Missouri Concealed Carry law has been in effect since 2004. Since that time there have been thousands of MO citizens who have attended the mandated training, applied and been issued their permits and there have been several changes to the law including the age limit lowering from twenty three to twenty one and now to nineteen. I’m not going to bore you with all details of the Concealed Carry law but I highly recommend you read it at M.R.S. 571.
As part of process all applicants must attend the state mandated firearms safety class, commonly referred to as a CCW class. You can read those requirements at M.R.S. 571.111.
There are hundreds of instructors offering CCW classes across Missouri. I found 131 instructors on just one MO gun enthusiast website. Decisions, decisions...
So how do you choose an instructor? Important factors that should be considered are their knowledge and experience level not just as a gun handler but as an instructor. Many are part time/weekend instructors who have only taken a state required NRA one day instructor class in order to qualify. Other instructors have law enforcement, military experience, are certified law enforcement instructors or have experience legally carrying a handgun and have attended advanced handgun classes. Vetting your CCW Instructor is an important first step.
What else might you get with your class? Many instructors offer discount priced classes, provide .22 caliber handguns and even free meals during the class. You'll have to decide what the class is worth to you
Of course the geographic location and availability of the class will be a deciding factor for you also.
I'll admit it's a competitive field, so what do we do to stand out in this crowd?
First of all teaching firearms & tactics is what we do full time. If we’re not teaching, we’re training or attending classes. We not only teach the armed citizen lifestyle, we live it. Because of this our CCW class goes well beyond what the state requires and we strive to give a high quality class to our students. Our class size is limited to ten in order to give students more interaction with the instructor. The instructor will draw on his thirty plus years of experience carrying firearms professionally and as an armed citizen to give the students a full understanding of the state required topics, but also situational awareness, mindset, decision making and tactical planning. We believe these subjects are just as important to firearms safety as the four cardinal safety rules.
We prefer you to bring your own handgun but loaner center fire handguns are available. For safety reasons you may only use ammunition purchased from us in our handguns. You’ll be introduced to the marksmanship fundamentals. Yes, it’s just an introduction because it is not realistic to believe that someone can become a proficient shooter after only firing forty rounds. We’ll also show you why a CCW class does not prepare you adequately for the reality of an armed encounter and hopefully encourage you to seek more training with us or another qualified instructor.
If you want more than just the basic firearms safety class we welcome you to come train with us.
See you on the range!!
Can you believe we're already a quarter of the year into 2014? The good news is after a long hard winter it's beginning to look like spring, Illinois is issuing their first CCWs and ammo (other than .22LR) is readily available.
My first Suarez International class of the year in Columbia, MO is coming up next month. If you need a tuneup or are just beginning your journey as a gunfighter CRG-I: Pistol Gunfighting is the class you have to attend. We've added more useful material to the class so you'll literally get more bang for your buck! Sign up at Suarez International.
The first weekend of May I'll be in Great Bend, KS for a full weekend of teaching HCTT classes. Kiowa Gun Club has a nice range for us and Great Bend has plenty of motels and restaurants so come on out and join us for Defensive Pistol Primer on Saturday and Ladies Defensive Pistol Primer on Sunday. Visit our site to register
In mid May I'll be returning to Kansas City to teach CRG-2: Close Range Gunfighting, This class will take you take you to a whole new level of gunfighting that will include ambidextrous and point shooting as well as being able to shoot and manipulate your handgun while on the move.
I'll say this is a great start to the summer and watch for more Suarez and HCTT classes coming up soon. Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody!
2012 ended with Obama’s re-election followed by the Sandy Hook tragedy. As 2013 dawned the liberals climbed on top of the bodies of those dead children in an attempt to advance their anti gun and anti freedom agendas. Despite those attempts many states passed new laws giving more protection to citizens’ gun rights as well as laws to protect our children in their schools and in response American Citizens purchased more ammunition and firearms than ever before creating a shortage across the country.
Despite all that HCTT had an excellent 2013 thanks to students dedicated to the Martial Art of the Gun. I thank you all for that!
So farewell to 2013 and welcome to 2014!
What’s new for HCTT in 2014?
We've partnered with the A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League to teach even more classes exclusively for women.
We’re also expanding our curriculum to include Rifle Gunfighting, Shotgun Gunfighting and Close Quarters Battle classes through Suarez International.
The Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club will remain our primary training facility along with our satellite sites in Kansas and Colorado. We are also looking to expand to Southeast and Southwest Missouri.
Our initial schedule is posted on the HCTT website and we’re working on several new projects that I’ll be writing more about later.
Happy New Year to you all!