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Colorado Concealed Carry
NRA Basic Pistol
Goal: To teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude neccessary for owning and using a pistol safely.
Length: 8 hours.
Description: Pistol knowledge and safe gun handling. Ammunition knowledge. Fundamentals of pistol shooting. Two-handed and one-handed shooting positions. Pistol sports and activities. Includes hands-on training in how to safely load, unload and clean various types of pistols. Live fire exercise at a gun range is included. Meets the training requirements to obtain the Colorado Concealed Carry permit.
Schedule: Offered approximately every two weeks.
NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home
Goal: To develop in the student the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding citizen's right to self-defense. Meets the training requirements to obtain the Colorado Concealed Carry permit.
Length: 8 hours.
Description: Introduction to defensive shooting. Basic defensive handgun skills. Firearms and the Law; Possesion, Ownership, and the use of Deadly Force. Strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation. Selecting a handgun for self-defense. Sport shooting activities and training opportunities.
NOTE: This course can ONLY be offered if the student has access to private land where shooting is allowed OR access to a range whose insurance regulations allow shooters to shoot from behind barriers. MOST ranges in Colorado do NOT allow this.
Schedule: Offered by special request ONLY.
NRA Home Firearm Safety
Goal: To teach the basic knowledge, skills and to explain the attitude neccessary for the safe handling and storage of guns in the home.
Length: 4 hours.
Description: Rules for safe gun handling. Identifying and unloading different firearms. Practical exercises in safe gun handling. Types of ammunition. Cleaning and storage of firearms. Does not meet the training requirements to obtain the Colorado Concealed Carry permit.
This course is provided at cost as a community service to promote firearm safety in the home and community. Parents may wish to consider taking this course along with suitably mature children.
Schedule: Offered by special request only.
Why does CCC not offer the 4 hour Concealed Carry Class that some other "Schools" offer?
I have been asked many times why other instructors offer a 4 hour, one evening, class to obtain the Colorado Concealed Carry Permit. Those other instructors offer this course, which does not include any range time firing a pistol, as a basis for carrying a concealed weapon.
When Colorado first adopted the Shall Issue amendment in 2004 I was told by both the NRA and Law Enforcement that those courses did not meet the training requirements specified under Colorado Law. Yet, I have seen other instructors that do just that - offer the 4 hour course as a basis for the training requirement under Colorado Revised Statutes. Whether or not this 4 hour class does or does not meet those requirements under the law I do not know, however, I choose not to do it that way.
Everyone can benefit from the training covered under our NRA Basic Pistol class - no matter what level of experience. No one knows it all when it comes to firearms. I have repeatedly had very experienced shooters tell me that they learned something new at the end of class - and often, I myself learn something from the students.
In addition, there are many case law instances where an instructor is held civilly liable for the actions of someone they have issued a training certificate to, regardless of any waiver signed. I do not feel it is ethical or professional or in my best interest legally to sign such a certificate without having first worked with the student on the range. And, only very rarely do I come across someone who I cannot help to become a better shooter through some little tip after I watch them shoot.
Last, but not least, I spend an hour or so covering the laws concerning Possession of Firearms in the State of Colorado and the Use of Deadly Force - something that very few other instructors can offer - in fact, they must be either a lawyer or a police officer to do this.
To sum up, everyone can benefit from our NRA Basic Pistol class - even those with much shooting experience. We offer that class at a cost of approximately 2/3 of what others charge. We feel that because of the unique material presented, and the relative cost of this course, that this is the best deal going out there.
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