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"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

You should not get training from an approved vendor until after you have been notified by San Mateo Sheriff's Office that your CCW application has been approved. They will reject any training (even if done by an approved CCW vendor) if taken before you are approved. Once you have been approved make sure you get training from an approved CCW vendor. Gun Kraft is an approved San Mateo Sheriff's Office CCW vendor.

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

You may have up to three firearms on your permit. San Mateo Sheriff's Office allows any legal modifications you want to your firearm provided it is one of the following calibers: .38 Spl, .380 Auto, 9mm, 10mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .357 Sig, .357 Mag, .44 Mag, or .44 Spl. However I strongly suggest limiting modifications to sights and grip enhancements only. Preserving functional reliability and safety are paramount. You also do not want to be "that guy" who ruins it for everyone else by having a negligent discharge (or worse) that prompts the San Mateo Sheriff Office to change their policy.

Range Qualification

Holsters draw is not part of the qualification. Applicants must qualify with each firearm they intend to list on their CCW permit. The silhouette target is approximately 12"x16". Passing score is 80% (29 of 36 rounds) inside the target. There is no time limit and you have two attempts to pass. Private coaching is available if you have difficulty meeting the requirements.

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What to Bring

  • The pistol(s) you will list on your CCW (up to three) and four magazines per pistol. Why at least four? After class you should have two loaded with your defensive rounds and at least two for practice.
  • 72 rounds per pistol for qual plus 150 rounds for training. (Ex: If you have two pistols of the same caliber that is 300 rounds total. If they are different calibers then 100 rounds for one and 250 rounds for the other.)
  • 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.

Student reviews:

  • "I was genuinely surprised at how much I learned and enjoyed the class. Worth the time and money well spent."
  • "Training was super educational and hands-on. I've been to 5 diff trainings over the years, and this one 100% exceeded my expectations. 8 hours felt like 2. I learned a lot. Robin is absolutely amazing. Can't beat the price. Would absolutely attend again for my 6th."
  • "It was the most comprehensive firearms course I've ever taken, and I've been through a few. You'll learn more than just what's advertised."
  • "The instruction is both current and relevant to anyone planning on carrying for self defense. Real world experience is brought to the classroom in a captivating way and Robin really gives every student what feels like individual attention."
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San Joaquin CCW

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

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