Well, it is getting closer to the date that I will be taking my concealed carry class with Top Shot Academy at Cabela’s. I have been busy doing research on the process as well as some of the ups and downs of the programs that are out there.
Countless hours have been spent researching the different instructors out there as well as the wide array of choices of firearms and concealed holsters on the market. As I move through the process I will focus on each item in more depth.
There have been a few “red flags” that I have come upon when it comes to your choice of instructors and the classes in which they teach. The main issue that I have discovered is that there was a huge rush of people that applied to become registered instructors after the legislation had passed.
What does this mean? Well it seems that some of these instructors are not as qualified as some would like them to be. There are people out there that have made the choice to get certified to take advantage of the demand for the classes so that they can earn a few extra bucks. Yes I said it. There are some greedy people out there, but that doesn’t mean that they all are.
When looking into taking your class do some research on whom you will be taking the course with. What is their background? What is their experience level? Have they had experience with Concealed carry or are they just your standard “gun” guys?
These are just a few questions that you should ask of them as well as yourself. It is important that you know these things so that you are properly trained on the goal that you wish to accomplish.
Here are a few things that are important to know in what to expect in class:
- This is not a class in marksmanship.
- These classes should center around safety and gun handling
- Look for classes that teach scenarios about the when and where the use of force is necessary
- Find an instructor that is familiar with not only firearms, but the law and all other laws/regulations surrounding Concealed carry
- If possible get into a class that runs “dry-Fire” exercises.
I have only scratched the surface here. Again I will dive into these deeper as the days pass so that you can follow along on the process and what you will be expect when you get into your class.
My main concern about the class was the lack of having the weapon that I plan on carrying. With Chip and Top Shot Academy they will be covering the details of what weapons are a good fit to each individual and situation thus helping me choose what I might want to carry.
This, of course, is going to be a whole new topic of discussion as the time passes. I will be sure to cover size, caliber, and any other necessary details that one should know when choosing their carry weapon.
I hope that you follow along with me as I work my way through this process and lean what it takes to get properly trained and prepared for my concealed carry license.
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