NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for the protection of self and family, and provides information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

This Oregon NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course provided by Defensive Firearms Instruction takes place over two (2) days and is conducted in a traditional classroom setting and also at a shooting range environment.

Day 1  – Four (4) hours long and is held in a classroom.

Day 2 – Eight (8) hours long and is conducted at a gun range.



This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm). Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.


Course Topics Include

  • Strategies for home and personal safety
  • Mental preparation
  • Firearms, self-defense, and the law
  • Selecting firearms, ammunition, and accessories
  • Basic defensive shooting skills
  • Responding to a violent confrontation
  • Continued opportunities for skill development
  • Live-fire training
  • A nationally standardized shooting qualification with an NRA Certified Instructor


Students Will Receive

  • NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook
  • NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure
  • Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet
  • Basics of Personal Protection In The Home course completion certificate

NRA membership is not required for this course.


Required Gear

– Valid form of government issued Photo ID
– Firearm* (ammunition can be purchased from any local gun shop or sporting good retailer)
– 200 rounds of ammunition*
– Extra Magazines (if applicable)
– Holster (optional)
– Belt (tactical or rugged) or Battle Belt
– Electronic ear protection and eye protection*
– Weather appropriate attire (closed-toed shoes, no low cut shirts)
– Sunscreen (weather dependent)
– Hat with visor
– Knee/elbow pads (optional)
– Notepad
– Pen
– Snacks and drinks

*Rental equipment (firearm/ammunition/protection) is available with advanced notice.

All firearms brought to this course must be unloaded and in a case or holster upon arrival. All firearms will remain in their case or holster until specifically directed to be taken out under the guidance of a DFI instructor.

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Cost $200.00