3 Tips For Your First CCW Class

by Amy Garrett

There are many reasons to take concealed carry weapons (CCW) classes. First of all, in many states, taking a CCW class is required in order to receive a CCW license which legally allows you to carry a handgun with you in your vehicle and other places. CCW classes also provide you with training so that you handle and fire your gun safely and precisely. CCW classes are also a chance to educate yourself about gun laws in your state, which are frequently subject to change. Before taking your first CCW class, here are a few tips to help you prepare:

Consider Waiting to Purchase a Gun

If you don't yet own a handgun and are considering purchasing one to use in your CCW class, you may instead decide to hold off for the time being. When you take your CCW class, you will be given a chance to practice handling and firing a variety of handguns. You will also have a chance to ask your instructor any questions you have about specific weapons. This means that when you do purchase your own gun, you will be much more informed and confident about your choice.

Research Your Local CCW Options Carefully

Depending on where you live, there may be many options in your area for concealed carry weapon training. While you may be tempted to just choose the class that is the most affordable or closest to you, you will get much more out of the experience if you choose your class more carefully. Look for a class that gets positive reviews online. Your school should also limit class size to provide more individual attention to students. Finally, your class should provide you with plenty of hands-on practice with both handling and firing your firearm.

Consider Taking Additional Classes

While a CCW class is useful and helps you get your concealed carry license, your gun safety and shooting classes don't have to end there. Many shooting ranges and schools that offer CCW training also offer additional training so you can continue strengthening your skills and knowledge. For example, you may be able to take classes that are specifically focused on self-defense, shooting techniques, tactical training, or even the history of gun laws. These classes will help your gun knowledge become deeper and more well-rounded.

Taking a concealed carry weapon class can help you become a more responsible gun owner. By following the tips in this blog post, you will be as prepared as possible before your first class.