Friday, May 2, 2014

Online Training for Conceal Carry Would Be Insufficient Instruction

“An Aurora firearms training facility wants to see online concealed carry courses replace classroom training required by Illinois state law. Currently, those wishing to be issued concealed carry permits must complete 16 hours of training. Half of that training is done in the classroom, and the other half is hands-on instruction. The two-day class can cost hundreds of dollars, and might not be the most efficient way of doing things, suggests Patty Walker, a senior instructor at Firearm Training Pros in Aurora. Walker outlined her proposal to change state law to allow an eight-hour online training course, in addition to the eight hours of hands-on training…” (Aurora facility seeks onlineconcealed carry training).

Regarding Firearms Training: A Commentary

The training requirement for an applicant to conceal carry should be at least 24 hours (two weekends), of which at least six hours should be live-fire instruction. Effective instruction should appeal to visual, aural, verbal, kinesthetic (hands-on training), and interpersonal (or peer) learning.

Online instruction is a solitary experience. It would not be effective for most learners and would deprive trainees of other valuable methods of instruction.

At a minimum, firearms training curriculum should cover the following: Firearm Safety, Understanding Pistol Components and Operation, Loading & Firing a Pistol, Role-playing Stressful Self-Defense Scenarios that Create Fear and Confusion, Loading and Firing a Pistol under Stress, Unloading/Reloading a Pistol, Drawing from a Holster, Fundamentals of Aiming & Firing, Proper Breathing Techniques, Pistol Maintenance and Storage, Clearing Common Pistol Stoppages, Dry-Fire & Live-Fire Practice, Home Self-Defense Strategies, Self-Defense Strategies Outside of the Home, Understanding the Defensive Use & Consequences of Deadly Force, Confronting an Intruder or Attacker, the Emotional & Legal After Effects of Shooting an Assailant, Understanding State & Federal Laws Governing the Carry & Use of Firearms… 

I remain concerned about people who have only two days of training and who also lack experience with firearms (but decide to carry anyway). Carrying a firearm entails profound responsibility and the ability to act instantaneously under extreme stress with self-restraint.  

Though 16 hours of firearms training is the state’s requisite requirement for concealed carry, it takes many hours of shooting practice to enhance proficiency. Without real self-defense experiences, it is imperative to have practice lessons that include multiple visualizations of possible self-defense scenarios and to discuss the physical and emotional ramifications of the use of deadly force in self-defense.

People who own and carry guns should continue practicing at a firing range at least once a month, in addition to studying and reviewing the principles of the aforementioned curriculum on their own.


  1. Thanks Glen for sharing this useful information. Person who have a gun must also have conceal carry permit. Person need conceal carry training must go for Online conceal carry training. I have also done my conceal carry training from Boston firearms training center.

  2. What should be covered during training sessions? In addition to classroom instruction of deadly force policy and procedure and other topics, most trainers suggest the range work should include:

    1.) Clearing stoppages with either hand
    2.) Drills that simulate malfunctions
    3.) Emergency tactical reloading with either hand
    4.) Manipulation of safeties and de-cocking levers with either hand

    As well as the usual and customary range topics like:

    1.) Low-light and judgmental (decision-making) shooting
    2.) Shooting while moving to cover
    3.) One-handed firing
    4.) Giving verbal challenges
    5.) Firing and clearing malfunctions from various “officer down” positions
    6.) Engaging multiple targets

    from “Police firearms training: How often should you be shooting?” by Dave Grossi


    55% of gunfights take place 0-5 feet;
    20% of gunfights take place in 5-10 feet;
    20% of gunfights take place in 10-21 feet;
    95% of gunfights take place in 0-21 feet (FBI).

    The average man can cover 21 feet of ground in 1.5 seconds.
    The average man cannot draw a gun from concealment in under 2 seconds.
    The average gunfight is over in 3-5 seconds.
    Three to four shots are usually fired.
    Most gunfights take place in low-light conditions.
    On average, one shot in four strikes someone (Beretta).