About the Course
Anybody can carry a pistol with minimal knowledge, but not everyone has the skills to accurately use the gun in a stressful self-defense situation. The goal of this course is to improve your ability to defend yourself and to improve your confidence.
This 8-hour class is applicable for three groups of people:
Those who own a pistol and just want to increase their proficiency and confidence
Those seeking to obtain a CCW and wish to make their CCW qualification a fun day instead of a dreaded one
Those who have already obtained their CCW permit, but wish to improve their skill level.
CCW 3 covers the following topics:
Grip, stance, sights and trigger control
Reloading with efficiency and speed
Clearing stoppages in minimal time with two hands
Drawing from outside-the-waistband with maximum efficiency and minimal time
Tools to confidently pass CCW qualification without fear or worry
Handgun with quality holster
350 rounds of ammunition
Eye and ear protection
CCW 3 is required for Initial permits for the following agencies (together with CCW 1, you will have a total of 16-hours):
Alameda County Sheriff
Concord Police Department
San Francisco Police Department
Dan Butler and Barry Grove
Dan retired from federal law enforcement after 24 years of service. He is skilled in crisis management, criminal investigation, intelligence, and law enforcement training. His assignments included SWAT Senior Team Leader (tactical commander), Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Chairman of the Bay Area Terrorism Working Group (BATWinG) and Supervisory Special Agent. Over the last 20 years, he has provided tactical/firearms instruction to hundreds of local, federal, and foreign law enforcement officers. He is certified as a firearms instructor by multiple agencies including the California Department of Justice. Dan has a Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California and is a nationally-registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Barry retired after serving 30 years as a prosecutor for the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office. During his career, he has reviewed hundreds of self-defense and officer-involved shooting cases. To better understand the limits of human performance with a handgun, he completed firearms training with several local police departments and the FBI. He educated numerous California police agencies regarding use-of-force and was recognized as an expert in this area when he retired in early 2021. Barry sought instruction from top competitive shooters and Grandmasters such as Bruce Gray, Ron Avery, Mike Seeklander, Frank Proctor and Mike Pannone. He continues to shoot competitively and seek out advanced training opportunities. He is currently the range master at the United Sportsmen Incorporated shooting range in Concord. He is an NRA-certified Basic Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer. He is also a California DOJ Certified Firearms Instructor. He owns "The Better Method Handgun Instruction, LLC." Barry is also a member of the attorney network at the USCCA.