NRA Defensive Pistol Class - Apple Valley Gun Club

NRA Defensive Pistol Class

NRA Defensive Pistol Class

The NRA Defensive Pistol Course will focus on the techniques needed to develop a defensive mindset.

The goal of the course will be to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and with confidence.

All AVGC firearms training classes and matches are open to the public.

The gate will be unlocked and open when you arrive and will be locked shortly after the event or class starts.
Please arrive on time or early.

This is an Advanced Course. You must have completed the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Course before taking this course.

As a result of participating in this course, the student will be able to explain and demonstrate the following:

  • How to apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun
  • Handling when carrying a concealed firearm Basic principles of concealment
  • The difference between cover and concealment
  • Drawing from the holster
  • Levels of mental awareness
  • Developing the proper mindset when using a pistol for personal protection
  • Clearing common stoppages
  • Use of pocket pistols, and more

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, safe gun handling brochure and the NRA Marksmanship booklet.

Required Materials

  • Handgun
  • Strong side outside the waistband (OWB) holster with retention. Your holster must fit your gun and completely cover the trigger guard.
  • Gun Belt (no flimsy belts allowed. It must support your equipment)
  • 3 magazines/speed-loaders
  • Magazine pouch or way to carry extra magazines
  • Cover garment (jacket, vest, shirt etc.)
  • 300 rounds of ammunition – No reloads or steel core
  • Eye & Ear Protection (electronic ear pro is recommended)
  • Pen, pencil and paper for note taking.


  • Closed toed shoes are required
  • No scoop neck or V-neck shirts are allowed
  • Bring a baseball style hat

Most of your time will be spent out on the firing line. This is a rain or shine class. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly for the weather conditions.


Bring a sack lunch. We provide bottled water. Soda and snacks are available for 1.00 each. There is a microwave in the classroom for your use.


Must have completed NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Course.

NO FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM. THIS INCLUDES CCW and LEO. NO EXCEPTIONS! Leave your firearm and ammunition secured in your locked vehicle until an instructor directs you to retrieve it.

California law requires you to transport your firearm UNLOADED in a locked case.

Classes, training and/or certification are for individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state or local laws.  Individuals who have been convicted of a crime of violence are disqualified.  Student must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident with a Green Card in compliance with U.S. Federal ITAR Regulations.

Online registration only.  No walk-ins will be allowed.

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