North Carolina Concealed Carry Course

 A little info about the course

The North Carolina Concealed Carry is by far the most requested firearms course we teach. Be sure you reserve your seat as soon as possible after registration opens up.

The purpose of the North Carolina Concealed Carry course is to teach you the laws concerning deadly force, justifiable use of deadly force, and where you can and cannot carry concealed within the state of NC. We will cover a lot of material in this course, but will do so in small sections so as to be sure all students are learning all the required material.

There will be a 10-minute break every hour or so at which time you can ask instructors additional questions or clarify information from the previous session, use the rest room, take a smoke break, etc. There is also a 1 hour lunch break from approximately 12-1 PM.

There is a written exam at the end of the course as well as a range shooting requirement.

Firearms In The Classroom?

Students ARE allowed, and even encouraged, to bring a firearm into the classroom for the concealed carry course. We do ask that you follow the rules below. Failure to follow these rules show a lack of respect for the safety of others and will be grounds to ask you to leave. We can laugh and joke about a lot of things throughout the day, but student safety isn’t one of them!

  • Permitted firearms are semi-automatic or revolvers between .380 to .45 caliber.
  • ALL firearms will be checked at the door by the training staff.
  • ALL firearms will remain ON the table in the OPEN position during the course.

Note: Simply passing this course does NOT grant you a permit to carry concealed. This course is the instructional portion of a two-step process you mush go through in order to get your permit in North Carolina. The second step is to take your course completion certificate and contact the sheriff’s office in the county in which you legally reside.(The county on your driver’s license or state ID.)  They will complete the process required, including a criminal background check; and your permit will come in the mail or to your local sheriff’s office, depending on your county’s procedure.

Most counties will require something similar to the following to complete your concealed carry application:

  • Original Firearms Safety Training Course Certificate (provided from our academy)
  • Processing Fee – Usually between $60-$100 depending on the county.
  • Valid North Carolina Drivers License or Identification Card with current address
  • One other legal form of ID (passport, Birth Certificate, etc)
  • Copy of United States Passport or Citizenship papers if born outside of the United States

Photo Release: By taking the North Carolina Concealed Carry course through SAFT Academy, you agree to have your photo taken with your qualifying firearm and target. This is for our records only. If a concealed-carry holder is ever charged with a firearm-related crime, we will be subpoenaed to court to testify as to your training and certification. This photo will provide proof of attendance, the firearm you qualified with, as well as your overall competency with the firearm on the range.

Must Haves:

Students are required to bring the following supplies with them to class. These are all basic necessities every shooter needs to have in his or her possession to complete this course.

  • Valid NC Driver’s License or NC Identification card.
    (a copy will be made for our records, as required by law.)
  • Notebook/Pencil/Pen for taking notes in class. Hopefully there’s some information you’re going to want to review later!
  • Snacks and Drinks if you want.
  • Pistol ( If you do not have a firearm of your own, you can rent a semiautomatic or revolver for $30 at the range on class day. If you need ammunition on class day, this will be sold at whatever the going rate is for a box of 50 rounds, currently around $30.)
    Single Action Revolvers are NOT ALLOWED for this course.
  • Caliber: This is the only course we teach where .22 caliber is NOT permitted to qualify. The reason for this is that few people ever choose a .22 for concealed carry. Qualifying on a .22 and then carrying a much larger caliber (9mm or .45 ACP) doesn’t prepare you for the reality of shooting your firearm. The recoil from larger calibers is substantially different than shooting with a .22 caliber pistol. We want you to have the best, most realistic, shooting experience in order to feel safe and confident with your firearm.
  • Ammunition: North Carolina requires 30 rounds of ammunition to be fired for your certification. A box of 50 rounds is the MINIMUM you need to bring to class with you.  NO RELOADED AMMUNITION ALLOWED IN THIS COURSE – ammo must be in factory packaging.
  • (Due to the limited quantities of ammunition available in stores right now, it is suggested that you purchase your ammunition well in advance to be sure you can get the right ammo for your firearm.)
  • Purchasing Ammunition – See our FAQ for suggestions on what kind of ammunition to purchase for classes if you aren’t already familiar with what you need.
  • A holster is allowed and recommended but not required.
    (Concealed carry holsters are allowed in this class. The same principles apply, but all participants might not have their concealed carry permit, so student comfort and knowledge may vary.)
  • Clothing: North Carolina requires 8 hours of course instruction for this class. Dress comfortable. Remember to dress accordingly if you will be drawing from the holster on the firing line.(belt, etc)
  • Hearing Protection
  • Eye Protection

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