a confrontation.

  • Extra magazines or speed loaders for reloads.

  • Your own ammunition- at least a minimum of 250 rounds.

  • A holster with the trigger guard covered and sufficient retention to retain firearm in holster should you fall down or be in a position that it might fall out. If you plan on carrying your firearm in something else than a belt holster(IWB or OWB), bring it with you so you can practice with this method as well.

  • Magazine or speed loader pouch.

  • Electronic hearing protection and eye protection.


Lesson One:


  • The importance of carrying and using a pistol responsibly and ethically for personal protection outside the home

  • How the three fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling apply when carrying or using a concealed pistol outside the home.

  • How the NRA rules for using and storing a gun apply when carrying or using a concealed pistol outside the home.

  • Special safety considerations that must be observed when carrying or using a concealed pistol outside the home.

  • The various techniques for storing a pistol safely outside the home.

  • The four levels of awareness and how they apply to concealed carry outside the home.


Lesson Two:


  • The importance of mental preparation and developing the proper mindset for carrying and using a pistol for personal protection and facing a life-threatening encounter outside the home.

  • Techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations outside the home.

  • The psychological and physiological changes that may occur during an attack.

  • The differences between having a firearm for personal protection in the home and carrying a pistol for personal protection outside the home.

  • Techniques for controlling and responding to a violent encounter outside the home.

  • The emotional, legal, and social aftermath of a defensive shooting outside the home.


Lesson Three:


  • Explain the general rights and restrictions under laws permitting the   carrying of a concealed pistol for self-defense.

  • State key legal provisions and restrictions pertaining to the use of deadly force outside the home.

  • Explain potential criminal and civil legal actions that may be taken subsequent to a defensive encounter outside the home.

  • Explain where the students may find detailed legal information for their specific jurisdiction.


Course Description:

This is approximately an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 220 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 a course completion certificate. 
Note: Lesson III of this course: 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, or 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. NRA Certified Instructors may conduct this lesson only if they meet the requirements stated above and then only in their capacity as an attorney, or other state certified individual not in their capacity as an NRA Certified Instructor.


Course Completion:


Students will be given feedback on their shooting exercises, and a certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Not only are shooting standards fired during the practical exercises, but a written exam will be given at the end of the course. Throughout the course the instructor will use an individual checklist for each student to ensure the coverage of course material, and satisfactory absorption of the material being taught.


Course Cost:  TBD


PayPal ButtonPayPal Button
bottom of page