Best Handgun Training - FAQ's
Best Handgun Training

Our Mission: To provide professional instruction and training while introducing Safe and Responsible Gun Ownership, use and activities.
It is our belief that individuals should be armed to protect themselves within our Constitutional Rights.
The 2nd Ammendment guarantees the People The Right to Keep and Bear Arms


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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to attend an 8 hour or a 16 hour CCW training to obtain an initial permit in CA?

The State of California now mandates a 16 hour CCW training course for initial applicants and an 8 hour CCW course for a renewal (valid, unexpired permit). If 16 hours is required, you will be shooting on both days, and classroom on both days as well. For an 8 hour training, shooting and classroom will be completed on the same day.


What do I need to know before I sign up for a CCW course?

The first thing that you should do is go on to your county sheriff CCW website and read their ploicies and procedures, application requirements and CCW training requirements. Before signing up for and attending a CCW course, you should be well versed with gun safety and know your gun(s) that you will be training with. The law requires that the guns must be registered in California, to you and only you. You cannot lawfully carry a gun that is regsitered in another's name, effective 01/01/2024.  

How large are the general classes?

For a basic handgun training course the instructor prefers smaller sized classes, to guarantee each student the opportunity of personal one-on-one instruction during live-fire exercises. For a CCW training course, the instructor may have more students shooting at a time, depending on the experience of all attending. The instructor is rather experienced and gauges each student prior to any live-fire shooting. In the classroom lessons, our Instructors routinely alternate teaching the different stages of gun safety lessons. On average, the Instructor directly teaches no more than 8 students on the firing line, for basic courses.

How long is my CCW training certificate valid for?

In general, CCW training certificates may be valid from 60-90 days, however each county may have their own policy regarding how long a certificate is valid for. Check your specific county sheriff CCW website for up to date and detailed information. If the time frame does not meet their criteria, they will require another training class.

I have a CCW permit. Is it illegal to wear a facial covering during the COVID-19 pandemic?

It is illegal to conceal your identity while carrying a concealed weapon in California. With the state and local mandates requiring the use of a facial covering in public, it shall not be considered that you are attempting to conceal your identity by wearing a mouth/nose covering during the pandemic. However, we do not offer legal advice.

Does a Basic Handgun Training course qualify for CCW training?

NO. The Basic Handgun is not for CCW training. 

What will prohibit me from attending a class with you?

Criminal history such as felony convictions, domestic violence convictions, current restraining orders, history of mental illness, any kind of illegal activity, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs (prescribed or not) just prior to the class, or during the class. You should have no alcoholic drinks for a period of at least 12 hours prior to attending our course. While sleeping, your body "burns off" approximately .02 percent blood alcohol content per hour. For instance, if you have a 12 pack of beer, weigh 140 pounds, your blood alcohol concentration may exceed .24 (legally drunk times three). In this case, If you sleep 8 hours, you will still be under the influence when you wake up. You should have no prescription medications in your system (ie.... opiods or pain relievers, xanax, etc.. or if there is a warning label regarding operating heavy machinery or equipment). The bottom line is.... If you can get a DUI from it, do not attend our class, or you will be immediately dismissed, and possibly rescheduled at a later date. Many cough syrups and allergy medications can have the same effect. Heed the warnings on the labels. It is imperative that all students are alert and well oriented.

If you have a question as to whether you have a disqualifying factor, you can email or call us. Any person with a felony conviction (or on parole, or a probation stipulation with no access to firearms) attending our class would be subject to another crime (usually a felony), just being around the firearms.

Do you offer training courses for AR style rifles?

No, at this time we do not offer this type of training course for the AR platform.


I have a gift certificate, voucher or pre-paid card. How do I schedule a class?

Gift certificates and vouchers classes can be scheduled easily online at . It is our policy that Gift certificates and vouchers are transferable, and may be transferred to somebody else, provided that the certificate or voucher is signed by the original certificate holder. Basic Handgun vouchers cannot be substituted for a CCW class. However, the face value of the voucher (the actual price paid) may be applied towards the cost of a CCW class.

How do I sign up for a course which I have already paid for?

To register for a course, first check out the details of the particular course in which you wish to register (to the left of this page, on the main menu). Class schedules are generally posted 3-4 weeks in advance. If you have already paid for the course, or have a voucher, gift certificate or pre-paid card, and the class does not specify that the class is full, simply sign up online. The range fee is $15, payable in cash on the day of the class.


