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Equipment Requirements

There are specific requirements associated with successful firearm training, especially as it pertains to safety for students, participants, and observers.

Concealed Carry Class Equipment Requirements

This checklist represents absolute minimum requirements for equipment and firearm capability.

  • A firm leather or nylon gun belt is a requirement. There are a number of companies making such belts. An internet search for "gun belts" will return several results for review.

  • Semi-autos must have slide lock-back capability

  • Semi-auto magazines must have a minimum capacity of 6 rounds

  • You must bring at least 3 functional magazines for semi-autos - more is better.

    • Please do not sign up for the class if you have only one magazine.

  • Holsters must cover the trigger guard

  • Factory ammo hand or home reloads.

    • Factory reloaded ammo is OK.

  • No single-action revolvers, e.g. Colt “Peacemaker” or similar “Old West” models

  • Double action revolvers must be fired via double action – no single action firing allowed

  • Use of holsters is required

  • Firearms will not be supplied by the instructor to students.

  • Holsters must be worn on the strong side and designed for the hip or thigh

    • Inside the Waistband ("IWB") holsters are OK if they are strong side only

  • Bring at least 25 rounds of ammunition for each firearm with which you wish to qualify (up to 2 firearms).

    • Again, DO NOT LOAD IT.

    • My definition of "loaded" is that if I see your firearm with a magazine inserted into the mag well, I consider that "loaded."

  • The following types of holsters are not allowed in this class for safety reasons:

    • Appendix

    • Small of the back

    • Shoulder

    • Chest

    • Cross draw

    • Fanny pack

    • Pocket

    • Belly band

    • Purse or over-the-shoulder-bag

    • Ankle

  • Also bring:

    • Eye protection that protects from the side as well

    • If you wear prescription glasses, there are large protective glasses that will fit over them.

    • Hearing protection

      • The electronic muff type of hearing protection is highly recommended.

    • Pen or pencil, as extensive note-taking is required.

    • A hat with some sort of brim such as a baseball cap for sun and ejected shell protection.

    • Water and/or snacks

    • Sunscreen in case we are outdoors


  • No sandals or other types of "open toed" footwear

  • Ammunition carriers (spare magazine holders or speed loader pouches) are not required, but highly recommended

  • When you come to class, ENSURE THE FIREARM IS UNLOADED!

  • If a firearm is not holstered, you may carry it:

    • With the slide locked back if a semi-auto

    • Or, with the cylinder open if a revolver

  • After you show up for class, do not handle or manipulate firearms without specific permission of an instructor.

  • I reserve the right to perform a cursory safety inspection of each firearm.

  • From the time you enter the class, you will be expected to be aware of firearm safety.


  • Do not wear low-cut shirts or blouses for better protection from hot ejected spent cartridge shells

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