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NRA Basic Personal Protection Inside the Home


Unlike the other basic courses, the Personal Protection course from Best Handgun Training covers defensive shooting. Self-defense is a topic somewhat distinct from the regular diet 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.

This course takes about eight hours, depending on the class size.

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


  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 course should be experienced shooters, showing mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling. If necessary, this course will put participant's 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. Self-defense is not a topic where distractions are tolerated.

Course Completion

Instructors will provide feedback on the shooting exercises, and issue an NRA 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.

To view the current Personal Protection Inside The Home schedule of courses, click here

If you would like to schedule a course which is not on the current calendar, send an email or call Best Handgun Training at (916) 295-8489.

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This Personal Protection Inside The Home course is approximately 8 hours long.

The cost of this course is $250.00 per person and includes lesson materials and certificate. The student will supply the firearm, ammunition, eye and hearing protection. 




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