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NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation
   Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training; this program is the NRA's response to the American public's need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers.
   NRA First Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type for classes of four or fewer students. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific pistol action type.
   You will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. You will receive Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, First Steps Course completion certificate. 

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NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

   This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. It is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. You will learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development.
   At the end of the class, you will take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination and receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, course completion certificate.


MCRGO Concealed Pistol License course (MI CPL)
   This course is designed specifically to meet the training requirements needed to apply for a Michigan CPL.  The course will cover basic safety and fundamental marksmanship skills necessary for the purpose of personal self defense.  Included is knowledge needed to avoid violent confrontations and to understand the ramifications of using deadly force.  The legal requirements are covered as well as some of the practical considerations for carrying concealed in public.
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NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course (MI CPL)
   This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efrficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family. It provided information on the law-abiding individual's right to self-defense.
   This is an eight-hour course. You should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. You will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development.
   At the end of the class you will take an exam and will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet and course completion certificate
   The NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course 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) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: 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.


NRA
Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home Course

   The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation. 
   The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced). Level one is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition requirements are a minimum and may be exceeded.
   Prerequisite for attending this course is a certificate of completion for the NRA Basics of Personal Protection Inside The Home Course.  Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations.


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Defensive Handgun

You’ve taken a basic handgun class or maybe even the CPL class. Now what? This class is your next step. You will learn current concepts and techniques in defensive handgun including presenting from the holster, kinesthetic sight alignment, defensive movement and engaging multiple threats. This class does not teach you how to shoot; it teaches you how to fight back with your gun. If you plan to carry a handgun for personal defense, then this class is a must.  
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