Staff from NRA’s Education & Training Division recently stepped out from behind the desk and took to the range at the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) Arlington-Fairfax Chapter for the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course. While this course is not new to Bill Poole, Director of the Education & Training Division, and Sean Thornton of the Training Department, the pair decided to view the course from a student’s perspective.
Under the guidance of the incredible training team from the Arlington-Fairfax, Poole, Thornton, and nine other students participated in the nine-hour course that includes both classroom learning and live-fire exercises. Designed to prepare a student to carry a concealed pistol and win a lethal encounter if necessary, the Personal Protection Outside the Home course has been one of NRA’s most popular defensive firearm training programs.
Poole believes that this course is essential for those with concealed carry permits as it provides the necessary training for self-defense with a firearms including drawing from a strong-side holster or purse holster. From concealment, to presentation of the firearm, and the required mindset, this training provides the essential techniques and skills for surviving a life-threatening situation.
“If you carry a concealed firearm for personal protection, this training is invaluable. Drawing a pistol from a holster requires knowledgeable instructors teaching a course resulting in the highest quality training. The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course and the Arlington-Fairfax IWLA training team meet the requirements of both,” said Poole, pictured at left with Instructor Dr. Dave Myers and Thorton.
Thorton agrees with Poole and believes that carrying a concealed firearm is just one of many important ways to exercise his Second Amendment rights.
"I can think of no other right that carries such importance as the Second Amendment, and I can think of no other right that also carries such individual responsibility. I am a big believer that if you wish to exercise that right, you should do so in an informed, responsible manner, and being a concealed carry permit holder and lifelong gun enthusiast, taking part in the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course was a must for me," said Thornton.
To learn more about the NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home course or to find a course in your area, visit www.nrainstructors.org or call 703-267-1391.