SPC to offer new NRA Defensive Pistol course on Nov. 11


LEVELLAND – South Plains College will offer the new NRA Defensive Pistol course Nov. 11 (Saturday) in 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. 

Space is limited, and students should pay in advance. The course runs eight to 10 hours, depending on the number and skill level of the students, and costs $90. Students will need a pistol, strong-side holster, two extra magazines or speed loaders, and 150 rounds of ammunition. 

Participants will need a cover garment because all shots are fired after drawing the pistol from a concealed holster. Ear and eye protection is 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 Concealed Handgun License. Students should have completed an NRA Basic Pistol Shooting, Basic Personal Protection in the Home or License To Carry course to be eligible. This is not a course to teach beginners how to shoot a pistol.  

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; 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, and students must pass a final qualification course which includes 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.  

To register for the class, call Kasey Reyes at 806.716.2341 or email her at kreyes@southplainscollege.edu.