You Took A Concealed Carry Class – Now What?

We train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County should be your only consideration for concealed carry and handgun training.
If you want to learn how to carry and use a handgun to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, enroll in one of our either basic or advanced handgun training classes.

Our next available, comprehensive, 5-hour Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training Class is

The cost of this 5-hour handgun/concealed carry license qualification training class is $75.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 863-206-1996.

The fully illustrated, official NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting training manual available for purchase in every basic Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training class.

In-Gauge of Polk County teaches you how to use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. There is no substitute for NRA firearms training.

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Concealed Carry Class: Do It Right, or Do It Twice

How to Choose a Firearm Training Class

We did not write this article, but we wish we had.

Concealed Carry, Training – by Aaron Stemen

Do It Right, or Do It Twice

Imagine for just a moment that weeks, months, or even years down the road you receive a notice from the State of Florida revoking your Concealed Weapon or Firearm License due to insufficient training. Now hang on! You took a concealed carry class and showed proof to the State. Surely this is a mistake. Isn’t it?

Imagine for just a moment that weeks, months, or even years down the road you receive a notice from the State of Florida revoking your Concealed Weapon or Firearm License due to insufficient training. Now hang on! You took a concealed carry class and showed proof to the State. Surely this is a mistake. Isn’t it?

Well here’s the deal. The State found out the class you took didn’t meet the statutory requirements, so they pulled your permit. You wasted your hard-earned money, your valuable time and, to make matters worse, you now have to do it all over again.

In this article, I give you the tools and info you need to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

What to Look For

There are two main things you should look into, and then each can then be broken down further. They are:

  • The instructor’s credentials and experience, and
  • A breakdown analysis of the class itself
  • Background Check Your Instructor

I recently caught wind of a Gainesville based “firearms training group,” and I use that term loosely, that has been teaching illegal concealed weapons permit classes for quite some time. By “illegal” I mean they don’t meet the State’s training requirements.

I hate to say it, but there are a lot of less than reputable firearms instructors out there. If you aren’t researching your instructor(s) before handing over your hard-earned cash, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice.

Credentials

Section 790.06 lists a few different ways that firearms instructors can become certified to teach Florida concealed carry classes. When deciding on an instructor for your class, make sure they are certified by one of the following organizations:

  • National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC)
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS)
  • State-Certified (Class K) Firearms Instructor
  • NRA Firearms Instructor Certifications

Law Enforcement and Military Experience

Finding an instructor with prior law enforcement or military experience may be a good thing to look out for, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider this to be the Holy Grail.

I say this because some LE/military instructors are so focused on being Joe Tactical (“tacticool”) that they simply aren’t the best choice for an introductory concealed carry class.

You can often spot these instructors from a mile away because one of the first things they want you to know is that they are a SWAT “Operator” or a “sniper.” While there is nothing inherently wrong with being a member of the local SWAT team, if it’s their primary talking (i.e. bragging) point I suggest you look elsewhere. You want an instructor who is friendly and relatable, not one with an inflated sense of self-importance.

Investigate the Class

If I haven’t made it obvious yet, not all firearms training classes are created equal. By taking a look into the class’s particular characteristics you should be able to get a pretty good idea of whether the instructor is merely rubber-stamping certificates, or if they will teach you how to safely and effectively use a firearm to defend yourself.

Here’s a few key things to pay attention to:

  • Class location
  • Class length
  • Class size
  • Class tuition
  • Class Location

Any class that is conducted somewhere other than at a firearms range (hotel) will not meet the requirements. Why? Because Section 790.06 of the Florida Statutes requires that every student “discharge the firearm in [the instructor’s] physical presence and that the discharge of the firearm included live fire using a firearm and ammunition.”

Pistol Range

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of any hotels that let you shoot a firearm inside their conference room. And the air guns used by this “firearms training group” discussed above don’t meet the statutory definition of a “firearm,” nor do air pellets meet the definition of “ammunition.”

Class Length

I don’t have a hard and fast rule of thumb for this one, so use your judgment. If you’re signing up for a class that’s 2 hours long, you’re probably not going to learn a whole lot, and I’d even be skeptical how much shooting time (if any) you’ll get.

Class Size

I think everyone can agree that as the number of students per instructor (student-to-instructor ratio) increases, the quality of training is likely going to decrease. It’s simply not possible for one instructor to adequately train 20 or 25 students, or more!

You may be asking yourself how in the world you’re supposed to know how many students are going to be in the class.

Checking out the instructor’s previous class photos is a good place to start. You’ll likely find these on their social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) or on their website.

If there are 50 students in a single class, that’s a pretty good indicator that the class is packed like a can of sardines, and the instructor is more focused on quantity than quality.

How much quality discussion do you really think you’ll be able to have with that many people crammed into a single class? How much personalized instruction do you think you’ll get when you’re one of 50 students on the range? And 1-on-1 time . . . Forget about it!

I try to keep classes between 5 and 8 students. I’ve found this to be just the right size to have student involvement in discussions while also being able to provide personalized instruction on the range.

Class Tuition

This goes hand-in-hand with the class size.

I’m not saying the most expensive class is guaranteed to be the best class, but choosing a class just because it’s the cheapest is a recipe for disaster.

Don’t waste your money.


