I attended Charles Hellers CCW class on 11/28/08. This was my first class of this sort. I have never really been interested in self defense or weapon carrying education classes. I was asked to attend by a friend for the sake of a review from a females point of view. I was a little nervous to go to the class since I had no knowledge but I am always willing to try something new. The first half of class took place in the instructors private home. I thought that was unusual but it was later explained that the facilities normally used were not available. There were about 15-20 of us attending this class. It was coed, more men than women. There were also many different levels of knowledge. Most of the women like myself had no prior knowledge of concealed weapon carrying permits or what they were all about. I would say all of the men had some form of familiarity or formal training, like ex FBI or military, in how to fire a fire arm.
We went through Arizona &U.S. Laws for a CCW Class. This took a few hours to go through. There were many great definitions and explanations and details. I felt a little overwhelmed with all of the information that was given to me. In my opinion this class is something you should build up to. I don't think it is something you should start off with. I think this is a class you should take to recap on your education and knowledge of a fire arm. You will have a better understanding and get more out of the class.
Somethings I learned that I thought would be useful:
It was encouraged to make a copy of my notes from class and mail them to myself. Keep the envelope sealed and only open if needed in court to justify you have been trained on these laws. Ten crimes that allow you to use deadly force :arson 13-1704, burglary 13-1507 or 13-1508, kidnapping 13-1304, manslaughter13-1103, second or first degree murder 13-1104, sexual conduct with a minor 13-1405, sexual assault 13-1406, child molestation 13-1410, armed robbery 13-1904, aggravated assault 13-1204.
Safety! Safety! Safety!
Always treat the fire arm as if it is loaded.
Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
Always keep your finger in register position (on the frame) till sight is on target and ready to shoot.
Always know what your target is and what is behind it.
Always maintain control of your defensive weapon.
The Department of Public Safety must complete all of the required qualification checks within sixty days after receipt of the application and must issue a permit within fifteen working days after completing the qualification checks if the applicant meets all of the conditions.If a permit is denied, the Department of Public Safety must notify the applicant in writing within fifteen working days after the completion of all the required qualification checks.
Mailing your class notes and handouts to yourself can be used as legal documentation of your training and when it took place.(keep sealed until needed.)
This class made me more aware of my surroundings. It has helped me discover a new definition of keeping my family safe. I don't want to have to depend on someone else to keep me or my family safe. I am confident that with this class I can prevent any unnecessary use of deadly force. With continuing my education and knowledge about fire arms and self defense I expect not to be caught helpless or as a damsel in distress.