NRA Basic Personal Protection In the Home



This course focuses on the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family. Students can also learn about their right to self-defense as a law-abiding citizen.

During the eight-hour course, an NRA Certified Instructor will teach students basic defensive shooting skills, how to respond to a violent confrontation, and strategies for home safety. Specific state firearms and home defense laws are taught by an individual certified in the state that the course is taught (such as an attorney or police officer). Not sure which gun is right for you and your home? You can learn how to choose a handgun for self-defense, along with continued opportunities to expand your skills. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during the live fire portion of the class. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.


  • 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


In order to take this course, students must be law-abiding adults (at least 21 years) and have experience with a firearm. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, Concealed Carry Permit, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment ( 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).

December 1st, 2013 Class

Course Title: NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home
Class Date/Time: Sunday, December 1, 2013 8:45 AM
Register By: Friday, November 29, 2013
Cost: $125.00
Initial Deposit: $25.00
Address: ABQ Shooting Range Park
16001 Shooting Range Access Rd.
Albuquerque, NM 87120