NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home
Course Length: 2 days (16 hours) – typically a weekend class
***Must attend both days to complete the course***
To develop the student’s knowledge, skills, and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective use of a concealed handgun for self-defense outside the home.
The NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home (PPOTH) is the next level up from NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home. This course is designed to build upon the training provided in the NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home course. The focus of this course is on the effective use of a concealed handgun for self defense on the street. Included are chapters on concealment techniques and devices, presenting the handgun from concealment, utilizing cover and concealment outdoors. This innovative course includes presentation and movement, point shooting, instinctive shooting, low-light shooting, engaging multiple targets, and one-hand shooting. The skills and other material presented in this course form the core shooting skills used to counter a life-threatening attack outside the home.
The course is divided into the Basic PPOTH (9-hours) and Advanced PPOTH (5-hours) totaling 14 hours of instruction. The Basic Level includes classroom sessions and live-fire range instruction covering presentation from a concealed holster (or purse), shooting from cover, shooting one-handed, and point shooting. The entire Advanced Level is spent on the range and includes moving while shooting, shooting from low cover, shooting from sitting, turning, prone, low-light and hip-shooting (called the "speed rock").
Required Ammunition/Equipment for Students:
1 - Introduction to Concealed Carry Safety and the Defensive Mindset (1 hr Classroom)
2 - Introduction to Self Defense and Concealed Carry (1 hr Classroom)
3 - Legal Aspects of Concealed Carry and Self-Defense (1 hr Classroom)
4 - Carry Modes and Concealment (1 hr Classroom)
5 - Presenting the Handgun from Concealment (1-1/2 hr Range) 50 rounds recommended
6 - Presentation, Position and Movement (2 hr Range) 60 rounds recommended
7 - Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities (1/2 hr Classroom)
8 - Course Review and Examination (1 hr Classroom)
Lesson 9 PPOTH Advanced 5 Hour Course Only (day 2 of Training)
9 - Special Shooting Techniques (5 hr Range) 140 rounds recommended
Students are expected to show validation that they have completed the NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home course; or before taking this class successfully completed a pre- course evaluation with the instructor, 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. Student must already possesses a working knowledge of handguns and gun safety and should be experienced shooters, showing mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling.
*Range fees may be additional.