The NRA Defensive Pistol Course will focus on the techniques needed to develop a defensive mindset. The goal of the course will be to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and with confidence. As a result of participating in this course, the student will be able to explain and demonstrate the following: How to apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling when carrying a concealed firearm, basic principles of concealment, the difference between cover and concealment, drawing from the holster, levels of mental awareness, developing the proper mindset when using a pistol for personal protection, clearing common stoppages, and more.

Course Length: Approximately 4 to 5 hours

The following topics will be reviewed in the course:

-The importance of carrying and using a pistol responsibly and ethically for personal protection
-How the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling are applied to concealed carry
-Basic principles of concealment
-Presenting a pistol – reholster
-Mental awareness
-Mental preparation to develop a defensive mindset for carrying and using a pistol for personal protection
-Techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations
-Explain the psychological and physiological changes that may occur during an attack
-Flash sight picture
-Reloading under stress
-Clear common stoppages
-Cover and concealment
-Presenting a pistol from concealment and shoot targets at varying distances
-…..and more

Participant equipment requirements:

-Pistol- minimum calibers, .38 Special or 9mm.
-Three magazines or speed loaders
-Strong side holster; magazine holders or speed loader pouch
-Minimum 200 rounds of factory ammunition
-Clothing appropriate for concealed carry
-Eye and ear protection

Course Pre-requisites:

-NRA Basic Pistol, NRA FIRST Steps Pistol course or other certified pistol training
-Participant must be 21 years of age or older

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