NRA Basic Personal Protection – Outside

Unlike the other basic courses, the Personal Protection course 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 outside the Home course is designed around the use of the defensive pistol.

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection outside the Home handbook and intensive lessons on basics of defensive shooting, issues of self-defense, and other strategies for protecting your family, when away from your home.

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.”


  1. Introduction to Concealed Carry Safety and the Defensive Mindset
  2. Introduction to Self-Defense with Concealed Carry
  3. Legal Aspect and Concealment
  4. Carry Modes and Concealment
  5. Presenting the Pistol from Concealment, Position, and Movement

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course is an intermediate level shooting course on how to use a firearm for self-defense, which introduces the students to the knowledge, skills, and attitude involved in safely, responsibly, and effectively employing a concealed pistol for self-defense.


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 partcipants 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 that lends itself to horseplay and distractions.

Course Completion

Students will be given feedback on their shooting exercises, and a 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. Throughout the course the instructor will use a individual checklist for each student to ensure the coverage of course material, and satisfactory absorption of the material being taught.

Class Materials Needed

  • Paper, pen or pencil, highlighter
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Holster appropriate and range safe
  • Gun
  • Magazines minimum of 2 preferable 3, magazine holder for your belt
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Gun Acceptable Calibers 
    • 380 auto-9mm-38 special-40 cal-44 special-45 cal
  • Ammunition (min 200 rounds)


The following Business or individuals have contacted the Custer Sportsmen’s Club and presented insurance and certificates of instruction as well as willingness to teach this class. Custer Sportsmen’s Club has authorize these vendors to use the Custer Sportsmen’s Club Facilities to teach this course.

Content of the course is determined by the individual vendor and is not determined by the Custer Sportsmen’s Club.

For information from a particular instructor contact information is below:

Custer Firearms Academy Rick Naslund 360-303-9519.

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