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Welcome to Whittington University

Whittington U is the firearms training division of the NRA Whittington Center. At Whittington U you will receive hands-on training from experts in the fields of defensive firearm instruction and precision, long-range shooting.

Defensive firearm instruction is provided by the WU Defensive Academy and long-range shooting instruction is provided by the WU Precision Long Range Academy. Courses range from beginner to advanced.

Each course features live fire exercises that simulate real world conditions!

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Expert Instructors

Whittington U instructors are experts in their field of training. Don't accept anything less when it comes to your training.

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One-On-One Training

One-On-One Training in small groups allows personal interaction to ensure you fully understand and absorb direct knowledge from your expert instructors.

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Beginners to Experts

Beginners and experts alike will gain valuable life skills as they benefit from the many years and deep knowledge of important guiding principles and tactics our expert instructors bring to the table.

Explore an Academy in Whittington U

Get trained by the experts at the Whittington U Defensive Academy. Learn the essential defensive firearm handling and marksmanship skills you need to defend yourself in high-stress situations. 

Learn the essential skills for long-range shooting, shooting from alternative firing positions, shooting at unknown distances, and other long-range shooting concepts. Get trained by the experts at the Whittington U Precision Long Range Academy.

Whittington U Featured Class

Defensive Pistol I

Defensive Pistol I

Begin your training with our 2-day introductory to intermediate level Defensive Sidearm course. You will undergo presentation and dry-fire drills, and apply your knowledge in live-fire scenarios.

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Defensive Pistol II

Defensive Pistol II

The Whittington U’s Defensive Pistol II Course is the Intermediate to Advanced Level Defensive Sidearm instruction, that focuses on the cognitive disconnect that occurs when the mind is under emotional duress.

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Defensive Pistol III

Defensive Pistol III

The Whittington U’s Defensive Pistol III Course is the Advanced Level Defensive Sidearm instruction that focuses on Lowlight/No-light engagements, while employing a strong fundamental interaction with the firearm, and flashlight, along with Principles of Cover.

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Defensive Pistol Masters: No-light

Defensive Pistol Masters: No-light

The Defensive Pistol No-light Masters Course focuses on potential engagements that can occur during periods of darkness.

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Defensive Pistol Masters: Risk Assessment

Defensive Pistol Masters: Risk Assessment

The Defensive Pistol Masters Risk Assessment Course focuses on the everyday situations that can occur, and assessing the risks involved to enable the best course of action in a defensive engagement.

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Precision Long Range I Course

Precision Long Range I Course

The Precision Long Range (PLR) I Course introduces students to the art and science of Precision Long Range Shooting with classroom instruction, strong fundamental focus with both shooter/spotter teams and known distance data gathering.

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Precision Long Range II Course

Precision Long Range II Course

This course builds on the foundation and fundamentals learned in the Precision Long Range I Course. Students will learn techniques for Angle Fire and Alternate Firing positions.

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Precision Long Range III Course

Precision Long Range III Course

This course builds on the foundation and fundamentals taught in Precision Long Range I-II. Students are encouraged to apply everything they have previously learned and put it to use.

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Defensive Lead Instructor

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All Whittington-U courses are taught on 360 degree ranges where dynamic movement, defensive posture and the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship are emphasized.

Shooters can take part in competitive shooting, rifle and pistol silhouette, bullseye disciplines, and even black powder muzzle-loading rifles. 

The NRA Whittington Center hosts hundreds of private and public events every year. Take a look at our schedule and plan your visit today.

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