Defensive Handgun

Upcoming Courses

Due to a major remodel, we have decided to postpone all classes until April / May 2023. We value your business, and would love to have you check back with us, starting March 2023. Thank you and enjoy the Holidays. Until March 2023, Stay Safe and train like you plan to fight’

Course Goal

To teach participants to safely and effectively use a pistol for defensive purposes.

Course Description

This educational course is designed to assist individuals with the use of a handgun for personal defense, inside and outside the home. By participating in this course, individuals will learn to apply the fundamental rules for gun handling while using a handgun for personal defense. Participants will also be able to better understand the principles taught in Personal Defense Levels 2, & 3, offered by MI Firearms ETS.

Resulting Knowledge and Skills

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As a result of this training, the student should be able to apply:

  • Explain the importance of using a firearm responsibly and ethically for personal defense
  • Explain the importance of developing the proper mindset for using a firearm for personal defense and facing a life-threatening encounter
  • Explain and evaluate your 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 (much different than target shooting) – MI Firearms Students spend four hours on the firing range, learning how to practice defensive shooting
  • Explain and demonstrate malfunction clearing
  • Explain and demonstrate defensive reloads
  • Explain the differences between cover and concealment, and identify examples of each

Understanding and practicing the execution of these principles will enable the student to effectively and safely use a handgun for personal protection, whether protecting one’s self, loved ones, or others.


You will need to bring:

  • You will need to provide the handgun you plan to use for personal defense.
  • MI Firearms ETS has handguns for use with the required amount of ammunition for those who have not decided on a handgun for personal defense, yet
  • You may use any caliber of handgun for this course, we suggest that you use a handgun of a minimum caliber of .38 special / 9mm, in order to receive the full effect of the training
  • Handguns must be semi-automatic pistols or double-action revolvers
  • You must have two magazines (semi-autos) or two speed loaders (revolvers)
  • a Strong Side, Outside the Waistband Holster is required for this course
  • Hearing and eye protection are required on the range at all times.
  • This course is required to advance to the Personal Defense Level Two course offered by MI Firearms ETS
  • This course cannot be waived for advancement into the Personal Defense Level Two course offered by MI Firearms ETS
  • A minimum of 126 rounds of ammunition (9mm or .38 Special minimum suggested) must be fired to complete the range portion of the course

Price: $99

Length of Course: 4 hours

Provided Text

  • Supplemental provided by MI Firearms ETS


  • None


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