Waiving the training pre-requisite

Waiving the prerequisite training requirement

A number of requests have been received for participation in our NRA DEFENSIVE PISTOL course from people who currently hold a concealed carry weapons license (permit), but have not completed an NRA Basic Pistol course.  The mere possession of a concealed carry weapons license is not an acceptable pre-requisite for the DEFENSIVE PISTOL course due to the wide variation in non-standardized, concealed carry weapons license training.

It must be understood that the NRA DEFENSIVE PISTOL course is advanced level training and is not intended for the beginning shooter.

To facilitate your enrollment in our NRA DEFENSIVE PISTOL course, without having completed a NRA Basic Pistol course, we have provided the questions found below, regarding basic handgun handling, operation and shooting.  If you can correctly answer the questions below, your enrollment in our DEFENSIVE PISTOL course without completing the NRA BASIC PISTOL course or In-Gauge of Polk County’s CCW 101 class will be considered.  Live-fire range evaluation may be required prior to acceptance.

The NRA DEFENSIVE PISTOL live-fire, range training involves groups of shooters on an open range, drawing and firing from a holster at multiple targets, from behind concealment.  It is imperative that everyone on the range has a thorough understanding of range safety procedures.   There is zero tolerance for misunderstanding or unfamiliarity with the rules for safe gun handling and range safety practices.   Everyone on the range must be like-minded and on the same page.

Questions to be correctly answered for non-requisite NRA DEFENSIVE PISTOL course participation: 

  1. What are the NRA’s 3 rules for safe gun handling?
  2. What is the most violated of the NRA’s 3 rules for safe gun handling?
  3. When handling a firearm what is always a safe muzzle direction?
  4. What is the recommend type handgun for the beginning handgun shooter?
  5. What is the most common semi-automatic handgun malfunction?
  6. What is the cause of the most common semi-automatic handgun malfunction?
  7. When experiencing a firearm malfunction (jam), after keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction and identifying the problem, what is the first thing the shooter must do before attempting to correct the problem?
  8. What is the minimum recommend handgun caliber for defensive purposes?
  9. When purchasing a handgun, what should be the primary consideration?
  10. In the home, when should a handgun used of home defense be loaded?
  11. Of the 3 types of ammunition failures, which one poses the greatest risk of firearm damage and possible shooter injury?
  12. When purchasing ammunition for your handgun what must be your first consideration?
  13. What is the difference between “standard”, +P and +P+ ammunition?
  14. Commonly, in what type of ammunition will +P and +P+ ammunition be found?
  15. When on the range, who can call a “Cease Fire” and for what reason?