Personal Protection In The Home...

About The Course

Looking for the next step in advanced training? Self-defense is a topic somewhat distinct from the regular training of shooting fundamentals. It can cover 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.

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.”
—NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home Course Lesson Plans


  • Introduction to Defensive Shooting
  • Basic Defensive Handgun Skills
  • Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force
  • Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation
  • Selecting a Handgun for Personal Defense
  • Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities
  • Course Review and Examination

Participants in the Personal Protection course should be experienced shooters, showing mastery 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 validation of shooting experience by showing an NRA Basic Pistol Course certificate, an NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program certificate, a Pistol qualification card, a DD 214 card with pistol qualification, or a 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 be given feedback on their shooting exercises, and a certificate upon successful completion of the lessons. Not only are shooting standards fired during the practical exercises, but a written exam will be given at the end of the course. Throughout the course the instructor will use a individual checklist for each student to ensure the coverage of course material, and satisfactory absorption of the material being taught.

Class: NRA Personal Protection In the Home
Instructor: Joel Parks / Dan Smith

  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • NRA Personal Protection In the Home
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Concealed Carry Instructors (Missouri, Florida)

Phone: 636-464-4867
Class Fees: $250.00

Class Times: 6:00-10:00pm (Both Nights)

Currently Scheduled Classes: Instructor Joel Parks / Dan Smith
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Class dates and times are subject to change.
Please contact this instructor for class availability.