Defensive Handgun

Upcoming Courses

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.