NOTICE:  All students are required to sign a liability waiver/hold harmless agreement on the day of the class, before any instruction can take place.  Students must be law abiding citizens of good repute and must be legally entitled to possess firearms and participate in firearms/tactical training in accordance with the laws of their state and the laws of the United States.  N.A.P.S.I. Approved Trainers are expected to follow all local, state, and federal laws when providing any instruction.    

The N.A.P.S.I. Advanced Defensive Pistol Skills (ADPS) Course was developed to provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop pistol skills that can be utilized in-fight. ADPS focuses on the specialized skills required for effective and safe pistol manipulation and operation from up close at contact distance, in addition to the skills needed for efficient and effective operation of the pistol under the dynamic and constantly changing conditions that are inherent in violent conflict.



pro·fi·cien·cy:  a high degree of competence or skill; expertise. To use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance.

Students will be required to show proof of completion of N.A.P.S.I. EDP course.

Students should make sure to contact their instructor PRIOR to the day of the class regarding required gear, specific ammunition requirements, lunches, and any special considerations that will need to be addressed before the class starts.  Many N.A.P.S.I. Approved Trainers have gear available to loan or rent to students if needed. 

In this course, the concepts of using explosive movement, the necessity for a high level of defensive accuracy, and the importance of achieving a proper balance of speed and precision that were learned in EDP, are greatly expanded upon through their application in a series of purpose-built range exercises and drills. This course will push the student to the edge of his or her performance ability and beyond, while in a safe, controlled, professionally-supervised environment.

Students should expect to fire approximately 400 rounds of ammunition. ADPS consists of two full days (approx. 8 hours each) of intense teaching, range training, and repetitive practice covering a variety of topics and skills including:


N.A.P.S.I. Advanced Defensive Pistol Skills

  • Review of Firearms Safety and Safe Gun Handling Practices
  • A review of Foundational and Essential Defensive Pistol Skills from the FPD, BDSS, and EDP coursework.
  • Proper Manipulation and Operation of the Defensive Pistol as the Proximity to the Threat Changes in Real Time (From 0 - 15 feet).
  • Strong Hand Only and Support Hand Only Shooting
  • Safely Transitioning the Pistol from one hand to the other under contextually appropriate circumstances
  • Review Use of Cover and Concealment
  • Maintaining Acceptable Accuracy Standards at Longer Ranges
  • Using 360-degree movement
  • Moving with Purpose
  • Shooting While Moving
  • Application of Advanced Defensive Pistol Skills in a 360-Degree Environment