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Concealed Carry 1 (CCW-1)

Course Price: $159.00
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, 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 took DPS-101 yesterday from Dave Jenkins' Rochester Personal Defense school. The training took place over at the Genesee Conservation League facility in Rochester, NY. Let me tell you folks something... this is the best money that you can spend. Dave and his team of instructors did a terrific job.

      You are getting top flight training with a very low student to instructor ratio assuring that every mistake in technique will be identified and addressed by someone who has professional training. That is worth its weight in gold. You simply can't know what you are doing wrong alone. You need outside help.

      Another thing is you can't learn a motor skill from books or online. You have to actually DO IT. And the DPS-101 class has you DOING things that you may not even be able to do anywhere else.

      They start you with normal in class learning about techniques, the law, and other interesting things. I won't give away all that they teach. You have to sign up to find out. They use a building block system and start from simple things getting more and more complex as you go along.

      By the end of the day you will be, in a single sequence, identifying a threat, moving, barking loud verbal commands, drawing your gun, barking more verbal commands, aiming, firing, clearing malfunctions, moving, scanning, barking commands, firing, moving, scanning, doing tactical reload, barking commands, moving, firing, scanning, tactical reload, moving, scanning, reholstering. <---- I did exactly that in one fairly smooth set of events during one training exercise.

      Now if you think you can DO that by reading about it you are a heck of a lot better than I am. I can't. I had to be trained step by step and go through dozens of mistakes with one of the 4 instructors jumping in and stopping me to tell me what I was doing wrong and how to fix it. These skills can only be learned through actual experience.

      There are other excellent schools and instructors. But you won't find many better than these guys and gals. And you certainly won't find a better VALUE for your training dollar. If there other courses are like this one, folks in the Rochester area have an INVALUABLE resource. Don't hesitate to take advantage of it... or maybe one day it won't be there. I can guarantee you that I will take advantage of it. I only wish we had something like this in Buffalo. But for now this is at least 150 mile training. Because I will travel over 150 miles to get more!!

      PS... This message was not compensated or in any way solicited by Dave or his team. It is my personal opinion and my praise is offered because it was earned.

      - Breanne Corbett - Buffalo, NY

      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

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      Upcoming Class Dates:

      Canandaigua, NY
      November 3rd 2018
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Staff Instructors

      Ontario, NY
      July 20th 2018
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Certified Instructors
      August 11th 2018
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Staff Instructors
      October 21st 2018
      8am to 5pm
      w/ RPD, LLC Staff Instructors




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