SHOW LOW — Basic gun safety training required to obtain a concealed weapon permit is being offered on Saturday, February 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Northland Pioneer College’s Show Low – White Mountain Campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs. There is a $75 fee, which includes the required fingerprint card at no additional charge.
The “Basic National Rifle Association Pistol Class for Concealed Weapons Permit” workshop (reference STC 099x) is taught by NRA-certified instructor Richard Harris.
Participants must be at least 21 years old and bring their unloaded handguns and 50 rounds of ammunition, leaving them secured in their vehicles. Guns must have holsters. Students are encouraged to bring a snack or lunch. If you want to “get comfortable with a handgun” before purchasing, Harris has several different styles available that you can “rent” during his class for an additional $10 fee. He also has “reasonably-priced” ammunition available for purchase.
Successful completion of this course will qualify the student to obtain an Arizona Department of Public Safety Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit for an additional fee. It can take up to 60 days to process the DPS permit application. CCW permits are required in most states and national parks. As part of the course fee, NPC does the fingerprint card required by DPS, and provides any required safety equipment and NRA CCW course materials. The course includes firing range certification.
Harris will also be teaching his Self-Defense with a Handgun class on Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Show Low campus. “Self-defense is more than a class – it’s a mindset. Students will learn how to think defensively, assess threats and learn avoidance techniques,” noted Harris. The $75 fee includes range time and a student manual containing all of the techniques and skills learned in the Self-Defense course.
“In the Basic Self-Defense with a Handgun course, students will learn dynamic shooting techniques and develop defensive marksmanship skills,” Harris added. After-action drills will also be practiced. “Students will learn to confidently and effectively use a handgun as a defensive tool to protect their lives and the lives of the people they care about,” concluded Harris.
Harris is a certified NRA instructor in pistol, rifle and shotgun and is an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. As a full-time Spanish, humanities and education professor for NPC, he understands the various learning styles of students, and adapts his training to meet the needs of students. These courses, while noncredit, still maintain the high standards for instruction required by NPC’s national accrediting agency.
Harris is a Distinguished Graduate of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, and has earned a Distinguished Expert rating in Pistol, Trap Shotgun and Light Rifle in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program. As an active United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) member and competitor, he holds local club rankings in Limited, Unlimited, Production and Single Stack Pistol divisions. He actively competes in 3-Gun competitions, where he holds a Master Class club ranking in the Heavy Metal Division. He also competes in Cowboy Fast Draw competitions with his children.
Both classes will be offered in other communities throughout the spring semester. See the online class schedule, www.npc.edu/noncredit-classes, for other dates and locations.
Sign UpRegister for any of the Basic NRA Pistol or Basic Self-Defense with a Handgun classes at least four days before the class starts to ensure it is not canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
You can now register and pay for noncredit classes online. Need help registering? NPC campus offices have computers available to use for registering for classes.
NPC’s Community and Corporate Learning Department provides personal interest and specialized corporate training throughout NPC's service area. For more information about noncredit, personal interest classes, contact Katharine Olsen, community learning specialist, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6244, or email. For corporate training, contact Royce Kincanon, corporate learning coordinator, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6239, or email.
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