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Well I went to my one day CCW class about two weeks ago and I guess I have to say it was interesting. To start with the class was held at the local gun shop (which was no problem for me, saving 25$ in the process). I guess the problems started with the instructor saying that he was a city cop and his co-instructor/brother is a local cop. Now this in itself is no real problem to me but the way they went about the class kind of struck me as a couple of liberal cops who don't want others to carry. I may be way off base here but the class format went something like this, "If you draw your weapon for any reason you going to jail, not be detained but jail" Every few minutes they informed us that they never carry unless on duty. Now the city cop is a former city cop and "decided" to quit to take over the family business. Good for him but every time I would bring up a question about CCing and OCing all they would say is "Well I wouldn't do that because I don't want to be the guinea pig and end up in jail and press the court just to lose".
I had asked the question about carrying in a mall. I didn't know if they considered that an entertainment facility but I guess not. But what about one with a theater attached to it. They told me not to carry there at all or I could be hauled off. Any way that was the speed of the class. Then we got to the NRA certified test. They both told us straight out the they don't agree the the NRA should be the convening authority for the test but the state does so they have to give the test. They gave it to us alright, answers and all. Everyone in the class got 100%, then we went to the dirt berm range where people who couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if they were in it passed the class. I consider myself a decent shot and i used a very very high maintenance .22cal that was dirty and had a few jams and miss fires on the first round and still passed with flying colors. I even told them I wanted to re-shoot with my 9mm, but they said it was "ok" and I had "done well".
All in all i'm glad I went through the class so I can get my CCW but to me all it was, was 125$ for a piece of paper with the NRA logo on it. I kind of feel cheated but that is why I come here to vent and look for the right advice from your experience. Thanks for letting me vent and hope to have my CPL in a month and start my carrying life. I intend to OC but I want to get used to CCing first. TTYL.
 

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i would feel cheated to the class i took was awesome they made shure every body was trained with a gun they showed us a little on just about everything the guy was a retired cop and he was a Vietnam vet he provided all the gun we only shot 9mm to 357mag he even let us shoot the 1911 that he had in Vietnam and yes it was very nice
 

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Here in Texas you have to qualify with at least a 32 caliber handgun,I don't know if giving answers to the written test is legal where your at ,or if there is a minimum points to pass on the shooting test,but if there is and they violated any part of the testing procedure I would report them to the state,Instructors are suppose to instruct in what is or isn't legal under the law and keep their personal feelings out of it
 

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now i had the opposite experience....... one of my instructors was a LEO and was very very pro about carrying...was a GREAT class...still if i have any Questions i email him and he gets right back with me.... Very informative.....

Thanks Dutches

i would also feel cheated if i had gone to your class..... sounds like those guys just want the money........
 

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Here in Texas you have to qualify with at least a 32 caliber handgun,I don't know if giving answers to the written test is legal where your at ,or if there is a minimum points to pass on the shooting test,but if there is and they violated any part of the testing procedure I would report them to the state,Instructors are suppose to instruct in what is or isn't legal under the law and keep their personal feelings out of it
I believe most states hold their instructors to a higher standard.
I couldn't believe the instructors would fudge knowing this could come back and seriously bite them in the butt. Without hearing their side it is hard to say... but cops in general know how the system works when it comes to their area of the world.
 

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Treated the wife to a CCW course. Half her day was taught by a Lawyer and half by a Judge. Both were very positive on carry, but the perspective on the ramifications of actually using your weapon were very important lessons as well.

I'm sure that there were a few 'cowboys' that had not thought enough about the actions that would follow using the weapon. I think that a fair balanced course would have to involve the negative things that happen after the trigger pull.

"I was in fear of my life, I just wanted to stop the attack and I'm too shook up to give any statements without my lawyer present..."
 

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in KY if your a ccdw instructor and had proof shown against you for lack of training you are screwed. I'm pretty sure its a felony charge here if your reported and convicted. sounds like the two jokers in your situation should find a career path away from law enforcement and ccdw instruction.
 

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My class was direct and to the point, but I thought too brief and not as comprehensive as I would have liked. My instructor was well-trained and knew his material, but I think it was too short.

On the upside, I have learned a great deal here at DeeCee, Phoenix... stick around, and you'll soak up lots of good info...
 

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Here in Tx they had an instructor that was giving a class that was less than what TX required,he's not teaching anymore
 

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I was trained by a Des Moines SWAT officer and I must say, he was just awesome. He explained to us all the laws and scenarios where we can and cannot use deadly force. He made us aware of the importance of laws since not following them could turn into expensive lawsuits and jail time.

