Concealed Carry Level 1

NRA Basic Personal Protection Inside the Home Course

This course fulfills the training requirements as provided in Section 5j of 1927 PA 372, for individuals applying for a MCPL

Upcoming Courses

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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.

Course Description

NRA’s Basic Personal Protection in the Home Course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law. It is much more than just a routine shooting course. It is important that participants have sufficient maturity and life experiences to be able to assess various situations and make mature decisions.

Resulting Knowledge and Skills

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As a result of this training, the student should be able to explain or do the following with regard to carrying and using a pistol for personal protection outside the home:

  • Explain the importance of using a firearm responsibly and ethically for personal protection
  • Explain the importance of developing the proper mindset for using a firearm for personal protection and facing a life-threatening encounter
  • Explain and evaluate their state of mental awareness using the four levels of awareness
  • Explain the importance of mental preparation and physical training for a potentially life-threatening confrontation
  • Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of defensive marksmanship
  • Explain the differences between cover and concealment, and identify examples of each
  • Explain key provisions of the law pertaining to the purchase, transfer, and possession of handguns
  • State key provisions and restrictions within the law pertaining to the use of deadly force
  • Explain potential criminal and civil legal actions that may be taken against them subsequent to a defensive encounter
  • Explain strategies and methods to enhance their personal safety at home and in public
  • Describe strategies for responding to a potentially life threatening encounter
  • Explain the importance of mentally preparing for the aftermath of a violent confrontation
  • Explain methods for safely storing a personal protection handgun
  • Identify the criteria for selecting a handgun and ammunition suited to their individual self-defense needs
  • Identify the major cartridge designs available for practice and personal protection and explain the use, advantages, and disadvantages of each type
  • Identify organizations, associations, clubs, and businesses that may help them hone, enhance, and expand their personal protection skills
  • Explain methods and precautions for dry fire practice
  • Successfully complete the NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course written examination


  • You will need to provide the pistol you plan to use for personal protection.
  • MI Firearms ETS has pistols for use with the required amount of ammunition for those who have not decided on a pistol for personal protection
  • Although you may use any caliber and type of pistol for this course, we suggest that you use a pistol of a minimum caliber of .38 special / 9mm
  • Hearing and eye protection are required on the range at all times.
  • This course is required to advance to the Personal Protection Outside The Home course offered by MI Firearms ETS
  • This course cannot be waived for advancement into the Personal Protection Outside The Home course offered by MI Firearms ETS
  • A minimum of 125 rounds of ammunition (9mm or .38 Special minimum) must be fired to complete the range portion of the course

Price: $159

Length of Course: 10 hours

Provided Text

  • Basics of Personal Protection in the Home Handbook
  • MI Firearms ETS Supplement to Personal Protection in the Home

Prerequisites (one of the following)

  • NRA Basic Pistol Course
  • NRA Pistols First Steps Pistol Course
  • Military DD 214 with pistol qualification
  • Passing the Pre-Course Evaluation of by MI Firearms ETS (performed during the course)


Add your name to the waiting list, and we will contact you when the next class is available.