What to Expect in Class
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!’
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.
Please don’t let this discourage you from practicing!
As a CCW carrier, it is not only your duty but your responsibility to be proficient with your defensive handgun.
You should practice no less than six times per year at the range and preferably eight times. In class, we will talk about range time and making the most of it. No one has ever failed the qualification in my class.
A perfect score on the CCW Live Fire Qualification is 360 points. That’s 36 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 perfectly.
Handguns Suitable for Qualification
Any handgun that fires a live cartridge. You can qualify with a .22 caliber semi-automatic (I have two) but a true self-defense caliber is going to be minimum, a .38 or 9mm. Most people shoot 9mm’s
Live Fire Qualification
Think 357 like the revolver cartridge.
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 magazine change safely and efficiently, fire the remaining 6 rounds.
No Time Limit
If you don’t know why we qualify out to 21 feet, It’s the reactionary gap distance where someone that far away can rush and harm you 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 a 9mm, and 2) shooting continuously at least once per second. I would also recommend shooting the defensive ammo you have for the gun, not range ammo. We’ll discuss this more in class.
The written exam has 40 questions and only new applicants have to take it. The exam is quite simple and you’ll receive all the information necessary in class to pass the test with flying colors! You can miss 12 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!
When You Will Receive Your Permit
You will not receive your permit in class. This class qualifies you to apply for a permit.
You will get all of the necessary state required documents, with my signature, certifying you attended the class.
Permits are issued by the certifying authority, which in Southern Nevada is The Metropolitan Police Department
The Bureau of Criminal Identification issues CFP permits for Utah. There is an additional fee to apply for a Utah permit.
You will get full information on how to apply with the agencies and what to have and/or include.
Right now, Metro has instructed us to let our students know it can take up to 145 days until you get your permit in the mail. Most people are getting them in around 90 days. You will receive your permit in the mail. Utah will also mail your Utah permit, but within 60 days. You cannot carry concealed with just a Utah permit.
What You’ll See in Class
I will have many different handguns, holsters, training aids, locking devices, ‘hide in plain sight’ items, cleaning supplies, Instructional and expert information, books, magazines and a lot more. I will also have a ‘safe direction’ target to give you an idea of a ‘safe practice area’. I also show no less than 6 ‘force/no-force & shoot/no-shoot’ videos.
LaserLyte Dry Practice System
I have an extensive laser base dry practice system in class. You will get to practice sight alignment, sight picture, and trigger press before we go to the range. Dry practice is essential to proper gun handling. You are building muscle memory before needing it to save your life. We’ll go over everything related to dry practice in class.
You do not need to own a handgun to be in the class and get your CCW! You can use any handgun that someone else owns.
Use of any of my handguns is included in your class free of charge. You must have or purchase (from the range) factory full-metal jacket ammuntion.
The range has many handguns for rent. If you are considering a certain kind of handgun, see if they have it.
Selecting a Handgun
If you have not purchased a handgun for concealed carry yet, you really need to think carefully about the decision. Read the document Choosing a Primary and Concealed Carry Handgun. Those small, lightweight, ‘cute’ handguns often have way more bite than their big brother counterparts and are much less accurate.
Coverage of Material & Range Time
As there is a LOT of material to cover. We will be on a tight schedule tall day and need to be heanding to the range no later than 3:30pm, maybe 4:00pm
I do provide coffee & bottled water in class. Remember to bring a lunch or you can get one close to the classroom and enjoy it in class.