LA and Orange county CCW training
Next Long Beach, Orange County AND Los Angeles County CCW Class
Next Long Beach, Orange County AND Los Angeles County CCW Class
NO NEED TO WAIT FOR INTERVIEW. Approval guaranteed! Money back if disapproved. Sheriff's Department WILL grant an extension if my next class is past your deadline!
NO NEED TO REGISTER ON THIS WEB SITE. JUST CALL AND I'LL FIND A CLASS DAY/TIME THAT WORKS FOR YOU. Private and Semi-Private options available if published dates do not work for you.
We also offer FFL services which you can book online.
I DO NOT offer security guard training.
We teach "students" NOT "lessons." Classes are personalized, highly interactive AND fun. Classroom module uses the same modern electronic training tools I've used to prepare military athletes for World Championship competitions for decades. Many come home with Medals (See video below of 2022 Athens World Championship).
NOTE: If you think you know everything and just want to "check the box," I'm NOT your guy!
Tuition for 2023 is $200 for the initial course and $90 for renewal applicants. Tuition does not include the $20 range fee changed by FT3. Tuition is the same no matter how many guns you have/want on your permit. I collect tuition the first time we meet in-person (at the range for renewals or in the classroom for initial applicants.
I teach an 8-hr. course for initial applicants approved by the LA and OC Sheriff’s Departments. I also teach a 4-hr. course for renewal applicants. My initial course is offered in two 4-hr. blocks. The first module is via Zoom teleconference. You may complete this one from anywhere you have an internet connection.
Both classes start at 6 pm. The Zoom class will take 4-hours. The classroom module will take about 3 hours. Both initial and renewal applicants will also need to shoot the required qualification course of fire with me at a day/time to be scheduled individually – usually on a Monday evening between 7 and 9 pm or a Friday afternoon between 2 and 4 pm at FT3 Tactical, the nicest range in S. Cal. FT3 is at 8230 Electric Ave. in Stanton, near Beach and Katella.
If you are a renewal applicant, the Zoom module is the only one you need. Initial applicants will take the second module in my modern, climate-controlled classroom in the Zee Medical Building, 16631 Burke Lane, Huntington Beach where you will use state-of-the-art, computer-assisted training devices for dry-fire exercises. You will have hands-on training with popular gear and gadgets (guns, holsters, tactical lights, non-lethal options, etc.). You will draw from concealment with laser guns in various tactical settings against a clock. Speed and shot placement will be analyzed. You will be ready to qualify for holster-draw privileges at FT3 AND participate in practical competitions (Handgun Challenge and IDPA matches).
All approved classes cover the prescribed curriculum. How the material is presented is up to your instructor. Here's how I teach: The first module covers CCW holder’s responsibilities, conflict avoidance, situational awareness, physiological and psychological considerations for self-defense and the legal aspects of conceal carry and self-defense. It also include a discussion of real-world scenarios (what would you do … if?).
The second module covers hand’s-on knowledge, skills and attitudes. Gear, gadgets, drawing from concealment, engaging a threat under different circumstances, etc. We will be drawing and shooting laser guns at computerized targets. I will furnish everything you need for classroom exercises – except a belt for the holster I will loan you and an outer garment that needs to cover your firearm.
My priorities are safety, confidence, competence, AND fun! I am a former university assistant professor (kinesiology – motor learning) and was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Training in an Army command with 10,000 soldiers. I have a LOT of training experience. I am the current marksmanship coach of the US Department of Defense Military Pentathlon Team and a former competitor with three podium finishes in World Championship competitions. I was at the Olympic Training Center for 4-years. I know how to shoot and how to coach you. Read my Yelp reviews.
If you just want to "punch your ticket" and think you already know everything - I'm NOT your guy!
Both LA and OC Sheriff’s Departments are swamped with applications. It usually takes several months to complete the application process and be given the “OK” to take the required training (conditional approval). Google “CCW Long Beach, CCW Los Angeles or CCW Orange County. Then look for the Police or Sheriff’s Department web site. Both will walk you through the application process. It is tedious, but not complicated. I offer to help folks apply if they can’t figure it out. I’ve never needed to do that. NOTE: You’ll see private web sites in your search. Some are helpful, but I recommend just going straight to the Sheriff’s Department or City Police Department site for the county/City you live in.
If you are renewing, I suggest you start the process 120 days before your current permit expires. The first thing Initial applicants should do is start the application process with the Sheriff’s Department. You do not need to wait for approval before taking my class. The Sheriff’s Department will approve my training as long as it is not more than 6-month old – even then exceptions may be granted. If you are told your class is out-of-date I will give a refresher class at no charge. I will also refund your tuition if you are not approved, but unless you have a serious problem with the law (felony conviction) there is a 99% chance you will be approved.
Once you are conditionally approved, it isn’t uncommon that you will be given a short window to get your training (typically 2-weeks). If my class is full or you otherwise can’t finish my training by your deadline, you may ask for an extension. Extensions are typically granted. You just need to be able to tell them the date of your class. I teach classes every two weeks, so you’ll be fine. Just don’t wait until the last minute to try and find a class.
I also offer private and semi-private classes where you may pick the class dates. Semi-private classes for 5 or more are the same cost as my public classes. The “catch” is that YOU need to organize the class and make the arrangements for them all. (I have only 1 point of contact). For example: You have 5 folks that want an initial class on a Saturday. The organizer coordinates the date/time with me and you’re all set. Tuition for each student is $200. If you want a semi-private class but don’t have a group of 5 or more, that’s OK, but I’ll still need to collect $1,000 from the group (e.g. Students in a class of 3 pay $333 each). Private renewal classes are $550. Private initial classes are $650.
