What I Learned From Taking A Concealed Carry Course
Written by: Michael Wight
Using a weapon requires a good level of insight into all the mechanisms that are involved in its operation. You can have the right to carry a concealed weapon or CCW after participating in a course that educates people on every aspect of storing, carrying, handling and actually utilizing a weapon. When I enrolled for the course, I was a bit apprehensive about going through it as it sounded like quite a lot of regulatory stuff. However, I was pleasantly surprised once the course actually started as I was taken step by step through all of the procedures and guidelines and everything looked smooth. I realized that there is a lot to learn about using a weapon and that buying it is just the beginning of the process.
Holding the weapon was the initial aspect of the day-long class. As I had never used a gun before, this was exciting stuff and I was really pleased getting to learn the basics from a professional. If the situation actually arises that you need to use your weapon, you would not want to be slow on the draw or fumble with getting your gun out to keep the threat at bay. This would represent a total negation of the very purpose of going through the hassle of procuring a weapon and obtaining a CCW permit.
While learning to aim was very engrossing, what came as a real surprise was that there is another level of using one’s weapon wherein you do it without going through the aiming part. This is absolutely sensible as you most probably would not have any time to take aim when you are facing a threat. This aspect of how to get on with really using my weapon in a real-life situation was what mattered the most for me in my concealed carry course.
Conversely, what I was really eager to learn was to identify the situations where I could use my weapon in my defense. This is all about staying within the confines of the law and it was very crucial that I knew the details inside the technicality. This is one of the most important things that you will learn at a concealed carry course. There is no point in getting on the wrong side of the law. As a law-abiding citizen, I would really want to be fully compliant with the law while ensuring that my safety is ensured with the CCW permit.
The concealed carry course trains you to get your weapon out and use it when you face a real life scenario that none of us actually want to go through but one that we want to come out of with the least harm. Getting your weapon out is one thing and actually shooting is another. This is also a part of the training, about when to shoot and when to hold back. As you can see by now, this is very serious stuff and you really want to get into the thick of a concealed carry course so that you are worldly wise about all of these fundamental issues of legality and informational depth.
Getting the certificate and the license is a very satisfying moment when you know that you are at par with a professional level of knowledge of your weapon. It is really a wholly different experience now than when I decided to own a weapon. Now, I am as comfortable with my gun as I am with my mobile or automobile and know all the details about the way the weapon operates. I am a responsible citizen and I take full responsibility for the obligations that are incumbent upon me when I carry my concealed weapon.