South Carolina CWP, Florida CWP, and
Basic Pistol Class
How to Apply
South Carolina issues its Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) to
legally qualified residents of the state, to active duty
military personnel in the state on permanent change of station
(PCS), and to qualified non-residents who own real property in
We think that South Carolina CWP holders need more
protection and much more instruction than the bare minimum
required by the state. We provide it.
South Carolina residents who travel
need a non-resident Florida
There isn't a
or national Concealed Weapons Permit to cover you
when you travel from state to state in the U.S.A. The federal government
does not issue a
CWP. Concealed Weapons Permits come from the states, just
as drivers licenses do, and depend entirely on each
state's laws. But there the comparison ends.
States honor every other state's drivers licenses but
that's not true of Concealed Weapons Permits.
States are not required to honor each others' CWP. Each state chooses whether
to issue a CWP, decides who can get a Concealed Weapons
Permit, and whether to honor
another state's CWP. It's a tricky situation that
can cost you big if you get trapped in its complexities.
It's why we advise South Carolina residents to get both
a South Carolina CWP and
Florida CWP, and why we help our students
apply for both permits with this one class at no extra charge
for the class.
between two states means that they've made an agreement
to honor each other's permits. (Of course you need to comply
with the laws of each state you enter.) South Carolina does not have reciprocity agreements
with most other states. But many of those other states do honor Florida's non-resident CWP. So if you want
to carry your concealed handgun when you travel you'll want
both the South Carolina and the Florida permits.
Check our reciprocity links
on the menu at your left and you'll see that Florida
has reciprocity with most states that issue the CWP—many more than South Carolina.
With our class you can get a non-resident
Florida Concealed Weapons Permit as well as the South
With that Florida CWP you can travel through most states
legally armed. Our Basic Pistol class lets
you apply for the Florida CWP as soon as you complete
it. We help you do it all with this one class.
combined CWP and Basic Pistol class—both classes in one—is open to residents
of every state who are legally qualified to own and use firearms. You don't need previous firearms
training to take our class. We give special help to people with special needs.
teach you the basics and can even lend you one of our own handguns
by advance arrangement. Our classes are small and tend to
To reserve your place in a class please
email us now. Please include your local phone number(s)
whenever you email us so we can call to answer your questions
and determine your needs.
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instruct you in the law and in firearms safety. (The photo
shows the best way to check that a semi-automatic pistol
is unloaded: you look and you feel. We show you what you
need to know.) We'll teach you how to
shoot defensively, to protect your life. You don't need
experience or even a handgun of your own to take our CWP
/ Basic Pistol class. We teach you how to choose the right
handgun for you and we can lend you one of our own handguns
to use in class while you learn. We don't try to sell you
a gun: we're not salespeople in disguise. Our only interest
is what works for you.
Our class is approved by SLED (the South Carolina Law
Enforcement Division) as the training requirement for South
Carolina's Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP).
The State of Florida accepts our Basic Pistol certificate for
both its resident CWP and its non-resident CWP.
We can accept Florida residents here on military service
or a visit. And we can accept residents of any state who
might move to Florida.
You can apply
for both your South Carolina CWP and your Florida CWP at the same
time or different times. It's up to you. Having both
permits is a good idea for South Carolinians who travel
to states that do not honor the South
Carolina CWP. The Florida CWP is recognized by many more
states than South Carolina's. We provide
you with both the South Carolina application and the Florida
application, and we guide you through the application
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combined Concealed Weapons Permit and Basic Pistol class
includes the eleven essential subjects required by state
law for the South Carolina CWP. The state requires
every student to complete a checklist during the class to
document knowledge and understanding of those subjects. We guide every
student through that checklist to detail his or her
individual training requirement for the Concealed Weapons
Permit in South Carolina. There are two parts.
Disabled Veterans, Retired and Former Military, Active
Military, Retired Law Enforcement, Active Law Enforcement
need complete only the following six subjects on the
"Legal Aspects of the South Carolina CWP" to meet the
training requirement for a South Carolina Concealed
Weapons Permit and can stop there and apply for their SC
SC CWP Part 1. Legal Aspects of the South Carolina CWP
- Statutory and case law regarding deadly force
- SC laws governing firearms and concealed weapons
- Proper firearms storage practices that deny access
- Prohibited carry locations
- Liability and responsibility issues relating to
- Proper interaction with Law Enforcement Officers
Everyone else who wants the South Carolina CWP (and
those veterans, military, and law enforcement officers who
want more than the minimum) continues through the remaining
five subjects to complete the entire class:
SC CWP Part 2. Firearms Safety and Operation
- The four cardinal firearms safety rules
- Handgun safety, manipulation, and operation
- Basic handgun marksmanship
- Proper concealment techniques and drawing from
- Qualification on the range with the instructor
Don't feel overwhelmed by the paperwork needed to apply
for a South Carolina CWP. We supply the checklist and
application, glide you through every step, and even
provide the official certificate of completion for use in
future years and future purposes.
At the same time we incorporate the Basic Pistol components of our combined CWP and Basic
Pistol class to include essential elements for civilians who
want to behave responsibly and protect themselves and
The Basic Pistol elements of this combined CWP and
Basic Pistol class
give you greater depth of knowledge, skills, and attitude
so you leave with much more than simply paperwork for a
concealed weapons permit. We give you the foundation to
know what you are doing, why you do it, and how you do it. This
aspect of our class is excellent in itself and also prepares you for advanced training in
Defensive Handgun, and perhaps even
Range Safety Officer class and
Training class. The best start for everything related to
handguns begins here, with the basics:
- Gun safety, safe gun handling, child safety, and
safe gun storage
- Pistol knowledge
- Ammunition knowledge
- Fundamentals of pistol shooting
- Handgun shooting positions
- How to shoot effectively
- Firearms and the law, and avoiding confrontations
- Handgun cleaning and maintenance
All parts of our combined CWP and Basic Pistol class
work together without boring repetition or wandering
byways. Every aspect of our Concealed Weapons Permit and Basic Pistol class
is packed with instruction, information,
We further enhance our class with demonstrations,
handouts, and materials we developed so our students get maximum lasting benefit.
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We schedule our combined Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) and Basic Pistol classes at our training facility in the Greater Columbia, SC, area.
Here are our currently scheduled CWP and Basic Pistol
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How to Apply
Email us now to attend our combined Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) and Basic Pistol
Please include your telephone number so we can call to prequalify you for the class, determine your needs, and answer your questions.
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