Initial CCW – Introduction: Course Breakdown: Course of Fire

Initial CCW – Introduction: Course Breakdown: Course of Fire

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Course of Fire

The live-fire qualification must be completed in order to finish your course. You must qualify with all of the firearms you want to put on your permit. Some jurisdictions have no limits on how many guns you can list on your permit. Some jurisdictions only allow up-to a specific number of handguns. Merced County is limited to 5 guns on your CCW Permit.

Any handgun that you want to carry, must be registered with the California DOJ to the CCW applicant, or their spouse. You may not use a firearm that was purchased outside of California and never registered with the California DOJ, or that currently belongs to another person.

The minimum course of fire is:
5 rounds fired at 3 yards.
10 rounds fired at 5 yards.
5 rounds fired at 8 yards.

You will shoot a minimum of 20 rounds per firearm, but if you are listing more than 3 firearms, your course of fire will be amended accordingly. You are required to shoot at least 20 rounds out of each of your firearms. Doing the minimum course of fire, your target should have 20 holes in it when it is scored.

The target is a standard human silhouette. The shooter must group their shots within center-mass of the target. The course-of-fire will be explained in-depth when the student comes in to qualify at Stage Stop Gun Shop in Atwater, California.


  • Live-fire qualification can be completed during regular business hours at Stage Stop Gun Shop in Atwater, California without an appointment:
  • Students will need to shoot all the guns that they wish to list onto their CCW permit. 20 rounds minimum per firearm.
  • Live-fire exercise consists of minimum 20 rounds per firearm.
  • Students will need to shoot all the guns that they wish to list onto their CCW permit. 20 rounds minimum per firearm
    • 5 rounds fired at 3 yards
    • 10 rounds fired at 5 yards
    • 5 rounds fired at 8 yards
    • Total round count is 20 rounds per firearm.
    • Ammunition for the qualification is not provided by SSGS and is the responsibility of the student to bring with or to purchase.
    • All students are required to compete the range waver prior to range qualification, at Stagestopgunshop.com. Waiver is located at the bottom of the page in the orange “Sign Our Waiver” box.
    • Course cost covers qualification with three firearms.  There will be a $15.00 charge for each additional firearm qualification.
    • Range Use/Practice before qualification will be subject to standard Stage Stop Gun Shop Range fees.
    • If a student fails to qualify, they will be allowed one re-qualification. There will be a $50.00 charge for each re-qualification, thereafter.
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