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Before You Carry & Defend

Before You Carry & Defend

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Completing a licensing course is the first step in your firearms training. Have you purchased or in the process of considering purchasing your first firearm and want to learn the fundamentals of being a responsible armed defender? Are you curious to know the correct way to safely stage and store a firearm in your home or how to carry in accordance with federal and local laws? Have you considered if carrying a firearm fits into your personal protection plan and if so, which type would suit your needs? If you answered yes to any of these questions, our Before You Carry & Defend course is the next step and will be the most critical course you will take through your firearms training journey.

Your home is your castle, and it should be the safest place for you and your family. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals in making your home the safe by reviewing the latest strategies and methodologies on developing a detailed and realistic home defense plan both with and without the need for a firearm. You will learn the many aspects to becoming a responsible armed defender: physically, mentally, morally, financially, and legally.

A firearm is the tool of absolute last resort, and no one should want to use one unless necessary to protect your family from grave bodily harm. What if you were forced to use your firearm? What are the laws of self-defense? What is the legal use of force? Our Before You Defend & Carry course answers these and many other questions surrounding a violent encounter and the aftermath to expect after the police arrive. We will cover and dispel the mistruths centered around the Castle Doctrine and duty to retreat.

By the end of this course, you will have a clear picture of how to develop an effective home defense and personal protection plan to defend your family. You will also be able to determine if a firearm fits into your plan and if yes which type will suit your personal needs.

What You Will Learn:

  • The laws of self-defense
  • Castle Doctrine & Duty to Retreat
  • How and why, you should carry
  • Firearms and gear review
  • Development of a personal & home protection plan 
  • The basics of firearms self-defense 
  • Legal Use of Force
  • And more... 

You are not required to own or possess a firearm to enroll in this course. However, students who already own a firearm and a holster are encouraged to bring them to class especially those with questions or concerns regarding their own setup.

Note: Before You Carry & Defend is a non-live fire 4-hour class.  Students who wish to bring their own firearms are welcome to do so. Provisions will be made to lock up ammo when you get here. 


There are no prerequisites for enrolling in this course.

Class Logistics

We ask that our students arrive fifteen minutes prior to the class start time. We are located at Patriot Firearms School & Defense: 51 Winthrop St. Unit 1 in Rehoboth.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Alexander DaSilva

This class should be mandatory! Bill gets you in the correct mindset to defend through real world examples. Bill brings an abundance of knowledge to his courses.

I am thankful for being able to take this class, it changed my perspective and helped me think outside of the box.

Bill provides the class with a list of books to continue their learning outside of the classroom as well.

Bill is the man!

Great class!

Every Carrier should take this class. Very informative! Bill is an amazingly knowledgeable instructor and you certainly learn a wealth of knowledge from him. I am looking forward to more classes with Patriot in the future!


If you are an experienced gun owner or just starting out - this class is truly indispensable knowledge for your understanding and preparation of your home to be a safe haven for you and your family. Best thing about the class is not only that it gives you hard facts and covers MA and RI laws, but that this class also gives you a proper mindset for be responsible and safe owner of firearms. I’m looking forward to taking more classes here in future!


I’m convinced that I made one of the very best decisions of my life taking this class, Bill impressed me tremendously as a presenter and thinker, I learned more than I ever imagined. I have already started working on the vast reading list Bill shared. I will definitely be signing up for more training opportunities with Patriot in the future. Thanks so much also to G.O.A.L for bringing the “Before You Carry and Defend” class to their headquarters last week. Two thumbs up!

before you carry and defend

fun and informative, where theory meets reality