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ProSpec, Inc.

Jim Sottile


Next Class Date: 2017   Sat., 9am

March 18th at Life's Bounty

Main St., Franklin NC















In NC you do not need a permit to carry a pistol “in the open”.   You can strap a pistol to your waist or holster if it is visible and walk through town or go shopping in a store.   You can conceal the pistol in your home or place of business, but not in your car.   Without a concealed carry pistol permit, you would have to carry the pistol in your car “in open view”.   Under the seat, or in the glove box or console is not considered “in open view”.   Be aware that some towns in NC have a law against carrying a pistol “in the open”.  If any establishment has a sign on the door that says no pistols or no firearms you have to observe that restriction.   You can get info on restrictions by going to the State website:  NCDOJ.


If you want to buy a pistol to keep in your home, or carry in the open, you can apply to your sheriff and he will issue you a certificate to purchase one.   But if you get a CCW (Conceald Carry Weapon) permit you can use it to purchase as many pistols as you want.


Before a Sheriff in NC can issue you a concealed carry pistol permit, you must present him with a “Certificate Of Completion for the Concealed Carry Handgun Training Course.   This shows that you have had eight hours of instruction on the NC law and regulations and that you have demonstrated some proficiency with a pistol.   This certificate is issued by a Certified NC Firearms Instructor, licensed by the Attorney General of NC.   A check of the internet shows that this course, statewide, costs between $85 and $175.  My class costs $95 and includes the State book on pistol law, numerous handouts, 8 hours of classroom work, the certificate and the work at the firing range.


If you do not have a NC driver’s license and have residence in another state, you can get a pistol permit in NC if you can show that you rent or own property in NC.   For further info you can check with your local Sheriff’s office.  In MaconCounty the permits are processed by  Detective Jim Lau, 828 349 2575.


You should pick up a package of paperwork at your local Sheriff’s office.   It will tell you the hours and days of the week that they do fingerprinting.   You will fill out the paperwork, go to the Sheriff’s office for fingerprinting, and turn in the paperwork, including your certificate of completion.   By law in NC, each Sheriff charges $90 to process your application.  A background check is done and prints are sent to the State and the FBI.


In a few weeks, you will be issued your permit, which is good for 5 years and then has to be renewed.   The CCW pistol permit has nothing at all to do with rifles and shotguns.


One of the convenient things about the NC Pistol Carry Permit is that it is now recognized in 36 states.   You can travel from here to Phoenix AZ and be legal in every state.  The permit is good throughout the Southeast states.  If you travel with your pistol carry permit you should obtain a book on the laws of each state as you are responsible for knowing them.  Go to the website for the NRA Store on the internet and invest $14 in the book “Travelers Guide to Firearms Laws”.   For the latest list of states, go to the NCDOJ website and type in “reciprocity”.  (NC Dept. of Justice).


The NRA is always fighting for you to retain you second amendment rights.  It costs $35 to join, however, if you contact me I will send you a $10 discount coupon that can be used to join or to renew.   This membership includes:  an NRA hat, one year subscription to “American Hunter” or “American Rifleman”, and an insurance policy if your firearm is stolen.


I conduct three types of courses:

          1.  Concealed carry pistol permit class.    Fee is $95 and includes classroom handout materials, a book on the laws and regulations of NC from the Attorney General,  written exam, targets and range work, and the certificate from the Attorney General.

          2.  Semi-Private Instruction on Pistol Shooting.   Fee is $90.   Usually two or three people for five to six hours at the firing range.  You bring 200 rounds of ammo, eye protection, a cap, water and a snack or lunch.  I provide hearing protection, targets and bench accessories.   You will learn both target shooting and combat shooting.   I can rent you pistols for $5 and sell you the ammo if needed.

          3.  Private Instruction, one person, Fee is $150.00, (same as #2 above).


Look at the articles in this website and you will have suggestions on what pistol to buy.   I recommend the newly introduced .327 magnum, in a revolver, and I give the reasons why.  My color brochure is available at the City Restaurant,  Cullasaja Exxon station on Highlands Road, Tourist Center in town,  Buck Ledbetters Gun Store,  Mountain Firearms, Big A Pawn,  The Cartridge Exchange,  Carolina Cleaners, Depot Street Pawn, Sunset Diner, Southern Arms, The Fun Factory, Hot Spot and other places in town.  Some gun dealers give a discount on the purchase of a pistol if you attend my CCW class.


My CCW pistol permit classes are held in the Fun Factory classroom in Franklin NC.   I usually cover Macon, Jackson and Swain counties, but any NC resident can attend.  People come down from Asheville, Waynesville, Bryson City, Fletcher and Maggie Valley based on strong recommendations of prior students.    Classes are held every six weeks or so and are advertised in all newspapers. 


Jim Sottile

828 349 0322





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.