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Concealed Carry 1 (CCW-1)

Course Price: $150.00
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. 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, Handgun Basics, or the Handgun Basics Skill Builder 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'm happy to have repeated CCW1 yesterday. As always your instructors are professional & knowledgeable. I find it so helpful to get someone else's eyes on & evaluation of my shooting. Would strongly encourage others to take these classes. Regardless of your own evaluation of your skill level there is always something to be learned. Your classes not just offer shooting skills but offer skills for the defensive mindset, which I see as "protective" mindset. You & your instructors never teach an "offensive" mindset but one that is to protect yourself & loved ones. They teach you to think & react for your safety. I look forward to participating in more training.My Thanks to you & RPD instructors!! (Matt, please teach St.Patty's Day next yr!!!)

      - - Rochester, NY

      I wont take a lot of your tim,e but I need to say something about the DPS101 training. The information, the range training, you and your staff are top shelf and nice. However, your course design and presentation makes a former human relations trainer envious. If I were still doing training I would be asking you for classes in your training model. Also, the training manual from the class is reviewed often. Im looking forward to the DPS201 course. Im not a puppy anymore. Age slows one down, your arthritic thumb hurts today, etc,. I need to be better trained than the bad guy I might have to face. Im attempting to change things around so I can sign-up for the next class Again, thanks Dave to you and your staff. May you all be safe.

      - - Rochester, NY

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      Upcoming Class Dates:

      Bridgeport, NY
      March 9th 2019
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors
      June 15th 2019
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors
      July 28th 2019
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors
      October 19th 2019
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors

      Canandaigua, NY
      March 23rd 2019
      w/ RPD,LLC Certified Instructors
      April 22nd 2019
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors
      July 5th 2019
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors
      August 13th 2019
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors

      Ontario, NY
      April 7th 2019
      9am to 5pm
      w/ RPD,LLC Certified Instructors




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