NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Classes

NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Class

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The NRA's Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Course is an intermediate-level shooting course on how to use a firearm for self-defense & requires students to have already mastered safe gun handling & basic marksmanship skills prior to attending the course.  


The goal of the NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home course is to develop in students the knowledge, skills, & attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations & for the safe, effective, responsible, & ethical use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home.

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Course

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The goal of the NRA's Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Course is to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Course. 

NRA's Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Course

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NOTE TO PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE HOME INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATES:  


          Successful completion of the NRA Basic/Advanced Personal Protection Outside the Home Class is a prerequisite to the NRA PPOH Instructor Course.  

          Package Pricing is Available! 


We offer a Ladies -Only class once per month.


Course Overview:


The NRA's Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Course is an intermediate-level shooting course on how to use a firearm for self-defense & requires students to have already mastered safe gun handling & basic marksmanship skills prior to attending the course.  


The goal of the NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home course is to develop in students the knowledge, skills, & attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations & for the safe, effective, responsible, & ethical use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home.


In this intensive course, you will learn & practice many diverse shooting skills in order to respond quickly & appropriately to the broad range of threats you may encounter outside your home.


We will cover the legal ramifications of concealed carry, including who can legally carry a pistol, when concealed carry is & is not permitted, the legal & ethical ramifications when responding to a life-threatening encounter using a concealed pistol, & the legal, moral, emotional, & social aftermath of the use of deadly force outside the home. 


This course is 2 days.  All book-work will be completed on Day 1.  All shooting will be completed on Day 2.  Please be prepared for extended range time.


A Ladies-Only class is offered at least once per month.


Prerequisites:


  • This course builds upon the knowledge, skills, & attitude learned in the NRA Basic Pistol & Basics of Personal Protection Inside the Home classes.  Participants  must understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, & must know & observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations.


  • You must have successfully completed the NRA Basics of Personal Protection Inside the Home class.  If not taken with DSLLC, we will need a copy of your completion certificate.


          OR


  • IF you do not plan to become an NRA Certified Instructor, you may take a Pre-Course Evaluation.  This Pre-Course evaluation includes the following:
    • Take the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In the Home Basic Student Examination & score 88% or higher.  This will be conducted as a closed-book exam.
    • State & demonstrate the 3 NRA Fundamental Rules for Safe Gun Handling.
    • Demonstrate the proper loading, cocking, uncocking, & unloading procedures with a revolver & semi-automatic pistol & dummy cartridges, including the pistol you will use during the course.
    • Demonstrate the ability to shoot two 5-shot groups, nine-inch or smaller, in the middle of a target from a 2-handed standing position at a distance of 21 feet, using the pistol you will use during the course.  This exercise will include:  A dry-firing exercise checking for safe handling & correct form; A live-fire exercise loading & firing one cartridge at a time (5 shots); A live-fire exercise (loading & firing 5 cartridges at your own pace).
    • Failure to successfully complete the prerequisites will result in the forfeiture of your deposit due to the time & expenses involved for the NRA Training Counselor to conduct these tests.  


Lessons in the Personal Protection Outside the Home course include:


  • Introduction to Concealed Carry Safety & the Defensive Mindset
    • Gun Owner's Responsibilities
    • The Importance of carrying & using a pistol responsibly & ethically for personal protection outside the home
    • How the 3 NRA Findamental Rules for safe gun handling apply when carrying or using a concealed pistol outside the home
    • How the NRA rules for using or 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 4 levels of awareness & how they apply to concealed carry outside the home.


  • Introduction to Self-Defense & Concealed Carry
    • The importance of mental preparation & developing the proper mindset for carrying & using a pistol for personal protection & facing a life-threatening encounter outside the home
    • Techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations outside the home
    • The psychological & physiological changes that may occur during an attack
    • The differences between having a firearm for personal protection in the home & carrying a pistol for personal protection outside the home
    • Techniques for controlling & responding to a violent encounter outside the home
    • The emotional, legal, & social aftermath of a defensive shooting outside the home


  • Legal Aspects of Concealed Carry & Self-Defense
    • Explain the general rights & restrictions under laws permitting the carrying of concealed pistols for self-defense
    • State key legal provisions & restrictions pertaining to the use of deadly force outside the home
    • Explain potential criminal & civil legal actions that may be taken subsequent to a defensive encounter outside the home
    • Explain where students may find detailed legal information for their specific jurisdiction


