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Our CCW Classes

We cater to practical individuals who are serious about learning how to defend their own and their family's lives. We don't teach you how to carry a card; we teach you how to survive an encounter and its aftermath.

Check this page for process updates from the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Latest update: July 2018.

We offer CCW classes every Tuesday & Saturday and often in between! We're happy to add a class for a minimum of two students.

Classes must start promptly in order to get everyone out at a reasonable time. We strongly advise you to check our FAQs for further information on both the process and things you should bring to class.

Our Butte County Sheriff supports the 2nd Amendment and the arming of responsible, law-abiding citizens. Occasionally his office sends out procedural updates regarding CCW training in Butte County. When those affect you we'll post them here.

Again, see our FAQs page for more information.

General Info

Classroom session: covers safety, nomenclature, the law, concealment issues and options, and situational awareness (in addition to other topics) and concludes with a written exam. You must correctly answer all 25 questions on the written exam. No firearms or ammo in class.

Range session: you'll shoot ten rounds into a regular CCW target with a minimum of eight hits on target, distance 21'. No scopes or lasers will be used. All shooting is done in a two-handed, extended-arm position. No warm-ups prior to qualification. Additional marksmanship coaching is available after the qualification period and, if you wish, you may make a second attempt at qualification after that. Limit two attempts before scheduling an additional coaching/qualification session.

BCSO Requirements and Qualifications

Check the Butte County Sheriff's Office, Records Division webpage for how to apply for a new CCW or renew an existing one. For both new and renewing CCWs, approval of your application from BCSO signifies the successful completion of background checks. It is good for 90 days.

Be certain your approval from BCSO is either in hand or certain to arrive soon before arranging for a class. We do not refund the cost of a class taken ahead of your receipt of approval, should the Sheriff decline to approve your application. (See our Refund Policy for more info.)

Additional Holster & Tactical Training

This optional module consists of additional holster and tactical training that takes you beyond the requirements for CCW qualification. Read more here.

Adding a Handgun to an Existing CCW

One hour minimum. An additional range fee is due at the time of the meeting. The amount depends on which local range is used.

Private Classes

We also do private classes. For a group of four or more, we can complete the lecture/written test portion at your home or office (as long as it meets our travel and space requirements; see our FAQs for those). Contact us to get started on arrangements.

Optional Email Reminders

When you agree to be added to The Bullet List we'll set up an email reminder, to arrive a couple of months before your current CCW expires. (Heck, you don't even have to have had your latest CCW training from us to get a reminder! Simply sign up here and specify your expiration date.)


  • Basic CCW: $100, plus range fees.
  • Additional Holster & Tactical Training: $70, plus range fees for the live-fire section.
  • Adding a handgun to an existing CCW: $35/hour, one hour minimum, plus range fees.

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