Date(s) - Aug 17, 2024 - Aug 18, 2024
9:00am - 5:00pm

Yolo Sportsmen's Association


The Defensive Handgun II class often meets the requirements for obtaining a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit in many CA jurisdictions, as well as in a number of other states. Through a combination of classroom and range training over two days (16 hours), we will cover the knowledge and skills required to carry a firearm for personal protection outside the home, incompliance with California law. 

We follow the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home (PPOH) Course. Upon completing the class, you will receive a certificate from 29 Outdoor Gear, a full-service FFL gun store and approved training provider for Napa, Solano, Sonoma County, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara  Sheriff’s Departments, and City of Napa, Central Marin, Town of Ross, City of Winters, Martinez, and San Francisco  Police Departments. Several other law enforcement agencies recognize our CCW training as well, such as the Sacramento, Yolo, Sheriff’s Departments and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. Ask the agency you are applying to if our training course will meet their requirements. Our instructors are, at minimum, NRA Certified, and many hold multiple credentials such as DOJ, BSIS, POST, and USCCA. Threat Scenarios is the training division of 29 Outdoor Gear. 

Day 1 (8-Hours Classroom):

Students will learn:
*Firearm Safety, Firearm Handling, Shooting Technique;
*Safe Storage; Legal Methods to Transport Firearms; Legal Storage of Firearms in Vehicle;
*Laws Governing where CCW Permitholders may carry firearms;
*Laws regarding the permissible use of a firearm;
*Laws regarding he permissible use of lethal force in self-defense;
*Mental Health & Mental Health Resources;
*Ethical responsibility, defensive mindset/awareness, and how to avoid, respond to and control an encounter;
*Legal considerations including proportionate use of force, CCW insurance, and the aftermath of a shooting;
*Firearm/holster selection, and good habits such as scanning and assessing the environment.
A written exam will be administered at the end of the day to assess the student’s knowledge of the material.

Day 2 (8-Hours Range):

While emphasizing safety, students will learn:
*Firearm Safety, Firearm Handling, Shooting Technique;
*Improve draw, accuracy, speed, and target acquisition skills (including point shooting);
*Move to, use, and shoot from behind cover;
*Practice response drills (left, right, rear), and retention shots.

The Defensive Handgun series is designed to take students from static line shooting into applying their skills in a real world environment.  Through the supervision of our instructors, you will learn how to fight back with a firearm while under stress.


Ideally, the student should have a working knowledge of handguns, their safe handling, and some experience. However, due to the high instructor-to-student ratio and small class size, we often are able to adapt to those with little or no experience. Students who do not demonstrate an adequate level of safety or comprehension of the class material may be invited to return to a later class after completing some additional training.

What to Bring:

Gear: Ear protection (electronic is preferred), eye protection (wrap around glasses or glasses with some form of side protection preferred); athletic shoes, boots, or cleats.
We shoot outdoors so check the weather and dress accordingly. Class will proceed rain or shine, unless the conditions become unsafe.

Firearm: Reliable semi-automatic handgun or revolver with three or more magazines (or speed loaders, for revolvers).

Holster: A rigid OUTSIDE THE WAISTBAND holster that does not collapse when the firearm is removed, and at least two magazine or speed loader pouches. Holsters must be worn on the hip or thigh on the strong side; and magazine holders must be worn on the belt. Serpa-type holsters with a release button that must be activated by the user’s trigger finger are not allowed. “Universal”-type holsters that are not specific to the firearm are not allowed. 

Ammo: At least 500 rounds for the various drills we fire during class.  You will need 100 rounds per handgun for the qualification test; you must shoot and qualify with each gun you want listed on your permit, and you’re allowed to shoot it twice per gun for a passing score (the qualification course of fire is 50 rounds). The remaining balance of the rounds will be used for the various drills we shoot throughout class, to assess the student’s safety, competency, gun handling, and marksmanship. 

Personal: Bring your own lunch on both days (there will be a 30 minute break). There is not enough time to leave and return. Cold water will be provided.
Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required; lightweight long sleeve shirts are encouraged; a hat is recommended.


For those that want to take either the class (or range day portion) without applying for a CCW, rental firearm packages are available, if needed. Each package contains a modern, reliable handgun such as a Glock, three magazines, electronic ear protection, safety glasses, and loading assistance device. The rental package is $45 for the day. If you would like to reserve a rental package, select the appropriate ticket option after clicking the red ‘Book Now’ button below.

Registered students will receive an email from staff about 1 to 2 weeks prior to class with many details – keep an eye on our inbox for this message. It is suggested you add the domain to your ‘safe senders’ or ‘white’ list so the email does not go to your junk or spam folder. 
We will start at 9am sharp and continue to around 5pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before the class starts to complete paperwork and safety inspection of your equipment.

For additional questions about our CCW classes, please view our FAQ.

In the event of a conflict of information between our website, FAQ, this class listing, or information received from our staff – the information from staff is the most current and prevailing.

This class will run all day Saturday and all day Sunday for a total of two days. RENEWALS- click “Book now” and one-day options will come up.

$450.00 for full 2 day course
$250.00 for 8 hour range day/renewal session
$50.00 for handgun rental kit (gun, magazines, eye and ear protection)

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Full Two Day Class $450.00
8 hour renewal/range day $250.00
Full Two Day Class WITH handgun rental kit $500.00
8 hour range day WITH Handgun Rental Kit $300.00

I am at least 21 years of age.
I am at least 18 years of age and am active duty US military (ID required).
I am at least 18 years of age and am accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.

NOTE: Students must bring valid state issued identification to the class. Failure to bring such identification will result in immediate discharge without a refund.

ONE BOOKING per student. You may not book a spot for someone else.


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