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NRA Basic Personal Protection in the home

The NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home class is devoted to the defensive use of a pistol in a self defense environment while in your home. This Class satisfies the course requirement to apply for a State of Michigan Concealed Pistol License. We strongly recommend anyone that is unfamiliar with pistols, is new to pistol shooting or who is not yet comfortable with pistol shooting participate in a NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course before attempting to pass this course. This course complies with Public Act 372, 1972 section 5J2 (b) as amended by Public Act 381 of 2000, section 5j and Public Act 719 of 2002, section 5j.


The NRA's Basic Personal Protection in the Home Class is designed for law abiding adult U.S. citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state and local law. It is much more than just a routine shooting class. It is important that participants have sufficient maturity and life experiences to be able to assess various situations and make mature decisions regarding the use of a handgun in cases of self defense and the use of deadly force.   This class is taught by a lead instructor that is a NRA Certified Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home Instructor and is a NRA Certified Range Safety Officer and by an instructor certified by the State of Michigan in the use of deadly force or an attorney required by Michigan law.

Class Goal

To develop in the students the 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.

Class Lessons

1. Introduction to defensive shooting
2. Basic defensive handgun skills
3. Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force
4. Strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation
5. Proper pistol selection for self defense
6. How to avoid becoming a victim
7. Proper cleaning and storage of pistols
8. Sport shooting activities and training opportunities
9. Course review and examination
10. Range practice and marksmanship testing

Course Length

This is a full day class and will last approximately 8 to 9 hours.
The length of this class includes all classroom and range time.
The class length may be longer based on the number of students and their current abilities.

Class Size

Our class size is limited to a maximum of 20 students.


You must be a United States citizen or lawfully admitted alien who resides in the State of Michigan of good character who is not legally disqualified from possessing a firearm in the United States to attend this class.

Class Completion

There is a written test on the lesson material at the end of the classroom portion of this course of instruction. Upon successful completion of the NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home Class, students will receive a class completion certificate, which they will need to apply for their State of Michigan Concealed Pistol License.

Class Cost

$150 (this cost includes student packet, attorney and range fees)

Additional Information

Who may take this class?
- Any U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted alien who resides in the State of Michigan, who is legally eligible to possess a pistol and can also pass the State of Michigan Concealed Pistol License Requirements. A person needs to be at least 21 years old to apply for a State of Michigan Concealed Pistol License, however a person under 21 years of age but over 18 years of age may take this class. If you are under 21 years of age and are taking this class to obtain your Michigan CPL, we suggest taking it just before your 21st birthday. After your 21st birthday, you may apply for your State of Michigan Concealed Pistol License. Young people under the age of 21 years of age, should know that your county or city may require you to take the class again if sufficient time elapses before you apply for your Concealed Pistol License. If this is the case, please check with your county or city gun board before attempting to take this class.


Each Student will be required to sign a statement of legal eligibility to participate in this course of instruction. Stating you are not under a court order prohibiting you from owning, using, possessing or handling firearms; or are not disqualified or prohibited under any local, state or federal law from owning, using, possessing or handling firearms; or any knowledge, skills, techniques, responses, abilities or other information learned as a result of any training received will be used in an illegal manner.


Does this class have a textbook?
- Yes. Each student will be provided with the "NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection in the Home" handbook, along with the NRA Basics of Personal Protection in the Home Course Packet.


Do I need to own a pistol to take this class?
– Yes. You need to bring your own pistol. Cowboy style single action pistols or target type pistols are not allowed. The pistol you bring to qualify should be of the same type you would carry concealed for self-protection. Also bring 2 to 3 magazines or speed loaders, and a holster. When you bring your pistol to the class, make sure it is unloaded and in a case. Make sure to comply with any applicable laws governing the transportation and storage of firearms. If there is any question about the condition your pistol is in, we ask that you have a qualified gunsmith inspect your pistol to be confident it's safe to fire. Please bring the correct ammo for your pistol and that complies with the local range regulations. We have a policy of no live ammo is allowed in the classroom. So you are requested to leave your ammunition in your vehicle until the range portion of the class.


How much pistol ammunition should I bring?
- We have a requirement of 100 rounds of ammunition for this course of instruction.


Do I need to bring eye and ear protection to this class?
- Yes.


What will we do about lunch?
- Depending on the range location, you may have to bring your own food, local eateries may be close by and used or lunch may be provided by the range...dependent on the range management. We suggest that you check the food arrangements before coming to class and bring enough water/drinks and personal snacks for the day.