Choosing A Concealed Carry Course

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Provo, Utah –-( According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the number of concealed carry holders increased 29% from 6.9 million people in 2010 to 9 million people in 2012.

Whatever the reason or motivation, more and more people are making the decision to become a concealed carry permit holder. Making a decision to become a concealed carry permit holder is a big decision and can often be met with a lot of questions and possibly uneasiness, especially for those who may be new to the gun industry.

Every state is different in their requirements and how they issue, but most states require a person to demonstrate competence with a firearm before they will issue a concealed carry permit.

One of the most common ways to do this is by taking a class. This may be a safety course, law enforcement or training course; whatever it is, they usually vary in curriculum and length. It may be appealing to take the shortest course and complete the minimum requirements, but most experts in the industry suggest against this.

Especially for those who are new to firearms and the gun industry, a concealed carry course can be a great introduction and foundation to understanding proper gun etiquette and conduct. A longer course can provide more range time and more instruction about state laws and regulations. An in-depth knowledge of state laws and the responsibilities associated with concealed carry can prevent costly fines and other issues that result in being ignorant about concealed carry laws. Many suggest thinking about why you want to get a concealed carry permit, and then finding the course that will help you achieve your objective.

It is also recommended that additional training be completed after the concealed carry course is over. When it comes to firearms, there is no such thing as too much practice. Many shooting ranges offer concealed carry courses along with other courses designed to enhance firearms proficiency. These ranges also offer special events and promotions such as Ladies Night where women can shoot at a discounted rate, or receive additional instruction from a Range Safety Officer.

Whatever the level of shooting expertise, taking time to choose a concealed carry course that matches your objectives and ideals will help to increase firearm proficiency and safety.

Other Things to Consider When Thinking about Concealed Carry:

  • Keep your firearms clean and operational. It is recommended to clean your firearm after each shooting session and check for any worn or broken parts.
  • Keep firearms out of reach of children (or anyone else that should not have access to them).
  • Tactical training is highly recommended. Look for courses in your area and sign up.
  • Let it be known to very few people that you concealed carry.

About Action Targets:
Action Target is a privately owned business headquartered about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City in Provo, Utah. For the last 20 plus years, Action Target has been the dominant force in shooting range equipment design and manufacturing for law enforcement, military, and commercial ranges around the world. We are proud of our commitment to deliver advanced firearms training products that help prepare our men and women in uniform for the heroic job of defending our safety and our freedom. Visit:

  • 5 thoughts on “Choosing A Concealed Carry Course

    1. I like how you talked about getting tactical training when you’re going to take a concealed carry course. I’ve been looking into concealed carry courses for a while, and I’m finally ready to get it done. I think I’ll have to look for a tactical training class as well for when I finish my concealed carry course!

    2. Rick: Very sorry to hear of your bad experience. I am an instructor in Ohio and I do small classes 3-10 people. We are required to give 10 hours of classroom time and 2 hours of range time. I find it difficult to fit in to those times, all I want to teach people. I start out with how our state got CCW and an overview of other states. Then I show how ammunition works, how revolvers vs semi-autos work, and 2 hours just on CCW laws of our state. Everyone gets to load and unload a revolver and a semi and I teach clearing semi malfunctions. Range time is 50 shots and I give individual attention to each person who has any difficulty. Not a single person, regardless of their experience level with guns prior, has said that they didn’t learn SOMETHING new and useful.
      You need to report that “diploma mill” to the authorities.

    3. It’s been 5 years since I was issued a CCW and I still have yet to purchase a firearm.
      Haven’t fired a weapon since I took the so called “class”. I thought I was going there to actually learn something, but instead, they packed a little gun shop with 68 applicants and our instructor basically went through each question on the form and said “number 1, fill in A, number two, fill in C” and so on.
      nothing was explained and we didn’t even open up our instruction booklet (mine is still sealed to this day).
      After getting the form out of the way, they broke us up into groups of 5 and took us to the range where we had to take two shots at a human target 5 feet in front of you.
      The scary part is that people were actually missing!! One lady shot up into the ceiling and was allowed to reload and keep shooting until she got two on paper.
      After that, we just waited on a line to get fingerprinted by a retired Deputy Sheriff.
      What was supposed to be a 5 hour instructional class turned out to be less than an hour from the time I entered.
      What did I learn?
      I learned that they are handing out licenses to untrained people who have absolutely no business in handing a weapon.
      When choosing a class, I suggest going to one that will actually teach you something, not tiny gun shop or a tent at a gun show.

    4. Firearms training is something that has to be done continually. Not just ‘trigger time’ either ! You need to be current on laws,scenario situations,when NOT use lethal force,interaction with LE,storage/handling,etc..! There is alot of respnsibility that goes along with firearms ownership well past the purchase !

    5. Great overview. Ongoing training is a must. Reach reviews online of any instructor/group whose class you are considering taking. If they don’t have reviews take that as a bad sign.


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