Course Outline

Instructor:       George Emanuel (

 In this NRA certified program students will learn:  Basic defensive shooting skills; Strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation; Firearms and the law; how to choose a handgun for self-defense; and have continued opportunities for skill development.

 Each student 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; Course completion certificate.

The program length is 9 hours. Search the Club Calendar for dates offered.

 Lesson I: Introduction to Defensive Shooting

 Learning Objectives

  •  Explain the importance of using a firearm responsibly and ethically for personal protection.
  • Explain the importance of developing the proper mindset for using a firearm for personal protection and facing a life-threatening encounter.
  • Explain and evaluate their state of mental awareness using the four levels of awareness.
  • Explain the importance of mental preparation and physical training for a potentially life-threatening confrontation.

 Lesson II: Basic Defensive Pistol Skills

 Learning Objectives

  •  Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of defensive marksmanship.
  • Explain defensive accuracy.
  • Shoot targets in the center of mass using aimed shots from a two-handed standing position.
  • Explain the differences between cover and concealment, and identify examples of each.
  • Shoot targets in the center of mass.
  • Using a flash sight picture.
  • Using cover and concealment.
  • From a Kneeling position.
  • At close range using point shooting

Lesson III: Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force

Learning Objectives

  •  Explain key provisions of the law pertaining to the purchase, transfer, and possession of pistols.
  • State key provisions and restrictions within the law pertaining to the use of deadly force in Pennsylvania.
  • Explain potential criminal and civil legal actions that may be taken against the person subsequent to a defensive encounter.
  • Explain where one may find detailed legal information for their specific jurisdiction.

 Lesson IV: Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation

 Learning Objectives

  •  Explain strategies and methods to enhance their personal safety at home.
  • Describe strategies for responding to a potentially life-threatening encounter.
  • Explain the importance of mentally preparing for the aftermath of a violent confrontation.
  • Explain methods for safely storing a personal protection pistol.

Lesson V: Selecting a Pistol for Self-Defense

 Learning Objectives

  • Identify the criteria for selecting a pistol and ammunition suited to their individual self-defense needs.
  • Identify the major cartridge designs available for practice and personal protection and explain the use, advantages, and disadvantages of each type.

Lesson VI: Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities

Learning Objectives

  • Identify organizations, associations, clubs, and businesses that may help them hone, enhance, and expand their personal protection skills.
  • Explain methods and precautions for dry-fire practice.

 Lesson VII: Course Review and Examination

 Learning Objectives

  •  Successfully complete the NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course written examination.
    • Grade and discuss any wrong answers to the 25 questions
    • Graduation (distribute certificates and discipline patch)

 Equipment List – What students must bring:

  •  Firearm in Good Working Condition and Case (If Unsure, Consult a Gunsmith or contact George at to arrange for a loaner firearm)
  • 150 Rounds of Ammunition - MUST BE LEAD (No jacketed ammunition)
  • Semi Auto's - minimum of 2 Magazines
  • Revolvers - recommended to have speed loaders or stripper clips
  • Eye and Ear Protection
  • Appropriate Clothing
  • Lunch

To see the NCCSC calendar for available dates and links to register: CLICK HERE

For more program information, contact the instructor, George Emanuel:

Range Hours

Mon - Fri: 9:00 a.m. - Dusk
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - Dusk
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - Dusk

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