Concealed Weapon Permits

CCW renewal Information: California Concealed Weapons Permit

California State Law requires a minimum of four hours of classroom/range instruction in order to renew your permit. Our renewal class is focused upon the legal, moral and ethical issues regarding the use of a firearm for self defense, safety issues and range qualification. Attendees should expect to bring a minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition, ear and eye protection. This class meets the Kern County Sheriff, Bakersfield Police Department, local Police Departments, Inyo County Sheriff, Mono County Sheriff, Tulare County and various other agency requirements for training to renew your concealed weapons permit. If you are a holder of a permit from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, you may take your renewal course 60 days in advance and may renew it 30 days prior to your expiration dates. If you allow your permit to expire, you will have to re-apply for the permit, including all of the fees and take the 8 hour course again.

New CCW Information: California Concealed Weapons Permit
Local agencies require those applicants who have been approved for a concealed weapons permit, to complete a one day course of instruction. This course covers subjects which include the legal, moral and ethical issues regarding the use of a firearm for self defense, range qualification, and firearms safety. Attendees should expect to bring a minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition, ear and eye protection. The range portion of the class is, philosophically, training, not qualification. However, we are evaluating you and our experience has been that you will qualify if you take the “training” portion of the range seriously. This class meets the Kern County Sheriff, Bakersfield Police Department, various local Police Department, Inyo County Sheriff, Mono County Sheriff, Tulare County and various other agency requirements for training. If you are applying for a permit from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, you may take the class prior to applying for the permit. However, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department encourages you to apply first. The application with the Kern County Sheriff costs you nothing so it is often in your best interest to apply first. You may then take the class after you have received the approval letter from the Sheriff. The class certificate is “good” for 90 days with the Kern County Sheriff. So if you take your class first, you have only 90 days to get that application into the Sheriff. Other agencies have different rules and you should check with your agency regarding this issue.

Multi-State Permits:

CCW recognition and Reciprocity information may best be obtained from: http://handgunlaw.us/

Arizona:  The Arizona permit is recognized or reciprocal in approximately 30 states. As a California resident you may obtain an Arizona permit, and you do not have to travel to Arizona in order to take a class nor to submit your application for a carry permit from Arizona.

You may obtain an Arizona CCW application via their website: http://www.azdps.gov/Services/Concealed_Weapons/Contact/

The permit is a 5 year permit.

Their fee: $60.00

Our Fee: NO FEE if you are certifiying for a renewal or Initial ccw class

You must document training which may include any of the following:

  • Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course.
  • Evidence of current military service or proof of honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions from the United States armed forces. (DD-214)
  • A valid current or expired concealed weapon, firearm or handgun permit or license that is issued by another state or a political subdivision of another state and that has a training or testing requirement for initial issuance.  (Arizona will not honor a California permit as proof of training absent certain qualifiers)
  • Completion of any other firearms training that the department of public safety deems acceptable.  (we will provide you with proof of training when you take your renewal or initial class with us and upon request)

Other options:

UTAH and FLORIDA CCW PERMITS (Multi-State permits):

Powers Firearms Training Corporation is now offering the Utah permit class only upon a private or group basis.  The Arizona permit will give the student more value for dollar spent, and we do NOT charge for the Arizona permit when you complete your California CCW renewal or Arizona certification through us.

The State of Florida will generally honor our renewal and initial class format as proof of training.  We have Florida packets available at no charge upon request.

Where are the classes held?

Bakersfield Area: We currently hold classes in Bakersfield at 5 Dogs Shooting Range, The CHP Range (420 Squad Club), Ole Boy Outdoor, the Kern River Valley (Kernville) at the Kern River Vally Gun Association, and Inyo/Mono Counties (Bishop) at the Bishop Gun Club.

INYO/MONO COUNTIES (BISHOP): Our classes in Inyo/Mono Counties are held at a private training facility and the shooting portion at the Bishop Gun Club. These classes are scheduled to occur at least twice each year, typically fall and spring. Additional classes are scheduled based upon need. Please call for directions.

