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 done at The Firing Line in Clovis, CA. You must qualify with all of the firearms you want to put on your permit. Some jurisdictions like Fresno County Sheriff and Madera County Sheriff, have no limits on how many guns you can list on your permit. Some jurisdictions, like the Fresno City Police Department, only allow 4 handguns. 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 declared with the California DOJ, or that currently belongs to another person.

The minimum course of fire is:
12 rounds fired at 3 yards.
12 rounds fired at 7 yards.
12 rounds fired at 10 yards.

You will shoot a minimum of 36 rounds, but if you are listing more than 4 firearms, your course of fire will be amended accordingly. You are required to shoot at least one magazine or cylinder out of each of your firearms that totals at least 36 rounds. THIS IS NOT 36 ROUNDS PER FIREARM, IT IS 36 IN TOTAL. Doing the minimum course of fire, your target should have 36 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 The Firing Line.


  • Live-fire qualification can be completed during regular business hours at The Firing Line without an appointment:
  • Students will need to shoot all the guns that they wish to list onto their CCW permit. One magazine or cylinder minimum per firearm
  • Live-fire exercise consists of minimum 36-100 rounds:
  • Students will need to shoot all the guns that they wish to list onto their CCW permit. One magazine or cylinder minimum per firearm
    • 12-40 rounds fired at 3 yards
    • 12-40 rounds fired at 7 yards
    • 12-20 rounds fired at 10 yards
    • 36-100 rounds are combined amongst all guns on CCW permit. If the shooter is applying through an agency that allows more than 4 firearms, then the shooter will be required to shoot more rounds to meet the one magazine, or one cylinder minimum.
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