Personal Protection In The Home (PPITH)

You can register for this course on the BASIC PAGE by filling out the form at the bottom of the page. This 8-hour course is only $150. To pay for this course please visit the PAYMENT PAGE.

Unlike the other basic courses, the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home (PPITH) Course covers defensive shooting. Self-defense is a topic somewhat distinct from the regular diet of shooting fundamentals; it covers mindset, legal issues, decision-making under pressure, and planning for the worst. The PPITH Course is designed around the use of the defensive pistol. Many Americans own firearms for various reasons, however home defense is among the top reasons for owning a handgun. To help handgun owners learn more about firearms and home defense, the NRA developed the PPITH Course. This course focuses on the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family.Students will also learn about their right to self-defense as a law-abiding citizen. If you know the importance of protecting yourself and your family falls upon you this course is for you. You are the first responder!  During the eight-hour course, an NRA Certified Instructor will teach students basic defensive shooting skills, how to respond to a violent confrontation, and strategies for home safety. Live fire shooting from different positions and at different targets will be the highlight. Also covered are specific state firearms and home defense laws.

Although the course can be completed as quickly as eight hours, the amount of information presented, and the probability of intensive question and answer sessions on the included topics, makes it likely that the course will take longer.

Course Goal
“To develop in the students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law- abiding citizen’s right to self-defense.”

Required Ammunition
500 rounds


  1. Introduction to Defensive Shooting
  2. Basic Defensive Handgun Skills
  3. Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force
  4. Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation
  5. Selecting a Handgun for Personal Defense
  6. Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities
  7. Course Review and Examination

Participants in the PPITH Course should be experienced shooters, showing mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling. If necessary, this course will put participants through a pre-course evaluation exercise, where potential students are asked to demonstrate safe gun handling, shoot a series of five-shot groups, discuss the operations necessary to zero a pistol, and demonstrate how to properly clean a handgun. Participants are expected to show validation of shooting experience by showing an NRA Basic Pistol Course certificate, an NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program certificate, a Pistol qualification card, a DD 214 showing pistol qualification, along with a Concealed Carry Permit. Finally, the PPITH Course is intended for mature law-abiding adults, who have the mindset and seriousness necessary to properly perform the activities in the course. Self-defense is not a topic that lends itself to horseplay and distractions.

Course Completion
Students will be given feedback on their shooting exercises, and a certificate upon successful completion of the lessons.  Not only are shooting standards fired during the practical exercises, but also a written exam will be given at the end of the course. Throughout the course, the instructor will use an individual checklist for each student to ensure the coverage of course material, and satisfactory absorption of the material being taught.