Approved CCW Instructors

Starting January 1, 2024, you must complete a minimum 16-hour course for a new Carry Concealed Weapons (CCW) and an 8-hour course for a renewal. Instruction must be from an instructor from our approved list. You must qualify with each weapon on your license. If you want to add or remove weapons from your license, a qualification is required for all (not to exceed three) weapons you want on the license.

You may take the CCW class prior to receiving written notification of passing the background process; however, this shall be at your own risk in case your CCW is denied. If denied a CCW, neither Placer County Sheriff’s Office nor the training vendor are responsible for costs. The training certificate you receive at the completion of your course is valid for 3 months from date of issuance; this time may be extended if the background takes longer than 3 months through no fault of your own.

Approved Instructors


Accuracy Firearm Training - Rocklin
Razmik Carap
Phone: 916-316-6996etian
Email: [email protected]
Link: Accuracy Firearm Training
Bad Moon Shooting - Yuba City
Steve Carney / Stephanie Carnie
Phone: 530-988-8772
Email: Email Bad Moon Shooting
Link: Bad Moon Shooting Website
Basic Firearms Training - Sacramento
Philip Webster
Phone: 916-718-0976
Email: Email Basic Firearms Training
Link: Basic Firearms Training Website
Basic to Advanced Firearms Training - Penryn
Phone: 916-660-2507
E-mail: [email protected]
BDS Technology, LLC - Newcastle
Brian D. Stephen
Phone: 916-825-1401
Email: Email BDS Technology, LLC
Link: BDS Technology, LLC Website
Bellicose Firearms Instruction - Grass Valley
Karen Cose
Phone: 530-272-2465
Email: Email Bellicose Firearms Instruction
Butters Firearms Instruction - Folsom
Kevin Butters
Phone: (916) 237-6356
Email: [email protected]
Link: buttersfi.com
Cali Gun Lady - Sloughhouse
Erica Mitchell
Phone: 209-637-7085
E-Mail: [email protected]
Link: gunlady.net
CCW Shooters - Yuba City
Mike Cordisco
Phone: 916-207-7350
Email: Email CCW Shooters
Link: CCW Shooters Website
CCW Training Company - Sacramento
Preston Rusch and Leo O’Halloran
Phone: 916-241-3266
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ccwtrainingllc.com
Citadel Defense Group - Foresthill
Matt Butler
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.citadeldefensegroup.com
Phone: 951-295-0159
CJ’s World LLC - Stockton,CA
Charles Boyd
Phone: 209-905-8615 
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: https://linktr.ee/Cjsworldllc
Confidence Safety Academy - Rocklin
Chad and Melinda Hertzell
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: confidencesafetyacademy.com
Phone: 916-941-5272
Crossed Star Firearms - Loma Rica
Morgan Bischoff
Phone: 530-790-5187
E-mail: [email protected]
DA Fast
Delores (Dee) Adams
Phone: (916) 838-4926
Email: Email DA Fast
Deadeye Dames - Citrus Heights
Donnette Larson
Phone: 916-844-2486
E-mail: [email protected]
Link: www.deadeyedames.com
Defense Accuracy - San Leandro
Denise King
Phone: 408-687-3791
Email: Email Defensive Accuracy
Link: Defensive Accuracy Website
Defensive and Firearms Safety Training - Roseville
Ketan Ranchhod
Phone: 916-303-3746
Email: [email protected]
Defense Shot - Eldorado Hills
John Daniels
Phone: 530-206-6377
Email: Email Defense Shot
Link: Defense Shot Website
Defensive Triad - Rocklin
Chris Gulbrandson
Phone: 916-765-5661
Email: [email protected]
Web Site: www.defensivetriad.com
Delta Romeo Firearms Training LLC - Fair Oaks
Darren Riddiough
