NRA Personal Protection in the Home

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NRA Personal Protection In the Home
Unlike the other basic courses, the Personal Protection In The Home course covers defensive shooting. Self-defense is a topic somewhat distinct from the regular topic of shooting fundamentals; it covers mindset, legal issues, decision-making under pressure, and planning for the worst.

The Basic Personal Protection in the Home course is designed around the use of the defensive pistol. Students will receive the NRA Guide To The Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook and intensive lessons on basics of defensive shooting, issues of self-defense, and other strategies for protecting the home and family.

What does the class consist of?

Although the course can be completed as quickly as eight hours, the amount of information presented, and the probability of intensive question and answer sessions on the included topics, make it likely that the course will take longer.

Course Goal
“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 to provide information on the law – abiding citizen’s right to self-defense.”

Handgun, at least .380 caliber – .45ACP (You must bring a handgun to take the class!)
Three magazines (preferred), 100 rounds of factory made ammunition, eye and ear protection


  1. Introduction to Defensive Shooting
  2. Basic Defensive 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 Personal Defense
  6. Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities
  7. Course Review and Examination

Participants in the Personal Protection In The Home course should be experienced shooters, showing proficiency of the basic skills of safe gun handling. If necessary, this course will put participants through a pre-course evaluation exercise, where potential students are asked to demonstrate safe gun handling, shoot a series of five-shot groups, discuss the operations necessary to zero a pistol, and demonstrate how to properly clean a handgun.

Participants are expected to show proof of shooting experience by showing an NRA Basic Pistol Course certificate, an NRA Pistol Marksmanship Qualification Program certificate, a Pistol qualification card, a DD 214 showing pistol qualification, or an IL Concealed Carry Permit.

Finally, the Personal Protection course is intended for mature law-abiding adults, who have the mindset and seriousness necessary to properly perform the activities in the course.

Course Completion
Students will receive feedback on the practical exercises conducted during the course and an NRA certificate upon completion. There is a written test on the lesson material at the end of the course.

Can I register now for the class?

Yes, check the Training Calendar for upcoming dates.  Or register here.

What is the fee for the class?

The class fee for the NRA Personal Protection in the Home Class is $150.

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