Minimum training needed before CCW?

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    Minimum training needed before CCW?

    Hi all,

    I would like to start CCW but I have no formal training on CCW tactics or handgun use. I have owned 1 semi auto .40 for home defense, which I sold to buy a tactical 12Ga instead. I have shot approx 100 total rounds through various hanguns in my 40 years. Not much experience in other words.

    I will be purchasing a Ruger LCR 9mm soon with the intent to carry it at work to start. I work in a mom and pop pharmacy and I feel its just a matter of time before I have someone requesting medication without proper documentation and the threat of force to obtain it.

    I have a very healthy respect for any firearm and I will be getting at least basic handgun training from a professional soon, however in the meantime should I go ahead and carry my new pistol? I would of course shoot the gun first to be familiar with its functions and traits.

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    I would familurize myself with the laws and statutes related to CCW in your state and get some training........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droolsport View Post
    I will be purchasing a Ruger LCR 9mm soon with the intent to carry it at work to start. I work in a mom and pop pharmacy and I feel its just a matter of time before I have someone requesting medication without proper documentation and the threat of force to obtain it.
    Nice wordplay :)

    I would start with a 'basic safety' kind of course. Carrying a gun for quick presentation is a little different animal than your typical range trip, so a basic defensive pistol course might be good, but most ranges offer a free or cheap handgun safety and carry course. And if they don't 'offer' one, if you poke around asking, someone with some experience will usually volunteer to show you anyway.
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    That's pretty much an open-ended question. Some may feel not shooting your eye out is training enough, other may feel one should be SEAL qualified as a minimum.

    My training came from the military, which doesn't necessisarily equate to CCW. I'd recommend searching for an NRA sponsored program in your locale. Then practice, practice, practice. If time and money are available, there are many "Self Defense" training programs throughout the country if one chooses to persue that aspect.
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    Most places that offer the CCW course also offer other basic and advanced firearms training courses. Talk to them and see if you could perhaps bundle some offerings with the end course being your carry permit class. IMO, it's a very good idea to take additional traing since the minimum requirement to get a CCW is almost laughable. A few of the people in my FL class had no business behind a barrel.

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    I would love a LCR in 9MM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dono View Post
    I would love a LCR in 9MM
    Whoops me to come to think of it! LC9 would be the correct model.

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    Dang. That would have been a good pairing for my LC9. I'm really waiting on the LC45. Really!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dono View Post
    Dang. That would have been a good pairing for my LC9. I'm really waiting on the LC45. Really!
    X2. Bring on the LC45 or even the LC40 :)

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    It is your right to carry a gun with out any training, but as a responsible person I think you should seek out some training. A basic class, then a more advanced class should get you started. You should never stop learning as it pertains to guns, how to work them, and when you should use them. Again, you do not have to do anything, but it is recommended that you do. IMO....
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    You don't say what part of AZ your in. If anywhere near one of the larger cities, contact the gun ranges and ask who/where NRA basic handgun courses are taught. As a minimum I'd recommend the basic and advanced course. Then go from there.
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    If I am not mistaken, you do not need a permit to carry in AZ, so there is no minimum requirement of training before you can carry. However, I think it is a good idea to get some training. I agree with archer51, at least get basic and advanced pistol training, then maybe do something like a 0-5 ft gunfighting class if you feel so inclined.
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    Contact your LGS (Local Gun Store) they may offer a basic class prior to the CCW course

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    Well, here a man went in to a pharmacy... pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded certain meds (narcotics). The Pharmacist seeing this grabbed the shotgun and shot the robber. End of story.... 1 dead robber.... who's family told what a "nice young man he was".

    So, if you are good with a shotgun, keep it.

    If you want a handgun because you want to CC ..... go get training, and do a lot of shooting, familarization with the gun, etc. If you can't use it decently, it won't do you any good. If you don't use it safely... you are dangerous. The more you handle it and shoot it , the better off you are. Then..... after some instruction, shooting, etc.... you'll know where to go from there.

    If you cannot shoot reliably ... you may be a danger to everyone around you or your customers. It's not a matter of throwing bullets out there everywhere.... you need some degree of confidence you can put them on target well. Even then, under stress you most likely will not be as good as you think you can be.
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    Well, it's like this:

    Basic training is essential. That is to include handling and manipulation. Once you can handle a gun safely and shoot with a reasonable degree of accuracy, the fun starts. You will soon be unsatisfied with your skill level. So you will practice, and you will improve.

    And you will remain unsatisfied with your skill level.

    You will always want to be better than you are. That's the beauty of firearms. So you will seek advanced training, and improve.

    But not quite to where you want to be.

    And then one day at the range, when you have long forgotten your skill level at the beginning, you will pack your stuff in frustration, load your gun with carry ammo, and just before you grab your bag and leave, somebody checking his target downrange will walk back and tell you he looked at your target, and "that was pretty good shooting. Where did you learn how to do that?"

    And that, my friend, is what training is all about. Welcome to the forum, and get yourself trained up.

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