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Concealed Carry 1 (CCW-1)

Course Price: $149.00
Course Times: 9 hours
Course Designer: Dave Jenkins

Dave Jenkins and the instructors of Rochester Personal Defense, LLC have developed the Concealed Carry 1 course to introduce you to the idea of carrying your handgun for self defense and want to start you with the skills necessary.

You will get to practice all of the skills with an unloaded handgun until you are comfortable, then you will get to go live on the range.


Even if you have done other training or shoot a lot, you may want to consider this class to shake the rust off or refine your skills more. You can never practice or train enough.

NOTE: Please review the Required Equipment list below. If you do not have something on the list, contact us before the class. Arriving without the complete list of specified gear will mean that you will not be able to fully participate in the training.

More importantly, this is NOT a basic level course. You MUST have completed
an NRA Basic Pistol class, our Concealed Carry Basics, or the Concealed Carry Basics Refresher within the past 12 months,  or the equivalent training or shooting experience prior to attending this course.

WHY do you require a prerequisite course for this one? Mainly for safety and secondly for the continuity of the skill training and self defense concepts we teach. Safety is highly stressed throughout this course and if your skills are not up to par, you may be a safety risk. This is a 'Level 2' type course. Skipping the important required prerequisite course will mean that you'll either be a bit behind and it will take a bit of work to catch up, you'll always have a missing gap in your training, or the class will have to lag until our instructors can catch you on on the skills that are required to participate in this course.


Note: As of 4/4/2012, ANY holster that utilizes the index or trigger finger of the shooting hand to disengage a locking device to release the handgun is now disallowed from ANY Rochester Personal Defense, LLC class, training, event, or any function that we host or have involvement with. I am also implementing the same on Tuesday Night’s CCW Shoot. For more information, please visit the following page: or email us.


Subjects Covered:

  • Firearm safety
  • Legalities and justification in self defense (Article 35)
  • Deescalation and disengagement from an encounter
  • Verbal commands
  • Drawing the handgun effectively and safely
  • Trigger control and manipulation
  • Malfunctions and stoppage clearing
  • Tactical vs combat reloading
  • Movement and shooting while moving

    • Required Equipment:
      • Eye and ear protection
      • A working, reliable, defensive-oriented firearm (Must be listed on your NY Permit)
      • 200 rounds of ammunition
      • 3 magazines or speedloaders with holders
      • A quality, strong-side, belt-mounted type holster (NO shoulder holsters)
      • A sturdy belt to hold your holster and magazine pouch 
      • Comfortable footwear and clothing

      • A valid NY State Pistol Permit
      • NRA Basic Pistol class, Concealed Carry Basics, or the Concealed Carry Basics Refresher within the past 6 months or the equivalent training or shooting experience (call for questions or details). THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE

      You MUST be comfortable with your firearm. Do not bring one that you have not practiced with.


      Frequently Asked Questions


      Defensive Pistol Skills 101 (DPS101)

      Q. Do I have to complete the NRA Basic Pistol before attending the DPS 101 class?
      A. Although the NRA Basic Pistol is our preferred prerequisite, any other similar training and education would work. What we are looking for is that you can operate your handgun competently, are familiar and can demonstrate the Fundamental Firearm Safety Rules. (Treat all firearms as if they are loaded. Never point your firearm at anything you are not willing to shoot. Keep your finger off the trigger until you have decided to fire.)

      Q. Do I need to have my own handgun to attend?
      A. Yes. We advocate training on the equipment that you would eventually carry and use, so it is a good idea to have the proper gear, such as a well made handgun, a quality holster, at least 1 spare magazine, and a good belt to support your carry gear.


      I recently completed DPS 201/301 at RPD. Like all of the courses Ive attended, Dave and his team provided quality education and individualized attention that improved my skills and pushed me to think outside the box and respond instinctively. The basic skills that had been learned in previous classes were honed and tuned as bad habits were broken and new skills were added. I know that I am smoother and more reflexive than I was before the class and the new skills Ive learned are being integrated into my practice drills. So far I have taken RPDs Utah/Florida permit class, NRA Basic Pistol, Defensive Pistol 101, Defensive Pistol 201 and Defensive Pistol 301. Chris, Ray, Frank, Tink, Matt, Wendy and Dave have all provided outstanding and clear instruction in the safe and effective use of firearms coupled with plenty of range time. Mary has been most helpful when Ive called with a scheduling problem or billing question. I highly recommend RPDs courses to individuals of all skill levels who are looking for professional instruction and have a desire to improve how they safely and effectively handle themselves and their firearms in a variety of situations. I am looking forward to additional classes such as Low Light Handgun, Personal Protection Inside the home, Vehicle Defense Tactics and as my skills improve the NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer and of course Secret Squirrel Training.

      - - Rochester, NY

      I just finished the DPS101 class and Dave asked us if we write a short note about our experience. Like almost everybody in the class I come from a background of hunting and all around gun knowledge. There were also a couple of first time pistol owners in the class. I am also in the New York State Guard and that has given me the opportunity to train with retired swat/sheriff, Rochester Police Dept Officers, state police officers, military MPs, and various instructors over the years, so I thought I new a lot about defensive shooting. Well, even with all my training over the years, I still was able to learn some new things from Dave and his instructors as well as some bad habits I was starting to do. The thing that impressed me the most is the level of professionalism and integrity that Dave, Wendy, and Chris possess. They kept the class fun and fluid at all times. It did not matter what your level of skill was, they would adapt their teaching technique to each student almost instantly. From someone like me with formal training to the new guy that only had his pistol for a week. By the end of the class everybody had improved and the targets proved that. If it was up to me I would make this class a requirement to obtain a pistol permit. They are that good in what they do. I will definitely be taking more if not all of the classes they have to offer. The only drawback is that I should have brought more ammo. You can never have enough. From now on, shooting targets standing still just will not do it for me any more.

      - - Rochester , New York

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      Upcoming Class Dates:

      Canandaigua, NY
      November 10th 2017
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors
      December 16th 2017
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors
      January 6th 2018
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors

      Newark, NY
      December 2nd 2017
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors

      Ontario, NY
      November 25th 2017
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors

      Rochester, NY
      October 29th 2017
      9am to 6pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors
      December 10th 2017
      9am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors




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