Firearms Training

Our Firearms Training is designed to give you a personal, family oriented experience. We want you to feel comfortable bringing your families with you to training. Feel free to ask if the training format your are signing up for is appropriate for your children to attend and if there will be an additional charge. Children should only attend a firearms class if their maturity and disposition will be conducive to a safe environment for everyone.

Tutorials

We offer private instructional time in a variety of disciplines. We are often able to offer training to accommodate your hectic schedule. Please contact us with your training needs. Weekend training dates are hardest to book due to range availability issues. Weekday and evening training is often the easiest to schedule. Please let us know how we can serve you. We look forward to the opportunity to earn and maintain your training business.

Workshop Series

The workshop series is a training format lasting approximately 2 hours.

Refuse To Be A Victim Workshop. Experts agree that the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the decision to refuse to be a victim. That means that you must have an overall personal safety strategy in place before you need it. Through an evening seminar called Refuse To Be A Victim®, you can learn the personal safety tips and techniques you need to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. The topics which are often covered in our presentation in the Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar may include: Home Security; Personal Security ; Automobile Security: Workplace Security; Technological Security.

Holster Skills Workshop. We have a NEW format for the Holster Workshop. Participants will focus upon safely learning effective technique for drawing their firearm from a holster. Our focus will be upon building effective skills to bring the firearm into effective use. We will be working upon a smooth draw and as we all know, smooth is how you spell “fast”. Please bring a nominal 100 rounds of ammunition for your firearm. If you are using a semiautomatic firearm, multiple magazines will be a must. Revolver shooters will find it advantageous to bring a speedloader or two. Handguns should be brought into the range unloaded and cased, of for those with CCW permits, holstered.  The holster workshop fulfills the training requirement for those who wish to practice drawing from their holster at the Ole Boy Range.

Handgun Accuracy Workshop. Participants will focus upon handgun accuracy skills. The participants will be working at varying ranges to improve intentional handgun accuracy. The principles of trigger focused shooting will be discussed along with a minor emphasis upon malfunction drills. Participants will need to bring their firearm, a nominal 100 rounds of ammunition, ear protection and eye protection. Additional magazines and/or speedloaders will also be useful but not necessary. Handguns should be brought into the range unloaded and cased, of for those with CCW permits, holstered.

Low-Light Flashlight Workshop. Participants will focus upon shooting their defensive handgun while using a hand-held flashlight. Gun mounted lights are welcome, however, students will need to bring a hand-held flashlight (include extra batteries!), and it is STRONGLY encouraged you bring a “rear button” type flashlight. Holsters are not a necessity will be useful if you carry a light while you are carrying a gun during your daily routine. Participants will need to bring their firearm, a hand-held flashlight, a nominal 100 rounds of ammunition, ear protection and eye protection. Additional magazines and/or speedloaders will also be very useful but not necessary. Handguns should be brought into the range unloaded and cased, of for those with CCW permits, holstered.

Try-A-Gun Workshop. Temporarily Suspended due to the ammunition shortage, however we offer this training on an individual basis for private instruction.   This workshop is designed to give participants an opportunity “try” a variety of handguns. Students will be given a hands-on opportunity to fire a variety of handguns suitable for sport shooting, target shooting and defensive applications. Ammunition will be provided at market prices on a per-round basis. This format is an in-expensive way to find a type of handgun that may be a good “fit” for your lifestyle. Students must have a basic working knowledge of how handguns are safely operated and/or have attended a beginning handgun class. Students will be given a basic “orientation” for each firearm used and firing will commence with minimal instruction. Students looking for more instruction or a more advanced type of training should seek a different course.

