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NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Course 


The NRA Personal Protection OUTSIDE the Home (PP2) is the next level up from NRA PersonalBest Handgun Training Shooting at the Range Protection INSIDE Personal Protection Outside The Home Course Handbookthe Home. The primary focus of this course is the effective use of a concealed handgun for self defense on the street. Included are chapters on concealment techniques and devices, presenting the handgun from concealment, utilizing cover and concealment outdoors. This innovative course includes presentation and movement, point shooting, instinctive shooting, low-light shooting, engaging multiple targets and one-hand shooting.

These skills and others presented in this course form the core shooting skills used to counter a life-threatening attack outside the home.Concealed Carry Shooting Skills

Personal Protection Outside The Home Techniques with Best Handgun TrainingThe course is divided into two levels: Basic PP2 and ADVANCED PP2. The Basic Level covers presentation from a concealed holster (or purse), shooting from cover, shooting one-handed, and point shooting. The Advanced level includes moving while shooting, shooting from low cover, shooting from sitting, turning, prone, low-light and hip-shooting (called the "speed rock"). In total there are seven segments including Strategies for Personal Safety Outside the Home; Carrying a Concealed Handgun and Presenting from Concealment; Developing Basic Defensive Shooting Skills; Developing Concealed Carry Skills; plus the all-important Self-Defense and the Law. The course is a hands-on program with both levels encompassing fourteen hours of classroom and range instruction.

This is an intermediate/advanced handgun course.

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This Basic Course of Personal Protection Outside The Home course is approximately 9 hours long.


The NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home course must be completed prior to taking a course of Personal Protection Outside The Home.

Course Introduction:   

The NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home Course introduces students to the knowledge, skills and attitude involved in safely, responsibly and effectively employing a concealed pistol for self defense. This is an intensive course, as the student must learn and practice many diverse shooting skills in order to respond quickly and appropriately to the broad range of threats he or she may encounter outside the home. Similarly, the student must also learn and understand the unique safety and legal issues that apply when a concealed pistol is carried in public. The course covers the legal ramifications of concealed carry, including who can legally carry a pistol, when concealed carry is and is not permitted, the legal and ethical ramifications when responding when responding to a life-threatening encounter using a concealed pistol, and the legal, moral, emotional, and social aftermath of the use of deadly force outside the home.

Lesson I - Introduction to Concealed Carry Safety and the Defensive Mindset

       A. Tool of Last Resort
            1. Imminent Danger
            2. Capability of Using Deadly Force
            3. Capability of Using Mature Judgment
       B. NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling
       C. NRA Rules for Using or Storing a Gun
       D. Special Safety Considerations
       E. Safe Firearm Storage
       F. Mental Awareness

Lesson II - Introduction to Self Defense and Concealed Carry

A. Mindset
B. Avoiding Confrontations Outside the Home
C. Responding to an Attack Outside the Home
D. Differences Between Armed Self-Defense Inside and Outside the Home
E. If You Must Shoot
F. Once Your Attacker is Down
G. The Aftermath of a Defensive Shooting
1. Emotional
2. Legal
3. Social
Lesson III - Legal Aspects of Concealed Carry and Self Defense

      A. Concealed Carry Permits 
      B. Use of Deadly Force Outside the Home
      C. Potential Legal Aftermath of Using Justified Deadly Force
      D. Obtaining Additional Legal Information and Choosing an Attorney


Lesson IV - Carry Modes and Pistol Concealment

     A. Concealed Carry Requirements
          1. Concealment
          2. Access
          3. Retention
          4. Comfort
     B. Concealed Carry Holsters and other Devices
     C. Principles of Concealed Carry


Lesson V - Presenting the Pistol from Concealment

     A. Range Safety Briefing
       B. Presenting the Pistol
            1. Live-Fire Exercise
       C. Presenting the Pistol from Concealment
            1. Live-Fire Exercise

Lesson VI - Presentation, Position, and Movement

      A. Present the Pistol from Standing and Move to a High Barricade
           1. Dry-Fire Exercise
           2. Live-Fire Exercise
B. Present the Pistol using Dominant Hand Only
           1. Dry-Fire Exercise
           2. Live-Fire Exercise
C. Present the Pistol using the Two-Handed Point Shooting Technique
           1. Dry-Fire Exercise
           2. Live-Fire Exercise
D. Present the Pistol Using the One-Handed Point Shooting Technique
           1. Dry-Fire Exercise
           2. Live-Fire Exercise

Lesson VII - Special Shooting Techniques

    A. Speed Reloads
B. Stoppages and Immediate Action Drills
C. Presenting the Pistol using the Strong Hand Only Hip Shooting Technique
        1. Dry-Fire Exercise
2. Live-Fire Exercise
D. Presenting the Pistol and Moving Rearward
1. Dry-Fire Exercise
2. Live-Fire Exercise
E. Presenting the Pistol from Standing to Kneeling Behind a Low Barricade
1. Dry-Fire Exercise
2. Live-Fire Exercise
F. Presenting Pistol from Standing to Squatting
1. Dry-Fire Exercise
2. Live-Fire Exercise
G. Presenting the Pistol, Moving to Low Barricade & Firing from Kneeling or Squatting Position 
    H. Presenting Pistol from Sitting to Standing
1. Dry-Fire Exercise
2. Live-Fire Exercise
I. Turning 90 Degrees to the Left and Right and Presenting the Pistol from Standing
1. Dry-Fire Exercise
2. Live-Fire Exercise
J. Turning 180 Degrees to the Target, Turning to Left & Right, Presenting Pistol from Standing
1. Dry-Fire Exercise
2. Live-Fire Exercise
K. Presenting the Pistol and Engaging a Target at Extended Range
1. Live-Fire Exercise
L. Presenting the Pistol and Engaging a Target Under Low Light Conditions
1. Live-Fire Exercise

Lesson VIII - Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities

     A. Shooting Activities
     B. Additional Training Opportunities

Lesson IX - Course Review and Examination

    A. Review Lessons
     B. Short written examination
     C. NRA Certifications


The cost of this Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home course is $300.00 per person and includes lesson materials and certificate. The student will supply the firearm, ammunition, eye and ear protection.

An additional course is offered for the 5 hour Advanced Personal Protection Outside The Home.  Ask your Best Handgun Training instructor for additional details.







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