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The NRA Defensive Handgun Academy, established by the NRA and the Peacemaker National Training Center, provides responsible gun owning citizens with an affordable, life changing defensive handgun experience. This two day intensive course is taught by NRA hand selected law enforcement, competition and or Peacemaker National Training Center instructors. During the class, which is anything other than another day on the range, you'll learn timeless "Defensive Mindset and Defensive Technique" skills essential for avoiding and or prevailing in defensive situations. Additionally, you will improve your outlook on preparation, awareness, and after incident skills.
Moreover, you'll gain proper and relevant handgun techniques surrounding safe drawing/re-holstering, concealed carry draw, grip, stance, sight use, trigger control skills, reloading, and malfunction clearing under stress. You will also watch videos and discuss real attacks, engage moving targets, learn to shoot and move, and conduct live fire drills in extremely realistic scenarios.
Finally, you'll be able to fire and personally evaluate a wide variety of handguns suitable for defensive purposes during the course. We will provide the following handguns and some test ammunition. (Please bring some extra ammunition if you want to try them all) Sig 220 45 ACP Sig P320 9MM S&W M&P Shield 9MM S&W M&P Shield 40 SW Ruger SR9C 9MM Springfield XDM 45 ACP Glock 19 9MM Glock 43 9MM Upon successful completion of the NRA Defensive Handgun Academy, you will have obtained a superb level of defensive handgun training, and achieve the confidence and skills needed to respond to defensive encounters. Prerequisites:
This academy is suitable for responsible adult gun owners, who are safe shooters that own a handgun and have an intermediate level of shooting skill. You should be in adequate physical condition and can stand for several hours outdoors and have the ability to jog lightly short distances. You should NOT register for this course if you are extremely new to handguns or are a minor and or are not permitted to own or handle handguns or firearms. If you are under age 21 you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during the course. No minors under 10 years old are permitted on the property and spectators are not permitted. The minimum age permitted in this course is 18 with a legal guardian. ALL NRA rules apply.
Firearm, Equipment and Ammunition Course Requirements 500 Rounds of FACTORY, FMJ. NO reloaded or re-manufactured ammunition.
• Ammunition must be in 9MM, 40S&W or 45ACP ONLY
• Reliable, full sized semi-auto firearm with well working sights in 9MM, 40 S&W or 45ACP ONLY
• Quality belt, safe and outside the waistband holster. No Serpa, inside the waistband, shoulder holsters, cross draw holsters, thigh holsters, pocket holsters, and or appendix carry holsters
• 2 magazine carriers and 4 or more well working magazines (Single stack users bring 6 or more) magazine carriers must be worn outside the waistband opposite the holster
• Brimmed hat
• Eye protection
• Ear protection
• Range bag
• Sunscreen and insect repellent
• Warm and or seasonally appropriate clothing. NO sandals and NO drawstrings permitted
• Water bottle and or ability to carry water
• Concealed carry vest or appropriate garment which will allow you to draw from concealment
Peacemaker National Traininig Center
Gerradstown West Virginia
How To Get There:
Fly to Dulles airport and take rental vehicle to facility.
Lodging can be booked at this link via NRA Outdoors/Peacemaker’s Lodging Partners: peacemakernational.com/lodging
2 Days of instruction, Various handguns for students to demo during the course (students bring their own firearms for training) Lunch
What's NOT Included:
Firearm, Equipment and Ammunition (per the course requirements), Transportation to the range, Dinner
Registration Link and/or Instructions:
- Please ensure that your firearm is UNLOADED and cased prior to arriving at PNTC. Please leave your training firearm cased and in your vehicle upon arrival. We will tell you when it's time to get your firearm.
- Please do not bring a "concealed carry" firearm into the training room. No ammunition or loaded firearms of any kind are permitted in the training room.
PNTC Staff/Instructors reserve the right to the determine successful or unsuccessful completion of the course based on, but not limited to, safety, attitude and/or overall skill development.