..... The Advanced Handgun Course .....
The four (4) hour "Advanced Handgun Course" builds on the "Basic Handgun Course".
If you haven't already done so, it is suggested that you first read the "Basic Handgun Course" description on the "Home" page as well as the comments about the Basic course on the "Basic Handgun Course" page.
Then read this page to ensure that you appreciate the value of this course and have an understanding of electing or not electing range time after completing this course or after completing just the "Basic Handgun Course".
The "Basic Handgun Course" touches a bit on aspects of concealed handgun carry. However, that course primarily focuses on becoming familiar with firearms, particularly, handguns, and the safe and proper use of handguns in personal defense and home defense. In this course, required if applying for a concealed carry permit, safety and proper use of handguns is no less emphasized.
However, this "Advanced Handgun Course" and range time is necessary because the "Basic Handgun Course" alone does not provide the student with the required information and training to qualify for the Maine Concealed Carry Permit or to carry a handgun concealed without a permit, for that matter.
In short, during the first part of this course the use of a handgun in self defense and home defense is kicked up a notch from the Basic course. Thereafter, this Advanced course deals entirely with the subject of concealed carry with particular attention given to legal and liability considerations.
Some home defense subjects, revisited in the first part of this course in greater detail than in the Basic course, are: "safe rooms"; realizing that it's self-defense, not "stuff" (property) defense; and why it's important to try to think like a criminal.
Also, "What do you do if ....." scenarios in the home (and, later, outside the home) are discussed as well as what not to do subjects like not attempting to "clear" rooms in the home, unless one is trained in the tactical use of firearms.
In the concealed handgun carry greater portion of this course, emphasis is placed on how to carry a concealed handgun and how not to.
The responsibility of carrying concealed is stressed and why open handgun carry is discouraged, with exceptions noted.
Covered also are the rules governing the use of deadly force and whether the student is prepared and willing to use deadly force.
One must quickly assess the situation then decide, using his/her best judgment, whether there is no other choice but to use deadly force.
Learn what a person should do, given the time, just prior to resorting to using deadly force.
Become aware beforehand what to expect in the aftermath of a violent encounter and what to say to police when they arrive and what not say.
Included too, is a great deal more of what one needs to know before leaving one's home with a gun and thereafter, even delving into psychological matters.
Emphasized in this course is: learning the "Color Code"; realizing that situational awareness saves lives; appreciating the importance of avoiding possible troublesome places; learning legal terms, definitions; learning about liability, lawyers and the need for insurance.
Also presented and discussed are these carrying concealed scenarios: "What should and would you do if and when .... " and "What not to do if and when..." Also, "Guilty? Or not Guilty?" discussions and:
- The physiology of carrying, for example, "muscle memory"; the effects of increased adrenaline and endorphins; tunnel vision; time slowing down; distance, sound and memory "problems".
- The right equipment, gear, and accessories, for example: belts, holsters, magazine holders, gloves, lasers, flashlights and their different "holds", etc..
- "Gentleman shooting" vs. defense target alignment and trigger and muzzle control.
- Issuing commands; drawing the firearm from concealment; seeking cover and barriers.
- The importance of firearm maintenance and seeking out additional training... practice, practice, practice .... and more ......
If you're undecided about getting a Maine Concealed Carry Permit, of course, you may take the "Basic Handgun Course" first and later take the "Advanced Handgun Course" to qualify.
As explained on the "Basic Handgun Course" page, although one may not be interested in getting a permit, the student is encouraged to take both courses to gain the benefit of the available additional training. Also, in this circumstance, a student may choose to include or to not include range time. That being said, taking range time is recommended for the same reason.
For course costs and payment considerations, see the information provided on the "Home" page and the "Registration" page. In short, the base cost of this course is the same as for the Basic course, $50.00. Of course, in all instances, any eligible discounts will be applied.
As mentioned earlier, if one plans to apply for the State of Maine Concealed Handgun Permit, completion of a "Course of Fire" (range time) is required. To arrive at the total cost of this course, the cost of range time must be added to the $50.00 base cost as follows:
(1.) when a student provides his/her handgun, ammo and protective equipment, $10.00 is added for a total course cost of $60.00.
(2.) when we provide a handgun, ammo and protective equipment, $20.00 is added for a total course cost of $70.00.
The above additional cost will also be the same for a student electing to take range time.
Therefore, taking the above into account, the total cost of both the Basic and Advanced courses would be either $110.00 or $120.00.
Be aware that because of available light for range time, Spring/Summer times and Fall/Winter times may differ somewhat to accommodate Old Sol! See the "About Class" page for more about the scheduling of range time relative to class times.
Currently, the application fee paid to the State of Maine for the permit is $35.00 and is, of course, a separate and additional amount. The renewal fee is $20.00.
See the following site for information about the State of Maine Concealed Handgun Program: http://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/licenses/weapons_permits.html
Also, helpful information about the State of Maine permit program may also be found at: http://www.usacarry.com/maine_concealed_carry_permit_information.html
Of course, an "Advanced Handgun Course" student may also buy the USCCA textbook for $20.00 (plus $1.10 Maine Sales Tax). The retail cost is $25.00 plus $1.38 Maine Sales Tax.
And any student satisfactorily completing any course is eligible thereafter for a one time 10% discount on the purchase of a firearm.
An aside regarding the importance of firearms training: We believe the Maine legislature's passage in 2015 of LD652, called Constitutional Carry, does the citizens of this state and visitors to it, most of whom do not carry, some degree of disservice because not emphasized enough by the State is the urging of those who carry concealed (and carry openly, for that matter) to still pursue firearms education and training.
Of course, firearms education instructors have a "dog in the hunt". However, even before the passing of LD652, our Chief Instructor got into the firearms education and training "business" because of his awareness that, even after receiving rudimentary firearms instruction and training, most people carrying a permitted concealed handgun in Maine were going off marching to Pretoria under the illusion they knew all they needed to know.
Since it is no longer required in Maine to seek out a certified firearms training class, it's too easy to just stick a firearm in your pocket and go! To the great credit of the Maine State Police, on their "gov" web site they do urge people to get further education, but for many, if not most "carriers", these words of encouragement essentially fall on deaf ears. There is no positive incentive any more to do so although responsible people will realize (or should) their limitations in this regard and get training.
Those, convinced that it doesn't make sense now to spend their hard earned cash on training that is not required, must be asked: What instrument kills more people in the U.S. than people wielding firearms? Automobiles! And insurance is required!!! Why do we have driver's education? Solely to benefit those who don't know how to drive? Of course not!
We strongly encourage those who decide to carry a handgun, openly or concealed, to seek firearms training and, as soon as possible thereafter, buy insurance!
Becoming a USCCA member is a very sensible and affordable way all of this can be accomplished. Carrying a firearm is very serious "stuff"; no less so than driving an automobile. Being overly confident in the pursuit of ensuring your self-defense may possibly result in very expensive consequences. Defending yourself in court may well be one of them. Inexpensive training together with specific firearms insurance is a good investment.
See additional information on the "Schedule", "Registration" and the "About Class" pages. Return to the "Home" page and use the links to "Frequently Asked Questions". If you still have questions and/or concerns not addressed herein, please contact us .... call or email .... or via the "Contact Us" page. Thank you.