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


Best Handgun Training

NRA Certified Courses, CCW Training & more...

CCW COURSES now offered several days per week

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Whether you are new to shooting, or an advanced shooter, it is imperative that you get the very best training available. At BEST Handgun Training, we will provide you with that training and experience which you deserve.

You owe it to yourself to get the best training, and this is exactly what we provide. When training with BEST Handgun Training, you will learn a tremendous wealth of knowledge, rather than taking a "bare minimum" training class from an instructor that may not be prepared to teach the appropriate lessons, or from a newer firearms instructor without the knowledge in which we possess.

Our 24/7 online scheduling calendar will make your scheduling simple as that.

It is YOUR duty and responsibility to be safe with firearms, as well as knowledgeable with the laws.....

And our CCW training will provide you with the knowledge (and more importantly, in depth discussion of laws and scenarios pertaining to CCW) in which you need to apply on a daily routine, and consistent basis, to responsibly carry a concealed weapon, as well as maintaining marksmanship skills.

For the CCW training, you will be required to qualify (demonstrate your ability to use the firearms safely and accurately), at 10 yards or less. We will not be teaching you military or sniper tactics, but we will teach you everyday "above common sense" approach tactics, as well as situational awareness skills. 

If you have "handgun" safety and "recent" handgun shooting experience, the qualifications are rather simple if you know your guns. Our training courses prepare you for the real every-day world, and are scenario driven.

BEST Handgun Training's indoor classroom instruction is in a private, safe, professional facility, with plenty of free parking. We do utilize an outdoor private shooting range nearby for live fire drills, qualifications and other exercises. SAFETY IS OUR #1 CONCERN.

However, if you are fairly experienced with shooting handguns (AND have been to a "public" range recently), if your county sheriff requires 8 hours, we will complete the training in one day, provided that you demonstrate the ability to use a firearm safely.  This 8 hour course is typically about a 9 hour day, as there is so much to learn, no matter your experience. This is the "CCW training 8 hour class". We recommend that if you are somewhat new to guns and if your sheriff requires an 8 hour training, to attend our 16 hour training,(although not required) as there is no additional cost for the additional day.

If your sheriff requires a 16 hour training, you will be required to complete this training in two days, for a total of 16 hours. We no longer provide an all day/evening 16 hour class, but we do have flexible schedules, as you will see when you click on "schedule your class". Just a reminder, we post our calendar on or about the 15th of each month, for the following month.


Browse through our website, and this should answer most of your questions for beginners, CCW initials and CCW renewals.


We are currently offering initial and renewal CCW training for the following CA counties:  El Dorado County CCW, Nevada County CCW, Placer County CCW, Sacramento County CCW, San Joaquin County CCW, Sierra County CCW, Sutter County CCW, Yuba County CCW. We are certified for the Utah concealed weapon permit instruction/certification (36 states).


Driving directions:  


From I-80, exit Hwy 65 towards Marysville (North). Exit (to the right) at Nelson Lane (no off-ramp, but there is a traffic signal). This is one exit beyond the Ferrari Ranch off-ramp. Drive about a mile, and at the Nelson Lane stop sign, turn right on to Nicolaus Road. At the 2nd stop sign, turn left on Lakeside Drive, and then a right into the Chevron gas station parking lot.



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********************************************************************************************* Sign up now for a Basic Pistol course or the 36 state Concealed Weapons Permit located in Lincoln, CA.  Or sign up for a CA CCW course for any of the following counties: El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, San Joaquin, Sutter and Yuba. To register for any course,   Click Here or give us a call at (916) 295-8489. If you leave a voice mail, please be patient, and allow up to 2 or 3 days for an instructor to return your call. Our team of Instructors are full-time, and can keep rather busy, from very early, to very late.  Click here for more information on the course. CCW courses are not eligible with certain disqualifiers, and you must verify that you do not have any disqualifying criteria. Course fees are non-refundable.



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After successful completion of our Basic Handgun course, you are eligible to attend our Concealed Weapons Permit training for an additional $75.00 + range fee (provided that you have no CCW disqualifying factors). However, DO NOT purchase this Basic Handgun course (or any discounted offer) specifically for a CCW course. The CCW course is an entirely different training package.


NEW - Our FAQ's will answer most of your questions.  Click here for FAQ's.

 Click HERE for common CCW denial reasons in CA.

Best Handgun Training Instructors are certified by either (one or all of the following):  National Rifle Association, CA Department of Justice, POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training).

Firearms safety is of the utmost importance. It is our goal to educate and teach you the  knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning, using and storing a firearm safely. 

We encourage the continued development of these skills, while pursuing the sport of target shooting, competitive events and other courses.

Gun Safety is a very serious matter, which cannot be taken lightly. Becoming a handgun owner or a Concealed Weapons Permit Holder assumes a tremendous amount of responsibility and liability.

Just because you own or may have access to a firearm (unless you have had some extensive training) doesn't mean that you have the "proper" training, knowledge and ability to use it safely, store it properly, and be prepared for any situation. The proper and responsible training with a firearm is extremely important.

Our Certified Instructors pride themselves with instructing some of the best firearms training courses available to the public.

Whether you are new to shooting, or an experienced shooter, you will find that the variety of firearms courses which we offer can be a great wealth of experience.

Best Handgun Training conducts regularly scheduled training classes throughout the month. Our calendar is posted online, on or about the 15th of each month, for the following month.

Best Handgun Training offers many courses which are certified by the National Rifle Association. Be sure to sign up for your NRA class today. Click here to schedule an appointment.

The NRA does not currently certify CCW (Carry Concealed Weapons) courses.

Best Handgun Training also provides a Concealed Firearms Permit training certification for 36 "shall issue" states. This is an excellent opportunity to satisfy the requirements for these states, while only needing to apply within one or more states to obtain reciprocity throughout many other states (excluding CA, as CA does NOT have reciprocity agreements with any other state).


*****NOTE*****  Best Handgun Training is now known as Best CCW Training, effective 08/15/2017.  Best CCW Training continues to have the same instructors (as well as a couple of additional instructors to assist), and with an even better lesson plan! Visit the new website at for some of the BEST CCW training around!

Although Best Handgun Training provides CCW Training and Instructions/Certifications/Qualifications in 36 states, this does not apply to all CA counties. CA CCW training requirements may vary from county to county. Please email or call for further clarifications.

This website is hosted and maintained by Best Handgun Training and is not endorsed, affiliated with, or sponsored by the National Rifle Association.



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