SPC to conduct NRA Defensive Pistol course on Nov. 16


LEVELLAND – South Plains College will offer the National Rifle Association Defensive Pistol course at 9 a.m. on Nov. 16 (Saturday) in the Law Enforcement Technology building on the Levelland campus. The class will include breaks every hour and a one-hour lunch break. 

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 from the holster; 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; as well as the pros and cons of pocket pistols for concealed carry.  

The range portion will include at least 70 shots on targets at varying distances. 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 course runs eight to 10 hours, depending on the number and skill level of the students, and costs $100. Students will need a pistol, strong-side holster, two extra magazines or speed loaders, and 150 rounds of ammunition. They also 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. 

Because of the range requirements, space is limited, and students should pay in advance. To register for the class, contact Kasey Reyes, administrative assistant to the Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, at 806-716-2341 or email kreyes@southplainscollege.edu.