$69 for a Concealed-Carry or Ladies-Only Basic Pistol Class at Practical Arms ($150 Value)

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Instructors holding multiple training certifications maintain a welcoming, unintimidating atmosphere while teaching handgun basics

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Expires Apr 6th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24 hour cancellation notice required. Classes must be used by same person. Must be 21 or older. Must sign waiver. Must be a North Carolina Resident . Extra $25 fee for eye protection, ear protection, gun and ammo rental package. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Learning to use a firearm requires patience and a steady hand, much like feeding a squirrel an M&M. Hone your skills with this Groupon.

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The North Carolina Concealed Carry class qualifies students to apply for a CCH license by meeting the state's requirement of at least eight hours of training. Instructors cover state laws and explain safe handling and maintenance with an emphasis on proper storage. After the classroom portion, students learn marksmanship principles through live-fire training at the range. Tuition includes targets, state documents, and other materials necessary to qualify for a CCH license, such as a certificate of completion. Tuition does not include gun rental, ammo, or eye and ear protection—students may bring their own, or add a rental package for an additional $25 at the time of class—or any associated application costs beyond the class, such as the state's $90 processing fee. Click the above class link for a more detailed summary, and the schedule for session times.

Instructors uphold a welcoming, unintimidating atmosphere during the ladies-only basic pistol class. This beginner-level course introduces women to the fundamentals of operating a handgun, from loading and storage to assuming a confident shooting stance. Contact Practical Arms directly for class times.

Practical Arms

A person buys a gun, stores it away, and then never learns how to use it. That scenario perplexes Practical Arms founder and director Mark Williams, because knowing how to safely store and operate a firearm requires ongoing training and practice. That's why he and his fellow instructors draw upon their wealth of expertise to train novice and experienced marksmen. Boasting multiple training certifications from organizations such as the North Carolina Department of Justice—plus experience training law-enforcement personnel from agencies such as the FBI and ATF—Mark oversees classes that adhere to NRA curricula, such as the NRA basic pistol-shooting course and home-defense classes. In addition to drilling students in the safe use of firearms, Mark and his team maintain a welcoming, nonthreatening atmosphere by beginning each class with 10 minutes of standup comedy.