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Course Price: $169.00
Course Times: 8 hours (1 day class)
Course Designer: David S. Jenkins


Please note: This course is done at The Hallstead-Great Bend Rod and Gun Assn in PA, The Greene Rod and Gun club on Rt12 in Greene, NY AND at the North Shore Sportsman's Club in Bernhard's Bay, NY. We employ LOCAL instructors for the training. You don't need to travel far to receive the best training (not a 6 rd certification) in the area!

If you possess a New York State concealed carry pistol permit that is restricted to hunting and target-use only, depending on your county's requirements, this class may provide you with valuable training and information you need to apply to request any restrictions be removed to obtain your FULL /UNRESTRICTED Carry NY State Pistol Permit.


Come train with the area's most reliable, fully insured, qualified, and experienced instructors who retain National Certifications to teach civilian defensive firearm use. Please be aware that there are some instructors who take shortcuts in their training methods and fraudulently claim to have proper certification. You should ask them to prove it. (By the way, FRAUD is a crime in NY State) Each of our instructors carries valid and current credentials which indicate the disciplines in which s/he is certified and would be happy to show them to you. Copies of those certificates are available upon request in writing.


This is the ONLY class in the area in which you will receive actual training in safety, shooting, and proficiency skills, and not just receive a performance certification. You will learn valuable but necessary skills that will not only help you carry your firearm more securely and reliably, but could possibly save your life. This training is the most comprehensive class you will find in the area that actually teaches you the skills you will need to carry concealed.We work closely with the permit offices in each county to ensure that we are providing the most up to date and relevant training possible.


You will learn when you would be justified in using your firearm; but more importantly, you will learn when NOT to use it and how to defuse and deescalate a situation, thus avoiding the chance of ever using your defensive handgun in the first place. We will teach you about the legalities of carrying a firearm and provide information on other important topics. You will be an informed, responsible, and a better shooter when you get done!

You must attend the complete session (classroom and range) in order to receive your letter and your certificate.

Please Note that successful completion of this course in no way guarantees that you will obtain the "Full Carry" permit. That decision is ultimately up to the judge or issuing authority.


This training is officially approved by:

  • Judge Cawley of Broome County
  • Judge Revoir of Chenango County
  • Judge Becker of Delaware County


In addition to the counties listed above, this course has been a contributing factor to the permit process in:

  • Albany County
  • Cayuga County
  • Chemung County
  • Delaware County
  • Jefferson County
  • Genesee County
  • Herkimer County
  • Livingston County
  • Monroe County
  • Onondaga County
  • Ontario County
  • Orange County
  • Orleans County
  • Seneca County
  • Steuben County
  • Tioga County
  • Wayne County
  • Yates County


There are no extra range fees or costs associated with this course. Your tuition covers everything.

Note: ANY holster that utilizes the index or trigger finger of the shooting hand to disengage a locking device to release the handgun is 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:

During the classroom sessions, you will learn about:

  • Firearm safety
  • Article 35 Legalities and Justification in Self Defense
  • De-escalation 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

On the range, you will:

  • Perform live all of the skills that you learned in the classroom.
  • Draw and fire at targets for accuracy while under minimal stress
  • Utilize both combat reloads and administrative reloads
  • Learn how to keep your handgun running
  • Surprise yourself at your speed, accuracy, and safety

Required Equipment:

In order to get the most out of the training, you should have the following:

          • A valid New York State Pistol Permit
          • Eye and ear protection
          • A reliable, defensive-oriented firearm (NO hunting or target guns)
          • A minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition (more is better!)
          • A minimum of 2 magazines or speedloaders with carriers/holders
          • A quality,strong-side, belt-mounted type holster (NO shoulder or SERPA type holsters)
          • A sturdy belt for your holster and magazine pouch.
          • Comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate clothing.
          • A hat with brim
          • Water and quiet snacks
          • A lunch

Important Note:

If you are a new shooter and do not have a handgun or any other concealed type equipment, for a nominal fee to cover wear and tear, cleaning, and the loan of the gun and gear, we can provide what you need to complete the course, just contact us for details.


