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    4/23/10 was the grand opening of Delta Arsenal in Meriden, CT so I went to check it out during my lunch break. LOTS of people in there. Anyways I noticed that their business cards says that they offer "CCW" Pistol Permit Courses, which I found odd.

    So I sent an e-mail to the owner.

    Website with e-mail address: http://deltaarsenal.com/catalog/inde...c781379c020cc7

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    CCW is a stupid term anyway. Even if you live in a state that requires concealment.

    In CT its particularly stupid because a gun is the only weapon that you can conceal legally really.

    The class can be accurately characterized as 2 things.
    1) NRA intro to handguns class. (I forget the exact title)
    2) CT pistol permit class.

    Either way, its not a CCW class.

    I explicitly tell my pistol permit class students that they will NOT learn enough in that class to go out and effectively carry outside the home.

    Specifically, they will not have been taught.

    1)Holster selection criteria
    2) the proper way to draw from a holster
    3) shooting from a retention position
    4) point shooting

    The class does provide the skills necessary for home defense in a "defend in place" scenario, but mainly the goal is to get the shooter SAFE so that they can continue to practice and gain proficiency on their own.

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    dcmdon wrote:
    CCW is a stupid term anyway. Even if you live in a state that requires concealment.

    In CT its particularly stupid because a gun is the only weapon that you can conceal legally really.

    The class can be accurately characterized as 2 things.
    1) NRA intro to handguns class. (I forget the exact title)
    2) CT pistol permit class.

    Either way, its not a CCW class.

    I explicitly tell my pistol permit class students that they will NOT learn enough in that class to go out and effectively carry outside the home.

    Specifically, they will not have been taught.

    1)Holster selection criteria
    2) the proper way to draw from a holster
    3) shooting from a retention position
    4) point shooting

    The class does provide the skills necessary for home defense in a "defend in place" scenario, but mainly the goal is to get the shooter SAFE so that they can continue to practice and gain proficiency on their own.

    Don
    NRA Basic pistol course.
    I'd agree with your summary, its just a general safety course. Since in CT you need a permit just to go buy a gun & bring it to the range etc I think its a sufficient introduction for most people.

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    It is fine for most people. But I like to stress that it is not fine for carry outside the home.

    In the aviation world, people refer to a pilots license as a "license to learn". A pistol permit is the same thing. Although I think the gun folks could learn a lot from the aviation folks as far as safety and self reflection go.

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    Hello, Andrew Reinhardt here from Delta Arsenal. We have been meaning to get new business cards for some time, however we have been a little busy getting the store open and such. Note it does not advertise on our website as "CCW" You are entirely correct that the NRA Basic Pistol Safety course is NOT a CCW course. However we were offering in the past, and will be offering in the future Advanced Pistol courses with a focus on concealed carry and self defense. Sorry if there was any confusion regarding the nature of our Connecticut Basic Pistol Safety Course.

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