What to Expect in CCW Class
Practicing Before the Class
If you shoot on a somewhat regular basis, you really don’t need to practice before coming to the class. The shooting qualification is not difficult. Why? Because it’s not about shooting, it’s about ‘what you must so you don’t have to shoot in the first place!’
You can drop 90 points on the semi-automatic qualification and still pass, for revolvers you can drop 75 points. THAT is a lot and most average shooters will miss only between 22 and 33 points, in which they easily qualify.
Please don’t let this discourage you from practicing! As a CCW operator, it is your duty to be proficient in the use of your handgun and equipment. You should live fire practice no less than six times per year and dry practice should be integral part of your training routine.
In my class, no one has ever failed the qualification.
The written exam and range qualification is in the Orientation document.
You Will NOT Receive Your Permit in class!
You have to take an authorized class (mine), then apply for the permit. The costs and fees associated are separate and CCW instructors do not work for Metro. Class fees are around $100 and Metro’s fees are $100.25 for new permits and $65.25 for renewals.
When I got my permit over 12 years ago, it was around $400 dollars from class to permit and it took six and a half months until I received it in the mail – THAT was a LONG wait! Then when you got a new gun, you had to qualify with it, apply again, and wait again!
Your cost and wait are much less today. Permits are running about 3 to 4 months until you get it in the mail.
What you’ll receive
You’ll receive a booklet with a CD that is loaded with shooting and legal information including all Nevada and Federal U.S. Title Code 18 laws, videos, range shooting info and other self-defense presentations like car jackings, road rage, and home invasions. You’ll also receive a two-pocket folder with the most important reference documents, and three custom made wallet cards on Gun Safety Rules/Five Essential Rules, Nevada Reciprocity & Constitutional Carry, and Prohibited Locations of Carry in Nevada.
What You’ll See in Class
In my class, I will have many different handguns, holsters (outside and inside the waistband, ankle, fanny pack, deep concealment, and more), locking devices, loaders, ‘hide in plain sight’ items, cleaning supplies, Instructional and expert informational posters, books and magazines and a lot more. I will also have a ‘safe direction’ target to give you an idea of a ‘safe practice area’. Dry practice is essential to proper gun handling. I also show no less than nine ‘shoot/no-shoot’ videos.
You do not need to own a handgun to be in the class and get your CCW! You can use any handgun that might belong to your spouse or a friend. You can even rent one from the range. You will still be qualified and after you get your permit, you can purchase the handgun you want and start carrying it immediately. A revolver is included in the class (including the ammo!) and I highly recommend you qualify with it. It will make you more legal to even transport a revolver should you have to. I’ll go over this in class. .
Selecting a Handgun
If you have not purchased a handgun for concealed carry yet, you really need to think carefully about this decision. I have a document on choosing a primary and a concealed carry handgun – Go to my website (http://www.besafefirearms.com/) and view it under the left-side selection ‘handguns and defensive firearms’. Those small, lightweight, ‘cute’ handguns often have more bite than their big brother counterparts and are much less accurate. In other words, they kick like a mule! Small, lightweight handguns are ‘expert’ guns. They are good out to the length of your arm and maybe the width of a car. Under stress, they will be very difficult to shoot (But it may be all that you need to make the bad guy run). Be sure to try out a handgun your considering before purchasing it for concealed carry and ask others what they think of it.
Coverage of Material & Range Time
As there is a lot of material to cover; we will be on a tight schedule and need to be out of the classroom and onto the range no later than 4:00pm. The range closes at 6:30pm and most of the time there is a wait. While I know that everyone would like to put all of their rounds right in the middle, we will have to get through the range qualification as quickly as possible. This will mean you firing at least once per second. I’ll talk about this in class.
I do provide some light refreshments in class…bottled water, doughnuts and maybe some fruit, it depends on the size of the class. Remember to bring a lunch and/or something to snack on. Keeping your energy up for shooting is important.
Be Safe CCW