We are dedicated to our threefold purpose in teaching:
1) Safety. Firearm safety is of utmost importance. Every firearm accident is the either the result of ignorance - not knowing how to safely store and use firearms, or carelessness- knowing the rules but not caring enough to follow them.
Firearm safety rules have been written in blood. According to The History Channel more people were killed in the migration west by their own firearms through accidents, then all the settlers ever killed by hostile Indians.
CCC is dedicated to making the community safer from firearm accidents through education.
2) Ethics. At CCC we believe that every law-abiding American citizen has both the right and ultimate responsibility for his own safety and the safety of his or her family and friends. Although Law Enforcement makes every effort to respond to 911 calls, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled it is a, "fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen" (Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981). Ultimately the responsibility falls to each individual to be prepared to protect and defend themselves and their loved ones.
We at CCC are also deeply concerned about why each individual attending training for the purpose of obtaining a CCW permit wishes to carry a concealed firearm. Each of us (at CCC) hope and pray that the last thing we will ever have to do is exercise our right to use deadly force to defend ourselves - we don't even want to have to show our firearm.
We are dedicated, to the best of our ability, to screen those applicants who apply for training and to teach the ethics and laws involved in the use of deadly force.
3) Accuracy. Part of the ethics of discharging a firearm include the responsibility to make sure that your shots hit what you are aiming for and do not travel beyond the target to possibly strike innocent bystanders. We teach "Defensible Accuracy", which is the ability to place all your shots into an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper at 15 feet or less. This is a standard that is achievable by everyone with the proper training.
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 things 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.
To Take a Class
Step 1) is to check the schedule and find a course date that works for you. ALL CLASSES ARE HELD IN AURORA, CO UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.
Step 2) is to pay for the course. Click on the course date desired and make a secure online payment using PayPal. PayPal gives you Buyer's Protection on your payment. Payments are NON-REFUNDABLE however, should you decide to cancel after payment is made. You MAY use the payment to attend a future class should you have to cancel. This protects both you and us.
You may not register for a course that is less than two weeks away. This gives us the required time to make sure that the materials we need for each student can be ordered from the NRA in time for the course.
Step 3) is to read the "What to bring the day of class" page. This gives all information about the class except the final classroom location. You will receive a confirmation email the Wednesday before the class with the address of the classroom. The location of the classroom may change depending on the number of students registered. ALL classroom locations are near I-225 and Mississippi Avenue in Aurora, Colorado.
Step 4) print out the application and fill it out and bring it the day of class. Do not just send in an application without already having made a payment through PayPal.
About the Instructor
Kevin Holroyd has over 20 years of teaching experience in everything from Commercial Flight Instruction to Firearms. He has been teaching the NRA Basic classes since the Shall Issue law was enacted in 2003. He is an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer and is also a Retired Police Officer in the State of Colorado.