NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home (PPOTH) Basic and Advanced


April 28, 2099
April 28, 2099 (All day)
Course Length
14 Hours
Course Difficulty

Required Equipment:
For this class, you will need the following items:

  • A valid NY State permit
  • A working and reliable defensive handgun
  • 100 rounds (PPOTH Basic)
  • 125 rounds (PPOTH Advanced)
  • 225-250 rounds if doing both classes together
  • Magazines or speedloaders
  • A quality holster
  • A magazine pouch
  • A hat with a brim
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Concealment clothing (jacket, long shirt, etc)
  • Knee pads (optional)
  • Range-appropriate clothing (no sandals or flip flops)

Note: As of 4/4/2012, ANY holster that utilizes the index or trigger finger of the shooting hand to disengage a locking device to release the handgun is now disallowed from ANY Rochester Personal Defense, LLC class, training, event, or any function that we host or have involvement with. I am also implementing the same on Tuesday Night’s CCW Shoot.

The course provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home.


Students have the opportunity to attend this course using a quality, strong-side, hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset, to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation.


The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home series is divided into two levels (PPOTH Basic and PPOTH Advanced). Level one is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills.


After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition requirements are a minimum.


This course is conducted with fully certified and experienced instructors. Other instructors may teach out of convenience or as a hobby, but every RPD, LLC instructor lives by the skills that they teach and they believe in them.


NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home (PPOTH) Basic and Advanced


You must have completed the NRA Basic Pistol, and Personal Protection Inside the Home classes before attending this course. There are waivers given for prior experience, but it is highly encouraged to have attended the prerequisite classes.

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Subjects Covered

The mindset of concealed carry

Legal aspects of self defense

Modes of carrying concealed handguns

Skills for defensive handgun use

Defensive shooting positions (cover and concealment)

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