This course reviews the concept of defensive shooting. The student needs to have an understanding of the fundamentals of shooting before taking this course. Asides from basic tactical drills, the course goes over a variety of important concepts, such as developing the proper mindset for a life threatening encounter, creating strategies for home safety, understanding the your rights pertaining to use-of force incidents, and mentally dealing with the aftermath of an encounter.

Learning Objectives: Various topics will be covered at length; Introduction to Defensive Shooting, Basic Defensive Handgun Skills, Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force, Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation, Selecting a Handgun for Self-Defense, Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities.

Textbook and course material are provided. It is recommended that the student have 98 rounds of factory loaded ammunition. If, for an extra fee, a handgun and ammunition needs to be provided, please provide advanced notification.

Pre-requisites: NRA Basic Pistol Certificate, NRA First Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

The Pre-Course Assessment includes the following: Demonstrate safe gun handling at all times, both on and off the range with the pistol the student will use during the course. Afterwards, you must state and demonstrate the three fundamental Rules for Safe Gun Handling. Finally, you must demonstrate the proper loading, cocking, uncocking, and unloading procedures with the pistol and dummy cartridges the student will use during the course.

Demonstrate the ability to shoot groups with a pistol from a supported position at a distance of 15 feet. The student must shoot three five-shot groups, each of which can be covered by a circle nine inches in diameter, anywhere on the blank target. Zero a pistol from a supported position at 15 feet by shooting a five-shot group on a bullseye target, then determining the sight adjustment needed to move the group to the center, making the sight change, and shooting a conforming group. Demonstrate how to properly clean a handgun safely.

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