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Personal Protection

Inside The Home

(National Rifle Association)


Unlike the other basic courses, the Personal Protection course covers defensive shooting. Self-defense & firearms training is distinct from standard shooting fundamentals; covering mindset, legal issues, decision making under pressure, and planning for the worst. The Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course is designed around the use of the defensive pistol. Although the course can be completed in as quickly as eight hours, the amount of information presented, probability of intensive question and answer dialogue on perspective topics usually pushes the course out to ten hours.

Course Goal

To develop the students 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.

Course Instructor

All coursework presented through Tactical Recovery Network are taught by state certified & highly qualified law enforcement instructors with over ten years experience in their perspective fields. Our training division is committed to bringing out the best in their students regardless of their experience level.


Lesson I: Introduction To Defensive Shooting

(50 minutes: classroom)

Learning Objectives: Through participation, students will develop the ability to:

  • 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 Handgun Skills

(3 hours: range)

  • Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of defensive marksmanship

  • Explain defensive accuracy

  • Engage 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

  • Engage targets in the center of mass:
    1)Using cover and concealment
    2)Using flash sight picture
    3)From a kneeling position

Lesson III: Firearms & The Law: Possession, Ownership, Use of Deadly Force

(1 hour: classroom)

  • Explain key provisions of the law pertaining to the purchase, transfer, and possession of handguns.

  • State key provisions and restrictions within the law pertaining to the use of deadly force

  • Explain potential criminal and civil legal actions that may be taken against them subsequent to a defensive encounter.

  • Explain where detailed legal information can be found within the local jurisdiction

Lesson IV: Strategies For Home Safety & Responding To A Violent Confrontation: (1 hour: classroom)

  • Explain strategies and methods to enhance their personal safety at home and in public

  • Describe strategies for responding to a potentially life-threatening encounter.

  • Explain the importance of mentally preparing for the aftermath of a violent confrontation.

  • Explain the methods for safely storing a personal protection handgun.

Lesson V: Selecting A Handgun For Personal Defense

(30 minutes: classroom)

  • Identify the criteria for selecting a handgun 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: Training & Sport Shooting Activities

(20 minutes: classroom)

  • Identify organizations, associations, clubs, and businesses that may help them hone, enhance, and explain their personal protection skills.

  • Explain methods and precautions of dry-fire practice

Lesson VII: Course Review & Examination

1 hour: classroom)

  • Students will successfully complete the NRA Personal Protection In The Home Course written Examination.


**Active State Pistol Permit & One Of The Following**

  • NRA First Steps Course Certificate

  • NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate

  • NRA Pistol Competitive Shooting Qualification Card

  • Military DD 214 w/Pistol Qualification

  • Pass A Pre-Course Assessment

Course Duration

8-10 Hours

Course Cost

  • $250.00 NRA-Members

  • $50 NON-Refundable Deposit

  • $295.00 Non-NRA Members (Membership Included)

  • 1-1 Training Add $100.00

  • This course requires a $25-$50 range fee for CT Residents

Required Gear

  • Shooters cap, wrap around eye protection, electronic hearing protection, licensed firearm, 250 rounds of ammunition, two magazines/cylinders. Knee pads & elbow pads optional.

Course Completion Req's

  • Written Exam

  • Range Qualification 

Provided Materials

  • 220 page comprehensive NRA Guide To The Basics Of Personal Protection In The Home

  • Course Completion Certificate

  • Promotional & Support Materials

Course Benefits

1) Introduction To Self Defense Insurance Options

2) NRA Membership Including

  • Legislative Updates

  • $1000 In Arms Care Firearms Insurance

  • $5000 Life & Accidental Insurance

  • Discounts On Hotels, Car Rentals, Airfare & Hundreds Of Other Local & National Businesses

  • No Annual Fee Visa Card With 1% Cash Back For Qualified Applicants

  • Choice Of Award-Winning NRA Magazine

  • NRA Black & Gold Shooters Cap

  • Membership Card

  • Window Decal

Area Lodging:

  • The Danbury, Connecticut area has several major hotel chains within minutes of our training facility. Our Recruitment Division has secured a discounted rate for course attendees.

  • Once seats are reserved, reservation codes will be made available. Please inquire with with your sales coordinator for more specific information. 

Mobile Training

  • Our mobile division is equipped to bring the training to a location of your choice. A charge of 55 cents per mile per student from our Danbury, CT facility will be added to the course cost.

  • This course is shooting course and necessitates a duly authorized range or authorization to discharge firearms on private property.

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