Concealed Carry Q and A
1. How long does it take to get a CCW permit?
Colorado must decide if it is going to issue you a permit or not within 90 days. We see a lot of poor quality 1 or 2 hr classes that are a red flag for Sheriff departments and they tend to make you wait close to the full 90 days. Our students tend to get their permits within 21 days. Some have received their permit within 7 days. Why? The departments know that our 10 hr Tactical Pistol class exceeds the requirements to get a permit.
2. What is required to get a CCW permit?
The requirements in Colorado are honestly quite poor. You must take a class from a NRA certified instructor. The state does not even require that you shoot in class. This is a huge mistake in my opinion as you are wide open for criminal and civil litigation.
3. How much does it cost to get a concealed weapon permit?
We offer a Basic pistol class which is 6 hrs long. That class is $99.00. The Tactical Pistol class is 10 hrs long and is $199.00. The all day class is a better value and it will do much more to help you with a violent altercation and the civil and criminal aftermath.
4. How long does the permit last?
A Colorado concealed weapon permit is good for 5 years. At that point you can choose to renew or let it expire.
5. What is the industry standard for refreshing and staying current when you have a ccw permit?
The industry standard is that you refresh once per year. Yes, the laws can and do change that fast and you are not allowed to claim ignorance of the law if you carry a gun. We offer discounts to our students who need to refresh.
6. How many states recognize my Colorado CCW permit?
Currently 30 states have what is called reciprocity with Colorado on concealed carry permits.
7. I am former military. Do I need to take a CCW class?
Technically do you do not. However, ask yourself this question. While in the military did you cover civil law for Colorado? Did you cover Anatomy and Physiology in regard to traumatic wounds? Also, a common myth is that military vets fire pistols in basic training and the truth is they don’t. So my advice, take the class, get the training, learn the laws and this will help you stay out of jail and getting sued.
8. What does a class from Colorado Shooting Sports cover in the ccw Tactical Pistol class?
We cover firearms safety, Anatomy and Physiology, Legal aspects, draw of the firearm, malfunction drills, dealing with multiple adversaries, marksmanship, etc, etc.
9. What are the benefits of taking the CCW class from Colorado Shooting Sports?
Our students end up shooting very well, very fast. The class builds confidence. We provide subject matter expert testimony should you go to court, Our drills are realistic and fun.
10. Do you fire your gun in the Colorado Shooting Sports Tactical Pistol class?
Yes we sure do. We typically go through 200 rounds in class during various skill building drills
11. How young is the youngest student you have had in ccw class?
Youngest student we have ever had in Tactical Pistol was 12. Yes they were in the class with a parent. There is no better class for firearms safety than that class.
12. I am older or have a physical disability. Can I still take the CCW class?
We have had 78 year old women in class and 91 year old men. We have had people take the class with a walker or a wheelchair. Remember bad guys are ambush predators and you are the perfect prey. That is why we highly encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and learn how to protect yourself.
13. I heard instructors are loud and unapproachable. What is the teaching style at Colorado shooting sports?
We have heard the same thing. I think you will enjoy the teaching style. The instructor and the student should share the same goals. As a former Registered Nurse I have developed the class in such a way as to pull maximum skill out of each student and get the highest information retention for the student.
14. What are the credentials of the instructor at Colorado Shooting Sports?
The instructor has over 1500 hrs of instructor level training from various schools. He also has clinical time in the E.R that has helped him provide you the best information about what guns do and do not do.
15. What is the safety record at Colorado Shooting Sports?
We are very happy to say that in our 18 year history we have never had an accident or an insurance claim. We are serious about what we do and very serious about the safety of our students. Most other schools in the state cannot say that.
16. Why is Colorado Shooting Sports the only school that offers a money back guarantee on its concealed carry classes?
That is a good question. It is my opinion that if you offer a poor quality class, that you do not offer this to your students. We believe in the quality of our classes and the results at the end of the day speak for themselves. We know that most Americans are lazy and this may be the only class you ever take. So we make sure you get the best.
17. I don’t own a gun. Can I rent for a concealed carry class?
Yes we have rentals available that include holster, magazine pouch, etc. We think this is a great idea to learn what you like and don’t like about pistols before you make a purchase.
18. I heard that you offer to be a subject matter expert in court for your students?
Yes this is true. Most people have no idea what a valuable gift we give them for simply being a student of Colorado Shooting Sports. If they are involved in a self defense situation I will not charge to be a subject matter expert in court. This is a potential saving so thousands of dollars.
19. How often do you do concealed carry classes?
We do our schedule for the entire year in November. That means you can schedule your training months in advance.
20. Why did you give up being a Registered Nurse to become a firearms instructor.
My time as a nurse was amazing. I can say without a doubt I helped a lot of people. I can also say that they number of people I have helped as a firearms instructor dwarfs what I did as a nurse. I get to see people transform in a 10 hr day. I get to see them go from worrier to warrior. I love to be of service to people who care about others.