New Concealed Carry Permit Holder Checklist

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Congratulations, you just finished your concealed carry class! You now are only a few weeks away from having that shiny new permit in your hand and being able to legally carry your concealed handgun.

Our company teaches an average of 500 students a concealed carry class each month in almost 20 different states. We have learned a few things.

First off, you have been overloaded with a TON of information and while it was all very valuable, you are more likely to remember the emotions and the general ideas than to recall most of the details.

Second, you now realize what a big commitment you have made toward taking responsibility for your own protection.

If your head feels like it is spinning a little don't worry about it. Everything will naturally work itself out.

Your journey is just getting started and we've found the easiest way to really help you do everything that you need to do in the next 30 days is to provide you with a checklist.

Now, we realize that there are a number of products down below that you may need to purchase and may not be in a financial position to spend all this money right now. We've tried to prioritize everything on this list. Start with number 1 and work your way down.

1. Turn In Your Permit Application

Depending on the state where you took your class your instructor might take care of the paperwork for you but more likely you need to put some things in the mail or make a trip to a local government office to complete your application. This is your #1 priority right now. Put it on your calendar or to-do list right away.

concealed carry application

2. Quick Access Safe

You should own a safe before you even own a gun so make this a top priority. You don't need just any safe but one that can be put in a bedroom or the place you think you will need emergency access. In addition to being relatively small it should be easy and fast to open in an emergency, be able to secure it to furniture or the home in someway, and obviously be strong and durable. We recommend this one. For an economic choice that meets these criteria you won't do better. >>Click here

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3. Concealed Carry Firearm

A lot of people already own a gun before taking a class but with an increased amount of knowledge and education you may want to evaluate if that is the best gun for you. If not, its time to make a new purchase. If you still don't feel you have enough information to do that we recommend this buyers guide… it will take you through the process step by step while also helping you save a lot of money.


4. Defensive Ammo (Hollow Points)

These rounds aren't for your ongoing training but you will want them should you need your firearm for a self defense situation. They are more effective and safer than full metal jackets. Our favorites are the V-Crown Elite Performance rounds from Sig Sauer. >>Get them here

Sig Sauer Elite V-Crown Ammunition 38 Special +P, 125 Grains, Jacketed Hollow Point

5. Concealed Carry Holster

If you plan to ever carry that firearm concealed you are going to need a good holster. If you plan to carry on your waistline, inside the waistband (IWB) we recommend the Brave Response Holster. Otherwise you checkout this list of the top industry concealed carry holsters.

Holster with Extra Magazines

6. American Gun Law

Part of being a responsible gun owner is understanding what the law says AND how the legal system works. We put together a SUPER comprehensive program that is designed to arm you with the knowledge and the tools to prepare in advance and know how to react to any legal incident that could come your way. Trust me… you are going to want to look at this. >>Learn More

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7. A SIRT Laser Training Gun & L.A.S.R. Training Software

Now that you understand how important ongoing training is… and how expensive ammunition and range fees can be; you understand how valuable it could be to train at your home with an inert Laser Training pistol that has no ongoing ammo costs and allows you to train things like drawing from a holster without any fear of shooting yourself. >>See what I mean here

dry fire training with laser

8. Sign Up For Your Next Training Class

Schedule your next class even if it might be several months down the road. Build momentum quickly by getting more education and training. You might want your next class to be an in-person hands on class with your instructor or you might benefit from purchasing one of our various online courses here.

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9. Download Our Concealed Carry Gun Tools Mobile App

Our app is 100% free with zero ads. It gives you on the go access to our permit map tool, our gun business directory, the firearm library, training tracker, and any of our courses that you have purchased. Its a one stop access resource for so many things you are going to need as a concealed carry gun owner.

Concealed Carry Map Phone App

10. Online Concealed Carry Refresher and Universal Permit

Because we know how important and necessary it is for you to review the core points of the class that you took, we've prepared a video recorded presentation of a basic concealed carry class. Not only can you review this at your leisure from our website or our mobile app but if you complete the online course it will also qualify you to get a Virginia non-resident permit which has reciprocity in 28 states. It may expand the number of states where you can carry concealed. >>Learn More

Online gun class

Your journey into concealed carry is just beginning and there are so many more things we could recommend but hopefully this short checklist gives you the direction you need to get started in the right direction!


About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Matthew on July 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Awesome article. There is so much to cover in a ccw class and having this info to reference after the class is over is wonderful!

  2. DanoFive0 on July 14, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Just a few simple things……
    1. Know the CC laws in your state. And know them good.
    2. If you do ever need to use your gun. And must shoot someone…..
    When the police some. DO NOT MOVE. HAVE YOU HANDS OUT IN FRONT OF YOU.
    Be safe all.

    • Don Frost on July 15, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Thank you, DanoFive0, for two of the most important tips anyone can offer to someone who relies on a firearm for self defense. It does not matter if you are at home or away, you must commit tip number two to memory and practice it every time you go to the range or practice your draw in front of the mirror.
      I would like to add just one more related tip: Find a GOOD, FIREARMS FRIENDLY/KNOWLEDGEABLE attorney and keep his contact information everywhere you might be in a self defense situation. Home, work, cars and the speed dial on your cell phone.
      Mr. Paulsen, excellent article. Keep doing what you are doing! The only way to defeat the tide of anti-gun propaganda is with a well informed populace who do not fear the tools used to protect life and property.

  3. Martin Krimm on July 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I would like know if there is a data base for “gun friendly lawyers” and if so will someone post it. Thanks

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