Even if you do not have the gear, we can still give you the knowledge and training.

  • A valid NY State Pistol Permit
  • A desire to learn real life, valuable skills from instructors who care about what they do and live what they teach.



Frequently Asked Questions



For over 40 years I owned and used long guns: 12 + 20 gauge; .22 saddle; .22 Hornet; 30-06. Until a year go, I never had a desire to own a pistol. Prior to receiving my pistol permit, I took RPD's Pre-Licensing Pistol Permit class in February 2008, where Dave covered all of the applicable penal laws, answering any and all questions.

After receiving my permit, I was fitted to--and purchased--a pistol. I went to the range once, but found I was a little intimidated: by not knowing how to care/maintain the pistol; by the fact I didn't know all of the safety rules; and by the firearm, itself. Let's face it... firearms can be very dangerous if not handled properly! I signed up for the May 2008 NRA Basic Pistol course with Dave in Owego, NY. Though the class was intense, Dave made everything OK by being clear; concise; witty, at times; and very, very patient. The most intense portion of the class was being on the firing line. But again, Dave was right there to talk me through what I had to do and give me assistance when I needed it.

After practicing and some dry-firing, I attended the Shooting Skills 101 class and Permit CC Upgrade Lecture in June 2008. The lecture was a refresher of the class from February, but it bore repeating. The Shooting Skills 101 class was again conducted in a clear, concise, sometimes witty, and very patient manner. One of the best parts of all of Dave's classes is that he backs up what he says with true facts, true accounts, and real demonstrations. Classes are never, ever dull! Dave always provides an answer for every question and will keep patiently going over it until every one has an understanding. The range work was wonderful, though tiring under the hot sun. Even so, I could have done more--I WANTED to do more. Each trip to the firing line on the range is truly a learning experience. As always, Dave is right there to assist and advise. I will take more of RPD's classes as they become available. You always feel comfortable, and his tutelage is fantastic. They are the BEST!!

A million thanks, Dave!!!

- Mother Pearl - Vestal, NY

Dave; I want to thank you for the class yesterday! I did a poor job on your class survey last night and wanted you to know more of my feelings. For once I have attended a "class" or "training" (I use quotes as this is what many have called previous efforts to sway people to an opinion.) You came across in a non condescending manner and your class was excellent. Through your class I was able to reinforce that my ideas on guns and concealed carry were accurate. I especially liked your use of common sense and how you defuse the ideas of many gun owners with regards to right to carry which comes across as arrogant. Even though you are not politically correct with your statement "we are held to a higher standard" it is true and people should think about it before we act or react to everyday things that happen to us. I still do not have anything to suggest to improve your class but do have praise for the way you conducted the class and your interaction with the students. I did not enter your class to learn to shoot better but more to obtain my unrestricted permit as well as gain more safety information. I came away with a better awareness of the law along with ways of adding safety to my gun use and carry. In addition, as hard as it is for me to be verbal, I am seeing the importance of this. And yes - even your instruction to the class on shooting I believe will help me to become a better shooter. You will see me in your advanced course in the spring/summer along with the Florida/Utah course next month. Keep it up and I hope others gain as much as I did, for I have always had an issue with many people who own guns and really do not know how to deal with them and the consequences of the gun.

- - Binghamton, NY

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Upcoming Class Dates:

Greene, NY
July 15th 2017
8am to 6pm
w/ Michael H. Chalson and RPD, LLC Instructors
August 19th 2017
8am to 6pm
w/ Michael H. Chalson and RPD, LLC Instructors
September 16th 2017
8am to 6pm
w/ Michael H. Chalson and RPD, LLC Instructors
October 7th 2017
8am to 6pm
w/ Michael H. Chalson and RPD, LLC Instructors
November 4th 2017
8am to 6pm
w/ Michael H. Chalson and RPD, LLC Instructors
December 9th 2017
8am to 6pm
w/ Michael H. Chalson and RPD, LLC Instructors




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