Yesterday afternoon I sent in my completed application to obtain a Utah CCW. The process was relatively easy. I took an 8-hour Level 1 Defensive Tactical Handgun course which covers everything from the 5 Count Draw to tactical loading and unloading of magazines to shooting while on the move. COST: $30 with voucher purchased from the gun show. $90 normally. http://www.civilianarmstraining.com/?page_id=4 Overall, very fun and informative course. I'll include photos at the end of this post. After the completion of the course, I met with a certified CCW instructor who spent an hour explaining things from concealing your weapon to legal shot placement (where to shoot the threat to keep you from a lawsuit). I kind of lucked out with this instructor because he only had an hour to go through the material so he skipped a lot of the boring shit. At the end of the CCW course, he provides a certificate as well as other paperwork needed for the Utah CCW. COST: $100 cash or check. http://www.shootsafelearning.com/ - Edmund Tan In order to have a completed Utah CCW application, you need the following: -Successful completion of a Defensive Tactical Handgun course ($30) -Successful competition of a certified Utah CCW course ($100) -Filled out application for the Utah CCW with approval from the instructor (he will stamp the application) -Notarized application ($10.00) -Blue Fingerprint card ($20.00) -Photocopy of your drivers license -1 2x2 inch passport quality photo -A check for $65.25 ($65.25) After you have completed all of the following, you place all the paperwork into a packet and mail if off. If your background clears, you should receive your Utah CCW in about 60 days. The Utah CCW is good for 5 years and will work in the following states: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado Delaware Florida Georgia Idaho Indiana Kentucky Louisiana Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nevada New Hampshire New Mexico North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Pennsylvania South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wyoming Whelp, here are some of the photos from the training: A first look at the shooting range for the course. The beginning of the course involved checking your firearms, paying the course fees, and setting up your equipment. Neil and Eric talking guns. My Springfield XD 9. 5 magazines. Getting ready to get down. The syllabus for the course. My Springfield XD 9 in a Black Hawk holster. The students walking out to the range. BFF. I was target #18 for the day. After the first hour, we were already heading out to the shooting range, learning the 5 Count Draw technique. I could go all day explaining everything I learned but I’m not. Let’s just say I am a better shooter than I ever was before. A picture of the Level 2 class going on. Sexy Phu Pham and his sexy guns. And by guns I mean my arms. Eric, Phu Pham, and Neil during training. Oh, and by the way, I got mad sun burned. It was so hot and bright outside—I didn’t put on sun screen like a jackass. Eric doing the duck walk down range. Close range shooting. Phu Pham doing the barricade drill. Basically, you stand behind a barricade (can be represented as a door or wall), draw your weapon, slowly back up, and engage your targets. Pretty knarly stuff. Beginning my 5 count draw. Engaging my targets behind the barricade. Scanning and engaging. Eric starting the Urban Conflict Drill (UCD). Eric taking cover behind a barrel. Eric engaging the targets. Now it’s Neil’s turn at the UCD. Neil, moving and engaging the targets. Taking cover behind the barrel. Phu Pham is up next for the UCD. Phu taking cover for safety. Taking cover again. Clearing the area. Feel free to ask me any questions. Good luck!