He joked about his service firearm being a .40 caliber Glock, but his bug was a .45 1911 wilson combat.
 

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My instructor was great. Although the classroom was only about 40 degrees last November, that included the heat being on, it was a good time. We took the NRA format as well, and the test was open book, open neighbor, use a pencil so if your wrong you can change your answer, but in our state, they only require you to take a test, not pass it. In our state, they only require 2 hours of range time, which only requires a few shots being fired. Our instructor had tougher requirements that ment you had to hit the target 80% of the time.

On another note, 2 instructors up in the northren part of our state was arrested for selling the certificate of completion for the NRA classes . They never held a class, but all of their students had the certificate to prove they took it. Several people are losing their CHL's for buying them because they obviously broke the law by claiming to have took the class. On top of that, those same people may face criminal charges as well. The Sheriff basically made a public announcement that if you bought one of those certificates, things would go very smooth if you just came into the Sheriffs office instead of them coming for you.
 

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Well I went to my one day CCW class about two weeks ago and I guess I have to say it was interesting.

All in all i'm glad I went through the class so I can get my CCW but to me all it was, was 125$ for a piece of paper with the NRA logo on it. I kind of feel cheated but that is why I come here to vent and look for the right advice from your experience..
What State ?
Are these "trainers" officially associated in any way with the NRA?

I would write a letter to the Govt. Agency in your state that regulates the training.
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I'm not a lawyer, but my understanding is that in many self-defense shootings, the defender isn't even charged, although he is expected to give a statement, etc. etc. Learning how to cope with the aftermath of a shooting is important. There are classes/lawyers who handle such issues.

It was a major disappointment to me to find out how many cops don't know the laws they're enforcing. Not all, of course, but mistakes are made, as are offensive assumptions on the part of some first responders.

It behooves us to learn how to protect ourselves legally as well as physically.
 

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Seems to me that the instructors in the original post are anti-ccw, as ironic as that sounds.

They are spreading excessive fear among the students that they will be arrested for any SD use of the firearm, regardless of how justified it is.

They are passing people on the shooting portion even if they're poor shots. Are they paying any attention to safe gun handling? I doubt it.

So what does society get when students finish their class?

Fearful carry permit holders, poorly versed in the law, who are bad shots.

Enough of those on the streets is going to result in disaster and make ALL CCW holders look bad.

The end result will be further infringement of our 2A rights "All in the name of public safety".
 

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My CCW class instructor was very good.
That being said, I felt more could have been covered, primarily because living in the Peoples Republice of Illinois carrying a firearm is so foreign. However, with the limited time available he did a good job, made it interesting and fun.

Obviously the instructors whom are the subject of this post were just doing it for the money. They shortchanged their "students", besides violating the NRA standards at least.

I would report them to the NRA, at the very least.
 

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Sorry you had a bad experience. While the majority of instructors take their job seriously, there are those who don't care and are only there for the money. I would suggest you contact whoever it is in your state that licenses the instructors and report them. You might also want to contact the NRA about them as well. If they are NRA certified instructors the NRA can pull their certification.
 

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now i had the opposite experience....... one of my instructors was a LEO and was very very pro about carrying...was a GREAT class...

Sounds like mine in Macomb Co. Mi., 1/2 the class was taught by a VERY pro- gun LEO, who gave lots of insight and first hand knowledge!
I would definitly report them to the local NRA chapter for investigation , as i've belonged to the NRA since 1986 or '87 and this does not sound like something they would condone

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I was trained by one of this site's advertisers. (If the mods say it's ok, I'll say who it was)

The class was excellent. Comprehensive, took all day, and every minute of it was worthwhile. There was sufficient range time, with numerous tactical drills.

The only downside was the lack of ventilation at the range. When I got home I took a shower, and cleaned my sinuses out with a neti pot. It took three rinses before I didn't see silver colored chips.

As soon as I get time and scrape up the cash, I'm planning on taking one of this guy's advanced classes.
 

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Several people are losing their CHL's for buying them because they obviously broke the law by claiming to have took the class. On top of that, those same people may face criminal charges as well. The Sheriff basically made a public announcement that if you bought one of those certificates, things would go very smooth if you just came into the Sheriffs office instead of them coming for you.
Besides breaking the law, it shows lack of good judgment. Why would anyone think that was ok to do?
 
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