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Although I have been informally teaching people to shoot for several years I hadn't had the opportunity to obtain NRA certification until March of '98. In addition to the NRA instructor class I have taken General Defensive Handgun, Intensive Handgun Skills, Handgun Retention and Disarming, Defensive Rifle, and Low-Light Handgun Skills from Insights Training Center in the Seattle area. I am also a frequent competitor in handgun events in the northern Idaho and Seattle areas. According to the United States Practical Shooters Association (politically correct name for 'combat shooting') I am in the top 40 shooters in Idaho for limited class (iron sights, no compensators).  On July 31, 1998, my teammate Even (from Norway) and I won the Intermountain Tactical Rifle Championship held near Whitebird Idaho. I am currently certified to teach Basic Pistol, Personal Protection, and Home Firearm Safety. I teach in the Moscow, Idaho area and schedule classes for small groups (10 maximum). In certain cases I can also be available for a private lessons as well.

All classroom work will be done in Moscow Idaho, and range work will be done at the Bernie Peterson Memorial Range range about 15 miles east of Moscow.  Visit the Lewiston Pistol Club website for details on becoming a member--although that is not a requirement for instruction.

Also, related to this is my collection of self-defense quotes. See Self-Defense and Firearms.

And for people planning to travel on commercial airlines with firearms see Commercial Air Travel With Firearms.

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NRA Basic Personal Protection Course

Prerequisites: A good attitude and willingness to learn. This is not a beginners class but beginners will given an extra session at the range at no extra charge to bring them up to the required level.  No previous experience required to enroll. 

Required Equipment: 1) A handgun in good working order (in some cases a firearm may be available for loan for the duration of the class -- contact the instructor for details). 2) A sturdy holster that completely covers the trigger of the handgun. 3) 100 rounds of ammunition. 4) Eye protection. 5) Ear protection. Plugs or ear muffs capable of at least 20 dB of attenuation.

Course Goal: To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe and proper use of a handgun and provide information on the citizen's right of self-defense. Successful completion of this class satisfies the Idaho State training requirements for obtaining a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Length of Course: 8 hours in the classroom, 4 hours on the range (two days).

Next Class Dates: Sorry. I'm working out of town during the week and don't have time to teach in the Moscow area anymore. Please contact the Lewiston Pistol Club about their classes. They teach this same class.

Cost: $40.00

Course Lessons:

Lesson I:

Introduction to Defensive Shooting

Lesson II:

Basic Defensive Handgun Skills

Lesson III:

Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force

Lesson IV:

Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation

Lesson V:

Selecting a Handgun for Self-Defense.

Lesson VI:

Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities

Lesson VII:

Course Review and Examination


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Last update: May 17, 2007
Email: Joe Huffman