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Practical Concealed Carry (PCC) - Defensive Shooting 101...

In a bad situation, we cannot rise to the occasion... we sink to the level of our training!

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Background: Concealed carry (in 49 out of 50 states) has led to a dramatic increase in the number of civilians who have the "right" to lawfully carry a handgun for the purposes of self protection. While many citizens have exercised the choice to obtain a permit to carry a firearm (concealed or openly depending on state law), the fact is few ever carry a firearm and less than 10% of permit holders carry a firearm everywhere and every place they can lawfully do so. Why do so many people; spend the time and money to take required CCW training classes, obtain a permit, purchase a firearm for self-protection and then do not carry? There are two obvious answers. First, is the mental and statistical mindset which says, "bad things happen to good people but it won't happen to me (or my family). Second, mature adults do not do things they are not comfortable doing. CCW classes only provide the minimum requirements to obtain a permit. No CCW class provides the orientation, skills or ability to use a firearm in a defensive situation.

About This Training: PCC fills the first void between the right to carry and the reality of employing a firearm for personal protection. This is a skill development class. The focus is; understanding and responding to a life threatening situation including the ability to draw and fire a hand gun from concealment safely and effectively. The emphasis is on learned motor responses and basic techniques of defensive shooting.

PCC Course Syllabus:
  • Student Prerequisites - Evidence of prior applied firearms training (NRA Basic Pistol, Concealed Carry permit, former or current military service or other acceptable proof of basic hand gun proficiency). This is not a basic shooting class. Students who wish to take this class without evidence of basic proficiency or, at the sole discretion of the instructors, any prospective student may be required to demonstrate basic capabilities with one of the instructors prior to participation.


  • Student Equipment - Semi automatic (minimum of 380 ACP), or revolver (minimum 38 SPL) strong side hip holster (inside or outside the waistband) or gun purse (if applicable), and a minimum of 250 rounds of ammunition. All live fire exercises will be conducted from either a retention ready (low ready) or holster/purse. All exercises are designed to be applied to pocket or other "on the body" carry methods but these will not be used for practice or live fire.


  • Class Time - 9 hours divided into classes of 3 hours (classroom) and 5 hours (live fire range exercises, review and evaluation)(one (1) hour break)


  • Class Size, Requirements and Fees - Maximum of eight (8) participants. Class fee of $250.00. Class space must be reserved in advance with payment in full (you may make and pay for your registration online). Students who either fail to attend and complete all elements of this class or, act in an unsafe manner, will not receive a refund. At the sole discretion of the instructor(s), students who lack the mental or physical ability to complete this class may receive a refund (in whole or in part). All students must sign a Release, Waiver, Indemnification, Hold harmless and Assumption of Risk Waiver prior to class participation


  • Course Instructors - Dan Smith (CCW, NRA Certified Basic Pistol, Personal Protection Inside The Home (PPITH) and Personal Outside The Home (PPOTH) Instructor and Joel Parks (NRA Certified Basic Pistol, Personal Protection Inside The Home (PPITH) and Personal Outside The Home (PPOTH) Instructor and USPSA Range Safety Officer.


  • Academic (classroom) (3 hours) - Understanding the predator mentality, developing a defensive mindset, review of general self-defense concepts embodied in Missouri law (RSMo 563), employing the self-preservation model (Avoid, Evade, Escape, Deter and Engage), performing in a "fight or flight" environment, using cover and concealment, development of learned motor responses to draw a concealed firearm and the basic shooting techniques (generally referred to as defensive or point shooting) most often employed in defensive situations. Students will be required to practice the method of draw from concealment (with a dry, unloaded firearm) between the classroom portion session of PCC and the applied range training. Student practice will be evaluated to assure the ability to safely perform in a live fire environment.


  • Range Training ( 5 hours) - Warm up exercises to evaluate/ improve students basic handgun skills, progressively more intense shooting drills to enhance student's ability to operate in a defensive environment including mandatory reload and failure to fire exercises. The emphasis is on basic, applied shooting techniques for defensive accuracy and to build the student's confidence to function in a defensive environment. Upon conclusion, there will be a short wrap up, review and evaluation ( by instructors and students) of their course experience.

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Class dates and times are subject to change.
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