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NRA Defensive Pistol Course -  Click here to register.

Time Required
:  9 to 10 hours + 1.5 hours round trip to range

Who should attend
?  This is not a course for inexperienced shooters.  Students who cannot upon registration, keep at least 90% of shots on a sheet of typing paper at 21 feet will probably not successfully complete the course.  This is a very basic concealed carry course.  It is appropriate for those who are or are thinking about legally carrying in public places but are not safe and competent when presenting a pistol from concealment and delivering accurate shots at distances from 3 to 10 yards.

:  Develop the knowledge, skills and attitude to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and with confidence.

  $50    Course fee:    $225 

Certificate Issued:  Yes if the student can shoot the 34 round qualification course and keep all 34 rounds inside the scoring ring on the FBI Qualification target or the NRA D1 target.

Complete a basic pistol shooting course.  If you cannot handle a pistol safely and keep your shots on a sheet of typing paper at 21 feet you are not ready for this course.
Attend the SMFTS Firearms and the Law class.  No certificates issued until you take this class.
3.     If you have yet attended the SMFTS Firearms and the Law class you must provide a copy of one of the following documents either by e-Mail attachment of hard copy on the day of the class.
      Valid carry license from any state
      Military ID card
      Law Enforcement ID card
      State employee ID card
      Armed Security Guard ID card
      Receipt for purchase of a firearm from an FFL dealer within the last 5 years.

Student equipment
:   Note paper, pencil or pen
Eye and ear protection
Baseball cap
Centerfire pistol for which your strong side thumb can reach the magazine release

Rigid holster (kydex or reinforced leather)  Must retain its shape when empty.

Good pistol belt

Magazine pouch
at least 3 magazines

at least 300 rounds of professionally manufactured ammunition

Water and

Learning Objectives:
Lesson 1
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
Present a pistol and reholster  

Lesson 2
Mental awareness
Mental preparation, developing a defensive mindset for carrying/using a pistol for personal protection
Techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations
Explain the psychological and physiological changes that may occur during an attack  

Lesson 3
Flash sight picture
Reload under stress
Clear common stoppages – immediate action drills
Present a pistol from concealment and reholster
Understand the difference between and shoot from Cover and Concealment  

Lesson 4
Present a pistol from concealment and shoot targets at varying distances
Move off the line of attack and shoot
Qualify for the NRA Defensive Pistol Certificate  

Lesson 5 (optional)
Pocket Pistols