Course Descriptions


TFT Basic Pistol is approximately 8 hours long and includes both a classroom component and live fire exercises on the range.  The course is offered both as a co-ed class and as a "Ladies Only" course - although the content of the two courses is identical.  TFT Basic Pistol is designed for the beginning shooter as well as anyone who may have some experience with a handgun, but has never learned the fundamentals of handgun marksmanship the right way.

In Basic Pistol, students learn the rules for safe gun handling.  Students will learn the operation of both revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. They will learn the different parts of both types of pistols and their operation.  They will be taught the different types of ammunition and the manner in which ammunition functions.   Students will also learn how to safely clean their pistol and responsibly store their firearms in their home or vehicle.

As for live fire training, students will learn shooting fundamentals and range safety rules.  Students will be instructed how to shoot from the bench rest position before proceeding to the two-handed standing shooting position and the one-handed standing position. 

Students will also learn of their continued opportunities for firearm skill development. 

Fundamentals of Armed Self-Defense addresses the important questions that almost everyone has about the legal framework, psychological issues, and tactical realities of an armed self-defense encounter. In the real world, these events are never the way they are portrayed in the media and the “folk wisdom” that surrounds the subject is usually dangerously wrong. This class is designed to give the individual who already possesses or carries a firearm for self-defense a basic understanding of the issues involved, and to assist those who are contemplating this in making an informed decision.

Students will learn vitally important techniques for preparing for and surviving a violent self-defense encounter in the classroom, then apply those learnings in Indy Arms' state-of-the-art firearm simulator.  The course does not utilize live fire and a firearm is not needed for the course.  

The class is nominally six hours in length, but may be expected to run longer, as there are usually numerous questions and a lot of discussion.

This class has been developed in collaboration with self-defense experts at Indy Arms Company.  Students will receive a detailed course handout and additional information on available resources.

Course Goal:  “To familiarize the student with the basic legal information and framework that applies to armed self defense, and to prepare the student for the law-enforcement, legal, psychological, and tactical events that can be expected during and after such an encounter.”

1. Basic firearm safety
2. Indiana law on the use of deadly force in self-defense
3. Psychological/mindset preparation for an armed encounter
4. The psychological events that occur during an armed encounter
5. Tactical/skills preparation for an armed encounter
6. The tactical realities of an armed encounter
7. Dealing with law enforcement after an armed encounter
8. Dealing with legal and personal issues after an armed encounter

Prerequisites:  None.

Cost:  $195.00

Personal Protection in the Home is a full-day course that teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 150 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.(Lesson Plan, revised 05/09)

The NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course participants must be law abiding, adults (at least 21 years old), and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

Personal Protection Outside the Home is an advanced two-day course.  The course teaches students 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 is divided into two levels (basic and 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 minimum and may be exceeded. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and the appropriate course completion certificates(s), NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home (identifies strong-side hip holster or purse use) certificate, and NRA Advanced Personal Protection Outside The Home certificate.(Lesson Plan 2006, revised 4-09)

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home participants in this course must be at least 21 years of age and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.

Comprehensive Indiana Gun Law is a full-day course (approximately seven hours) that includes a complete educational program on the laws affecting an Indiana gun owner - including both Indiana state law and applicable federal law.  This program includes a wide-ranging discussion of the statutes and court rulings that affect Indiana gun owners' ability to legally carry a gun, draw a gun, point a gun and/or to use deadly force to protect themselves or others.   The course also covers the law determining potential criminal and civil liabilities for inappropriate use of a firearm.

Essentials of Indiana Gun Law is a four-hour course that covers the most important legal issues for every Indiana gun owner, including locations where the possession of firearms is prohibited state, federal or local laws, the justifiable use of force (including deadly force) under Indiana law and avoiding criminal prosecution for crimes involving firearms such as criminal recklessness, intimidation with a deadly weapon and "pointing a firearm."

This course is taught by Guy A. Relford, an attorney with over thirty years of legal experience whose practice is devoted exclusively to firearms-related legal issues.