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N.C. Concealed Carry – 8 hours

Fee: $80

Required NC course to receive a permit to carry a concealed handgun. A certificate is issued at the completion of the course that will be accepted by any sheriff in NC when applying for a Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) permit. The course includes classroom instruction on handgun safety and operation, concealed carry techniques and on the current NC laws on the use of deadly force. At the end of the course there is a shooting exercise at targets placed at 3, 5 and 7 yards from the shooter and requires 50 rounds of ammunition to complete.


NRA Home Firearm Safety Seminar – 3–4 hours

Fee: $40

A non-shooting course that covers rules of safe gun handling, identifying and unloading different firearms, practical hands-on exercises in safe gun handling, and information on ammunition and the safe cleaning and storage of firearms. This course is available for groups of 10 or more at any location. Please contact us for details.


Refuse to Be a Victim – 3–4 hours 

Fee: $20

A seminar with topics on the psychology of criminal predators, mental preparedness, home security, physical security, automobile security, out-of-town travel security, technological security, self-defense physical training, and personal protection devices. This is not a firearms shooting course. This seminar is available for groups of 10 or more at any location. Excellent seminar for church or civic groups, business or homeowner organizations. Please contact us for details.


NRA First Steps Pistol – 4 hours

Fee: $45

A 4-hour course that provides an introduction to handgun safety, handling and shooting skills. Designed for beginning handgun shooters, course topics include: pistol safety, parts and operation; an introduction to ammunition and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. There is a 1-1/2 hour range exercise shooting a pistol from the bench rest position, and information on the care and cleaning of a pistol. Ownership of a handgun is not required.


NRA Basic Pistol Shooting – 8 hours    

Fee: $75     

A more in-depth basic handgun course than the First Steps course. The course covers all topics in the First Steps Pistol course plus instruction on shooting from the two-handed and one-handed standing positions. Students will have approximately 3 hours of range time with instructors. Ownership of a handgun is not required.


NRA First Steps Rifle – 4 hours            

Fee: $45    

A 4-hour course that provides an introduction to rifle safety, handling and shooting skills. Designed for beginning rifle shooters, course topics include: rifle safety, parts and operation; an introduction to ammunition and the fundamentals of rifle shooting; an introduction to shooting a rifle from the bench rest position, and an introduction to rifle cleaning. Ownership of a rifle is not required. Excellent course for young people and adults interested in learning how to shoot a rifle.


Basic Defensive Shotgun I – 4 hours

Fee: $45

A 4-hour introduction to defensive shotgun shooting. The course is designed for beginner shotgun shooters and individuals who have a shotgun for home defense. Course topics include safety procedures, loading and unloading a shotgun, equipment and ammunition selection, cleaning and storage. Students will spend approximately 1-1/2 hours on the range in basic shooting exercises. Students will need a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun for the class.


Basic Defensive Shotgun II – 4 hours

Fee: $45

A 4-hour follow-up course to Basic Defensive Shotgun I above. The course is for individuals who have some experience shooting a shotgun. It provides training for various defensive scenarios that may occur in home defense. Course topics include shooting positions, handling malfunctions, use of cover and concealment, and shooting while moving. Students will spend approximately 3 hours on the range participating in various shotgun drills. Students will need a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun for the class.


NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading – 8 hours

Fee: $75

The reloading course provides students with the fundamentals on metallic (rifle and pistol) cartridge reloading – making your own ammunition. The course is designed for shooters with little or no prior experience in reloading to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to produce safe, consistent and accurate reloaded ammunition. Students will receive a student handbook and reloading information from various manufacturers and will have the opportunity to practice reloading.


NRA Personal Protection in the Home – 8 hours

Fee: $75

A course for individuals with basic experience in handgun shooting who want to focus on personal protection. Lessons include defensive shooting, basic defensive handgun skills, firearms and the law, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, and selecting a handgun for self-defense. Students will need their own handguns. There will be approximately 3 hours of range shooting.


N.C. Hunter Safety Course – 10 hours

Fee: Free

Required course to receive a North Carolina Hunting License. Course is approximately one and one-half days long with an opportunity for students to shoot their hunting guns on the second day.


NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home – 14 hours

Fee: $90

This intermediate level handgun course provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Students will need a strong-side hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse.

The course is divided into two days (basic and advanced). Day one is a eight-hour course and provides the knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of Day One, students may choose to attend Day Two, which is an additional six hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. The course fee covers both days of training. On day one, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Day two requires approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. Students will receive a handbook, safety brochure and the appropriate course completion certificate(s). Participants in this course must be at least 21 years of age and possess defensive pistol skills. Participants must know and observe not only general gun safety rules but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations.

Defensive Pistol  I – 8 hours

Fee: $75

A course designed for novice to intermediate pistol shooters seeking to improve their skill level. The classroom portion will cover aspects of defensive shooting engagements and the afternoon will be spent on the range building shooting skills. The goal of the course is for the students to become more proficient in various personal protection and concealed carry type scenarios. Students should have completed the NRA 1st Steps or Basic Pistol course, or the N.C. Concealed Carry Course, or equivalent training. Students will need to bring their handgun, 3 magazines or speed loaders, a strong side holster and 250 rounds of ammunition. There will be a more advanced course available in the near future.



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