Fundamentals of Armed Self Defense

Class Details

This course will address the important questions that almost everyone has about the legal framework, psychological issues, and tactical realities of an armed self-defense encounter. In the real world, these events are never the way they are portrayed in the media, and the “folk wisdom” that surrounds the subject is usually dangerously wrong. This class is designed to give the individual who already possesses or carries a firearm for self-defense a basic understanding of the issues involved, and to assist those who are contemplating this in making an informed decision. 

This course will consist of about 3 hours of classroom material. Part one of this course deals with the major legal issues involved in armed self-defense. Part two will focus on recognizing and dealing with the psychological and physiological responses to a critically threatening event. Part three will address dealing with the aftermath of a critically threatening encounter, including what to expect in the law enforcement response. 

Course Goal: To familiarize the student with the basic legal information and framework that applies to armed self-defense. Prepare the student for the law-enforcement, legal, and psychological events that can be expected during and after such an encounter.


     · Basic Firearm Safety

     · The Legal Framework of armed self defense

     · Psychological/mindset preparation for an armed encounter

     · The Psychological events that occur during an armed encounter

     · Tactical/Skills preparation for an armed encounter

     · The Tactical Realities of an armed encounter

     · Dealing with Law Enforcement Response after armed encounter

     · Dealing with Legal and Personal issues after an armed encounter

Prerequisites: None. If you already own or carry a firearm for self-defense, this is information you should have. If you are considering this, it will assist you in making that decision.  

Cost: $35.00


  • Students will receive a certificate of achievement upon completion of the course.

Customer Responsibility/Gear:

  • Complete Liability Waiver prior to the start of class

Group Rates: There are Group rates available for this class. 4+ students: $30. To be eligible for the group rate you must call or stop in and schedule your class. Payment of 50% is required at time of scheduling with the balance due one week prior to scheduled class. 

Note: This class is not typically offered on a set date, it is scheduled as needed based on an individual need or group interest, contact Coterel Institute for more information

There is no live fire training with this course