USCCA Home Defense and Concealed Carry Class

Basic - A comprehensive and exciting class

Duration: five hours combined range and classroom



Tara Engel

Instructor Bio

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Available Spaces
Register Now January 15 Saturday
Titusville, FL
5 - 18 Students 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tara Engel 18 Spaces Left target icon


A perfect class for beginners or for more seasoned shooters who want to better understand personal defense outside the home, home defense, safe firearms manipulation, and the concealed carry laws of the state of Florida. Taught by Gretchen Laiuppa, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, competitive shooter, certified NRA and USCCA instructor and NACOP-endorsed trainer and by Tara Dixon Engel, author of The Handgun Guide for Women, certified NRA Instructor and Range Safety Officer, USCCA instructor and NACOP-endorsed trainer. The class is lively, interactive and very detailed. You will learn practical skills as well as legal details and information that will make you a better shooter and a safer gun owner.

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Topics Covered

* The seven principles of Marksmanship
* Securing your home
* The basics of defensive or point-index shooting
* Definitions relating to use of force
* Legal ramifications of defending yourself
* Selecting the gun that's right for YOU
* Deciding how/if to carry
* Understanding Florida law
and MORE...

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Expectations and Outcomes

You will receive a certificate that will allow you to apply for your concealed carry license with the state of Florida. You will receive multiple handouts that will help you absorb and retain the information shared during the class. By the end of the class you will understand the basics of marksmanship as well as defensive shooting, you will understand firearms safety, you will have foundational knowledge of Florida law and you will better understand the rights and responsibilities guaranteed us by the Second Amendment.

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Basic, CCW, USCCA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

Driver's License

The instructor requires a copy of your driver's license once you register.

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If you own a firearm that you plan to carry or use for home defense, please bring it with you (unloaded) along with 30 rounds of ammunition. Please remember there is an ammunition shortage right now. Some calibers are hard to get and you may not be able to buy them at our range. Make sure you plan in advance.
Dress comfortably in closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes. Low-cut necklines and hot brass don't mix...but you make the call, eye and ear protection if you have it (if not, it is available for a small fee on the range), pen and paper if you wish to take notes, extra cash if you need to purchase ammo or other accessories.
If you need to rent a gun, it will cost an additional $8. Eye and ear protection will be $1 each.