NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course

Date: T.B.A.

Cost: $149


Prerequisites: (must have one of the following)

     1.) NRA Basic Pistol Certificate

     2.) First Steps Pistol Certificate

     3.) NRA Competitive Shooting Qualification Card

     4.) Current or Former Military (DD -214) with Pistol Qualification

     5.) Concealed Carry Permit

     6.) Passing the pre-course assessment


The NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home Course exposes students to several schools of thought regarding defensive shooting techniques and is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state or local law. This course is much more than just a routine shooting course and it’s important that participants have sufficient maturity and life experiences to be able to assess various situations and make mature decisions. Before taking this course students must have proof of shooting experience that includes one of the prerequisites listed above. 

Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety, and responding to a violent confrontation. The shooting portion of this course is about Defensive Accuracy, which is a balance between speed and accuracy. Students shoot as fast as they can while still hitting the target every time. Factors that bear on speed or accuracy are the distance to the target and the target size. For example, a close in (1-21 feet) large target can be engaged with multiple hits in seconds without slowing down to obtain perfect sight alignment and have every shot on the target. The opposite is a 25-yard shot, which requires the shooter to slow down and use perfect sight alignment and possibly a supported position.

The Course Goal of the NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course is to develop in the students the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family and provide information on the law-abiding citizen’s right to self defense.

The length of this course is a minimum of 8 hours. There are 7 course lessons and they are the following: 

  1. Introduction to Defensive Shooting.
  2. Basic Defense Handgun Skills.
  3. Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership and the Use of Deadly Force.
  4. Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation.
  5. Selecting a Handgun for Self-Defense.
  6. Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities.
  7. Course Review and Examination.