OK, so I took my CCW class today at the Apple valley gun club.
I have to say it is a nice range and if you are local to the area, it would be a good place to be a member. alot of good folks there.
My instructor was Captain Jon. He is a Captain with the SBDCO Sheriff and a very mellow, down to earth, good guy. Very professional and patient.
Our class consisted of 21 or 22 people. there were three husband and wife teams. one brother and sister team, and two women there alone, and a man that was probably in his mid 70's. the point was made by the instructor that he was happy to see women there.
in a nut shell, the course consisted of what you might expect.
-transportation laws. vehicles/ airports and the extra check in time required
-gun selection for CCW
- gun fit
-no gun mods outside of grip, sights, and approved length of pull adjustments
-night sights. (highly recommended)
-cleaning (very brief)
-storage and safety devices and the related laws
-how to avoid situations
-the legal use of deadly force
-the liability of the use of deadly force
-insurance policies and attorney advice
the class started at 8:00 am an was over at 3:00 pm. we got a 10 minute break every hour and 45 minutes for lunch.
range time started at 3:00 pm and went to 4:45.
the range consisted of 10 rounds per gun with one magazine change or speed loader reload for revolvers each. distance was 5 yards. targets were provided.
Most of the range time was focused on range safety. i had my electronic ear muffs which made it nice to hear the instructions. they will tell you everything you need to do before you get there so you know what to expect and what to do. all you have to do is listen and follow directions. I was in the army so this had already been beaten into my scull. dont load before they tell you to, properly reload, and clear your weapon when you are done. it is actually very easy, 5 yards is no test of marksmanship and is almost too easy. But you have to realize this is self defense and not sniper training. You will hit the target and pass. I dont think failure is possible
One by one you will be called to your target and a little discussion will take place. the worst case is you will hear is, you are anticipating, tugging, or what ever. if you are a noob, you will be told to practice. if you are experienced, you will be told to add stress from a timer and practice. after it is done, you will have an after action review and told to practice. and you might be even told to practice.
I have been around guns my whole life. I am not a pro, i dont compete. I do shoot alot. what I took from this class is first, The SBDCO Sheriff is very supportive of CCW to the point of almost encouraging it. Second, Get yourself some financial coverage, third, Have a lawyer well versed in criminal homocide on speed dial, take some self defense classes if possible. and last practice, practice, practice.
all in all it was a good experience. but I feel that getting your CCW permit is about equal to a 16 year old getting a drivers license. it is just the first step in being responsible and proficient. you should really consider further training.
I wish everybody the best of luck.