Academy of Personal Defense and Security

 2505 Edgemont Road, Wendell, NC 27591










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Personal Protection Outside the Home

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course is both comprehensive and intensive in its approach to equip the defensive shooting candidate with the skills needed to survive serious adversity. The course 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 have the opportunity to attend this course using a quality strong side hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse. 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 NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced). Level one 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. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition requirements are minimum and may be exceeded.
Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and the appropriate course completion certificate(s), NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home (identifies strong-side hip holster or purse use) certificate, NRA Advanced Personal Protection Outside The Home certificate, and Lesson Plan (print 11-06).

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home participants in this course must be at least 21 years of age and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.


Cost: Level One - $150.00

Level Two - $ 75.00

Register on the schedule page: Click Here!

What to bring with you!

….to the classroom……

The single most important thing for you to bring is ……a safe & responsible attitude!

Knowledge, skill, and attitude are the keys to safe and responsible firearms handling and ownership.

If you did not attend NRA Personal Protection INSIDE the Home with APDS or complete a pre-course evaluation with APDS, please bring a copy of your course completion certificates for PPITH or an NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card or a military DD 214 with pistol qualification. Check the schedule for dates/times to show proficiency "pre-course evaluation"!

……paper and pencil, highlighters are encouraged as well! Training materials are supplied.

You may bring your firearms into the classroom. Please DO NOT bring live ammunition into the classroom.

 … the range……

Eye and Ear Protection!

You will need to bring YOUR Firearm, at least one spare magazine/speed loader, either a strong-side hip holster or a holster purse. YOU will need a concealment garment, I.e. jacket/coat, over-sized sweatshirt, vest, etc......

Level One; Bring a minimum of 100 rounds of the applicable ammunition.

Level Two; Bring a minimum of 115 rounds of the applicable ammunition.

Remember your safe and responsible Attitude!