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CT Non-Resident CCW Course (NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting 8hr)

This class teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course is  7-8 hours long (objective based) and includes classroom and range time, learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. You’ll learn the rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the two-handed standing positions, and continued opportunities for skill development.

Connecticut Non-Resident CCW Information:
This course serves as the prerequisite for CT Non-Resident CCW. The application will be provided to you at the course, completion of the application will be included in the course.

Required Documents: 
1. Passport or Birth Certificate
2. Drivers License or State issued identification

After completing application each student must mail out the application with the required fee’s
CT requires 3 separate check’s or money orders in the amounts of
Each check is to be made payable to Treasurer of State Connecticut

Course Pricing
$275.00 Walk in and Silver Members
$247.50 Gold Members, Red, White, & Blue Members save 10% off of the walk in price
$220.00 Platinum Members save 20% off of the walk in price
Optional Florida Non Resident CCW Packet Processing $50 (this does not include the $102 fee which you are required to pay for the 7 year permit)

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“He engages the class well and keeps everyone involved.”

Hi Anthony, Charlie & Jimmy Last night I attended the Basic Pistol class with Jimmy. Even though this class is geared for beginning shooters and I have been a gun owner since 1983, the class was very informative and I learned a lot. Jimmy has a great teaching style that made learning a serious topic fun and easy to understand. He engages the class well and keeps everyone involved. During the live fire session Paul worked with me and helped me overcome some bad habits I’ve developed over the years and he also has a nice approach to teaching firearms safety and handling. I also observed both Paul and Jimmy taking first-time shooters from nervous first trigger pulls to consistent groupings. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Last week I also took the UT & FL non-resident CCW courses with Charlie at Cherry Ridge. He also has a great presentation style and managed to get a room full of applicants trained and processed promptly. Your Woodland Park facility is also first class. It’s clean and welcoming. Most indoor ranges I’ve been to are dark and not user-friendly. GFH stands head and shoulders above the competition. Thanks again for offering this opportunity to the public to increase firearms safety and skills. I look forward to another class soon. – Kevin K. GFH Member.

Optional Florida CCW:

You have the option, at check out, to purchase the Florida CCW package. This is an additional $50 fee, A Florida CCW will allow you to legally carry a concealed weapon in 30 states. The CCW package includes the prints, notary and photos. We will also assist you with the application. All you need to do is mail the package to Florida along with the application fee of $102.


You must be 21 or older to attend
You must have a pre-existing Resident or Non-Resident  carry permit issued by another state. (You are welcome to attend the course if your carry permit from another state is still pending and/ or you just wish to attend the NRA 8hr Basics Pistol Course. 

Length of Course:

7-8 hours (objective based)


Woodland Park Range

What to Bring:

• If you don’t have a firearm, it’s not a problem. A selection will be supplied, during the class, at no additional charge.
• Have your own firearm? Great. Please bring it along.
• Ammo: .22, 9, or .38 ammo is supplied. If you choose to bring a pistol and it uses a different caliber, please bring a box of factory ammo to use.
• Course Completion: Students will receive feedback on all live-fire exercises.
• This course is all inclusive: Class – Certificate – Materials – Range Time – Targets – Eye and Ear Protection.
• Please wear comfortable clothing. No open-toed shoes.

What We Will Cover

• To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.
• Pistol knowledge, safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, fundamentals of pistol shooting, two-handed shooting position, firing the first shots, cleaning, storage, pistol sports and activities.
• Course Completion: Students will receive feedback on all live-fire exercises.
• This course satisfies practical requirements for the Florida Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit.

Instructor Bios:

All of our high-level courses are taught by experienced professionals with the credentials to prove it. They are all trained and certified by the N.J. Police Training Commission, N.J. Department of Criminal Justice, and possess Federal Law Enforcement Instructor Certifications. They are experts in N.J. Use of Force Policies, and are always updating the course material with the latest use of force guidelines and case law. At GFH, this is not a “hobby”, but a full-time, legitimate vocation. Any “instructor” can teach you something, but only a select few can teach you the “why” or the “root of law” to justify your actions. If you were to use your newly acquired skills and were required to justify your actions, GFH instructors are ready, willing, and able to testify in your defense, as long as you had followed the training and procedures we provided. It does you, and your loved ones, no good if you survive the fight but have spend the next thirty years in prison because of the wrong advice you were given by a part-time amateur “instructor”.


Wayne Monico

Retired at the rank of sergeant in 2010 after serving 25 years with the Fort Lee police department in New Jersey. During his time with [...]

John Uzzalino

John has been a Police Officer with the Woodland Park Police Dept. for over 20 years and is currently a Detective Lieutenant. He is a [...]

Jimmy Grammenos

Jimmy started with Gun For Hire in 2008. He has ascended from Instructor to Senior Instructor to Senior Manager/ Director of Training. As Director of [...]

Tony Urena

Antonio “Tony” Urena Tactical Firearms Instructor Tony is a veteran law enforcement officer with over 20 years experience. He is currently the training officer for [...]

Bob Prause

Bob is a former United States Marine and Veteran Law Enforcement Officer with 25 years of experience. He brings a vast amount of “real world” [...]

Thomas E. Giordano

Tom served with the Rutgers University Police Department in New Brunswick, NJ for 25 years, retiring in 2003. During his police career Tom served as [...]

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Disclaimer: In an effort to keep all of our students safe course objectives and drills are subject to change.