NRA Advanced Defensive Pistol Course — Information Page

Next class July 16, 2017 at Pawnee Sportsmens Center East of Ft. Collins, Co near Briggsdale. Register for the class  here.

The Advanced Defensive Pistol class is nothing like any of the other NRA pistol classes. For one thing, there will be no written test. This class is more of a mentoring class with lots of hands-on training, drills and lots of shooting. We will have a maximum of 10 students in the class as opposed to 16 – 20 in some of the other classes I teach in Colorado and Wyoming.

This is the most advanced pistol class in the citizen/non law enforcement NRA curriculum.

It will be important that you have all of your equipment and that you get familiar with it and practice with it as much as possible prior to class. Make sure your pistol is UNLOADED for any gun handling practice and there is no live ammo in the same room.

Here are the course objectives: As a result of participation in this course, you should be able to explain and demonstrate the following:

· The importance of carrying and using a pistol responsibly and lawfully for personal protection
· How the NRA Rules for Safe Gun handling are applied to concealed carry
· Basic principles of concealment
· Presenting a pistol and re-holstering
· Mental awareness
· Mental preparation to develop a defensive mindset for carrying and using a pistol for personal protection
· Techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations
· Explain the psychological and physiological changes that may occur during a violent attack
· Flash sight picture, point shooting and instinctive shooting
· Reloading under stress
· Clearing common stoppages – immediate action drills
· Present a pistol from concealment and re-holster
· Cover and concealment, shooting from behind cover
· Present a pistol from concealment and shoot targets at varying distances
· Moving off the line of attack and shoot
· Qualify for the NRA Defensive Pistol Certificate
· Pocket Pistols, their use, advantages and disadvantages

This class allows the instructor to add additional drills to the above as appropriate.

Don’t be intimidated by any of this. You will know all of the above by the time the class is over, that’s my job, as your instructor.

Prerequisite for this class is NRA Basic Pistol or equivalent. If you have substantial shooting experience and have develped good gun handling practices you’ll probably be OK. All students must be able to lawfully possess a firearm under state and federal law.  If you have not yet attended an NRA Basic Pistol class and would like to do so go to the NRA Search Page to find a class in your area.

Required equipment:

· A pistol that you are familiar with and comfortable with. Preferred calibers: 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 acp. You especially need to be able to load and unload it comfortably, efficiently and quickly, including being able to lock back the slide. Semi-auto is preferred. You can theoretically take this class using a revolver, but semi-autos are much preferred for self defense. One student using a revolver and the rest with semi-autos will slow down the class, so please come to the class with a semi-auto. A different skill set is required for revolvers.  I’d like to offer a revolver only class some time.  Students cannot share pistols; you must have your own. Students may share a pistol but only so long as the pistol does not leave the range with anyone other than the one who owned it when first brought to the range that day. Legal “transfers” must go through an FFL and a background check. Sharing a pistol on the range is not a “transfer.”
· At least two additional magazines (for total of three).
· A magazine pouch that will hold two magazines, either paddle-style or belt pouch.
· A Kydex-type paddle or belt hip holster (strong side hip holster) with no supplemental retention devices (no snaps, thumb breaks, etc.)
· 300 rounds of factory ammunition. Less expensive target rounds are recommended, rather than personal protection ammo. No reloads and no magnum, +P or +P+ loads.
· 4 or 5 snap caps or dummy rounds of the appropriate caliber for your handgun
· Eye protection. Prescription glasses with large lenses are acceptable. Professional safety glasses are better.
· A ball cap with brim in front to protect your face and eyes from hot ejected brass
· Hearing protection. We strongly recommend electronic headsets with microphones. This way you can hear what we are saying without removing your headsets. We strongly discourage the use of foam plugs as they will significantly delay the class, waiting for you to insert them correctly and waiting for them to expand inside your ear before we can shoot.
· A concealment garment such as a vest or light weight jacket that effectively conceals your handgun. Shirts under your jacket or vest must be kept tucked-in for safety reasons.
· A wide and stiff belt to provide rigid support for your holster and magazine/loader pouches
· Cargo pants or tactical duty pants are strongly recommended. The extra pockets are invaluable for empty mags and extra rounds for reloading your mags and loaders while still on the line.
· Wear sport shoes or light weight hiking boots that fit well and allow you to maneuver safely and not roll an ankle. You will be moving forward and backwards, kneeling and crouching with a loaded pistol.
· Bring a pen or pencil for taking notes. We will provide your book and student packet. No advanced study is needed.

If you have any questions or concerns about the equipment listed, or if you are interested in taking this class next time it is offered, please email kdwillis@comcast.net

-Ken Willis