Over centuries, modern firearms gradually replaced archaic weapons, such as the rapier and the sternly worded pamphlet. Take aim with this Groupon.
$62 for a Conceal-Carry-Handgun Class ($125 Value)
In the approximately eight-hour North Carolina concealed-handgun-carry course, instructors certified by the North Carolina Department of Justice qualify students to apply for a state concealed-handgun permit that has reciprocity in more than 30 states. Classroom work focuses on topics such as legal definitions, cleaning and maintenance of a handgun, handling ammunition, and the principles of basic marksmanship. Students must then pass a written examination and a shooting-proficiency test, composed of landing at least 28 of 40 rounds on the center mass of a silhouette target from 3, 5, and 7 yards away. Each small-group class is scheduled on weekends from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Students must bring their own handguns—no .22 calibers allowed—and at least 50 rounds. They must also bring eye and ear protection, which includes a hat or cap with a brim, and lunch. The class assumes students are familiar with operating their own handgun; those with little to no experience using their own gun are encouraged to take the firearms orientation class first, which is not included with this deal.
Firearms Training by Elrod
Certified by both the North Carolina Department of Justice and the NRA, instructors Charles and Peggy Elrod lead a suite of firearms classes. They focus primarily on the North Carolina Concealed Handgun Carry Course, helping students qualify for a state concealed-weapon permit so they can legally carry a handgun. The Elrods also occasionally organize ladies-only classes.