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ProSpec, Inc.

Jim Sottile


Next Class Date: 2017   Sat., 9am

March 18th at Life's Bounty

Main St., Franklin NC












Concealed Carry Pistol Permit Certificate

In NC, before applying to your Sheriff for a pistol carry permit you must take this course and obtain a certificate from a NC licensed firearms instructor that shows that you took 8 hours of instruction on the laws and you demonstrated the safe use of your pistol at the firing range.


 The CCW course includes:

  • NC Firearms Laws
  • The use of physical force vs. deadly physical force
  • Safety in using a pistol or firearm
  • Protecting yourself from assault and rape, personal attacks, home invasion
  • NC Castle Law
  • NC restrictions on when and where to carry


  • Take the 8 hours Concealed Carry Handgun training course.
  • Pass the written test.
  • Qualify at the range with the pistol as part of this course.
  • Receive a State certificate from the NC Certified Firearms Instructor giving the course.
  • Make application to the Sheriff of your county, pay the required fees, get fingerprinted and record checked.
  • The CCH permit is valid for five years and is renewable.
  • You can use the permit to purchase pistols from licensed firearms dealers.
  • NC Permit is honored in 36 states


About Instructor Jim Sottile:

  • Former Detective NYPD
  • Sgt. Supervisor Detective Squad
  • Major, US Army, Artillery Officer
  • NRA Certified Instructor, Pistol
  • NC Certified Firearms Instructor


Semi-Private Instruction on How to Shoot A Pistol

Instruction will teach you to safely use a pistol. You will be comfortable and confident in hitting profile targets and bullseye targets. You will learn loading and unloading, both revolver and semi-automatic pistols. This is a relaxing half day at the firing range up in the National Forest. You will use ear protection and eye protection. The instructor can provide most of the equipment, and can sell you the required ammunition. Bring prescription glasses, a baseball cap, plenty of water and a light lunch or snack. You will come away feeling like “Annie Oakley”!





1.  If you bring a pistol to the firing range you must comply with all NC laws regarding

“open carry”, or, if you have a NC Concealed Carry Pistol Permit you must comply with

the NC concealed carry laws and restrictions. (website: NCDOJ)

2.  When you arrive at the firing range you must step up to the firing line to unload

your firearm while pointing it downrange.  You are not to unload or load a firearm while

behind the firing line or behind the firing tables or near the rest room.  When loading or unloading, keep your finger off the trigger.   No firearms are to be taken downrange.

3.  The cooperation of all shooters using the range is required for safety.  All shooters

on the range have to agree and acknowledge a “ceasefire” before going downrange

to change targets.  The range is declared “cold” when no one is allowed to fire.   The range is then declared “hot” when everyone agrees to start firing.

4.  When a “ceasefire” is declared you are required to unload your firearm and place it on the firing bench with the cylinder, or bolt or slide locked open and visibly empty.

Any person on the range can call a “ceasefire” if they observe an unsafe condition.

5.  Every shooter should wear eye and ear protection while shooting.

6.  All firearms should be pointed downrange at all times, even when placed on the

shooting bench.  During a ceasefire all firearms will be kept unloaded and open.

7.  Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are actually pointed downrange

and ready to fire.

8.  Not more than two people can fire at one time from any one bench position.

9.  You may never load or unload a firearm while behind the benches.

10.  You are required to pick up your brass and targets when finished shooting.  You can take them with you or place them in the receptacles provided.

11.  Only soft targets should be used.  You may not use hard targets that can cause

a ricochet.  You should not fire into the air.

12.  Targets are to be placed on the wire fabric, not on the wooden posts.  Shooting at the wooden support posts is not allowed.

13.  Because the firing point table is concrete you may choose to bring a small rug or towel to place on the table to protect your firearm.

14.  If you experience a misfire, keep the pistol pointed downrange and wait at least

30 seconds before opening.  Contaminated ammunition can “cook” and cause a delayed


15.  If you experience a “stove pipe” or jam and a ceasefire is called you must announce that you are still “hot” until you can clear your firearm and empty it.

16.  Ammunition that is contaminated with moisture or oil, or very old ammo, may sometimes fail to fully ignite and will cause a “squib load” or a partial ignition.

The bullet may be stuck in the barrel of the firearm and you should check the barrel with a cleaning rod to insure it is clear.  Firing a second round into an obstructed barrel may cause the firearm to blow up and cause serious injury.

17.  The use of skeet or trap machines and clay targets is prohibited.  No aerial targets

are permitted.

18.  Alcohol and drugs are not permitted at the firing range.

19.  ALWAYS point the pistol downrange, never point it at a person.  Keep finger off the trigger and on the side of the pistol until given the command to fire when ready.