  • Carry Modes & Pistol Concealment
    • Identify various pistol concealed carry modes & the benefits & limitations of each
    • Explain the basic principles of pistol concealment as they relate to the carrying of a pistol for self-defense outside the home


  • Presenting the Pistol from Concealment
    • Explain & demonstrate the technique for safely presenting a concealed pistol & reholstering


  • Presentation, Position, & Movement
    • Present a concealed pistol & shoot targets in center of mass:
      • After moving to a high barricade
      • Engaging 2 targets
      • Using aimed fire techniques with the dominant hand only
      • Using point shooting technique with 2 hands
      • Using point shooting technique with the dominant hand only


  • Special Shooting Techniques (Advanced class exercises)
    • Present a concealed pistol, conduct speed reloading, clear pistol stoppages, & shoot targets in center of mass:
      • Using hip shooting techniques with the shooting hand only
      • Moving readward, stopping & shooting
      • From standing to kneeling behind a low barricade
      • From Standing to squatting behind a low barricade
      • Moving to a low barricade, then kneeling or squatting
      • From sitting to standing
      • From standing, turning left/right 90 degrees to the target
      • From standing, turning left/right 180 degrees to the target
      • Engaging a target at extended range
      • Shooting under low light conditions


  • Sport Shooting Activities & Training Opportunities
    • Identify organizations, associations, clubs, & businesses that may help you hone, enhance, & expand personal protection skills
    • Explain methods & precautions for dry-fire practice, including drawing from a holster

You will need to provide:

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  • A notebook
  • A pen & highlighter
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Your pistol (The NRA recommends a minimum of 9 mm for semi-auto & .38 Special for revolver.  But bring what you can safely & reliably shoot.)
  • Strong side hip holster or concealed carry purse
  • Your pistol owner's manual, if you have one
  • 250 Rounds of ammunition (minimum)*
  • Speedloaders or magazines
  • Speedloader/magazine holders
  • Concealed carry clothing (jacket, sport coat, or vest)
  • Knee pads


* Ammunition can be provided for an additional fee, or you may bring your own.


You may bring more ammunition if you desire. You can fire more than the minimum rounds if time permits.

Reminders:

Defensive Specialties, LLC requires any student under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  For shooting classes, students must be at least 8 years old due to the rules at our range. 


Ladies:  If you are pregnant or nursing, we will require a written doctor's authorization allowing you to shoot & handle ammunition. 


Shooting exercises are conducted at an outdoor range. Please dress appropriately.  Eye & ear protection is required.  We recommend a high-necked shirt.  Hot brass can blister.  Flip-flops, sandals, & bare feet will not be allowed.  You must wear full-coverage shoes such as tennis shoes. 


Only "dummy" ammunition is allowed in the classroom.


Class Materials, Completion Certificates, Lunches, & Range Fees are included in the course fee.  


There is a (minimum) non-refundable $50.00 deposit required for registration.  If you are unable to attend the class after registering, this deposit will be applied to your next registration.


While you will see classes set up in the calendar, our schedule is flexible.  Please contact us if you have a specific date in mind & a different class is listed.  We will try to work with your schedule.


Family, Group, & Multi-Class Discounts are available.  Gift certificates are available. 


A Ladies-Only class is offered once per month.

We offer the Basic/Advanced class at least once per month.  A Ladies Only class is available once per month.  (Other dates can be set up.)


The Instructor course is offered once per month in conjunction with a Basic/Advanced class.

NRA's Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Course

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The goal of the NRA's Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Course is to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Course. 


This course is offered once per month in conjunction with the Basic/Advanced PPOH class.

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Course Overview:

This class consists of 3 parts over 3-4 days:    


The Basic/Advanced Personal Protection Outside the Home class (see above for detailed information)

  

  • We offer this class in conjunction with the Instructor course to save you gas, etc.  But other dates can be set up if that does not work with your schedule. If you have already taken the Basic/Advanced PPOH classes, we will need a copy of your  completion certificates. 
  • We complete all prerequisites immediately after this class. (See below.)

