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NRA Defensive Pistol Course -

NRA Defensive Pistol
is a 3-4 hour course that will expose the student to several of the core principles and fundamentals of the CFS Program. This course will cover some of the basics of intuitive defensive shooting, Combat Accuracy, The Balance of Speed & Precision, an introduction to the understanding the Body’s Natural Reactions during a Dynamic Critical Incident, understanding the integration of lateral motion and additional concepts as time allows.

This Course will provide the student with an understanding of the basics of Counter Ambush training with a defensive firearm, base level defensive shooting skills and a training methodology for continuing to develop those skills. Students should plan to shoot a minimum of 250 rounds.

Q: Is there any prerequisite or prior experience required to take this course?

A: There is not a specific course prerequisite to take the NRA Defensive Pistol course. HOWEVER, you must have demonstrable knowledge on know how to operate your firearm and holster prior to attending this course. For those unfamiliar with defensive firearms, we recommend you take a basic firearms course beforehand. This is not the course to learn how to operate your firearm.

Q: What kind of holster/gear should I bring?

A: We recommend that students bring a good, durable, high quality Kydex holster that is of sufficient quality to withstand rigorous training. For Law Enforcement and Military personnel, we recommend that you train with your duty gear. If you currently carry concealed for personal defense, it is recommended that you bring your actual carry gear. You will also need 3 magazines (5 if using a single stack firearm.)

Q: How many rounds do we fire in the NRA Defensive Shooting course?

A: Students should plan on firing about 50 rounds PER COURSE HOUR for this course. Students are responsible for providing their own ammunition. This is a fluid course and is built around the needs of the course attendees, the venue capabilities, and the time available. 200-250 rounds is an average round count for this course.

Q: I am over 50, is this a course that I will be able to take?

A: Yes. There is no upper limit as far as age. The physical demands of a CFS Course are relatively low, but you will be standing 90% of the day and the local weather conditions should be taken into consideration.

Q: Do I have to be in excellent physical condition to take the course?

A: You do not have to be a world-class athlete to take this course. We have had students with a variety of physical skill levels in our courses, including students with disabilities.

Q: What kind of gun should I bring to the course?

A: The most important trait of a defensive firearm is reliability. After that, efficiency and fit are the most important things. If you currently carry a specific firearm and have found it be reliable, that is what you should bring.

Q: Can I bring a snub nosed revolver to the course?

A: If your primary defensive firearm is a snub nosed revolver, that is what you should train with. The concepts and principles of this Powered by CFS program apply to all defensive handguns.

Q: I am a Law Enforcement/Military member, what can you teach me that I don’t already know?

A: The concepts contained within the CFS program are designed to help you understand some of what happens to you physically during times of critical stress and how to work with those responses to develop an efficient armed response to a threat. Empirical evidence shows overwhelmingly that, even though a person may be highly trained as a shooter, they do not necessarily use their traditional range techniques in their defensive shooting situation. CFS is designed to help develop skills that are more congruent with real fights. Many LE Agencies and Military Units have adopted or integrated CFS training approaches.

Q: How much classroom time is there, and should I bring note taking materials?

A: There is very minimal classroom training involved in the Defensive Pistol Course as a rule, but if inclement weather dictates, we have done some lecture time indoors on concepts and principles. Feel free to bring materials, and if time allows, definitely take notes.
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