NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home – 2020

The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home.  The legal ramifications of using lethal force are covered in detail by a sworn law enforcement officer or attorney who is also a defensive handgun trainer. Individualized attention is assured by assigning each student an experienced defensive handgun coach for the duration of the course.  Both Basic and Advanced Personal Protection Outside The Home are included in this course.
Personal Protection In The Home is a required prerequisite for this course.

Topics Covered:

The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced). Level one is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition requirements are minimum and may be exceeded. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and the appropriate course completion certificates(s), NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home (identifies strong-side hip holster or purse use) certificate, and NRA Advanced Personal Protection Outside The Home certificate.

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations.


  1. Any centerfire handgun in good operating condition that is suitable for self-defense and fires non-magnum ammunition
    • Example: (.357 Magnum pistol O.K. if .38 Special ammunition is used.)
    • Note: NO single shot handguns or Western-style “cowboy” single-action revolvers
  2. A good quality strong side hip holster is a requirement for this class. No inside waistband holsters.
  3. A good quality magazine carrier for 2 extra magazines.
  4. A sturdy belt to hold the holster and magazine carrier in place.
  5. Two extra magazines (Semi-automatics) or speed loaders (revolvers). A total of at least 3 magazines.
  6. Approximately 300 rounds of ammunition.


  1. Eye and ear protection is required on the indoor and outdoor range
  2. You must be a club member (senior or spousal) to enroll
    • Junior members cannot take this course
  3. A non-refundable payment of $250.00 with check or cash is required at registration.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for the 2019 classes are limited to 18 spaces in each of The Personal Protection Outside The Home courses.

To enroll in any course, mail a completed enrollment form along with you payment to Bill Walker at the address shown on the form.  Any questions, contact Bill at

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Courses for 2020 are scheduled as follows

First Class

Law segment: Monday, June 29, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, June 15, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Monday, June 18, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, June 20, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Second Class

Law segment: Monday, September 28, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, September 14, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday, September 17, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, September 19, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Intermediate Qualifier

June Class: Sunday, June 28, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

September Class: Sunday, October 14, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm