All semi-automatic handguns MUST have the mechanical ability to allow for the receiver slide to be locked to the rear in a ‘safe’ condition. No gun that does not have a receiver slide mechanism that locks the slide to the rear in a safe condition will be allowed in class.
I am interested in obtaining my CCW permit. Are there any training prerequisites of which I need to be aware?
Yes. We do not accept novice, inexperienced shooters, or people who are unfamiliar with their handgun(s) in this course for safety reasons. If you fall into one of these categories of people, we strongly suggest that you sign up with another training provider to get familiarization and safety training with your handguns before you sign up for our CCW course. Regretfully we no longer teach a beginning handgun course.
How do I apply for a CA Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit?
The California State Carry Conceal Weapon (CCW) permit is approved and authorized by the Sheriff’s Department authorized by the Sheriff’s Department or city in which you reside. Each individual county or city has its own requirements. Once a county or city authorizes your CCW permit, that permit is valid in every city and county in CA; even if that city/county does not allow their residents to have a CCW permit. For Riverside and San Diego counties, following are the links to the specific requirements for each of these counties.
Street Safe Defense also provides the training for the Arizona + 32 states CCW permit. This course is taken at the same time as the CA CCW permit class at no additional cost. The AZ Department of Public Safety program automatically authorizes you a CCW permit if you successfully pass their background investigation. The AZ CCW permit is good in 32 other states as well, but CA is not included in that 32-state list.
How long does it take to get a CCW permit?
This is strictly based on the work load, personnel and backlog of the local Sheriff’s Department or city to which you are applying. We recommend that you contact them directly to address this question.
I have a disability. Can I still take the CCW class?
Mobility – Accommodation and ability to take the CCW class for safety reasons depends upon the nature of your disability. We can accommodate most mobility issues including wheel chairs. If you can walk, you must be able to stand and move safely while manipulating and firing a handgun without the support of a cane or walker.
Vision – Those with vision impairments must have correction vision to be able to safely and accurately identify and fire accurately at a target from at least 30 feet away to qualify on our CCW course.
Hearing – For safety reasons, those with hearing problems must have their hearing corrected (hearing aids) to accurately hear all directions, instructions and range commands while also wearing hearing protection.
Medications – Those people who are on prescribed psychotropic medications are RESTRICTED from taking any of our firearms courses.
Prescription Pain Medications – Those taking prescription pain medications must present a letter from a CA licensed physician attesting that you are safe to take our courses before registering for a class. Those who fail to disclose that they are on prescription pain medications and receive a certificate of training will have that certification revoked.
Medical Marijuana – Those people who have applied for or possess a CA Prop. 215 Medical Marijuana card are prohibited from possessing firearms in CA and are RESTRICTED from taking any of our classes. (CA State Law, 2017)
Do I need to know anything about handguns before taking the Defensive Handgun Level I/CCW course?
YES. The Defensive Handgun Level I/CCW Course was developed specifically for people who intend to carry a concealed weapon for defensive purposes. This class involves drawing, moving and shooting from a concealed out of the waistband holster. This means that you must have a demonstrated level of basic competency and experience handling, drawing and firing a holstered handgun under timed conditions on a firing range.
What if I sign up for a class and then can't make it?
Although we do not give refunds, we realize that sometimes life happens. If you find you are unable to attend a class for a valid reason, you MUST contact us at least 48 hours PRIOR to the class and we will work with you to reschedule you into the next available class. Unfortunately we must limit the reschedules to 1 per registration. You must cancel at least 48 hours prior to any scheduled class date. Those who cancel after the 48-hour window and/or fail to appear for class are charged a $100 cancellation fee.
I already know how to shoot. What course is best for me?
If you have experience with firearms, our Defensive Handgun & CCW Level 1 course may be a good choice for you. Even if you are not interested in applying for a CCW, this course reinforces the proper handgun grip and manipulation; stance, sight alignment and trigger control; movement while shooting, and scanning for threats. This class involves significant range practice of these skills and qualification with your handguns. This class will also cover the legal aspects of using firearms for home and personal defense use.
This course is instructed by current and/or retired law enforcement professional handgun instructors and court qualified experts in firearms, personal defense, and deadly force investigations, prosecutions and deadly force.
Location: Wren’s Ranch Shooting Range, Perris (CA)
Tuition: $200 + $20 Range Fee
What do I need to bring to class?
Each class has its own list of equipment and things you should bring to optimize your experience during training. Go back to the list of classes. Then select the class you want to take. At the bottom of that class description will be a “What to bring” button. Click on that link and print out the list of what to bring.
What if I don’t have a handgun yet? Do you rent guns to participants?
N0. The Street Safe Defense (SSD) program does not rent out handguns. We suggest that you either borrow a handgun that you like from a friend, or visit a local indoor range that has handguns to rent and try one out. Check Internet listings for those local ranges.