Phone: 916-462-7158
Email: [email protected]
Link: www.deltaromeoft.com
Essential Self Defense - Robbins
Joseph Theis and Chris Taylor
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 916-997-1293
Five Star Firearms and Training
Gary Thomas
Phone: 530-559-2469
Email: [email protected]
Itus Defense
David Jackson
Phone: 916-837-5225
Email: Email Itus Defense
Kevin Dickson - Foresthill
Phone: 916-871-0106
Email: Email Kevin Dickson
KNC Firearms Training / Alpha Safe CCW
K. Greg Nelson
Phone: 916-547-4472
Website: KNCFT.COM
Email: [email protected]
Lagomarsino’s Firearms Institute - Sacramento
Wesley Lagomarsino
Phone: 209-401-0907
Email: Email Lagomarsino’s Firearms Institute
Link: Lagomarsino’s Firearms Institute Website
Liberty Firearms Training
Jean Pagnone
Phone: 916-730-4534
Email: [email protected]
Link: www.LibertyFirearmsTraining.com
Locknload Concealed Carry Training - El Dorado
Justin Lungren
1061 Suncast Lane
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone: 916-705-2258
Alternate Phone: 916-566-2800
Email: [email protected]
Loyal Arms - Folsom
Emilio Ducusin
Phone: 408-687-9773
Email: [email protected]
Website: shop.loyalarms.com
Miladi Defense - Yuba City
Alex Miladi
Phone: 530-713-5139
E-mail: Email Miladi Defense
Link: Miladi Defense
Monty’s Combat Arms - Gridley
John Montillano
Phone: 530-531-5150
Next Threat Solutions - El Dorado Hills
Chris Reidel & Jason Russo
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.nextthreatsolutions.com
Phone number: 916-306-7959
Northern Firearms Instruction - Redding, Rocklin
Theodore Lidie 
Phone: 530-999-1822
Email: Email Northern Firearms Instruction
Link: Northern Firearms Instruction Website
NSP Firearms Instruction - Lincoln
Nick Perjanik
Phone: 916-500-4478
Email: Email NSP Firearms
Website: NSP Firearms Website
One on One Fierarm Instruction - Rocklin
Joseph Truesdale
Phone: 916-494-9663
Email: Email One on One Fierarm Instruction
Link: One on One Fierarm Instruction Website
Paladin Tactical - Concord
Dan Butler
Phone: 707-863-1064
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.paladin-tactical-us.com
Protection Plus Tactics, LLC - Loomis
Don Ratkowski, Alex Ratkowski 
Phone: (916) 577-2522
Email: Email Protection Plus Tactics, LLC
Link: www.protectionplustactics.com
R3 Valor
Link: R3 Valor Website
Ramsey Personal Protection Consulting - Roseville
Michael Ramsey
Phone: 916-844-6374
E-mail: [email protected]
Randall Fritz
Email: [email protected]
RMC Firearms Instruction, LLC - Lincoln
Robert Cristoni CEO / Sr Instructor
Phone: 916-747-3817
Email: Email RMC Firearms Instruction
Link: RMC Firearms Instruction, LLC
Security & Firearms Training Academy (SAFTA, Inc.) - Sacramento
Phone: 916-500-1442
Email: Email Security & Firearms Training Academy
Link: Security & Firearms Training Academy Website
Sierra CCW - Truckee
Robert Grossman
Email: Email Sierra CCW
Link: Sierra CCW Website
The Gun Range
Sam Yohannes
Phone: 916-972-1484
Email: Email the Gun Range
Link: www.TheGunRange.biz
The Range - Grass Valley
Phone: 530-273-4440
Email: Email The Range
Link: The Range Website
Valley Defensive Solutions - Roseville
Marvin Domingo
Phone number: (209)518-5054
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.valleydefensivesolutions.com
Vandagriff Consulting - Foresthill
Phone: 530-320-8858
Warrior Concealment 
Roy Dickinson
Phone (916) 934-3423
Email: [email protected]
Weber Firearms Safety - Nevada City
Gary Weber
Phone: 530-274-7664
Email: Email Weber Firearms Safety