The 4 rules of gun safety

*The 1st Law of Gun Safety - The Gun Is Always Loaded!

*The 2nd Law of Gun Safety - Never Point A Gun At Something You're Not Prepared To Destroy!

*The 3rd Law of Gun Safety - Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!

*The 4th Law of Gun Safety - Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Passed my concealed carry handgun course!

Yippee! Passed my CCH course today. Great class at Elite Training Academy in Monroe, NC. Kelly Eads was our trainer and did a great job going over the North Carolina concealed carry laws and the use of deadly force. The class was fun and informative with a lot of interaction and great questions from the students. We watched several videos from the North Carolina Department of Justice which gave a very good (if dry) explanation of the laws and where you can carry as well as some videos that showed specific situations regarding the use of deadly force. Learned some great information in this class. We finished up with a part of the course on gun safety, handling, maintenance, ammunition types, and types of handguns. This was a lot of review for me and several people from the class as it's based on the NRA basic pistol class which I took back in April.

The class was filled with folks with different levels of experience from someone who had just purchased a handgun and was just learning to several ladies who were applying for their armed security personnel license.

After the standard classroom teaching, we went to the range to shoot 40 rounds total from 3, 5, and 7 yards into a B27 target. This was a little different for me as Elite has a rule that you should shoot no more than 1 round per second, so shooting as fast as I could pull the trigger and as quickly as I could get my sights on target was fun. Kind of reminded me of doing IDPA practices with the folks from Central Carolinas Shooting Club. We shot a bunch of the rounds with either the strong or weak hand, usually in 6 round courses of fire.

All of my rounds found their way into the 8 ring or better with 34 in the 9, 10, and X rings. I was then able to shoot my last 10 rounds after my scoring was done just to finish off the box. All of those rounds were in the 9 ring or better.

All in all, I had a great time with Kelly and the class and would definitely recommend anyone in the Charlotte area in taking the class with Elite.

That's all for this week. Remember, shoot safe, shoot straight!


  1. Thanks for the review! I usually can tell if I need to watch a shooter and you did not fall into that category. I enjoyed having you in class and glad you survived the "dry" commentary!

    Stay safe!


  2. Psst! I had Kelly too for a teacher (I know what you mean on the commentary) But I really enjoyed his class.
    BTW~ What did you score on your written test? lol j/k

  3. Kelly did a great job. Mr. Bowtie however left a lot to be desired. /snore

    Shoot safe, shoot straight!

  4. Awesome. I love to see people getting some training! Wish I lived closer.

  5. Welcome to the club! Don't let your training stop there though. Keep it up.

  6. Thanks folks. I don't expect to stop my training there. May try some defensive pistol classes that are being offered in NC and VA. I'm also planning to take an IDPA fundamentals class with Morgan Allen in October or November.

  7. Welcome to the shooting sports. Plan on spending money and time because it just gets better from here. You're fortunate in taking a class from someone of Keads' caliber (Pun intended!). I'm going to bookmark you and watch your progression with envious eyes. Have fun.

  8. Thanks Six. Kelly was a great instructor. Looking forward to getting better with my firearms, having fun, and meeting lots of excellent folks along the way.

  9. Welcome aboard Sir! :-) Shooting is fun, and you will meet some good people (and yeah, there is the usual 1% of assholes too)...

  10. Welcome to the gun blogoshpere... where negligent discharges with firearms are avoided but occur with words daily...

    Dann in Ohio


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