List Of Classes

"Confidence comes from discipline and training."

– Robert Kiyosaki

"It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained."

– Queen Elizabeth II

"You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset."

– Tom Hopkins

"You can work really hard, but if you're not training in the right way you're not going to improve and get to the level that you want to."

– Michael Chang

"It's all about training smart."

– Tyson Gay

"What you do today can improve all your tomorrows."

– Ralph Marston

"The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare."

– Bobby Knight

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

– C. S. Lewis

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

– Benjamin Franklin

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

– Henry David Thoreau

Some things to help you prepare for class

When Can You Train

Contra Costa Sheriff's Office allows you to train with an approved CCW vendor and submit proof of that training with your CCW application. You can also train with an approved vendor at any time after you submitted your application. Approved CCW vendors must be either by a CA DOJ or BSIS certified firearms instructor. Gun Kraft is an approved CCW vendor. Please note Gun Kraft is not responsible if you are not approved for a CCW by Contra Costa Sheriff's Office and will not issue a refund for completed training in the event that happens.

Class Location and Times

Classes are taught at San Leandro Rifle & Pistol Range at 3001 Davis St. The range opens at 9am but please be outside the front gate by 8:50am. Parking is limited so I will let students in early to double-park in the far left corner of the parking lot to leave more room for regular patrons.

All classes start on the range from 9am-12pm. Saturday classes have a one hour break for lunch, followed by classroom instruction from 1-6pm. Please bring a bag lunch to Sunday classes. The range closes at 5pm so we will have a working lunch and start classroom instruction immediately after range from 12-5pm.

Allowed Pistols and Modifications

Contra Costa Sheriff's Office does not allow any modifications to CCW firearms or mounting red dot sights, lasers or weaponlights. (The only exception is they do allow installing aftermarket iron sights such as tritium sights.) Furthermore they do not allow the following types of firearms:

  • Single-action only firearms (ex: 1911 pistols)
  • Derringers and any derringer variant
  • Barrels shorter than 2" or longer than 6" (Note: they plan to update this to allow S&W J-frame revolvers that have barrels 1.87" in length)
  • Caliber less than .32 or greater than .45
  • Ammunition capacity less than 5 rounds

The Contra Costa Sheriff's Office Range Master will inspect all firearms for suitability during official qualification and has the discretion to reject any firearm.

Range Qualification

Holsters draw is part of the official qualification with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office once you are approved. However we ask you do not purchase a holster or practice holster draws on your own prior to class. (See below for further details.) Applicants must qualify with each firearm they intend to list on their CCW permit. A standard NRA B-27 target is used. Passing score is 126 out of 180 or 105 out of 150 for 5-shot firearms. Private coaching is available if you have difficulty meeting the requirements.

6 rounds in 5 seconds
6 rounds in 10 seconds
6 rounds in 15 seconds


What to Bring

  • The pistol(s) you will list on your CCW (up to two) and two magazines per pistol
  • 18-36 rounds per pistol for qual plus 150 rounds for training
  • Eye/ear protection. We use earbud radio receivers on the range, so over the ear muffs are recommended. However you can use in-ear protection if you prefer and forego the receiver.
  • Gov't issued ID (eg. driver's license)
  • Snacks and drinks. We will break for lunch.

Please Don't Buy a Holster (Yet)

We will teach you how to draw from the holster and provide all needed equipment to do so. If you have not been taught how to draw I discourage you from trying to learn on your own beforehand. There is a good chance you will pick up some bad habits in doing so. It takes relatively few repetitions to form a habit (muscle memory) but once you do it takes more repetitions to change it. Holster draws aren't complex but I'd rather teach you the right way to begin with than spend time fixing bad habits. This also gives you the opportunity to try different holsters before buying your own, possibly saving you from buying one you later regret.

If you absolutely must buy a holster because you are going to qual with the Sheriff within a month of taking this class, then I suggest buying a kydex paddle holster like the BladeTech Signature OWB holster with adjustable paddle holster attachment.

San Joaquin CCW

The new applicant CCW one day course fee is $200.

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