The basic course takes nine hours and can be taken alone. Students will learn to present a handgun from concealment and shoot targets in the center of mass. This requires students to have already mastered safe gun handling and basic marksmanship skills prior to attending the course. This is Not A Basic Shooting Course; it requires Advanced Shooting Skills. This course introduces students to the knowledge, skills and attitude involved in safely, responsibly and effectively employing a concealed handgun for self-defense. The student must learn and practice many diverse shooting skills in order to respond quickly and appropriately to a broad range of threats he or she may encounter outside the home. The course also covers the unique safety and legal issues that apply when a concealed handgun is carried in public. This includes legal and ethical ramifications when responding to a life threatening encounter, and the legal, moral, emotional and social aftermath of the use of deadly force outside the home. The large amount of new content in this course precludes any substantial review of fundamental shooting techniques or basic safety information. While there is a large amount of new material in this course, it builds on the basic defensive shooting skills, safety principles and legal concepts presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In the Home Course. Therefore, this course presupposes the student has taken and mastered the knowledge, skills and attitude taught in the previous course.