What size handguns am I allowed to bring to class?
We only accept the following types of handguns:
Semi-automatic pistols in .380 caliber, 9mm, .40 caliber, 357 mag, .45 caliber
Revolvers (double-action only) in .38 special, 357 magnum, .41 caliber, .44 caliber, .45 caliber
BASIC HOLSTER REQUIREMENTS
(Holsters NOT meeting these requirements are NOT allowed in class)
SSD requires that ALL students on our ranges wear and shoot from an OWB holster. All students will have one well-fitting holster for each handgun with which they are qualifying. If you don’t want to bring a lot of holsters, then don’t qualify with a lot of guns!
- Holster must be made of non-flexible, rigid ballistic nylon, Kydex, plastic, or heavy stitched leather.
- Holster must be molded to the specific gun so that gun is tightly secured in holster.
- Holster must completely cover the weapon's trigger guard and trigger so you cannot touch trigger when holstered.
- Holster must have a weapon retention device consisting of either a strong strap: Velcro or snap secured; or a locking mechanism that secures the weapon into the holster when holstered.
- Weapon cannot fall out of holster when weapon is unsecured in the holster.
- Holster can be secured to waist by a strong belt, or paddle system.
- NO loose fitting holsters.
- NO ballistic nylon holsters.
- No "friction" Threat Level I holsters.
- NO inside the waistband holsters.
- NO shoulder or ankle holsters.
Prohibited holsters – All one-size-fits-all type holsters; any flimsy, lose fitting holsters, cheaply made holsters.
WARNING! Holsters made from ballistic nylon, or non-molded leather holsters are no longer allowed on our range. Students bringing these types of holsters will not be allowed to shoot on our range.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Clothing is important for personal and range safety when shooting handguns.
Hats MUST be worn in class. Baseball cap with a 2”+ bill, or a fully brimmed hat. If you wear a fully brimmed hat, you must bring your own hearing protection.
Long or short sleeved shirts. NO tank-tops are allowed. Loose fitting shirts are best. UV shirts are preferred if it is sunny/hot outside on the range.
Loose fitting pants are best for heat dissipation in warm/hot weather and for movement. All pants MUST have strong belt loops for a strong belt and holster.
Shorts are not allowed on our range.
For those taking the CCW portion of the class, you MUST bring an over-garment such as a windbreaker, coat, jacket, heavy or light shirt that you anticipate wearing when you are CCW. There are many styles of CCW clothing available on the Internet and through the NRA.
What if I am bringing a new gun to class to shoot for the first time?
Students in our classes often have brand new guns that they have never fired. We highly recommend that any new gun, or a used/older gun that you intend to shoot in our classes, be first thoroughly inspected and lubricated by a licensed gunsmith to ensure that the weapon is fully functional and has been properly maintained. Our SSD instructors will inspect all guns before each class to make sure that all weapons are safe to handle and fire. Weapons that do not pass our instruction will not be allowed on our range.
Where are the SSD classes held?
At this time, all of the range portions of our classes are held at the Wren’s Ranch Shooting Range in Perris, CA. The SSD website provides you with GoogleMap directions from your location. Each SSD class listed has a “hot link” to Wren’s Ranch. Just click on "Wren’s Ranch" and the directions will automatically pop up for you.
I already have my CCW permit and need to re qualify to renew my permit. How do I do this?
First, the State of CA requires that when renewing your permit, you must take a minimum of 4 hours of training in CA state laws, legal liability and then re-qualify with your permitted handgun(s). You must take either the 8-hour Basic Defensive Handgun & CCW Level I course; or the 4-hour abbreviated version of this course to renew your CCW permit even if you previously took a Sheriff’s Department course, or one from another training provider.
NOTE: If you are a CCW permit holder and really want the best training for a personal defense CCW circumstance, we strongly suggest that you learn how to accurately/safely shoot from the concealed position while moving. The SSD program is the ONLY program in the region that teaches combative pistolcraft while CCW. Our 8-hour Level I course is the best class for this type of training.
If you believe that you are an intermediate to advanced shooter, you can take the abbreviated 4-hour Level I CCW class. If you register for this class, you will need to attend the 3-1/2 hour lecture portion of the class for the CA state law, CCW and self-defense legal liability review, and then proceed to the range for your qualification.
What is the tuition for the abbreviated 4-hour version of the Level I CCW course?
Tuition: $100 + $20 Range Fee (Covers qualification for 2 handguns)*
*Additional guns: $35/additional gun qualified for CCW permit.
I just want to add another gun to my CCW permit. What does this cost?
At the present time, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s limit on permitted guns is three. RCSD is currently not accepting additional guns beyond this limit, unless you have only one gun on your current permit or unless you have sold one gun and are adding a new gun to your CCW permit. If this is the case, we charge a fee of $35/gun to qualify a new gun for your CCW permit.
