Frequently Asked Questions

These are our most frequently asked questions.  We update this regularly as we get more inquiries.

What is a Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) permit?

The Concealed Carry Handgun permit is a state issued permit granting a resident of the state permission to conceal a handgun on his or her person for the purpose of personal defense. The state sets the laws, rules and regulations the permit holder must comply with in order to keep their permit in good standing.

Do I have to take a CCH class to conceal carry in North Carolina?

Yes. North Carolina requires all applicants to take an 8-hour safety course prior to applying for an NC CCH.

Do I have to have to have my own gun to take the class?

No, the class price of $135 includes gun rental. We are a federally licensed firearms dealer therefore we often have firearms available for sale during class.

How much does the class cost?

The class is $135 per person and it includes gun rental, 30 rounds of ammunition, ear protection, eye protection, targets and range time.

What if I do have my own gun?

If you have all of the required equipment (gun, ammunition, ear protection, eye protection, targets and range time) the price will drop to $120.

How long is the class?

The state of North Carolina requires that you complete 8 hours of class instruction explaining the State’s conceal carrying laws, function, maintenance and proper use of firearms. Applicants are then required to complete a shooting qualification at a shooting range to complete the course.

Can I bring my child to the class?

Yes, you can bring someone 13 and older to class. We will not charge them to get the information. If you would like for them to shoot they can do so for a nominal fee.

How old do I have to be to take the class?

There is no restriction to attend our class but you must be 21 to apply for a North Carolina CCH permit.

Where is the class held?

Our classes are typically taught in Charlotte but we travel throughout North and South Carolina to do classes upon request.

Do you offer group rates?

Yes, the group rates are listed with each class. For conceal carry classes you can get five for the price of four. This comes out to $108 per person.

Do you offer private classes?

Yes, if you have six or more people we can come to you. Please contact us for more details.

Do you do 1-on-1 classes?

Yes, we will do 1-on-1 classes if schedules permit. The cost will be significantly higher.

Do I need to have any experience shooting?

No, many of our students are first time shooters or have not shot in very many years.

What are your qualifications to teach?

All of our instructors are certified with the North Carolina Department of justice to teach conceal carry in North Carolina.

What do you teach in class?

We focus on the law and safety. We go over ammunition, gun types, stances, defensive gun use, concealing techniques, personal non-lethal safety tips, etc.

How is your class different from other CCH classes?

We teach the class from the perspective of private citizens.  We relate our real world experiences to non-traditional shooters.  We encourage open discussion and ensure that everyone has a chance to ask and learn in a safe environment.

Where do we do shooting qualifications?

We do shooting qualifications at various local indoor ranges.

What does the shooting qualification consist of?

After our 8-hour class, we head to a local shooting range.  North Carolina requires you shoot 10 shots from 7 yards, 10 shots from 5 yards and 10 shots of 3 yards.  You must hit 7/10 shots at each distance.

Can we prequalify?

Yes, in fact we encourage people to do their shooting qualification ahead of time.  Class instruction is a long day.  Doing your shooting qualification prior to class is a great way to break up the day.  It will also ensure that you get individualized instruction.

Is there a test?

Yes, there is a written test at the end of the 8-hour instruction.

Do you have guns available for purchase in class?

Yes, we typically have several guns available for purchase in class.

What is needed to purchase a firearm in class?

You will need to obtain a Purchase Permit from your local sheriff department.

How much time do you have from the time I receive my certificate, to apply to the Sheriff’s office online?

We recommend that you apply for your CCH permit with your local Sheriff’s office within 90 days of completing the course. There is no specified limit; however, Sheriff’s have been known to force applicants to retake the course after 90 days, while some have accepted certificates as much as a year later.

How do I register for my actual CCH?

You must apply at the Sheriff’s office in the county in which you reside. In Mecklenburg County, you must go online here. You would enter the certificate number that you received from us. Next, you will pay $95 to the state.

What kind of weapons can I conceal carry?

In the state of North Carolina, a conceal carry handgun permit only allows permit holders to carry handguns. The conceal carry handgun class provides detailed instruction on what qualifies as a handgun in the state.

Where can I conceal carry in North Carolina?

The concealed carry handgun course explains in detail what are permitted and prohibited spaces one can conceal carry in North Carolina. Most places will have a conspicuously posted sign at the entrance restricting access. If no sign is posted you can call or visit the establishment’s website to confirm. Prohibited spaces include: educational facilities (college campuses), athletic parks and facilities with swimming pools, and most retail/private places when posted.

Will this allow me to go to conceal carry in South Carolina?

Yes, if you are an NC resident you can travel to SC and 36 other states. You will be responsible for following the conceal carry laws of each state.  You can go to the NCDOJ webpage here to get official up to date information about state reciprocity.

Do you teach Conceal carry certification for South Carolina residents?

We began offering conceal carry instruction for South Carolina since March of 2018.