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The Whittington U’s Defensive Pistol I Course is an Intermediate Level Defensive Sidearm instruction, basic handgun experience is strongly recommended such as proper gun safety, gun handling and knowledge of your firearm.
This course focuses on the everyday implementation of the Firearm into our lives.
The WU Defensive Pistol series focuses on Violence as a Means of Last Resort, with the defense of ourselves and our loved ones as part of an overall lifestyle change.
- Classroom Instruction
- Defensive Posture
- Fundamentals of Defensive Marksmanship
- 3-Position Presentation Technique
- Static Fire Drills
- Principles of Cover (PoC)
- PoC Movement Drills on a Reactive Fire Range
- This is a progressive curriculum. We require students to take the courses in succession: Defensive Pistol I - Defensive Pistol II - Defensive Pistol III - Defensive Pistol Masters
- Course participants may also purchase an ammunition package with the appropriate round count. (Call to check availability of Ammunition Packages)
- AMMUNITION PACKAGE IS RESTRICTED TO ONE PER PERSON PER COURSE.
- If you would like to register more than one person for this course please add it to your cart as two separate items.
Every guest must read and sign the online Waiver before they are allowed into the center.
Defensive Pistol I Course Requirements
What you will need (packing list is for each course):
Defensive Pistol I Daily Schedule (subject to change)
This example schedule of what to expect is subject to change.
0800-1130 – Classroom Instruction
1130-1300 – Lunch
1300-1600 – Static Fire Drills
0800-1030 – Static Fire Review
1030-1130 – Individual Movement Drills/Principles of Cover
1300-1600 – Individual Movement Drills/Principles of Cover
1600-1630 – Final Lecture
2022 Defensive Pistol Course Schedule
The 2022 Defensive Pistol course schedule is now available!
You can rent a pistol or semi-auto rifle for a Defensive Academy course.
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Before arriving, every guest must read and sign the online NRA Whittington Center Waiver.
This 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.
This 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.
This is a Masters level course that focuses on potential engagements that can occur during periods of darkness.
Located near beautiful Raton, New Mexico, the NRA Whittington Center is home to the nation’s premier hunting, shooting, and outdoor recreation facility. The NRA Whittington Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generous contributions of donors who want to preserve our heritage of freedom for the next generation of shooters and hunters.