South Carolina CWP,
and Florida CWP, and
Basic Pistol Certificate
Here's our current schedule of CWP and Basic Pistol
classes in the greater Columbia, SC, area.
Email us if you don't see a convenient
class on that schedule. (Please include your local phone number
whenever you email us so we can call to answer your
questions and determine your needs.) We can teach
special CWP and Basic Pistol classes for
groups such as women, business associates, friends, families, and church
members. Let us know if you have a group that
would like a special class or a weekday class.
Why South Carolinians need
Concealed Weapons Permit too
There isn't any
or "national" Concealed Weapons Permit to cover you
when you travel throughout the U.S.A. The federal government does not issue a
CWP. Concealed Weapons Permits come from the states, just
as drivers licenses do. But there the comparison ends.
States honor every other state's drivers licenses but
that's not true of Concealed Weapons Permits. Each state chooses whether
to issue a CWP, who can get it, and whether to honor
another state's CWP. It's a tricky situation that
can cost you big if you get trapped in it.
It's why we advise people in our classes to get both
South Carolina's CWP and Florida's CWP when they
can, and why we help our students apply for both permits
with this one class at no extra charge for the class.
between two states means that they've made an agreement
to honor each other's permits. (Of course you need to comply
with the laws of each state you enter.) South Carolina and
Georgia do not have a reciprocity agreement. But Georgia
does honor Florida's non-resident CWP. So if you want
to carry your concealed handgun when you drive in Georgia,
you'll want the Florida CWP too. Check our reciprocity links
on the navigation bar at your left and you'll see that Florida
has reciprocity with many more states than South Carolina
With a Florida CWP you can travel through most states
legally armed. As a South Carolina resident the Florida
permit does not cover you in South Carolina, so that's
another reason why you want both permits. Our class lets
you apply for the Florida CWP as soon as you complete
the class, when you apply for the South
Carolina CWP, without waiting until you get the South
Carolina CWP. We help you do both. We help you cover yourself.
Our South Carolina and Florida CWP
classes are open to people who are legally qualified to
own and use firearms. You don't need experience with
guns. We help people with special needs.
teach you the basics and can lend you one of our own handguns
by advance arrangement. We don't charge for use of our handgun
or the holster for it. Our classes are small and tend to
fill quickly. To reserve your place in a class please
email us now. Please include your local phone number(s)
whenever you email us so we can call to answer your questions
and determine your needs.
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instruct you in the law and in firearms safety. (The photo
shows the best way to check that a semi-automatic pistol
is unloaded: you look and you feel. We show you what you
need to know.) We'll teach you how to
shoot defensively, to protect your life. You don't need
experience or even a handgun of your own to take our CWP
/ Basic Pistol class. We teach you how to choose the right
handgun for you and we can lend you one of our own handguns
to use in class while you learn.
Our class is approved by SLED (the South Carolina Law
Enforcement Division) as the training requirement for South
Carolina's Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) and by
the NRA for the Basic Pistol Certificate recognized everywhere.
The State of Florida accepts our training certificate for its CWP.
We understand the requirements.
for both South Carolina's and Florida's CWP at the same
time when you complete our class. It's worthwhile for many
South Carolinians. Florida's CWP is recognized by many more
states than South Carolina's, including by Georgia. We provide
you with both the South Carolina application and the Florida
application, and we'll guide you through them both.
We are on your side. We give you—and you keep—the
NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting book,
current South Carolina laws you must know, and other materials
you'll find useful after you've completed this class. (If you take a CWP class elsewhere you might want to buy the
Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting. It's an excellent book. You'll find it extremely helpful.)
committed to helping the people who most need to protect
themselves. We welcome women, mature adults, couples, and
people new to firearms or who are apprehensive about them.
Our classes are small so you get individual attention and
the help you need. If you need or want private tutoring before or
after you take this class we are happy to arrange personal
training with you.
Learn more about personal training.
Our instructors are both women and men--people who have
raised children and have experience with firearms in the
home. We have decades of fulltime professional teaching
experience and years of advanced training in what we teach.
We are certified by both SLED and the NRA.
We're not only Certified Instructors in all the self-defense disciplines
but we're also Training Counselors who teach
the teacher's teachers—part of that small
group throughout the world who is appointed to select
and teach other instructors.
And because safety really is our foremost concern, we're
also Chief Range Safety Officers who select and
teach Range Safety Officers. Learn more about us.
If we seem to be unusually well-qualified it's
because we are. The NRA has appointed both of us
advanced pistol instructors. The all-important sections on Firearms and the Law
in our classes are taught by instructors trained by Massad
Ayoob, the nation's leading expert and expert witness in
the judicious use of deadly force. Because we understand
the need for CWP holders to behave responsibly in protecting
themselves our instructors are among the earliest instructor
members in the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network. We
provide quality instruction in every way. We've done it
for many years.
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The major parts of our CWP / Basic Pistol
Our CWP/Basic Pistol class has six major parts enhanced
for the needs of civilians who want to behave responsibly
and protect themselves and their families:
- Handgun Knowledge, and Safe Gun Handling and Storage;
- Firearms and the Law, and Avoiding Confrontations;
- Ammunition Knowledge, Fundamentals of Handgun Shooting,
and Handgun Maintenance;
- Shooting Positions, Range Safety, and Fundamentals
- Livefire Exercises and shooting qualification
Each of those parts is packed with instruction and information.
We enhance each part with materials we developed to complement
our teaching so our students can get maximum lasting benefit
from the class. Among those benefits is knowledge of South Carolina law for CWP holders and gun owners.
Email us now if you want to take a class. Please
include your local telephone number so we can call to answer
your questions and determine your needs.
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