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Frequently Asked Questions
about our CCW Training

When are your CCW classes?

Where are your CCW classes?

How much is your CCW class?

What California counties and other states do you cover?

Do you supply the actual CCW application?

What skill level do I need prior to class?

What does "additional handguns" mean?

What do I need to bring to the basic CCW class?

What about for the Intermediate CCW/Tactical Training?

How big are the classes?

What kind of clothing should I wear?

Special considerations for women students

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When are your CCW classes?

We offer CCW classes Fridays and Saturday but can meet you other days, by arrangement. Pre-registration is required. (Back to top)

 

Where are the classes?

We do range sessions and practical qualifications at one of the the ranges in Butte County (usually the Paradise Rod & Gun Club's range on Skyway) and the classroom session with lecture and written test in Magalia.

Note that where we start a class depends on anticipated weather. In general we start at the (outdoor) range on days that are expected to get hot, and in the (much nicer, warmer) classroom on days that are expected to stay cold. We'll tell you what's up when you register. Everybody signed up for a class will get a vote if the weather shifts and we must adapt.

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How much is your CCW class, and when do I pay?

The CCW class is $100. We offer a 10% discount for veterans with ID. Cash or checks accepted at class time. To pay by credit card use the PayPal button at the bottom of our CCW info page, any time ahead of class.

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We also ask that you cover your range fee, which will vary based on the range we're using (so contact us for info).

Class fees are due by the beginning of the first session regardless of where we start.

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What California counties and other states do you cover?

Black Oak Training is approved by the Butte County Sheriff Department and the State of California to qualify county residents who have acquired permission to get a California Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit.

California currently does not recognize permits from any other states, although a few states recognize the California CCW. (You may wish to review the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action's page on gun laws by state. Click the VIEW PROFILE link for the state of interest for current gun-related law and CCW reciprocity.)

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Do you supply the actual CCW application?

You obtain this form from the Butte County Sheriff's Office website. However, it still must be printed, signed, and presented in person at the BCSO Records Office, 33 County Center Dr., Oroville..

The CCW application form for Butte County is now an interactive PDF form that you can fill out online. You then print it out, sign it, and bring it to the Records Office. (This is the point at which you also complete the LiveScan process and pay your initial fees.) See the BCSO's Online Sheriff's Forms webpage for more information.

Printing off the CCW Quick Reference Checklist would be a really great idea as well.

BTW we suggest you take the time to save a copy of your application for your own records.

NOTE: Approval is good for six months only. You must take your CCW class before your approval expires.

If you like you may contact us to ask questions about the application process.

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What skill level do I need prior to class?

Prior to registering for our CCW course you must be competent in the safe handling, loading, unloading, and firing of your handgun(s). If you are lacking in any of these skills, contact us for private training so that we may bring you up to the necessary skill level. One of the objectives of our CCW course is help you be comfortable carrying a loaded, concealed handgun in public. We also want to improve your confidence in your ability to defend your life or the life of another.

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What does "additional handguns" mean?

Butte County allows up to four handguns on your permit. This means that in addition to your primary carry handgun you may qualify up to three additional handguns during the class.

To add a handgun after your class you must make another trip to the BCSO Records office with a revised Proof of Exam form. To get that, make an appointment for one hour of BOT instructor time ($35) at the range.

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What do I need to bring to the basic CCW class?

A bunch of stuff.

For the classroom session (NO AMMUNITION OR FIREARMS IN THE CLASSROOM):

  • Photo identification.
  • Note‐taking supplies.
  • Munchies if desired.You may eat during the classroom sessions and away from firing lines at the range.
  • Leave firearms at home or securely locked in your vehicle. NO FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION IN THE CLASSROOM.

(By the way, have we mention the "no firearms or ammo in the classroom" thing enough by now?)

 

For the range session:

  • Photo identification.
  • Vision and hearing protection. Both must be worn by all present during live fire. Prescription glasses are acceptable.
  • A brimmed hat that will protect you from hot brass while not interfering with your hearing protection. (BTW we do offer a pretty nice "Black Oak Training" billed hat for $20. Let us know in advance if you'll want one at the range.)
  • The handgun(s) on which you wish to qualify.
  • For your primary gun only: adequate magazines or speed loaders so that you can fire a minimum of 10 rounds without having to reload with single rounds.
  • Ammunition: bring at least 50 rounds for each of the guns you wish to qualify. (Butte County has required the 10-shot qualification since January 2014.)

    You might wish to bring about twice as much ammo as this, however. Your instructor is an NRA Distinguished Expert in Defensive Pistols (I and II) and can help you identify and correct practices or issues that might be negatively affecting your aim---should you want that help. It's always good to have a few extra rounds on hand for such skills & drills sessions.
  • Munchies & beverage if desired.You may eat anywhere on the range facility away from firing lines.

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What about for the Holster & Tactical Training?

This optional module consists of holster and tactical drills that take you beyond the requirements for CCW qualification. We train you in drawing from concealment; trigger control; clearing malfunctions; and shooting from instinctive, point, and flash-sight conditions. To qualify for the extended range session you must have a current California CCW. Then you'll need:

  • Your carry holster. If you have more than one carry holster with which you want practice, bring those.
  • A concealing garment: something long enough to conceal the holstered handgun.
  • For your primary gun only: adequate magazines or speed loaders so that you can fire a minimum of 30 rounds without having to reload with single rounds.
  • Ammunition: bring at least 100 rounds for your primary carry gun and 50 rounds for each of the additional handguns on which you wish to train. Bullet muzzle velocity cannot exceed 1200 FPS. Either lead or jacketed bullets are acceptable. Please call us if you are unsure of your caliber/cartridge combination. We prefer factory ammunition, but you may use high‐quality reloads.

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How big are the classes?

Currently we keep our classes to a maximum of four participants. Such groups can be two to four friends, family members, coworkers, all male, all female, or a combination of any of these. You set up your own group.

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What kind of clothing should I wear?

Classroom sessions: street clothes.

Range sessions: wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. One of the ranges we use is outdoors. Another is an indoor range, but inside temperatures reflect (and sometimes appear to amplify) those outside.

Don't forget your concealement garment: something long enough to conceal a holstered handgun.

Regardless of gender, beware low necklines! That “flying brass” is very, very hot and has been known to land between a shirt/collar and your skin.

For the same reason, wear closed-toe shoes.

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Special considerations for women students

This is lengthy so we've put it here.

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I'm ready! How do I get started?

Contact Black Oak Training today!

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