NRA PPITH, Basic Course


  • Registration/Admin
  • Lessons
    • Intro Defensive Shooting, 50 min, Classroom
    • Basic Defensive Pistol Skills, 3 hours, Range, (15 Shooting exercises)
    • Fire Arms and Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force, 50 min, Classroom
    • Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to Violent Confrontation, 1 hour, Classroom
    • Selecting a Pistol for Self-Defense, 30 min, Classroom
    • Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities, 20 min, Classroom
    • Course Review and Examination (25 Question), 1 hour, Classroom
  • Course Completion and certification


NRA’s Basic Personal Protection In The Home (PPITH) course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law. Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun to protect oneself and family and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense. ​(This course is much more than just an introductory pistol course leading up to the intermediate level).

Pre-Course Evaluation

  • To maximize learning from this course, students must be experienced shooters (mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the gun).
  • Validation (Must meet the criteria described in PPITH Document)

Participant Equipment

  • Pistol (Semi-Auto or Revolver)
  • Caliber (.22 cal or above) (9mm/.38 cal recommended)
  • Two magazines for Semi-Auto
  • Two Speedloaders for Revolver
  • Ammunition: No reloads or Personal Protection ammo
  • (FMJ/Range) 98 Cartridges, minimum, (200 recommended)
  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection (recommend electronically)
  • Hat (recommend bringing a hat to protect your head from Sun)