What is the private outdoor range?

We utilize a private outdoor range located about 10 minutes away from our classroom. This guarantees that the instructor has full control of the range at all times. Your safety is our most important concern and function. Unlike many indoor ranges, we do not tolerate unsafe gun handling at any times. Our range is nowhere near as loud as an indoor range, and the elements are able to dissipate freely within the environment. We utilize EZ-up canopies during hot days, keeping you out of direct sunlight for most of the day. The range master has 20+ years experience and a 100% safety record.

Do you offer indoor range classes? 

We do not offer indoor range training. For our private outdoor range, which is about 10 minutes from the classroom, you may bring your own handgun (and your own ammunition). Outdoor live-fire courses are weather permitting, and subject to cancellation/reschedule with inclement weather conditions (such as very heavy rain/strong winds). However, 98% of our classes are held rain or shine. With no heavy winds, we do have EZ-up canopies to keep the direct weather elements off of you. We prefer private outdoor ranges where others are not compromising our safety. Additionally, indoor ranges are much louder, and the particulate gun matters (such as lead, gun powder smoke and residues) do not dissipate as they do in the outdoors.


Will I receive a certificate after the course?

Yes, a certificate is issued for each course. But, not to be confused with the FSC certification (see below). This training course does not authorize you to purchase a gun, nor does it waive the FSC certification requirements.


What is the best way to contact Best Handgun Training with further questions?

The BEST way to reach us is via email. With the nature of our business, we don't have our landline telephone ringer on during a classroom or range instruction. We do not answer calls during a classroom instruction, or while we are at the range. We work very long hours, and find it easier to email (often late at night) rather than call. However, if you must call us, leave a message and we will return your call when possible. The phone is a land-line and does not receive text messages.


Do I need to bring anything with me for a Basic Handgun/Pistol course?

No, it is not necessary to bring anything with you, as all materials, 22 rim-fire gun rental, ammunition (22 rim fire), targets, hearing and eye protection, are included in the cost of the course. However, be sure to wear comfortable and appropriate clothing for the flying brass at the range (and the temperature at the range is usually pretty cool in the winter, and hot during the summer). Dress for the weather elements. Bring a ball cap (it strongly recommended) for hot flying brass (this is one of the elements of shooting). Avoid wearing shorts or low cut shirts. If you are bringing a gun, be sure to bring a box of ammunition (50 rounds) for that particular gun.


Are there breaks and lunch breaks?

During the classroom instruction, there is a 5 minute break about every hour. Lunch breaks are usually 30-45 minutes long, and there are restaurants and fast food very close to the training facilities. Meals are not included with the training course.


I do not have a Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) or Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC). Is it required to have one before class?

In 2015, Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) was renamed to Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC). An FSC is not required to take this course. In the State of CA, it is a requirement to take a short written test (FSC) to purchase or transfer a firearm into your name (certain exemptions, such as CCW permit holders). You can take this test for $25.00 at any firearms dealer, on the day that you decide to purchase your pistol, rifle or shotgun. It is only necessary to take an FSC test once every five years. The FSC is good to purchase any type of firearm in CA. If you lose your FSC, you can obtain a replacement from the Certified DOJ instructor where you originally took your test, for a replacement fee. It is not necessary to study for the test, as our courses are in depth, and you will learn everything that you need to know for the test. On average, most students are able to take and pass this test within five minutes or less after completing a course (such as Basic Handgun/Pistol) with Best Handgun Training. Your Instructors are Certified through the CA Department of Justice. We do not offer the FSC test/certification. You can take a test at any gun store. We have posted the HSC Study Guide on our website for your convenience.


Can I sign up for a Private Lesson?

NO, we do not offer private lessons. However, with the basic handgun training (beginner training) the range work begins with one on one until the instructor feels comfortable with your safety, skills and knowledge.

What is the minimum age requirement?

For the Basic Pistol/Shotgun/Rifle courses, the minimum age requirement is 18 years and over, provided that the student is mature and responsible, has the required positive attitude when handling firearms, and is able to follow along with the lessons and course materials. The student must successfully demonstrate the knowledge which they have gained with safe gun handling skills, before moving on to the next stages of lessons. 

