Handgun Self-defense workshop

July 8, 2014 by Anonymous

SHOW LOW — Develop your defensive marksmanship and self-defense skills through a one-day noncredit Basic Self-Defense with a Handgun class at Northland Pioneer College’s Show Low – White Mountain Campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs, on Saturday, July 19, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Self-defense is more than a class – it’s a mindset. Students will learn how to think defensively, assess threats and learn avoidance techniques,” noted NRA-certified instructor Richard Harris, who will be teaching the Basic Self Defense with a Handgun course (reference STC 099x-81329). The $75 fee includes range time and a student manual containing all of the techniques and skills learned in the Self-Defense course. Students will need to bring their own firearm with holster, eye and ear protection and 100 rounds of ammunition.

A parent or guardian must accompany students under the age of 21. All weapons and ammunition should be left secured out of sight in a vehicle prior to range activities.

Sign up for the Basic Handgun Self-defense workshop at least three days before the class starts to ensure it is not cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Register by phone, 524-7459 or (800) 266-7845 ext. 7459, or at any NPC location during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

“In the ‘Basic Self-Defense with a Handgun’ course, students will learn dynamic shooting techniques and develop defensive marksmanship skills,” Harris added. After action drills will also be practiced. “Students will learn to confidently and effectively use a handgun as a defensive tool to protect their lives and the lives of the people they care about,” concluded Harris.

Harris is a certified NRA instructor in pistol, rifle and shotgun and is an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. As a full-time Spanish, humanities and education professor for NPC, he understands the various learning styles of students, and adapts his training to meet the needs of students. The “Basic Self-Defense” course, while noncredit, still maintains the high standards for instruction required by NPC’s national accrediting agency.

Harris, his wife and three children moved to the White Mountains two years ago, when he became a full time instructor for NPC. He is a Distinguished Graduate of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, and has earned a Distinguished Expert rating in Pistol, Trap Shotgun and Light Rifle in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

As an active United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) member and competitor, he holds a Grand Master Class club ranking in Limited Pistol, as well as Master Class club ranking in Unlimited, Production and Single Stack Pistol divisions. He actively competes in 3-Gun competitions, where he holds a Master Class club ranking in the Heavy Metal Division. He also competes in Cowboy Fast Draw competitions with his children.

NPC’s Community and Corporate Learning Division provides personal interest and specialized corporate training throughout NPC's service area. For more information about noncredit, personal interest classes, contact Loyelin Aceves, community learning specialist, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6244, or email or click on the "Noncredit Classes {Learning Adventures" link. For corporate training, contact Royce Kincanon, corporate learning coordinator, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6239, or email.

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