Riverside  CCW Training

Riverside's LEADING Sheriff-approved Concealed Carry Firearms Training Company.


Don’t Settle For Less

We are Riverside County’s leading firearms training and education provider. Approved by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and in accordance with California State Law, Penal Codes 26150 and 26155, we will help you meet and exceed the training requirements for your Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit. We are also Certified CCW Training providers for Banning, Beaumont, Hemet, Menifee, and Murrieta Police Departments in Riverside County.  In Los Angeles County, we are Certified CCW Training providers for Manhattan Beach, South Gate, and West Covina Police Departments, although more cities are being added. Check www.myccw.us to see if your city is listed and what the requirements are. 

We are NRA & POST Certified Firearms Instructors, DOJ Certified CCW Instructors, and CCW Training providers for the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), Utah's Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and are available to conduct yearly qualifications for retired local and Federal law enforcement officers who fall under HR-218, Law Enforcement Officer's Safety Act or LEOSA.

From beginner to advanced, NRA Basic Pistol through to CCW, local and multi-state, and advanced firearms training, we will meet and exceed your training needs. Come see why our classes are consistently full.


Courses for beginners, experienced shooters, and professionals seeking skill advancement. Learn More

Our Certified
Firearms Instructors

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Do I Qualify for a CCW in Riverside County?

Find out more about a CCW Permit and other Frequently Asked Questions Learn More


Safety, Security, and Peace of Mind

Firearm safety and shooting courses that promise to expand the mind for first-time, novice, experienced, and seasoned shooters.





Designed for women


Advanced Training


Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) Test

by appointment only.

FSC Detail (English)
FSC Detail (Spanish)

In order to purchase a firearm in the state of California, you must obtain a Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC) from a DOJ Certified Instructor.

To obtain an FSC, you must take the DOJ written test and receive a passing score of at least 75% (the information needed to pass the test is contained in the study guide linked below). An FSC is valid for five years from the date of issuance. If your FSC is lost, stolen or destroyed, a replacement may be obtained from the DOJ Certified Instructor who issued your original FSC.

The fee for taking the FSC test and being issued an FSC is twenty-five dollars ($25). The fee entitles the applicant to take the test twice if necessary.

Para comprar un arma de fuego en el estado de California, debe obtener un Certificado de seguridad de armas de fuego (FSC) de un Instructor certificado por el DOJ.

Para obtener un FSC, debe realizar el examen escrito del DOJ y recibir una calificación de aprobación de al menos el 75% (la información necesaria para aprobar el examen se encuentra en la guía de estudio vinculada a continuación). Una FSC es válida por cinco años a partir de la fecha de emisión. Si su FSC se pierde, es robado o destruido, se puede obtener un reemplazo del Instructor Certificado del DOJ que emitió su FSC original.

La tarifa para tomar la prueba FSC y obtener una FSC es de veinticinco dólares ($ 25). La tarifa le da derecho al solicitante a tomar la prueba dos veces si es necesario.

Exercise Your Right…

Become a more responsible gun owner with expert training and the coursework necessary for your CCW permit.  Know the law and how it pertains to you.


Courses for Every Shooter

Our Certified Firearm Instructors have a long history of teaching firearm classes to first-time shooters, experienced shooters, competitive shooters, and advanced law enforcement personnel.


NRA Basic Pistol Course for novice or beginner shooters, followed by the Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) which is required for new firearm purchase.

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Introduction to carrying a concealed weapon and skill enhancement

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Advanced firearms training

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Surpassed my expectations

Alex, Sales Manager

When I made the decision to pursue my CCW license, I asked around at the local shooting ranges and others in the gun community about which class to sign up for. Everyone has an opinion and although other classes/instructors were recommended, I decided to sign up at Riverside CCW Training. I heard that "the main guy" knows and talks a lot. The classroom experience was awesome! John has knowledge and experience that far surpassed my expectations. John is very methodical in his instruction and in my opinion, keeps it real. John has the ability to present his knowledge in a way that hits home; it made sense. I don't feel like he was "reading from a book" and hitting mandatory points. John's presentation of the "Anatomy of Fear" and how to remove the fear of firearms and shooting, is uncanny. So from a guy that has some customer service background and understands 5 star service, I want to commend your team for the exemplary 5 Star service that you all provided to us. Thank you Riverside CCW Training!

