The Adams County Sport Handgunners Association offers the NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course. It is the "next level" NRA handgun course, open to those who have satisfactorily completed the NRA's Basic Pistol course.
This course is focused on defensive tactics and pistol-craft in a home setting. It is an 2 day course and runs from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. on both days (with a 1/2 hour lunch break in addition to other short breaks throughout the day). A good deal of course time is spent on the range learning more advanced shooting techniques (shooting from cover and concealment, shooting while kneeling, point shooting, etc.). Classroom time focuses on the law of self defense and defensive tactics and planning. Fee for this course is $50.00.
- Center fire handgun (revolver or semi-automatic) in good operating condition. Students must have their own gun (no borrowed guns allowed because the students must be thoroughly familiar with their operation).
- Strong side hip holster which covers the trigger (inside or outside of the waistband, some fanny pack holsters, etc.)
- Sturdy belt
- 2 magazines for a semi-automatic or 2 speedloaders for a revolver
- 200 rounds of newly manufactured ammunition
- Eye and ear protection
- Lunch (for the student, that is)
- Pen/pencil and notepad
- Knee pads
- Water or other drinks
It is expected that students will have practiced (both dry fire and live fire) with their handguns since taking the NRA Basic Pistol course. Before coming to the course, they must be familiar with the operation of their gun and be able to operate the controls without a long, focused effort (i.e., quickly reload, operate all safeties/slide releases/mag releases, be familiar with the use of a speedloader if shooting a revolver, etc.)
The course is much more labor/equipment intensive than the NRA Basic Pistol course.
Please note the following general rules: You do not have to be a member of the ACSHA to sign up for the course. In order to participate you must be able to legally own and possess a handgun. No live ammunition will be allowed in the classroom (for your safety and ours). An instructor will check guns at the door to make sure they are not loaded. Since class materials must be ordered beforehand, first paid is first served (the only way to ensure your spot in the course is to pay the fee) and refunds will only be available if another participant takes your place. All participants will be required to sign a liability waiver. Finally, there are a few more helpful hints to be mentioned. Dress comfortably and bring a jacket for the range. You might want to bring a ball cap if it's going to be a sunny day. Wear shoes that can get a bit muddy (the floors of our pistol ranges are lined with stone, but it might get a little messy walking out to the range). We will provide coffee and donuts, but as noted above you need to bring lunch, snacks and drinks.
All of the instructors at ACSHA are EXCITED about the ongoing opportunity to teach this course. It is educational/informational, safe and FUN!
See the club schedule for dates.
NOTE: Since laws regarding the use of lethal force in self defense vary widely from state to state, we can only offer this course to Pennsylvania residents.
NRA Personal Protection in the Home
October 21 & 22
NRA Protection OUTSIDE the Home
November 10 & 11