Every once in a while, I field a phone call from a prospective student who wants to know how much is "all of this" going to cost him. Of course, I can't answer such a general question so easily. The bare minimum cost for one to start defending themselves legally with a concealed pistol might be different for everyone.
First, we need to factor in the cost of a bona fide Concealed Pistol License (CPL) Class. There is a lot of diversity in prices among providers. In my personal opinion, the lowest amount you will pay for a legitimate class is $100. If someone is asking you to pay less than that, check their agenda versus the statutory requirement.
I once had a guy who told me that he took his first CPL Class for $200 in the back of a van parked in front of his house. Hindsight being 20/20, he referred his girlfriend to my class instead of that guy's class. He wants to make sure she knows everything she needs to know, like the laws on firearms usage and lethal force.
Our class tuition is $150. Of course, we provide a better class. Unlike the low-ball artists, we actually have a well respected legal authority - a noted local criminal defense lawyer - teach the legal section of the class. I send a constant stream of referrals - who took the low ball class - to my attorney to bail people out of trouble because they did something that they were NOT told NOT to do in the bargain basement priced class. You get what you pay for or as I like to say you don't get what you didn't pay for.
Second, you will need to pay your CPL Application fee to your local County Clerk. It is going to be $105. That price is set by the statute and is not up for debate. You either pay it or you will not be getting a CPL.
The next requisite purchase is going to be an actual handgun. If you already have one and its caliber is less than 9mm, you need to buy a bigger caliber handgun. I estimate that one should spend about $500. With that amount of money, you can possibly get a used Glock 17, a Springfield XD, a S&W M&P, a Taurus, or a Ruger. Please do not spend $175 on a Keltec and believe that you have a fine firearm.
Of course, you are going to need accessories. Which accessories you buy now versus later is up to you. You will definitely need some type of holster, some defensive JHP ammo, and a cleaning kit. If you are reading this article, you are probably pinching too many pennies to be interested in a whole host of other stuff that I would strongly endorse that you buy.
However much you spend, your safety and life is worth it. True story.
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About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.
Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.
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