For courses which do not contain "live-fire" shooting exercises, the minimum age requirement is 18+, but CCW minimum age requirement is 21+

CCW courses with Best Handgun Training require that the applicant be 21 years of age, or will be 21 years of age within 30 days of course completion.


How do I enroll in a course?

The easiest way to enroll is to schedule at the link to the left. Be sure to include your telephone number, and the best time to call. We will follow-up with you, via an instant computer generated email confirmation, after you enter your information. If you do not receive the email confirmation within a few minutes, it is possible that you have not entered your email correctly. If this is the case, you will not receive a confirmation, and your course may not be scheduled.


How much does it cost for a course?

Please click on the appropriate link to the left (on the main menu). The course dues, requirements or pre-requisites will be on that web page. Please email or call with any further questions.


How do I pay for a course?

We offer several methods of payment, in person only and do not take online payments. We generally offer different courses throughout the week, typically 3-4 days per week. The schedule is posted at the link to the left. Once a course is booked full, the date disappears from the calendar. The online scheduling calendar is generally posted on or about the 15th of each month (for the following month). You will not see dates far in advance. If you are looking for a date in the future, please check back within 30-45 days of your anticipated time frame.

Can I bring my own firearm to the course?

In CCW classes, it is required for you to bring your own firearm and ammunition. However, in the Basic Handgun/Shotgun/Rifle courses, you are not allowed to bring a firearm or ammunition in to the classroom with you, until you receive permission during the class, and you have read the pdf document, and abide by these directions. In all cases, there is absolutely no ammunition allowed in the classroom. If you bring a firearm or ammunition, you must leave the firearm in your vehicle until instructed to bring it in. Be sure to transport your firearm in accordance to CA state law (locked in a secure case, with no ammunition in the same case). Email or call with any questions. Please read the instructions by clicking here for the course which you plan to attend.


Can I make modifications to a gun that is (or will be) on a CA CCW Permit?

For some counties, this is grounds for immediate revocation of a CCW permit. In other counties, most Sheriff's will inform you that it is just not a good idea to make a modification to a weapon. For any self defense shooting, there will always be a criminal investigation, and almost always a civil litigation. This is covered in our classroom, but feel free to inquire with your issuing authority (Sheriff) during the process. Modifications which you want to avoid are: trigger pull, chopped recoil spring, removing any safety device or loaded chamber indicator. However, it is permissible to add a laser or flashlight accessory, or to change grips, add night sights, magazine extender (if legally acquired), pinky extension.


How do I know if the gun is registered to me?

If you purchased (or transferred) a handgun through an FFL (gun dealer) in CA, the gun is registered to you at the time of transfer. If you purchased the handgun in CA through a private party transfer prior to the year 1991, and an FFL was not utilized, the gun may not be registered to you. If you are unsure, you can request a CA DOJ request (AFS) to obtain registered firearms records (for guns registered in your name only, and not the history of a gun). This form is available by clicking on this link.


I moved to CA from another state, or I have obtained a firearm from a family member, or have inherited it. What is the legal requirements?

Click on this link for getting the firearm registered to you if you have moved into CA. Be sure to read all sections completely, and adhere to the guidelines. Obtaining a firearm illegally is a felony.

Click on this link for a family transfer. However, family transfers (excluding an FFL) can only be between the following: Parent to child (and visa-versa), Grandparent to Grandchild (and visa-versa), Spouse to Spouse. You are not eligible for a family transfer (although they must go through an FFL) for the following transfers: Siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Nephews, Nieces, etc.... or other family members. This is covered in our Basic class. ALL of these other transfers must go through an FFL.


Should I take my CCW training prior to my interview with the Sheriff's Department?

Please check your sheriff's department policies and procedures. This is your sole responsibility, and training fees will not be reimbursed if you are denied a permit. It may be recommended that you take your CCW training course prior to the CCW interview. We coach you through the entire process, and have you well prepared for the interview. However, as of 01/01/2013, it is no longer a requirement that the training MUST be completed prior to the interview.

If you have any concerns about potential disqualifiers (background issues), you should have your interview prior to the CCW training course. The CCW training course is a non-refundable course.

If you have any questions about background issues, please contact your sheriff department directly. You should check the scheduling availability with your County Sheriff Department (the county which you reside in). Typically you can "Google" the following phrase to be directed to their website for CCW: (XXXXXXXXX) County Sheriff CCW permit.

Can I obtain a CA CCW if I am a non-resident of CA?