Classy Teacher

William Hawkins, Retired Teacher

John, I wanted to just say 'Thanks' to you and the cohorts that run the Riverside CCW Training/Brothers & Arms place of business. I retired from education and yes I can recognize a classy teacher. You not only have that ability but everyone else you hang out with does as well. You all teach the way teaching should be taught. You not only 'know' what you're teaching you are to teach it from the 'spirit' and not the letter of that knowledge. The antidotes you use are blended into the knowledge like spice organizing the main dish.

Veteran owned 

Romoland, Menifee, CA

Veteran owned and ran. John thank you for taking the time to individually work with your students to allow them to be the best shot they can be. Your staff is hands down a true brotherhood. I want to personally thank My Sheriff, Mr. Chad Bianco @sheriffbianco for giving me this opportunity to protect myself and my loved ones. Thank you.

True professionals

Lake Elsinore, CA

I participated in this course this past Saturday, John and his staff are true professionals and know their business when it comes to qualifying individuals to be prepared and the responsibilities of being a CCW carrier. You Learn the laws as it pertains to the California penal system and the ins and outs of safe yet effective firearms handing and situational awareness. John makes a fun interactive course, I highly recommend John and his company

John is a great instructor

Jim D. , Temecula, CA

I really thought I knew how to handle and shoot my gun until I attended Riverside CCW Training. John is a great instructor and extremely knowledgeable! He's very patient and takes the time to work with you individually until you get it right. Not only did I improve 100% in my shooting skills and gained a boat load of knowledge, but the best part was the confidence I achieved. Also, the staff at Riverside CCW is over the top! They are so helpful and extremely knowledgeable as well.
I highly recommend that before you take the initial course, take the CCW Prep Course. That made such a difference when it came time to taking the Initial Course. I'm so glad I did it that way!
It was such a great experience! Definitely a 5 plus star organization!
Thank you John and crew! You guys are awesome!

Excellent teacher

Lulu C. Nurse - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

HIGHLY recommend Riverside CCW Training! John is an excellent teacher and he will have you shooting on Target the first time you shoot, he's that good!!!! He goes into great detail of the mechanics of the firearm, safety, correct posture and stance so when you aim you aim on target

Highly recommend 

Ron P , Accountant - Corona, CA

I'd highly recommend Riverside CCW training center.  John kept the class interesting and his instructions actually improved my accuracy.  You will leave the class with the confidence that you can protect your loved ones

No Longer Afraid

Aimee R., Anesthesiologist

“I've never felt comfortable shooting a gun until I took John's class.  From the very beginning, he understood my fears and addressed them calmly.  I enjoy shooting now more than ever.” 

I thought I knew

John W.,Realtor

“I've been shooting for years.  It wasn't until I met John that I realized I've been doing it all wrong.  With a few fine-tuned tips, I was shooting better than I ever had and all it took was a few grip and trigger tips. Now, I've got to practice.”

A Whole New World

Robert B., Student

“Wow!  John's class was informative, exciting, and packed full of experiences, tips, and proof that his methods work.”

I’ve Been Waiting

Sean C., DHS Agent

“Finally!  An instructor who actually taught me something... I now know how to properly hold my firearm after 25+ years of shooting...Thanks John."

Perfect Environment

Aaron R., DHS Agent

"The relaxed environment, the fact that John took the time to show us what we were doing wrong with our grip of the gun. Once corrected, we had an amazing time shooting more accurately.  Learned how to shoot in different situations.  John's knowledge of firearms and the law was greatly accepted and appreciated."

Custom Shop

Fadi A., Military Advisor

"You customized the course based on your audience and made sure that all the students with various backgrounds are on the same page."

On Point

Joe R., Student

"Just wanted to say thanks for your help in getting me through the CCW class on June 13th. My interview went great, and believe it or not, from RCSD interview to having my CCW in hand was 11 days.  Thanks again!"


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