Before Testing

  • Strongly consider taking our class Pre-test Class 1 Training. We will prepare you for passing the shooting portion of the ND Class I CCW test.
  • Although a small carry gun – such as a Ruger LCP or a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard – may be your choice of carry, we suggest using a larger frame gun.
  • You might feel that the right caliber to carry is a heavy “man stopper” caliber such as .40 or .45. But for testing it isn’t necessary to stop the paper target from attacking you. A .22 works perfectly for this test.
  • Do not rely on lasers for the test. Trust us: it only makes your shooting less accurate.
  • Have a strong-hand hip holster – outside-the-belt – that you can easily draw from. No shoulder, small-of-back, cross-draw, or concealed holster.
  • Practice beforehand. Shooting isn’t as easy and accurate as portrayed on television.
  • Work on a weak-hand shooting grip. (Left hand shooting for people normally right-handed.) Bring bandages if you have never bothered to shoot with your weak hand. Slides will bite poorly placed thumbs.
  • We can’t provide ammo or spare magazines. Bring enough ammo to pass the test (half box per attempt). Three attempts total.
  • Do not use hand-loaded rounds.
  • Guns can be rented from the range. Sometimes we bring a gun to rent, too.
  • Make sure that your gun is in full working order.
  • Bring your own eye and ear protection or rent them.
  • Know your employer address. (This is for the fingerprint cards.)
  • Know your prior home addresses.
  • Know your police record, if you have one. When filling out the CCW application it is a best practice to include ANY information from your past even if you don’t think that it applies.