Concealed carry classes are sweeping the nation! And with the demand for concealed carry permits on the rise… the amount of CC classes is rising just as rapidly. Because of this, you will need to use discretion when deciding which course will be worth your time, and your money. And those cheap, no range time classes are probably not your best choice.
Many CC courses have turned into “quickie classes” that don’t cover all the essential information, and don’t include range time. If you have made the important decision to someday carry concealed, you need a class that is comprehensive, and allows you to practice with your firearm.
It is also important to keep in mind that your concealed carry class can not be your only source of training. Plan on practicing frequently, before you carry concealed, and take further training courses. Your decision to carry concealed is great, but know that if you are to be a responsible firearm owner, that will require time, dedication, and money (in ammo and training, at the least).
Things to consider for a concealed carry class:
Is range time included?
This is by far one of the most important factors when you compare different concealed carry courses. A truly good class must include range time. Your instructor should be examining your form, making adjustments where necessary, and allowing you to practice with the firearm you intend to carry. Of course, it will be your responsibility to regularly practice, and become wholly comfortable with your firearm, before you decide to carry concealed. But any concealed carry class that you take should certainly give you time on the range.
Do you qualify for your concealed carry permit upon successful completion of the course?
Clearly, the course that you choose should qualify you for your concealed carry permit after you’ve completed the class. That is the main goal of taking a concealed carry course, after all. So, make sure that the course you choose will allow for your state-certified concealed carry permit.
What is your instructor’s training and credentials?
You should take a course from an experienced, instructor who truly knows the laws pertaining to concealing, and can provide you with the proper instruction. They should also be passionate about their own continued training and regular practice. And, most importantly, the instructor you choose must place the highest priority on safe learning.
For experienced shooters, especially, you should find someone who would be able to respect your personal knowledge, but also be able to offer further insight or adjustments for improvement. It can be helpful to learn new techniques or tips from other highly trained shooters.
Will the course provide in-depth classroom training?
It is important that your class time be used to cover firearm safe handling, proper storage, different firearms and ammo, proper technique, potential situations, as well as laws pertaining to your firearm and concealing. Your class’s curriculum should be comprehensive, and provide you with the necessary information pertaining to carrying concealed. It is also helpful to have a hands-on course, with classroom engagement encouraged.
Will you need to pass a test after the class?
Some classes will require you to pass either a Q&A test or a shooting test, but it is typically not state-required. Please look at the laws for your own state to determine the specific requirements. Additionally, the concealed carry class you take should cover your state-specific laws.
The decision to carry concealed is an important and well-respected one. Make sure you choose your concealed carry course wisely, and don’t get sucked into those cheap, quickie classes… they won't give you what you need. When its your, and others', safety on the line… it's not the time to pinch pennies.
At Magnum Shooting Center, we have numerous options for concealed carry courses… for all different skill levels. Check out our calendar for all the upcoming courses, and let us help you get the training you need… range time included.