CWP and Basic Pistol Class

Our combined Concealed Weapons Permit and Basic Pistol class includes the eleven essential subjects required by state law for the South Carolina CWP.  The state requires every student to complete a checklist during the class to document knowledge and understanding of those subjects. We guide every student through that checklist to detail his or her individual training requirement for the Concealed Weapons Permit in South Carolina. There are two parts.

Disabled Veterans, Retired and Former Military, Active Military, Retired Law Enforcement, Active Law Enforcement need complete only the following six subjects on the “Legal Aspects of the South Carolina CWP” to meet the training requirement for a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit and can stop there and apply for their SC CWP:

SC CWP Part 1. Legal Aspects of the South Carolina CWP

  1. Statutory and case law regarding deadly force
  2. SC laws governing firearms and concealed weapons permits
  3. Proper firearms storage practices that deny access to children
  4. Prohibited carry locations
  5. Liability and responsibility issues relating to firearms
  6. Proper interaction with Law Enforcement Officers

Everyone else who wants the South Carolina CWP (and those veterans, military, and law enforcement officers who want more than the minimum) continues through the remaining five subjects to complete the entire class:

SC CWP Part 2. Firearms Safety and Operation

  1. The four cardinal firearms safety rules
  2. Handgun safety, manipulation, and operation
  3. Basic handgun marksmanship
  4. Proper concealment techniques and drawing from concealment
  5. Qualification on the range with the instructor

Don’t feel overwhelmed by the paperwork needed to apply for a South Carolina CWP. We supply the checklist and application, glide you through every step, and even provide the official certificate of completion for use in future years and future purposes.

At the same time we incorporate the Basic Pistol components of our combined CWP and Basic Pistol class to include essential elements for civilians who want to behave responsibly and protect themselves and their families.

The Basic Pistol elements of this combined CWP and Basic Pistol class give you greater depth of knowledge, skills, and attitude so you leave with much more than simply paperwork for a concealed weapons permit. We give you the foundation to know what you are doing, why you do it, and how you do it. This aspect of our class is excellent in itself and also prepares you for advanced training in Home Defense, Defensive Handgun, and perhaps even our Range Safety Officer class and Pistol Instructor Training class. The best start for everything related to handguns begins here, with the basics:

Basic Pistol

  1. Gun safety, safe gun handling, child safety, and safe gun storage
  2. Pistol knowledge
  3. Ammunition knowledge
  4. Fundamentals of pistol shooting
  5. Handgun shooting positions
  6. How to shoot effectively
  7. Firearms and the law, and avoiding confrontations
  8. Handgun cleaning and maintenance

All parts of our combined CWP and Basic Pistol class work together without boring repetition or wandering byways. Every aspect of our Concealed Weapons Permit and Basic Pistol class is packed with instruction, information, and training. We further enhance our class with demonstrations, handouts, and materials we developed so our students get maximum lasting benefit.

At minimum each person will need 50 rounds of ammunition for their CWP proficiency course. For the Basic Pistol portion of the class, you will need 200 rounds of ammunition. Depending on your skill level, and desire for practice is the reason for ammo required. It is HIGHLY recommended that you have experience using your pistol. If you do not meet the minimum state requirement, we cannot sign off on your CWP paperwork to get your license. This is your responsibility. If you decide to come to class without any experience with your firearm, you will be gambling on whether you pass or fail. If you fail the class, you will be required to take it again, pay the full fee for the class. There are limited spaces available in each class, and if you must take one of those spots to retest, you will have to pay the entire course fee again.

If you need any ammo, holsters, or safety gear, there is an on-site store that you can purchase from. However you must let us know a minimum of 1 week prior to the class to have adequate time to order in any materials that they may not have in stock at the time. If you come and use the range gun for the class, and then decide you are ready to purchase your carry firearm after the class, the store also has a selection of pistols, and other firearms. If you do attend the class, you will be given a student discount to all in stock items that day.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Text and email during the day. I can take phone calls after 4pm during the week and will respond as quickly as possible.


  • The class beings at 8am and can last until 5pm. It all depends on how everyone shoots, and any questions that arise during the classroom portion of the day.
  • Make sure to bring your photo ID with you to the class as I will need to make a photocopy of it for your forms.
  • Pack your own lunch as there are not restaurants close enough for you to be able to go there during our 30 minute lunch break.
  • If paying by cash or money order, please make arrangements to hand deliver in person before your class begins.
$100 / Class / Student
1957 Highway 6, Gaston, SC 29053
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