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.

foun·da·tion:  the basis or groundwork of anything.  The natural or prepared base on which some structure rests.

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. 

N.A.P.S.I. Foundations of Defensive Pistol


The N.A.P.S.I. Foundations of Defensive Pistol (FDP) Course was developed to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of handgun safety, various types of handguns, an understanding of ammunition and how it functions, shooting fundamentals, and an introduction to defensive shooting skills.  

FDP consumes a full day (approximately 9 hours), and contains several    

  • Introduction to Revolvers and Semi-Automatic Pistols
  • Firearms Safety and Safe Gun Handling Practices
  • Introduction to Holsters, Belts, and Off-Body Carry Methods
  • Introduction to Ammunition
  • Care and Cleaning of Handguns
  • Range Safety Protocols
  • Defensive Handgun Selection
  • Defensive Mindset Concept
  • Defensive Shooting Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Using Cover and Concealment

hours of classroom instruction in addition to several hours of live-fire instruction on a range.  This class is ideally suited for new gun owners, the new/beginning defensive shooter, the student who has shooting experience but has never had any formal training, or as a "refresher" course for the experienced shooter.

FDP starts out with the basics and takes the student to a level of operational competence by the end of the class.  Students should expect to fire approximately 150 rounds of ammunition.  Topics of instruction will include: