Recently a forum two people indicated they were not provided with the Red Book entitled Concealed Carry Handgun Training by their NC CCH instructor. I just gotta wonder what the instructors of these classes are thinking. The book answers almost any question and covers the topics so well.
If you are thinking of taking a class in North Carolina be sure to ask your instructor the following questions before signing up:
- How long is the class? – the classroom instruction must be a minimum of 8 hours in length, anything less and turn them in to the NCDOJ*.
- How long is a law portion of the class? – the law portion must be a minimum of 2 hours in length, anything less and turn them in to the NCDOJ*.
- Do you provide the Red Book to take home?
– The Red Book is not a requirement, but if the class does not provide it, do not take the class…period!
- At what distance(s) will we qualify? – The required distances are 3, 5 and 7 yards
- How many shots will we take to qualify?
– The minimum number is 10 at each distance for a total of 30. The instructor may have you do more and may have you show proficiency before you qualify by practicing.
So ask those few simple questions before taking a class. If the class is not at least 8 hours please do us all a favor and turn the instructor in to the NCDOJ for audit*. It the law is not 2 hours long, again, turn the instructor in for audit. There are plenty of good instructors out there and we should all work together to ensure they all are good instructors and follow the rules.
Providing the Red Book is not required, but the $7 they cost is well worth the money to be sure you have a reference manual to refer to when you get home. The class is a huge amount of information in an 8+ hour day so be sure you get the book. If you have already taken the class and did not get the book, ask your instructor why they chose not to provide a useful tool in your understanding. I can see a family only having one book as opposed to everyone in the family, but to not provide it just isn’t good practice IMO.
*You can contact Ed Zapolsky firstname.lastname@example.org
at Training and Standards or