Can you help me fill out my paperwork for my CCW permit?
No, We cannot.
Can you provide me with any suggestions on how to write a statement of need for a CCW permit?
No. We suggest that you contact the Sheriff’s Department, or refer to their website for this information.
Can you assist me with the CCW process by explaining it to me?
No. We are training providers for handgun safety and proficiency. We do not assist anyone with the CCW permit process. Please take time carefully reading the CCW permit process by downloading and printing out the CCW permit information and application paperwork. If you are having difficulty understanding the application language and/or permit process, ask another CCW permit holder to assist you, or call the Sheriff’s Department for further assistance.
Can you tell me what the CCW permit interview process consists of?
The SSD Basic Defensive Handgun & CCW Level I class discusses the types of questions and information that are discussed during the CCW permit interview process. Each interview may be different, however, depending upon the applicant’s background and the interviewer. Our classes inform students on the CA State laws relating to handgun safety, legal liability, deadly force and personal safety. Our training manuals and written testing process also covers all of these issues.
Is your program insured?
Yes. The Street Safe Defense Firearms Program is a division of Martinelli & Associates, Justice & Forensic Consultants, Inc. which is one of the most professional and highly recognized law enforcement and criminal justice training and consulting firms in the nation for over 30 years. The firm, its instructors, the range staff, and all of our programs are fully insured for liability.
How many guns can I qualify with at one time in class?
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department allows CCW permit holders to list up to six guns on their CCW permit. The maximum number of guns you can qualify with in one SSD class is three due to time constraints. If you pay for more than three guns on the SSD website, you can qualify those additional guns in any future SSD class. New gun qualifications take place between 11:45 am – 12:45 pm on any day an SSD class is scheduled. Be on time to qualify your new gun(s). The fee for qualifying each gun is $35 and can be pre-paid on the SSD website. Make sure that you bring evidence of payment when you qualify with your gun(s).
I lost my SSD class certificate and need it for the CCW application process. Can I get another certificate?
SSD does not keep student class certificates on file. That’s why we email them to you after class. Please check your email history for the document.We will only provide you with a duplicate class certificate if you provide the following information: (1) Date and name of class taken; and (2) Evidence that you paid for the class. There is a $35 administrative fee for any duplicate/replacement certificate. Certificates are emailed back to you.
I lost my RSO Gun Qualification Form. How do I get a new one?
SSD does not keep copies of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Gun Qualification Forms. Once we fill out the forms on the range, it is your responsibility to keep them. If you need a new form, you must (1) provide us of evidence you took and passed the Defensive Handgun Level I/CCW class; and (2) pay a $35/per gun fee to re-qualify your gun(s).
How long is my SSD Defensive Handgun Level I/CCW certificate good for? The Sheriff’s Department has a waiting list that is over a year long. What do I do?
Your Defensive Handgun Level I/CCW certificate is good for one year. However, knowing that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a long waiting period for CCW interviews, we will give you credit for the Level I/CCW class if you take any other Defensive Handgun Level II, or Armed Response to Active Shooter class and qualify your gun(s) after that one year period.
I notice that you have a slightly different CCW qualification course than the Sheriff’s Department. Is your course of fire approved by the Sheriff’s Department?
Yes. All of our courses of fire are approved by the Sheriff’s Department and exceed the CCW qualification standards the Sheriff’s Department sets.
I already have my CCW permit, but am coming up for renewal. When should I sign-up for a renewal class?
The SSD Defensive Handgun Level I/CCW course is very popular and most classes fill up quickly. We suggest that you sign up for your renewal class not later than three months before the expiration date of your CCW permit.
I have a CCW permit, but have not taken an SSD Defensive Handgun Level I/CCW class before and need to take a class to renew my CCW permit. What do I need to do?
The SSD program mandates that all new students, regardless of prior experience and/handgun competency, attend the entire 8-hour class, pass the written exam, and qualify their handgun(s) to receive a certificate of completion. There are NO exceptions.
I want to take a Defensive Handgun Level II, or an Armed Response to Active Shooter class. I am a very experienced shooter. Do I have to take the prerequisite Defensive Handgun Level I/CCW class first?
Yes. There are NO exceptions to this policy. This is done for safety reasons since we have no idea what type of shooter you are or how safe you are.
My wife/husband and I are married and have guns in the home. Can my husband/wife qualify with my handgun?
Unfortunately due to restrictive CA handgun laws, you cannot. We strongly suggest, however, that every adult member of your family be familiar with and competent in shooting family handguns for safety and liability reasons.
I have two of the same make/model/caliber handguns registered to me. Do I need to qualify with both for my CCW permit?
Yes. No exceptions.