AR 15 Basics- Workshop. Temporarily Suspended due to the ammunition shortage, however we offer this training on an individual basis for private instruction.This workshop is formatted to address the basic issues with the AR platform. Participants will “sight-in” their rifles and learn the ballistics nuances of the platform. Participants will learn basic rifle positions. A sling for the rifle is not necessary and “tactical vests” are not a useful necessity for this format. Class will begin with discussion of ammunition choices, rifle skills, firing positions and basics of riflery. Shooting will begin with zeroing of the rifles and will progress to practice of various positions. Participants will need a “nominal” 100 rounds of ammunition and will need to comply with the Ole Boy Outdoors policy as regards ammunition.

Other Firearm Training Formats

Ladies Only and Co-Ed Beginning Handgun I – RIMFIRE CLASS. This class is designed to give participants a hands-on introduction in the safe handling and proper orientation of a handgun. Students will be provided a thorough introduction to firearm safety, handling and shooting skills. It is our goal to provide beginning shooters with the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a rim-fire handgun safely. The shooting portion will assist students mastering the fundamentals of handgun shooting. Ammunition for .22 handguns will be provided.

Ladies Only and Co-Ed Beginning Handgun II – CENTERFIRE CLASS.   Temporarily Suspended due to the ammunition shortage, however we offer this training on an individual basis for private instruction.This training class is designed to give participants an opportunity “try” a variety of handguns.  Class will start with a discussion regarding the types of firearms generally suited for self-defense and recreational shooting, ammunition suitable for sport shooting, and accessories.  The class will then advance to the range for the range session.  The range session will be a hands-on opportunity to fire a variety of handguns suitable for sport shooting, target shooting and defensive applications.  We will provide up to 100 rounds of centerfire ammunition to be used in class.  Additional ammunition may be purchased at market prices, on a per box basis.  Instructors will assist the students on the range as they work toward acquiring basic skills with the centerfire handgun.  We will provide 100 rounds of center-fire ammunition in .380 ACP, 9mm, .38 SPL, 40 S&W or .45 ACP.

Ladies Only and Co-Ed Beginning Handgun III- Defensive Handgun.  Temporarily Suspended due to the ammunition shortage, however we offer this training on an individual basis for private instruction.This training format is designed to give you an opportunity to try out that gun you are considering purchasing, or have purchased, in a defensive training format.  Students will fire a nominal 100 rounds and will perform malfunction clearance drills along with firing a variety of other “drills” which will assist you in acquiring defensively oriented skills.  You will be practicing with the type of firearm you are going to be using for personal defense.  This format will give the shooter a broad base of skills that may be practiced on your own.  We hope you will find that this format will give you that final confirmation that the handgun you have choosen will be workable for you when it comes to self defense.

Defensive Handgun I. This class is oriented toward the basic defensive application of the handgun. Students will need to bring their firearm, a solid holster, at minimum 3 magazines or speed loaders (a magazine pouch or speed loader pouch is helpful), eye and ear protection, a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition, a “billed cap” and appropriate layered clothing. A 5Dog’s hotdog will be provided for lunch. Students should be prepared for a more active class which may include firing the handgun while moving, from various positions, and from the ground. This training format will focus the student upon the accurate firing of the handgun, holster skills, basic malfunction clearance and accurate fire at various ranges. The student will have multiple cycles of drills to assist in cementing of basic techniques. Class will finish when students have completed the exercises or at 4:00pm. Class size is limited to insure a quality experience for those who attend. Equipment required: Handgun, holster, three magazines or speed loaders, a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition, eye/ear protection, hat/cap/visor with a “bill”. Loaner equipment may be available upon prior arrangement.