In-Gauge of Polk CountyOur Guarantee

At In-Gauge of Polk County, all of our handgun training / concealed carry classes are guaranteed to exceed the State of Florida’s requirements.

All of our instructors are certified by the National Rifle Association.

Additionally, our basic handgun training / concealed carry classes run all day, and you will shoot at least an entire box of ammo (50 rounds) at real targets.

We cap our classes at 3 students per instructor on the range for the live-fire training. This ensures that we are able to devote our attention to you, and provide you with personalized instruction.

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You Took A Concealed Carry Class – Now What?

You have the right to own a gun. You also have the responsibility to learn to use it correctly.

When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County should be your only consideration for concealed carry and handgun training.
If you want to learn how to carry and use a handgun to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, enroll in one of our either basic or advanced handgun training classes.

Our next available, comprehensive, 5-hour Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training Class is

The cost of this 5-hour handgun/concealed carry license qualification training class is $75.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 863-206-1996.

The fully illustrated, official NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting training manual available for purchase in every basic Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training class.

In-Gauge of Polk County teaches you how to use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. There is no substitute for NRA firearms training.

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Polk County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, self-defense, concealed carry, focused fire, shooting lessons, gun training, gun classes, concealed carry, conceal weapon, online class, lead feather, online permit, gun shop, gun show, gun permit

Considering a Florida concealed carry permit?

Not all concealed carry classes are alike. We train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County should be your only consideration for concealed carry and handgun training.
If you want to learn how to carry and use a handgun to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, enroll in one of our either basic or advanced handgun training classes.

Our next available, comprehensive, 5-hour Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training Class is

The cost of this 5-hour handgun/concealed carry license qualification training class is $75. This is an actual handgun training class that includes on-range, live-fire hand training. The participant will be expected to fire a minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition under at the direction of an instructor.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 863-206-1996.

The fully illustrated, official NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting training manual available for purchase in every basic Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training class.

In-Gauge of Polk County teaches you how to use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. There is no substitute for NRA firearms training.

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Polk County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, self-defense, concealed carry, focused fire, shooting lessons, gun training, gun classes, concealed carry, conceal weapon, online class, lead feather, online permit, gun shop, gun show, gun permit

We Will Honor Your Concealed Carry Training Taken Elsewhere

Not all concealed carry classes are alike. We train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

  • You took an online concealed carry class
  • You attended one of those concealed carry class conducted at a local hotel
  • You took a gun show concealed carry class
  • You took a concealed carry class and you found it to be less than you expected

In-Gauge of Polk County will honor your certificate of training and provide you with handgun training that will make you comfortable with handling, firing and carrying you gun to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

So, you spent your money and your time taking a class in order to apply for a Florida concealed carry license and you found the experience lacking. You may have even walked out more afraid of owning and handling a firearm than when you walked in.

In-Gauge of Polk County will train you in the use of your firearm and qualify you for applying for a Florida concealed carry license.

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Active Shooter Defense – Another class graduated

Another group of active shooter community guardians graduated.

Last Saturday, we graduated another class of ‘active shooter’ community guardians. These people will have your back while you are shopping, filling your gas tank or attending church services and you will never know they are there.

They have more than a concealed carry license. They have been trained to carry a deadly weapon in public.

This group completed over 15 hours of ‘active shooter’ defense training that included: situational awareness, mental preparedness, the drawing from a holster, advanced live-fire handgun training, that included the use of cover and concealment, moving, shooting, reloading, moving between cover and concealment, managing firearm malfunctions, while engaging single and multiple assailants and Stop The Bleed emergency wound care training.

If your concealed carry class did not look like this, you did not take a true concealed carry class . . .

Regardless if you have already taken a concealed carry class or you have a Florida concealed carry license, contact us for official NRA firearms training that will prepare you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Our advanced CONCEALED CARRY CLASS teaches more than just how to shoot little round holes in a piece of paper hanging from a string.

If you haven’t taken a concealed carry class or have little to no training, we can take you from the novice, beginner shooter to the advanced level in shorter time than you think. Firearms training is all we do and we are good at it.

Having a concealed carry license is of no benefit if you do not know how to defend your live and the lives of your loved ones.

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In-Gauge of Polk County's advanced concealed carry training class
In-Gauge of Polk County Active Shooter Training

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Polk County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, self-defense, concealed carry, focused fire, shooting lessons, gun training, gun classes, concealed carry, conceal weapon, online class, lead feather, online permit, gun shop, gun show, gun permit

Concealed Carry Class $35 – Gander Outdoors, Bartow

Not all concealed carry classes are alike. We prepare you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Cost: $35 All materials provided.

No other training or class is required in order to apply for a Florida concealed carry weapons / firearms license.

To register for our either of our May Sunday afternoon classes conducted at GANDER OUTDOORS – Bartow , click on the dates below:

Nothing has been cut or abbreviated from these classes. Range, live-fire, hands-on, handgun performance evaluation included as part of this class.

Our current April / May class schedule can be seen at: https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/register-for-a-class/

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms safety training.  In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

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Polk County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, self-defense, concealed carry, focused fire, shooting lessons, gun training, gun classes, concealed carry, conceal weapon, online class, lead feather, online permit, gun shop, gun show, gun permit