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USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

The "Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals Course," is a comprehensive seminar for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self defense. The class is a non-shooting class and is approx 8 hours long. In this seminar you will learn conflict avoidance, situational awareness; handgun, shotgun & AR-15 basics; shooting fundamentals; the physiology of violent encounters, legal aspects of using deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath); and a complete guide on gear, gadgets, and ongoing training. 

This mid level Course uses curriculum developed by renowned Firearms Trainer and USCCA Vice President, Michael Martin. This multi-faceted course includes training from Michael Martin's 'Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals'. This course advances the mindset for the responsible defensive firearms owner by focusing on and understanding conflict avoidance and situational awareness; handgun & shotgun basics; shooting fundamentals; the Physiology of violent encounters; the legal aspects of the use of deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath; and a complete guide on gear, gadgets, and ongoing training.


$125 Course fee includes: 8 hours of Classroom Instruction, Course materials including a copy of Michael Martin's 200+ page training manual "Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals" (a $31.95 Value!). A Course Completion Certificate will be awarded to all participants who successfully complete the course. 

Topics include developing your own personal and home protection plan, firearm basics, shooting fundamentals, legal use of force, physiology of violent encounters, dealing with the aftermath, and gear selection.

Lesson Topics Include:

Lesson One: DEVELOPING A PERSONAL & HOME PROTECTION PLAN

   » Why is Conflict Avoidance so Important?
   » Situational Awareness
   » The Color Codes of Awareness
   » Observing our Environments
   » More on Conflict Avoidance
   » Planning for Home Defense
   » Mental Exercises

Lesson Two: SELF-DEFENSE FIREARMS BASICS

   » Four Universal Safety Rules
   » Properly Clearing Semi-Automatics and Revolvers
   » Additional Safety Considerations
   » Double Action versus Single Action
   » Revolver and Semi-Automatic Examples
   » Other Considerations 
   » Ammunition Malfunctions
   » Understanding Ammunition, Ballistics, Take Down Factor, Gauge & Calibers
   » An Introduction to Home Defense Shotguns, and the AR-15 Platform
   » Tasers and Pepper Spray

Lesson Three: DEFENSIVE SHOOTING FUNDAMENTALS

   » Muscle Memory
   » Proper Grip
   » Stance: Body and Arm Positions
   » Point Shooting
   » Sight Shooting
   » Flash Sight Picture
   » Trigger Control

Lesson Four:  THE LEGAL USE OF FORCE

   » Legal Definitions of Reasonable Force and Deadly Force
   » Understanding the Use of Force Continuum
   » The Legal Use of Deadly Force
   » Defense in the Home
   » Defending Property

Lesson Five:  VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS AND THEIR AFTERMATH

   » Understanding Fight or Flight
   » The Physiological Reactions Associated with Extreme Stress
   » When We’re Left with No Other Choice
   » When the Right to use Deadly Force Ends
   » The Immediate Aftermath
   » Dealing with the Police

Lesson Six:  GEAR AND GADGETS

   » Explaining Holster Retention
   » Types of Holsters
   » Other Gear Including Belts, Lights and Lasers

Lesson Seven:  BASIC AND ADVANCED SKILLS

   » Properly and Safely Conducting Dry Fire Exercises
   » Self-Led and Instructor-Led Range Exercises from Beginner to Expert
   » What’s Next?

The USCCA Concealed Carry Course curriculum has been approved in 32 states for their legal requirements for a permit and reciprocity:

Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut (instructor submitted), Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky** (instructor submitted see note below**), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hamshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Washington.

 

However, some of these states require that the concealed carry permit firearms instructor be state approved to teach it.  Please see list below for states that accept USCCA Certified Instructors to teach it.  This Concealed Carry Course curriculum sets new standards so excellent that even non-friendly gun states have given it approval.

Alaska: USCCA Certified Instructors who meet the requirements of the Alaska regulations and statutes may apply to become competency course providers in the State of Alaska.

Florida: USCCA Instructors teaching a firearms course are recognized by the State of Florida as of 11/13/2013.

Iowa: Per §724.9(1)(b), the USCCA and its instructors are qualified to train carry permit holders.

Idaho: The Idaho Sheriff’s Association has reviewed our materials and accepted it as meeting or exceeding the requirements for an Enhanced Permit.

Illinois: The USCCA training curriculum is approved by the Illinois State Police. 

Kansas: Kansas certifies instructors individually. The USCCA training complies with prerequisite training to become a Kansas-certified instructor. 

Kentucky:  The USCCA Concealed Carry Course curriculum is approved by Kentucky State Police for permit if the instructor is an NRA Instructor or KY DOCJT Instructor.  You will have to submit the USCCA materials as part of your application packet to KSP for approval.

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Maine: The Maine State Police have recognized USCCA training as meeting legal requirements. 


Maryland: The Maryland State Police have agreed to accept USCCA materials as part of the process to become a Licensed Qualified Handgun instructor.

Michigan: The Michigan State Police and Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards recognize the USCCA training as meeting legal requirements.

Minnesota: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has recognized the USCCA as a certifying organization. 

Mississippi: Mississippi certifies instructors individually to teach the required course for an Enhanced Permit. USCCA training also meets the prerequisite training for instructors to become individually certified in Mississippi.

Missouri: The Missouri Department of Public Safety has recognized the USCCA as a certifying organization. 

Montana: Per statute 45-8-321(3)(b), the USCCA and its instructors are qualified to train carry permit holders.

Ohio: Per statute 2923.125(B)(3)(b), the USCCA training meets the legal requirements for our instructors.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma certifies instructors individually. The USCCA training complies with prerequisite training to become a Oklahoma-certified instructor. 

South Carolina: The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division recognizes the USCCA Instructor Training as prerequisite training to become a South Carolina certified instructor.

Utah: Utah certifies instructors individually. The USCCA training complies with prerequisite training to become a Utah-certified instructor. Applicants will need to provide a copy of the USCCA curriculum to the UTAH BCI when applying.

West Virginia: Per statute and recognized by the attorney for the Sheriff's association, the USCCA training meets the legal requirements for our instructors.

Wisconsin: The USCCA Instructor Certification meets the statutory requirements in Wisconsin.

Wyoming: Per statute §6-8-104(b)(vii)(D), the USCCA training meets the legal requirements for our instructors.

Virginia: Per statute §18.2-308.02(B)(7), the USCCA training meets the legal requirements for our instructors.

The USCCA is working with many other states to meet their legal requirements.