Home Defense

This course is for individuals who wish to keep a firearm in their home for self-protection but do not feel the need to obtain a State of Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License.

It is not required that you already own a firearm. The State license is not necessary for keeping a firearm in the home or for transporting a firearm in a car. The course includes 2.5 to 3.0 hours of classroom instruction. No live ammunition is permitted in the classroom and there is no Firing Range practice at the end of the course. A USCCA Graduation Certificate will be awarded to those who finish the course. Content outline:


  • Agenda
  • Statistics and trends

Developing a Personal and Home Protection Plan

  • Defining a personal protection plan
  • Why conflict avoidance is so important
  • Home Security
  • Home alarms
  • Home security checklist
  • Home defense
  • Home defense checklist
  • Mental exercises

Self-Defense Firearm Basics

  • Universal safety rules
  • Clearing a semi-automatic
  • Clearing a revolver
  • Defining a gun’s action
  • Understanding revolvers
  • Understanding semi-automatics
  • Modern, striker-fired handguns
  • Understanding magazines
  • Selecting a handgun
  • Home defense shotgun fundamentals
  • Defining gauge
  • Shotgun chokes
  • The AR-15 platform
  • Ammunition components
  • Ammunition care and storage

Defensive Shooting Fundamentals

  • Defensive shooting versus marksmanship
  • Proper grip
  • Shooting platform
  • Aligning the muzzle to the target
  • Unsighted fire, point shooting
  • Flash sight picture
  • Sighted fire
  • Trigger control

The Legal Use of Force

  •  Defending the home
  •  Defending property

Violent Encounters and Their Aftermath

  • When we’re left with no other choice
  • When the right to use deadly force ends
  • The immediate aftermath
  • Phone calls to make
  • When the police arrive
  • Statement to the police
  • During and after your arrest

Gear and Gadgets

  • Tactical flashlights
  • Considering a laser sight
  • Mounted lights
  • Gun safes and storage

Basic and Advanced Skills

  • Creating a training program
  • Dry firing
  • Fundamental drill discussion
  • Discussion of what’s next
  • Closing thoughts

How Florida Law Applies

Cost: $75 per person, plus $27.95 for handbook.