Simply put, NO. You must be a resident of CA to obtain a CCW, and you must apply to the County Sheriff (of the county which you reside in).


If I receive a CCW permit from my County Sheriff, is it valid in other counties in CA?

Yes. Typically (barring any other restrictions), your CA CCW permit is valid in all of CA's 58 counties. Your restrictions from your issuing authority will apply statewide.


I have a non-resident CCW/CFP/CHP from another state. Is it valid in CA?

No. CA does not honor ANY permit from any other state or jurisdiction outside of CA. There are No exceptions to this law.


If I take your CA CCW class, can I apply for and obtain a non-resident permit for other states?

Yes. Reciprocity is covered in the CCW class, and all of your questions will be answered. Additional certification and application fees will be required.


How do I make an appointment to qualify with a new gun for my CCW (modification)?

Visit the online scheduling calendar, and book your appointment from there. Check your County Sheriff website, to make a CCW modification, to determine how far booked in advance they are. NOTE - Sacramento County Sheriff is not currently allowing permit modifications (except before final issuance, and also upon renewal), and all weapons must be qualified with at the range.

How many rounds of ammunition should I bring?

Bring at least 100 rounds of ammunition per weapon (we recommend at least 100 rounds for the primary weapon).

What are the CCW qualifications like?

If you have plenty of experience behind your gun, you should not have a problem qualifying with your gun(s). I recommend having experience, with at least 500 rounds through the weapon(s) prior to enrolling in a CCW class. An easy way to phrase it is: If you can hit an 8" paper plate from 10 yards away, you will have no problems, if you are safe with your gun, and keep the gun pointed down range at all times. This includes being able to manipulate the gun (lock the slide open on a semi-automatic, with no magazine present) while controlling the muzzle of the gun pointed in a safe direction (down range) at all times. Safety is the top priority for us, and if you will be incorporating a gun into your daily life, you must have plenty of practice with the rules of gun safety. Save yourself potential frustration and/or embarrassment, and know your gun before signing up for any CCW qualification course.


How can I get more information regarding CCW permit requirements and the application process?

Visit the Training Information link by clicking here. And check out your County Sheriff's Department website for CCW permit process and appointments.


How easy (or how difficult) is it to obtain a CCW permit?

In the counties which we instruct for (click here) it is rather easy. We walk you through the process, answering all of your questions, while preparing and assisting you through the entire process, from start to finish. Of course, there can be dis-qualifiers, such as criminal history, and "bad" driving records or other issues. The biggest challenge (in some, but "few" counties) is the waiting period to get your interview with the Sheriff's Department, due to the recent demand. Schedule your appointment with them ASAP, as you can always reschedule or cancel, if needed. Research the specific county requirements, and determine their issuance policies. Use the internet search engines.


Can pregnant women or nursing mothers attend a course?

We are not a doctor, and will not provide medical advice. Pregnant women must discuss their participation in firearms courses with their physicians prior to taking the course. You should discuss the effects of loud sounds and airborne lead particulate. If any students are pregnant or nursing an infant, they should not handle any chemicals, lubricants or solvents unless they have discussed doing so with their physician.


What kind of participation is involved in a typical Basic Handgun shooting course?

Students must demonstrate safe gun handling skills with training pistols, prior to participating in live-fire exercises. Students will be required to participate in group discussions regarding safety and fundamentals.


Am I able to take a course if I have a physical limitation or disability?

Some students will not be able to assume certain shooting positions (such as standing, kneeling or squatting shooting positions) because of physical limitations or disabilities. The presence of a physical limitation or disability does not by itself affect a student’s eligibility to attend the course or receive a certificate of completion. Most exercises may be adapted to work within each student’s range of motion/function. Regardless of the disability, all students must demonstrate safety, the necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and understanding of the laws of the State pertaining to firearms use to receive a certificate of completion. Also, safety will not be compromised in any modified technique. It is important to notify the Instructor, prior to enrolling in a course, if you have any concerns which may need to be addressed. This may include (but is not limited to) sore or bad knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, hips, artificial joints, deformities, or anything which may hinder or alter your abilities to perform certain shooting tasks in a safe manner, or the ability to perform safety demonstrations. This course is offered to persons in accordance and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but due to the nature of the overall safety of all surrounding students and instructors, as well as the general public, and compliance of the courses, each case will be evaluated on an individual basis. 







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