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Orientation Document

Classroom Location
My commercial meeting space is located in the Centennial Hills Executive Suites in Northwest Centennial Hills. I do not have an office at that location. That location is only for groups of at least 3 people where they have training rooms. I’ve done classes as large as 30 people and many in the 7 to 10 people groups. With my license, I can come to you as long as you have no more than two people to be certified.

Classroom Start & End Times
Class starts promptly at 9am, please arrive at 8:45am. This gives you time to get a cup of coffee, find out where the bathrooms are, etc.

Account for traffic and do your best not to be too late. We can’t wait too long after 9am to start the class.
There is so much information and we will be tight for time all throughout the day.
The range qualification is only done outdoors at the Cold Creek BLM public shooting area of the Northwest past the first two Mt. Charleston exits. It’s a 30 minute drive from I-95 & Durango in the Northwest.

Breakfast / Lunch / Snacks
Eating in the conference room is just fine, please bring anything you like.
We do a working lunch, you can either bring a lunch (I typically do) or go get one to-go. There is a refrigerator onsite.

Guns & Ammo
DO bring your gun(s) into the class! If you have a holster (we won’t be drawing from a holster at the range) bring that along as well! If you bring ammo into the classroom, I have a lockbox to secure it. In a training environment, all ammo must be absolutely, positively locked away.

You don’t need to bring a cleaning kit. We won’t have enough time to clean guns but I will point out the most important parts of gun cleaning.
You will receive a 90-minute DVD in class with yours truly cleaning a couple of guns and all aspects of it.

Payment of Class Fee’s
Cash or check is preferred. I typically do not have change.
I can also take a debit/credit card through PayPal.

I sell Sabre Defense Sprays in class; they are $10 ($5 less than stores). You will learn in class a less-lethal tool is good to carry since not every problem is a gun problem. You may want to have extra cash for at least one of these if you don’t already carry one. I never strap my gun on without having a less-lethal option available. I should have plenty if you would like to buy a canister for a loved one too.

Written Exam
The written exam has 50 questions and only new applicants have to take it. The exam was changed in 2020 and is pretty extensive, but not unreasonable and you’ll receive all the information necessary in class to pass the test with flying colors! You can miss 15 questions on the exam and still pass. Most people miss between 2 and 4 questions. No one has ever failed the written exam in my class!

Range Shooting
The range qualification is only done outdoors at the Cold Creek BLM public shooting area of the Northwest past the first two Mt. Charleston exits. It’s a 30 minute drive from I-95 & Durango in the Northwest.

We will be in a desert environment so dress appropriately. Sturdy shoes, a hat to block the sun, and maybe long sleeves to keep the Sun off your arms. Be sure to have sunscreen and plenty of hydration.

You will need 30 rounds of range ammo for the qualification. I do sell reloaded (my own) range ammunition at $1.00 per round. 30 rounds of 9mm would be $30.00 dollars

You can drop 90 points on the semi-automatic qualification and still pass, for revolvers you can drop 75 points. Most people drop between 22 to 35 points. I had a senior citizen who couldn’t even line up the sights on her handgun and she dropped to most of any student, over 70 points, but she still passed! She also passed the written exam and God Bless Nevada, she can get a permit!

Live Fire Qualification
A perfect score on the CCW Live Fire Qualification is 300 points. That’s 30 shots all in the X or 10 ring on a B-27 Silhouette humanoid target.
Shooting a perfect score eludes most people, they’ll drop one or two points which takes them out of the top shot club. Less than 1% of all my students have shot a perfect score. So far this year I’ve had one student shoot a 300. SHE did the same thing 5 years ago with the same gun, a Glock G19 in 9mm, probably the #1 gun I’ve seen out of all of my students.

Please note you MUST have TWO Magazines for your handgun! The State of Nevada qualification requires the safe and efficient swapping out of magazines during the live fire exercise.

Handguns Suitable for Qualification
Any handgun that fires a live cartridge. You can even qualify with a .22 caliber. I have two, one revolver and one semi-automatic should the need arise to accommodate those who can’t shoot large calibers. A true self-defense caliber at the minimum is .38 Specials for revolvers and .380/9mm for semi-automatics. Most people shoot 9mm’s

State of Nevada Live Fire Qualification

3 yards (9 feet)
Hold Control: ONE HAND ONLY
Right or left, Operators Choice.
6 rounds total
The target is literally right in front of you. Although not required in my class, I recommend qualifying with your ‘off’ or non-dominant hand. If you do, you’ll need an additional 6 rounds for the support hand live fire.

5 yards (15 feet)
Hold Control: Operators Choice, One or Two Hands. Most people will use two hands from this point forward.
12 rounds total – 6 rounds in one magazine, 6 rounds in a second magazine.
Course of fire: Shoot 6 rounds, come to slide-lock, perform a safe magazine change then fire the remaining 6 rounds.
No Time Limit

7 yards (21) feet
Hold Control: Operators Choice, One or Two Hands.
Course of fire: Shoot 6 rounds, come to slide-lock, perform a safe magazine change then fire the remaining 6 rounds.
No Time Limit

If you don’t know why we qualify out to 21 feet, you’ll learn a lot about it in class. It’s the reactionary gap distance where someone that far away, 21 feet, can rush and hurt you. Typical time is within 1.5 seconds. You’ll learn all about it in class.

From a self-defense standpoint, my recommendation for range qualification is –
1) A defensive handgun in at least 9mm, and;
2) Shooting continuously at least once per second.

Practicing Before Class
If you shoot even once a year, you should have no problem passing the live fire qualification. The live fire qualification is not difficult. Why you ask?

Because it’s not about shooting, it’s about ‘what you must do so you don’t have to shoot in the first place!’

As a CCW carrier, it is not only your duty but your responsibility to be proficient with your defensive handgun. Public safety is at jeopardy here and you must know what to do should you have to shoot in public!

You should practice no less than six times per year at the range and preferably eight. In class, we will talk about range time and making the most of it.  No one has ever failed the qualification in my class.

Rick Cross
Be Safe CCW
Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mobile: (702) 275-1625

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