Best Handgun Training
Frequently Asked Questions
How large are the general classes?
The Instructor prefers smaller sized classes, to guarantee each student the opportunity of
personal one-on-one instruction during live-fire exercises. 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.
Does a Basic Handgun Training course work for CCW training?
NO. The Basic Handgun is not for CCW training. However, after
attending our Basic Handgun course, you are eligible for a CCW training discount (Day 2 of 2), for a
price of $50 + range fees.
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
Gift certificates and vouchers classes can be scheduled easily online at http://checkappointments.com/sched/besthandguntraining .
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.
We are NOT offering Indoor range classes.
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, all courses are certified. But, not to be confused with the HSC or FSC certification
(see below). This training course does not authorize you to purchase a gun, nor does it waive the HSC or FSC
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 dont have a
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 landline 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, HSC was renamed to FSC. HSC's/FSC's are not required to take this course. In the
State of CA, it is a requirement to take a short written test (HSC) 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 HSC test once every five years. The HSC is good to purchase any type of firearm in CA. If
you lose your HSC, 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 have posted the
HSC Study Guide on our website for your
Can I sign up for a Private Lesson?
Private lessons generally are not available, unless it is for a large group or company
sponsored event. If you have a large group (10 or more) and wish to request a private class at our training
facility, send an email with as much information as possible. We will let you know if we are able
to accommodate the request.
What is the minimum age requirement?
For the Basic Pistol/Shotgun/Rifle courses, there is no minimum age requirement, provided
that the student is mature and responsible, (commonly 16-18+ but varies with the individual), 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. If a child will be attending the course, be sure to specify
the age of the child in the "comments field" upon enrollment. A parent or legal guardian must sign a
waiver, accompany the child at the range, and provide transportation to and from the range
For courses which do not contain "live-fire" shooting exercises, there is no minimum age requirement.
Most 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
How do I pay for a course?
We offer several methods of payment. You can pay online, by clicking on the "BUY NOW" menu
item at the left. The Basic course special is NOT honored for a CCW class. For other
courses such as CCW, to pay on the day of the course, bring a check, cash or credit card with you. What days
and times are courses offered?
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 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
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 permissable 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 will be 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.
I have already attended a Basic course with Best Handgun Training. Can I get a discount for the
Absolutely! All returning students that have taken a Basic course with Best Handgun Training
are granted a discount to the initial CCW course. The price for your CCW training will be $50 + $15 range
fee. You must have plenty of experience behind the firearm(s) that you will be placing on your permit. This
special discount applies to returning students of Best Handgun Training only. You MUST have taken your Basic course
from Best Handgun Training. Certificates from another training institution will not apply for a discount. To
schedule the CCW class (your final day of training), simply schedule online (for a CCW 16 hour class. Day 2 of 2).
If you have the experience with the weapon(s), are safe, then this class will be just one day for you. The day will
be approximately 9 hours long, and will be completed on the same day that you have signed up for. You MUST
enter in the comments section that you have already taken the Basic class.
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 depatment 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
How long is my CCW training certificate valid for?
Several counties that we instruct for are booked very far in advance, due to the volume of CCW
issuance. Check your specific county sheriff CCW website for up to date and detailed information.
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
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 (or day 2 of 2). 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
embarassment, 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
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
Am I able to take a course if I have a physical limitation or
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