Personal Protection

This is a comprehensive seminar for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self defense. The instructional materials are based on the popular USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals curriculum and satisfies the training requirement for the Maryland Wear & Carry Permit application (when taken with NRA BOPS) and renewal.

This course advances the mindset for the responsible defensive firearms owner by focusing on and understanding:

  • conflict avoidance
  • situational awareness
  • the physiology of violent encounters
  • legal aspects of using deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath)
  • gear, gadgets, and ongoing training

You’ll also develop your own personal and home protection plan.

What You’ll Get

What to Bring

  • Pen or pencil
  • Highlighter (you’ll highlight some things in the book)
  • Firearm*
  • 200 rounds of factory ammunition (can be purchased at the range)
  • Firearm cleaning kit**

* You must shoot a firearm in order to qualify for the MD Wear & Carry permit; therefore, one is required. If you do not own a firearm (yet), you may rent one at the range.

Duration:  8 hours

Prerequisites:  NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting (required for MD CCW application, not required for renewal)

Cost:  Starting at $279 (varies by location; see course schedule)

USCCA Instructors

Lesson Topics

Lesson One: DEVELOPING A PERSONAL & HOME PROTECTION PLAN

  • Why is Conflict Avoidance so Important?
  • Situational Awareness
  • The Color Codes of Awareness
  • Observing our Environments
  • More on Conflict Avoidance
  • Planning for Home Defense
  • Mental Exercises

Lesson Two: SELF-DEFENSE FIREARMS BASICS

  • Properly Clearing Semi-Automatics and Revolvers
  • Additional Safety Considerations
  • Ammunition Malfunctions
  • Understanding Ammunition, Ballistics, Take Down Factor, Gauge & Calibers
  • An Introduction to Home Defense Shotguns, and the AR-15 Platform
  • Tasers and Pepper Spray

Lesson Three: DEFENSIVE SHOOTING FUNDAMENTALS

  • Muscle Memory
  • Proper Grip
  • Stance: Body and Arm Positions
  • Point Shooting
  • Sight Shooting
  • Flash Sight Picture
  • Trigger Control

Lesson Four: THE LEGAL USE OF FORCE

  • Legal Definitions of Reasonable Force and Deadly Force
  • Understanding the Use of Force Continuum
  • The Legal Use of Deadly Force
  • Defense in the Home
  • Defending Property

Lesson Five: VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS AND THEIR AFTERMATH

  • Understanding Fight or Flight
  • The Physiological Reactions Associated with Extreme Stress
  • When We’re Left with No Other Choice
  • When the Right to use Deadly Force Ends
  • The Immediate Aftermath
  • Dealing with the Police

Lesson Six: GEAR AND GADGETS

  • Explaining Holster Retention
  • Types of Holsters
  • Other Gear Including Belts, Lights and Lasers

Lesson Seven: SKILL BUILDING

  • Properly and Safely Conducting Dry Fire Exercises
  • Self-Led and Instructor-Led Range Exercises from Beginner to Expert
  • What’s Next?