We found this piece from the April 2014 issue of The Center Mass Citizen Newsletter. (With some minor editing for readability).
Center Mass, Inc. is a Michigan-based company that provides a host of firearms training programs for civilians and law enforcement.
They seem to have their stuff together up there and we salute them for some great writing.
The Concealed Carry Training Gold Rush
Risking your life + your freedom + your mental stability + your life-long possessions to save less than $50…
Why do this???
Professional Concealed Pistol License (CPL) and firearms training is serious and nothing to gamble with. Yet thousands of people do exactly that on a daily basis.
These good people want their CPL, and during tough economic times, many understandably seek the “best deal” they can find.
This seems logical, until you consider the true reality of the purchasing decision. You are not investing in a widget folks… You are investing in information.
The quality and delivery of that information (and the resultant practical application training that accompanies it) may ultimately either save your life or contribute to your death or imprisonment.
Do you really want to trust your life, your family’s lives, and your freedom to save $50.00 by selecting a “fly by night” training provider? Or, would you rather have the peace of mind that comes from having been trained by a nationally recognized, industry leading subject matter expert that will stand behind you if the unthinkable happens?
CPL training, also known as a concealed carry weapon (CCW) training, is currently big business nationwide. And It seems like everybody and anybody is cashing-in these days by providing this training at the expense of consumers who may not really recognize the seriousness of what they are buying…
This is where red flares should be going off like it is the 4th of July for the consumer! Here are three critical issues consumers should consider before choosing a firearms training provider…
Bait & Switch Pricing
Get your CPL for $99.00!!!
+ $10.00 for book/manual
+ $10.00 range fee
+ $5.00 for eyes/ears/target
+ $10.00 to rent a gun
+ $15.00 for ammo
+ $10.00 for lunch
At a minimum, the real cost is $159.00 to the unsuspecting consumer who expected to pay $99.00 for their CPL.
- Many states have laws that require the legal portions of CPL classes be taught by a lawyer or certified active or retired law enforcement officer.
- Some unscrupulous training providers are not using a lawyer or a certified law enforcement officer to teach this portion of the course.
- Furthermore, unscrupulous training providers oftentimes do not fully provide the state mandated minimum training hours or rounds fired during their classes.
- Your safety begs the question: What training & real world experience does your instructor have to justifiably teach you how and when to use deadly force against another human being?
Training Institution Background
- Did you know that in some states CPL instructors have immunity?
- Is your training provider properly insured?
- Does the institution teach firearms self-defense, gun fighting, or target shooting? There is a big difference…
- Will your training provider stand with you if you have to use deadly force?
- Will your training provider reputation and experience, help or hurt you in front of a judge or jury?
- If your training provider has not been in the firearms training business for a minimum of 10 years, and if they do not have an established and impeccable record as a training provider, you are risking your life, your freedom, and everything you have ever owned, to save less than $50.00… Is it really worth it?
A simple way to stack the odds of getting a reputable training provider in the consumers favor is to use your local gun range. These folks have made a substantial financial investment in the community and likely have been in business for a considerable period of time. This generally means that they are doing something right, and they can typically provide a lower CPL training rate than organizations that have to rent both classroom and range space/time. This is not to say that there are not very reputable training providers who don’t own a range, as many do exist. It is simply a suggestion for your consideration.
At any rate, we hope that this information was useful to you, and we wish you and yours the very best in all of your firearms training efforts. Stay safe, remember to protect your rights, and always aim for perfection!!!