Join us for Concealed Handgun Permit and handgun open carry education.  Increase your confidence, knowledge, and skills by attending an upcoming class.  Exceed the training requirements to become one of Virginia's 450,000+ Concealed Handgun Permit holders.

Upcoming class dates:

New River Valley Association of Realtors
125 Ponderosa Drive
Thursday, April 6th
, 2017
Classroom: 8:00am-12:00pm, Range: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Reserve your spot and pay for the class:

Hiwassee Volunteer Fire Department
2273 Julia Simpkins Road
Saturday, April 29th
, 2017

Classroom: 8:00am-12:00pm, Range: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Reserve your spot and pay for the class:

Tactical shotgun course!
TBA, 2017

     Successful completion of this (or substantially similar) handgun carry class is a prerequisite.

Course Description:   This course satisfies the training requirements for those wishing to apply for a Virginia permit to carry a concealed handgun and will teach the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for beginners and intermediates to safely and responsibly own, carry, and use a handgun.  The course will cover practical handgun carry, practical handgun law topics for those who carry everyday, and some hands-on marksmanship and gun handling activities at a private local shooting range to introduce new skills.   The experience is fun, informative, interactive, and a good educational value.


Place:   Varies by class and subject to change.  Contact instructor for exact class location.


Time:   One-day classes are 8:00am-5:00pm or 9:00am-6:00pm.  There will be breaks as needed and a one-hour break for lunch on your own.  Two-day, split classes are from 5:30pm -  9:00pm each day unless otherwise noted.


Cost:   $75.  This includes participant materials and use of a handgun, ammo, and ear and eye protection for the range exercises.  I can accept credit cards, cash, good checks, gold, silver, or guns for payment.


What you need to bring:   The most important and only required things to bring are a positive attitude and an open mind.  After that, you are asked to bring eye and ear protection (if you have it) and a brimmed hat.  This is great time to invest in electronic hearing protection because it will make communication much easier.  Ball caps, boonie hats, outdoor shoes, and higher neck-line shirts are encouraged for the range activities.  You are encouraged and welcome to bring your own handgun and ammunition.


PLEASE NOTE:    This class is open to the responsible public.  No one under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs will be allowed; any related dismissal will be without refund.  Successful completion of the class satisfies Virginia's training requirement, but does not guarantee that you will be issued a concealed handgun permit by the clerk of your local circuit court.  While Virginia is a “shall-issue” state, there are many factors that are considered in determining your eligibility to be permitted.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all requirements (other than the training) are met prior to enrolling in this class.  Registering for this class is a commitment to train on both of our parts, so there will be no refunds.  While we will be observing the four safety rules and developing safe habits, participants must sign a waiver of liability and acknowledgment of risks prior to their participation in this class.  Instructor is not a lawyer and does not give legal advice; students are highly encouraged to and responsible for consulting an attorney about all legal matters. 

For more information contact:


John Wilburn, NRA certified instructor #14593495    Call or text:  (540) 998-1276   E-mail:

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