South Plains College to provide NRA Defensive Pistol course on Sept. 15


LEVELLAND – South Plains College will offer the N.R.A. Defensive Pistol course on Sept. 15 (Saturday) in Room 115 of the Law Enforcement Technology building on the Levelland campus. The class begins at 9 a.m., and includes breaks every hour as well as a one-hour break for lunch. 

The course runs eight to 10 hours, depending on the number and skill level of the students, and costs $100. Because of the range requirements, space is limited and students should pay in advance. 

Students will need a pistol, strong-side holster, two extra magazines or speed loaders, and 150 rounds of ammunition. They will need a cover garment because all shots are fired after drawing the pistol from a concealed holster. Ear and eye protection will be provided for students who do not have their own. 

The goal of the course is to prepare students to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly and with confidence. The course assumes that students have, or plan to get, a License To Carry a Handgun. Students should be fairly advanced in their pistol skills. This is not a course to teach beginners how to shoot. 


Lesson modules include firearm safety and responsible, ethical use of the firearm; basic principles of concealment; presenting the pistol and re-holstering; mental awareness; techniques for avoiding life-threatening confrontations; the psychological and physiological changes that may occur during an attack; flash sight picture; the use of cover and concealment; reloading under stress; immediate action drills; moving off the line of attack; and the pros/cons of pocket pistols for concealed carry.  

The range portion will include at least 70 shots on targets at varying distances, and students must pass a final qualification course including reloads and immediate action drills. The course is completely objective based; students will pass or fail depending on how well they have learned what is being taught, not on the basis of a written test.  

The instructor is Dr. Mike Felker, retired SPC professor, NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor, DPS certified LTC Instructor and U.S. Concealed Carry Association Affiliate Instructor.

To register, contact Kasey Reyes at 806-716-2341 or email