Basic Instructor Training (BIT)  If you have taken BIT within the last 2 years, please let us know.  This will reduce your class by one day. If it has been longer than 2 years, you will need to take it again.


NRA PPOH Instructor Training 


Prerequisites:  




Lessons in the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Course include:    


  • NOTE:  The focus of instructor training for NRA PPOH is on safely presenting &  reholstering of the pistol.  Lessons I through IV & VIII are similar to the PPIH lessons which you already teach.


  • Introduction of NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Course Lesson Plans   


  • Teaching Basics of PPOH Lesson V:  Presenting the Pistol from Concealment   


  • Teaching Basics of PPOH Lesson VI:  Presentation, Position, & Movement 

  

  • Teaching Basics of PPOH Lesson VII:  Special Shooting Techniques  


You will need to provide: 


  • A notebook   
  • A pen & different colored highlighter than you used in the Basic/Advanced class   
  • Your Basics of PPOH Handbook (Provided during the Basic PPOH class)
  • A 1-1/2" 3-ring binder   
  • Eye & ear protection   
  • Your pistol   
  • Your pistol owner's manual, if you have one   
  • 300 Rounds of ammunition (minimum)**   
  • Extra speedloaders and magazines 
  • Extra speedloader &  magazine pouches   
  • Holster (& holster purse, if appropriate)   
  • Concealed carry clothing   
  • Knee pads   
  • Welding goggles or very dark sunglasses
  • Shooting mat or ground cover      


**You may bring more ammunition if you desire.  You can fire more than 300 rounds if time permits.  This minimum is IN ADDITION to what you'll need for the Basic/Advanced class.

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Reminders:

Package pricing includes the Basic/Advanced PPOH Class, BIT (if necessary), the PPOH Instructor Course, Lunches & Range Fees.  


If you have already taken the Basic/Advanced class, let us know.  This will reduce your course fee & save you a day.   We will need a copy of your certificates.  If it has been longer than 2 years since your Basic/Advanced PPOH class, you will be required to shoot the Basic Pre-Course evaluation as a safety/knowledge precaution.


If you have had BIT within the last 2 years, this will reduce your time by a day. (We don't charge for BIT, so, no, it won't save you any on the class fee.  Sorry...)  If it has been at least 2 years since you last took BIT, you will need to take it again.


Only "dummy" ammunition is allowed in the classroom.  


A minimum of 4 people must register in order for an Instructor class to hold.  Registration ends 72 hours before the class starts. 


Shooting exercises are conducted at an outdoor range.  Please dress appropriately.  Eye & ear protection is required.  We recommend a high-necked shirt.  Hot brass can blister.  Flip-flops, sandals, and bare feet will not be allowed.  You must wear full-coverage shoes such as tennis shoes.  


NRA Processing/Certification Fees are not included.  You will pay this directly to the NRA after your class is completed.  


  • Fees for your first NRA Instructor certification are $30 for NRA Members & $50 for Non-NRA Members.            
  • Additional NRA Instructor certifications are $10 for NRA Members & $20 for Non-NRA Members.
  • Certifications are valid for 2 years.  All certifications will expire on the same date.  
  • Re-certification fees are a flat $30 for NRA Members & $50 for Non-NRA Members.  (You do NOT have to take the class again.)       

There is a $50 (minimum) non-refundable deposit required for registration.  If you are unable to attend the class after registering, this deposit will be applied to your next registration.  

JOIN THE NRA

If you would like to join the NRA, you may click on the link to the right to go to the NRA website or you may sign up during your class.  Either way, you'll save $10 off the regular sign-up fee.  This $10 discount is in addition to the many benefits of belonging to the NRA.

  
What are the benefits of joining the NRA? 


  • Discounts at over 6,000 hotels & motels nationwide
  • Discounts at several different car rental companies
  • Discounts at many other companies such as LifeLock, mortgage/real estate/moving services
  • Discounts at TLC Laser Eye Centres
  • Invitation to apply for No Annual Fee Visa® card with 0% intro APR
  • Legislative updates
  • Subscription to your choice of four award-winning NRA membership magazines
  • 24/7 defense of your firearm freedoms

For NRA Instructor Candidates:  Your NRA Certification Fees will be less!   

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