Your Questions, Answered


What safety equipment is required:

All students on the range are required to wear sufficient hearing protection and glasses/safety glasses. Additionally, no open toe shoes are allowed on the range. Clothing should not interfere with the students ability to shoot and be designed to be worn in an outdoor shooting environment. Ball caps are recommended but not required. No shooting gloves are to be worn unless approved.

Do I need my own handgun:

Yes. Recent California laws and Sheriff's Office policy require you to qualify with every firearm listed on you CCW permit whether you are renewing or obtaining your initial. This goes into effect Jan1, 2019. Additionally, due to "infrequent loaning laws", you can only put firearms on your CCW permit that are registered to you or your spouse. Firearms that have a California DOJ ownership history in another persons name can not be placed on your CCW permit without changing the registered owner through your local gun shop or at the DOJ website. Firearms that are not in the California DOJ system such as those purchased in another state or handed down can still be added to your CCW permit as long as they were legally obtained. Reputably manufactured handguns are required and can be either semi-auto or revolver. Handguns without a trigger guard are not allowed. Firearm choice can be discussed with a student prior to instruction. 

What caliber of firearm can I bring to the training:

.22 caliber to .45 caliber is acceptable. Students are reminded that the larger the weapon and recoil, the harder it is sometimes to effectively shoot. This is especially the case with first time shooters. A minimum of 200 rounds will be required for the range.

What type of ammunition and how much should I bring:

A practice round or range round is suitable. Non-commercially reloaded ammunition is not allowed. Typically, a full metal jacket or lead bullet is desired. Self defense ammunition that is expensive or magnum style rounds are not required. A minimum of 200 rounds is required for range day. It is the shooters responsibility to make sure their ammunition matches that required for their handgun.

When do I bring my firearm, holster and ammunition:

These items are not required on the first day of instruction. If necessary and you want to discuss your firearm with the instructor, bring it on the first day of instruction and it can be addressed at the end of the day's class. Except on the range, students are to keep their firearms unloaded, the ammunition separate from the firearm and the firearm locked in their vehicle trunk or locked box in their vehicle cab until instructed.

I have a group that wants to attend:

Special considerations and pricing can be discussed for large groups or private events. Please call to make arrangements and discuss pricing.

Can I bring a child, friend and or dog to the range:

Most everything is a distraction while shooting and therefore you should only bring what is required. The sound and volume from the shooting day is detrimental to most K-9’s and causes further stress and social issues in them. Due to insurance requirements it is prohibitive to have guest or children who are not taking the class.

Do we have a lunch period:

When conducting an 8 hour course, lunch will typically be from 1200-1300. Training is done close enough to town that students can get lunch on the go or bring a lunch. Typically, amenities at the training site allow for a person to bring food. There are no kitchen or cooking facilities. Beverages and food can be consumed during class presentations. Students are asked to be considerate of others and the training environment.

My firearm has a laser/light attachment:

These are acceptable. It is required that the firearm fitted with a laser or flashlight fit appropriately and is safe to use.

What is the qualification score required:

As of January 2019, applicants seeking a Shasta County CCW permit will be required to complete a qualification course for each weapon listed on their CCW. The course was designed by the Sheriff's Office as a requirement of the State of California. The course distance is 21 feet (7yards) from the target and shooters must score 80 percent of their hits in the appropriate target area, shooting a total of 20 rounds. The typical target is a B-27 range target. Scoreable hits are on the 8 thru 10 ring. There is no time limit or maximum number of qualification attempts. If necessary, shooters will work individually with a Range Master to achieve this goal. Most, if not all, will enjoy this portion and realize just how easy a qualification score of 80 percent is.

After I obtain my CCW initial training can I carry my firearm concealed?

No. You will need a CCW permit issued to you by a law enforcement agency. The California Penal Code requires all CCW applicants to complete a course of training prior to obtaining a CCW permit. Further information can be found online under California Penal Code section 26150 and at your local Sheriff's Office website.

Do I need a holster for the range:

No. Holsters are not necessary. Students address the firing line from a low ready position prior to firing. No shooting is done during CCW instruction from a holster. If desired, students are allowed to bring a holster to hold their firearm. The holster must fit the firearm, have good retention qualities and be of reputable manufacture. No ankle, cross draw or shoulder holsters are allowed due to safety concerns. It is recommended students check with their instructor to confirm if their holster is compatible for range training.