Online courses have grown over the past decade from barely usable power points to full fledged programs that allow you to get a degree from an accredited university.
The firearms industry has been slow to adopt online training because of the stigma that it isn't "real training". Over the years this mentality has softened to the point that even the NRA is now offering training online. As with any course there are sections that are classroom and sections that are practical or "hands on".
As it related to firearms training, much of the lecture portion of a class is easy to transfer to an online format. The part that is harder to translate to an online format is the natural Q&A that happens during a class. If you are taking any online training, be sure to have a pencil and paper handy to write down questions as they come up. At the end of the course review the questions, cross out the ones that were answered and email the rest to your instructor for clarification.
The piece of a firearms training course that can't be performed online is the live fire shooting and/or qualification.
In our Online Permit To Carry - Concealed Carry class you are able to take the classroom portion completely online in the comfort of your own home, office, or anywhere with internet access. The online portion of the course course is 2-4 hours for most people and consists of online lectures as well as tests for each section.
The great thing about an online course is that you can start and stop at anytime! If you start the Online Permit To Carry - Concealed Carry Class before dinner, you can take a break and pick it up after dinner or the next day.
Once the Online Permit To Carry - Concealed Carry Class is finished you can schedule an in person shooting qualification.
Minnesota does not have a specific shooting qualification, but does require that an "actual shooting qualification" be performed.
Our shooting qualification consists of 30 rounds with 300 possible points. 250 points are required to pass. We rarely see issues with students passing the shooting qualification. The rare failure on a qualification is due to not following safety rules, like pointing the firearm at an instructor or other unsafe direction.
We support constitutional carry and do not believe that a permit should be required to carry a pistol. Since we do have to take a class to get a Minnesota Permit To Carry, you should try to take the best one you can. We encourage you to look at all the programs and find what works best for you.
Who is the online PTC class good for?
Someone who is familiar with the operation of a pistol and owns one.
Someone who is renewing their permit to carry.
Who is the online PTC class not good for?
Someone who has never shot a pistol.
Someone who hasn't shot a pistol in years.
Someone who is unfamiliar with firearms.