Not All CCW Classes Are the Same

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CCW Requirements

In the state I live in, Anyone who wants to obtain their concealed carry weapon permit must take 8 hours of classroom instruction and a range qualification test, where they are required to shoot 5 rounds one-handed at a distance of 3 yards, 10 rounds free-style at a distance of 7 yards, and 10 rounds free-style at a distance of 10 yards. 18 of the 25 rounds fired must hit the designated part of the target to qualify. Sounds simple, right? Try this at the end of a 6-7 hour lecture with 30-35 other people who are all ready to go home and have spouses, some of which have joined them on the range, waiting for them.

My CCW Class

Most of my Saturday’s are spent sleeping in, but on this day, I woke up bright and early to attend a concealed carry class so I could obtain my CCW permit. I got to the house out in the country pretty early, so I wasn’t clued in by a bunch of cars or anything. What surprised me was the fact that this class was being held in a basement. A basement full of tables and chairs. By the time we started, there were at least 30 people in there. I had unwittingly signed up for one of those classes. You know, the one where the guy seems to be more interested in the amount of money he can make vs quality learning and instruction. ┬áI chose to stick it out and just see how it goes. Overall, the classroom part of the class wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t until we walked out of the house to his private little range that I knew there was a problem.
Like I said, we had at least 30 people in this class and everyone was ready to shoot and go home. There was a second range officer helping and they allowed 3 people on the line at a time. What they couldn’t see were all the folks behind the line. This instructor had given the class instructions to not handle weapons behind the line, but by the time spouses showed up, all rules went out the window. I purposely sat at the back and just watched everything. I didn’t really feel safe until over half of the people got done and left.

Lesson Learned from CCW Class

What did I take away from this experience? Be picky. A class that saves you $20-$25 may not be your best option. Like mine, the guy might be just running a bunch of people through to make money. A class with a strict enrollment max of 8-10 people may be a better option even if you have to pay more for it.  Remember, safety is worth paying for.

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