Yes. But,. I've never had a student fail the qualification course of fire after the basic course. If you still want to develop further skills, I offer a 4-hour experience in a $30,000 simulator where you will interact with professional actors in various threat settings. You will need to assess each situation, make "shoot, no-shoot" decisions and defend your actions as you would against criminal and/or civil consequences. The evaluator has 30 years of experience as a retired law enforcement officer facing the realities of many "use of deadly force" encounters. This experience WILL get your heart-rate up! That training is $75.
I also offer the same lever of personal coaching I give to pistol shooters preparing for world championship competition. I charge $125/hour for live-fire coaching at FT3 and $100/hr. for dry-fire coaching in my classroom.
Yes. In fact, most are (e.g Los Angeles City, Long Beach). The LA County Sheriff's Department has been swamped with CCW applications since the Bruen Case so they turned over their CCW program to most of the major, incorporated City Chiefs of Police. If you are a Los Angeles County CCW applicant, I suggest your contact your city PD and ask how they want to handle a CCW application.
Yes. I am an approved CCW instructor for most LA County cities, but now all and the lists are changing almost daily as cities finalize their programs. Long Beach, for example just went live May 1, 2023.
NOTE: If your city issues permits, you MUST get yours from them. Cities have different application standards and minimum training requirements (e.g. Long Beach requires 16-hours of training and a phycological evaluation.)
Long Beach applicants will need to take two extra modules (adding 8-hours to the LASD or OCSD approved course. Tuition for the 16-hour course is $475 - but includes a 4-hour simulator training session which I think EVERYONE should take. It is a $75 option for LASD and OCSD CCW applicants. The other 4-hour module is my Firearms Fundamentals course with the same coaching I give to Department of Defense Pentathletes when I get the US Team ready for for World Championships. You'll definitely get your money's worth! You'll probably be the best shooter at any range you go to after 4-hours with me.
Long Beach applicants register for the regular CCW class (the same one as OC and LA County Sheriff's Department applicants) and then schedule the two extra modules individually. Register for one of my Fundamentals classes (see schedule on this web site), and schedule the Simulator training with me individually. The Fundamentals class is once-a-month on a Tuesday evening from 6-10 pm in my HB Classroom. The Simulator is probably available on a Sunday afternoon - but the schedule is subject to change based on demand.
Instructional Classroom: Zee Medical Building, 16631 Burke Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 ///////////////////////////// Simulator Classroom: Real World Shooting, 15617 Graham Street, Huntington Beach, California, 92649
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The Premiere Firearms Academy in Southern California. OC and LA Sheriff's Department approved CCW courses taught every other week. Call for schedule.
NRA Personal Protection in the Home and Personal Protection Outside the Home offered on demand.
Private coaching, group shooting activities, and "date nights" (I furnish firearms, and ammo, PLUS safety supervision/instruction as requested). Family Firearms Safety Training is also popular. The Family Firearms Safety Training is designed to professionally help families with children to safety have firearms in their home. It includes age-appropriate dry and live-fire exercises. Dry-fire exercises are typically taught in your home (I bring laser guns, etc.) with time spent on safe handling, shooting fundamentals, proper storage and home defense considerations with children present. Cost $650 (Includes rifle, pistol and shotgun rental, ammo, and live-fire experience with various firearms on a public range (your family will NOT be the only ones shooting). Offered on demand.
We offer NRA Instructor-level training on demand for Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection in the Home, and Personal Protection Outside the Home.
We train FFLs, gun store owners, pawn shop owners, and others who need to be California DOJ Firearms Safety Certificate Program instructors so they can conduct the State-required Firearms Safe Handling demonstrations and issue CA DOJ FSC certificates.
As an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, I train and certify Range Safety Officers so they can safely supervise public and private shooting facilities. We teach NRA RSO classes for range owners, law enforcement firing range administrators, and youth camp owners/operators who offer marksmanship programs, including the Boy Scouts of America (Scouting BSA). We have Boy Scout Camp shooting range design and range SOP publication experience. We have California Police Department experience with both range operation and SOP review.
I currently coach the United States Military Skills team for their annual World Championship competition. I offer the same coaching for other competitive bulls-eye pistol shooters.
We are a Federal Firearms LIcense holder (FFL) and offer FFL services for on-line gun sales and purchases, private party transfers and other firearms transactions approved by the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms. Fee: $75 + CA DOJ fee ($37.19). PPT: $10 + CA DOJ fee ($37.19). NOTE: Local sales tax of 7.75% of purchase price is also collected by FFL. Contact me prior to having a seller or other FFL ship a firearm to Basic Gun Safety.
NOTE: It is the buyer's responsibility to ensure that purchases are CA Compliant. There is a $100 service charge to return -compliant guns to the seller
Col. Roger Harvey (US Army - Ret.) led the US Military Pentathlon program from the Pentagon and later from the US Olympic Training Center for 6 years. He has three podium finishes in international competition (Rome, Hanover, Paris). He is a retired University Professor in kinesiology (motor learning).
World-class shooters spend 10 hours dry-firing for every hour with live ammo. We use state-of-the-art dry-fire exercises and equipment (laser guns, Mantis-X accelerometer, LaserShot Judgement Training Simulator, etc.) before your first shots - so it is not uncommon for a new shooter who has never even HELD a pistol to shoot their first 5 shots better than marksmen with decades of experience.
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