NRA Certified Courses

These courses are taught using the NRA approved lesson plans and confer NRA Course Completion Certificates.  Additionally, students will take home all class materials for future reference and review.

NRA BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING COURSE

The NRA BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING COURSE instructs new shooters on the proper function and safe handling of a handgun. Students will learn how to safely use revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Specifically, the course teaches rules for safe gun handling and storage, pistol parts and operation, types of ammunition, fundamentals of shooting, cleaning and maintaining a pistol, and opportunities for further skill development.

In 2016, the NRA Basic Pistol course moved to a "blended learning" format.  Students must first register for and complete an online course of study through the NRA's e-learning system.  Following completion of the online portion (approximately 4 hours of material), students must meet with an NRA Certified Instructor in order to complete the practical shooting and skills assessment.  Once the practical portion is completed, the Instructor will issue a course completion certificate.

Due to the blended learning format, the NRA Basic Pistol course is available as an "add-on" to any Private Lesson scheduled through Sparrow Defense.  Students can take the course individually, or as part of a small group.  To learn more about the course or to register for the NRA Basic Pistol, please click here.

NRA CERTIFIED PERSONAL PROTECTION IN THE HOME

The NRA PERSONAL PROTECTION IN THE HOME (PPITH) course is a full day of instruction and involves both classroom study and shooting at the range.  The student will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety, how to respond to a violent confrontation, firearms law, choosing a handgun for self defense, and opportunities for further skill development.  Students will take a practical shooting examination and receive a certificate upon completion of the course.  Students will receive a NRA Personal Protection In the Home student packet, which includes: the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet.  Students should expect to shoot up to 150 rounds of ammunition (not included).

NRA CERTIFIED PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE HOME: BASIC

The NRA PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE HOME: BASIC 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. Students will attend this course using a strong side belt holster or a purse holster that secures the trigger guard and frame of their pistol. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation. The basic course 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. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 200 rounds of ammunition during the basic course..

NRA CERTIFIED PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE HOME: ADVANCED

The PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE HOME: ADVANCED course is an additional five hours of range training that students may add to the Basic course.  The course focuses on advanced shooting skills and shooting positions.  Students attending the Advanced class should expect to shoot an additional 200 rounds of ammunition.

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