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Many instructors get their basic marksmanship instruction certifications in one weekend without any background in use of force or other required and essential topics. At Practical Tactical, we ensure that any instructor or class assistant has not only the required NRA certification, but a broad variety of training in weapon and use of force laws, non-violent dispute resolution and the other required subjects.
Additionally, we incorporate theory and material from a wide variety of disciplines into the course to provide more well-rounded instruction. Extended topics include the psychology of fast decision making, human physiological responses to extreme fear, risk assessment techniques, what to do after a shooting and how to continue your training going forward.
Smaller Class Sizes, Meals Provided
Many instructors will pack 20 or more people in a concealed handgun course. Practical Tactical’s NM CHL Courses are limited to a maximum of 12 students to ensure that each student gets superior instruction. Not only do you get more personalized instruction this way, but you also get to learn more defensive skills during the class.
The first day of the course is held at a local buffet with comfortable seating. Students are welcome to take unlimited trips to the buffet from 9 AM to 5 PM on this day. (Students must provide their own meals on the second day of the course at the range. A break will be provided to go get food.)
Do You Ever Drive To El Paso?
While Texas and New Mexico have a reciprocity agreement, weapon possession and use-of-force laws differ greatly from state to state. All instructors are Texas DPS certified CHL instructors, and are qualified to teach you about Texas law so you don’t accidentally get yourself arrested in El Paso.
Carry In More States
With other instructors, you are only assisted in obtaining a New Mexico concealed handgun license, which is good in fewer states compared to other permits.
My course satisfies all training requirements for New Mexico and Arizona concealed carry permits, which combined allow you to carry in more states. Also, there is the possibility of New Mexico dropping more states in the future and by obtaining an Arizona CWP, you can still be good for those states.
I provide all fingerprinting and assist you in filling out both applications. I also cover the basics of interstate travel with firearms so you can know what to do when traveling to other states.
(Green & Blue – Permit Honored, Red & Black – Permit Not Honored. Click the map for a closer look)
Map updated as of May 6, 2013, but things change. Be sure to contact states you are traveling to before you go to be sure your permit is good there!
Carry More Calibers
In my class, you can borrow a .45-caliber semi-auto and revolver for qualification to greatly expand what calibers of guns you can carry, for no extra charge.
When taking a New Mexico permit course, the caliber of gun you qualify with is the largest you can carry. For example, if you qualify with a .357 revolver, you can only carry .357 or smaller revolvers. There are also category restrictions (semi-automatic vs. revolver). If you only qualify with a revolver, you can only carry revolvers. If you only carry with a semi-automatic, you can only carry semi-automatics. If you qualify with both, you can legally carry both.
I have .45-caliber handguns available in both categories for students to borrow for qualification purposes, available for no extra fee. I only ask that students supply their own .45 ACP ammunition or purchase rounds from me at cost at the range. If you can qualify with the .45 caliber semi-auto and revolver, you will be licensed to carry almost any handgun.
Fingerprinting and Applications Provided
Unlike some of my competitors, I provide the New Mexico application paperwork and I am trained in fingerprinting by New Mexico DPS (the same people who process your prints when you apply). I do not charge any additional fee for these services, and I assist you in getting your application packet together and answer any questions you might have about the process.
What does a student learn in the course?
On the first day, we focus on accuracy and safety, because an inaccurate and unsafe shooter should not carry a gun. On the second day, we focus on gun laws and intermediate pistol shooting, including some tactical shooting.
Many instructors are more focused on entertaining their students than actually improving their skills.
My personal philosophy as an instructor is this: if students don’t first build a solid foundation in safety and marksmanship fundamentals, no amount of tactical training will benefit them.
30-50% of concealed carry students are first-time shooters, and despite this, over half of my students get a perfect score on the NM competency test. Most of the rest score 90% or higher.
Even experienced shooters who have trained at well-known schools in Arizona and Nevada have expressed their appreciation after getting through the ‘boring’ parts of my course and noticing an improvement in their accuracy.
Other Topics Include:
- Firearms laws
- When you can and can’t use a firearm
- How to avoid violent confrontations
- New Mexico shooting competency test
- Basic defensive and tactical shooting drills
Who is eligible for a Concealed Handgun License (CHL), and who isn’t?
A. The department shall issue a concealed handgun license to an applicant who:
(1) is a citizen of the United States;
(2) is a resident of New Mexico or is a member of the armed forces whose permanent duty station is located in New Mexico or is a dependent of such a member;
(3) is twenty-one years of age or older;
(4) is not a fugitive from justice;
(5) has not been convicted of a felony in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction;
(6) is not currently under indictment for a felony criminal offense in New Mexico or any other state or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other jurisdiction;
(7) is not otherwise prohibited by federal law or the law of any other jurisdiction from purchasing or possessing a firearm;
(8) has not been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution;
(9) is not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances; and
(10) has satisfactorily completed a firearms training course approved by the department for the category and the largest caliber of handgun that the applicant wants to be licensed to carry as a concealed handgun.
B. The department shall deny a concealed handgun license to an applicant who has:
(1) received a conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment or has been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within ten years immediately preceding the application;
(2) been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs within five years immediately preceding the application for a concealed handgun license;
(3) been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving the possession or abuse of a controlled substance within ten years immediately preceding the application; or
(4) been convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving assault, battery or battery against a household member.
What Do I Need To Bring To The Course?
Please bring these items to class on the second day:
- At least one handgun of .32-caliber or greater
- Minimum 100 rounds of commercially-loaded ammunition (200 recommended, NO HANDLOADS, Remanufactured ammo from licensed producer OK)
- Eye Protection
- Ear Protection
- Strong-side belt or paddle holster
- Hat and/or sunscreen
- Sufficient water or cold-weather clothing as needed seasonally for 4 hours outdoors
- 60 rounds of .45 ACP if you wish to qualify with company guns for higher caliber qualification (more rounds recommended if you have never fired a large-caliber handgun), or money to purchase rounds at the classroom.
- .22-caliber pistols are allowed for the first day of the course, but not for the second day. If you choose to do this, please bring at least 100 rounds of ammunition for it.
- Extra magazines or speedloaders
- Flashlight for low-light shooting if seasonal conditions permit
Other Things You’ll Need
- State-issued drivers’ license or ID card
- New Mexico drivers’ license or ID card required if training for New Mexico permit
- Be sure to have hands clear of any grease or debris for required fingerprinting
- Sufficient gas in car to drive to Butterfield Range and back to your home, or arrangements for transportation to and from the range
What Is The Class Schedule?
9:00AM – 5:00 PM No Loaded Firearms In Classroom!
Furr’s Cafeteria 2340 E Griggs Ave
Butterfield Range, I-10 Exit 127 (Corralitos Road)
9:00 AM – 12:00PM
Basic Marksmanship Training
NM Concealed Carry Qualification Test
12:00PM – 1:00 PM
1:00PM – 5:00 PM
Intermediate Tactical Shooting Exercises
Reservation (non-refundable deposit, goes toward class fee): $25
Pre-pay price (must be paid in full before day of class): $129
(prices do not include tax)
Class fee does not include state licensing or application fees, postage or ammunition costs.
Licensing fees are:
New Mexico: $100 (4-year license)
Arizona: $60 (5-year license)