Pistol, Defensive (NRA)

Category: Firearms Training
Price: $ 235.00

Duration:  8 hours

Description: This is one of the most challenging classes with just a 30% pass rate intended to provide advanced pistol training. This is an option for students who achieved successful completion of the NRA Basic Pistol or FIRST Steps Pistol courses. The goal is for your Instructor to guide you through this training to the point at which you have accomplished each objective and become qualified to receive a course completion certificate. 100% hits on target is required to pass. If you do not pass the first time, work on it. You may retest when you are ready. Additional time is charged per training hour, plus shooter's range and ammunition expenses.

We will cover:

  • Importance of concealed carry and ethics
  • Safety and concealed carry
  • Concealment principles
  • Presenting the gun – holstering
  • Mental awareness and preparations
  • Confrontation avoidance
  • Physio/psycho reactions
  • Defensive shooting and gun handling skills
  • A look at pocket pistols

Special Equipment Requirements

Optional equipment:

  • Baseball type hat
  • Extra water and/or ‘ade’ drink; two gallons might get you through a summer day
  • Sunscreen


  • Proof of experience; should already be sent in
  • Closed neck shirts
  • Compression or high impact sports bra for women
  • Close toed shoes
  • Eye & Ear Protection* – if you have electronic ears, this is the class to bring them to as you will be getting and giving a substantial amount of instruction on the range
  • Handgun – .38 Special/9mm; typically, the one you plan to carry most often. Preferably not a sub-compact for this particular class. Bring more than one if you want
  • Strong Side Hip Holster – EXTERNAL only; made specifically for your model of handgun. Due to the constant holstering, you will not use another type in this class
  • Quality belt to hold the holster in place. Dress for practical, not fashion
  • Magazines or speedloaders – two are required, three is better
  • Magazine/Speedloader Pouch
  • Concealment clothing – one open front (jacket), one closed (T/sweatshirt), a vest, “over shirt”, or what you wear. Bring more, practice with more
  • 150 rounds of ammunition minimum; for drill and qualification. There is a 100% hit requirement to qualify. You may refire only once per day. Bring more ammunition, shoot more
  • Dummy rounds; 3-5 will do*
  • Firearms Cleaning Kit with clear eye protection
  • Firearm(s) Owner’s Manual
  • An expectation of fun and learning

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NOTICE! This is a new registration system. Even if you've taken a class with us before, you'll have to create a new account.