Defensive Handgun II. This class is a more advanced course oriented toward the defensive application of the handgun. Students will need to bring their firearm, a solid holster, at minimum 3 magazines or speed loaders (a magazine pouch or speed loader pouch is helpful), eye and ear protection, a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition, a “billed cap” and appropriate layered clothing. A 5Dog’s hotdog will be provided for lunch. Students should be prepared for a more active class which may include firing the handgun while moving, from various positions, and from the ground. This training format will focus the student upon the accurate firing of the handgun, holster skills, and more advanced tactical skills which may include: malfunction clearance, moving and shooting, shooting from unconventional positions, shooting from door-ways, multiple target skills and accurate fire at various and extended ranges. The student will have multiple cycles of drills to assist in cementing of basic techniques. Class will finish when students have completed the exercises or at 4:00pm.  Class size is limited to insure a quality experience for those who attend. Equipment required: Handgun, holster, three magazines or speed loaders, a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition, eye/ear protection, hat/cap/visor with a “bill”. Loaner equipment may be available upon prior arrangement.

Defensive Rifle I. This class is formatted to address the basic defensive uses of the AR type rifle in urban environments. Other types of rifles are also appropriate (loaner rifles may be available). Please bring at least three spare magazines. Eye and ear protection, a “billed cap”, and appropriate layered clothing are a necessity. Students should bring a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition and inexpensive “ball ammunition” is appropriate. A sling for the rifle is not absolutely necessary but will helpful and appreciated. Questions regarding “gear” are invited prior to class and “tactical vests” are not a useful necessity for this format. Class will begin with discussion of ammunition choices, rifle skills, firing positions and basics of riflery. Shooting will begin with zeroing of the rifles and will progress to practice of various positions. Students can expect to be firing from traditional rifle positions with repeated exercises to cement good rifle technique. Emphasis will be upon accurate rifle fire from 3 yards out to extended ranges which may include up to 200 yards. “Tactical” vests and other such gear are not a necessity for this class. Optics will be addressed but are not a necessity for class. 5Dog’s hotdogs will be provided for lunch. Class will begin at 9:00 am and finish when students have completed the exercises or no later than 4:00 pm.

Defensive Rifle II. This class is a more advanced course oriented toward the defensive, mid-range applications of the defensive rifle. The AR-15 platform and other types of rifles are also appropriate (loaner rifles may be available). Please bring at least three spare magazines. Eye and ear protection, a “billed cap”, and appropriate layered clothing are a necessity. Students should bring a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition and inexpensive “ball ammunition” is appropriate, but please do not bring “green tip” or other armor piercing ammunition for the steel target portions of the class. A sling for the rifle is necessary and will helpful and appreciated. Questions regarding “gear” are invited prior to class and “tactical vests” are not a necessity for this format but students will appreciate being able to carry their extra magazine. Students should have completed the Basic Defensive Rifle I course, or it’s equivalent, and have a least a basic knowledge of how to use the firearm. Class will begin with discussion and refresher regarding basic firing positions, slings, function of the rifle and the basics of rifle shooting. Shooting will begin with zeroing of the rifles and will progress to practice of various positions. Students can expect to be firing from traditional rifle positions with repeated exercises to cement good rifle technique. Emphasis will be upon accurate rifle fire from 3 yards out to extended ranges, and developing a knowledge of how to make accurate hits at various ranges. Optics may assist the shooter in accurate and extend the ranges but are not a necessity for class. 5Dog’s hotdogs will be provided for lunch. Class will begin at 9:00 am and finish when students have completed the exercises or no later than 4:00 pm.

Basic Defensive Shotgun.  This class is a shotgun class oriented toward the basic defensive applications of the shotgun. Students will need to bring their shotgun, ammunition pouch/holder, eye and ear protection, a “billed cap” and appropriate layered clothing. Whatever shotgun that serves you for self-defense is appropriate for this class. Students should bring a nominal 150 rounds of ammunition in the following denominations: approximately 25 rounds buckshot, 25rounds of slug, and at least 125 rounds of economical grade birdshot. 5Dog’s hotdogs will be provided for lunch. Students should be prepared for a more active class which may include firing the shotgun from various positions, including from the ground, moving while shooting and tactical application of various types of ammunition for certain exercises. Class will begin at 9:00 am and finish when students have completed the exercises or no later than 4:00 pm.