Edward Wilks - The Tradesmen Gun Store - 128 East 3rd Street Rifle CO 81650 Colorado - Advanced Combat Training

Edward Wilks - The Tradesmen Gun Store - 128 East 3rd Street Rifle CO 81650 Colorado - Advanced Combat Training

Firearms Training

      Want a Concealed Weapons Permit to carry in 33+ states? Our one-day class is only $75. We also have advanced, private, and family classes.  Glock & AR-15 Armory courses available. (970) 625-GUNS (4867) The next scheduled training classes are...
CCW Permit: $75 SAT, AUG 31, 1pm
Advanced Combat: $40 Sat, SEP 21, 1pm
GLOCK Armory
: $75 Sat, OCT ?? 4-9pm

     Please note: I try to add these extra classes to accommodate many of you needing them sooner than later.  Therefore, some classes are subject to cancelation if I cannot get them filled.  So, tell your friends, bring a family member, or do what you can to help fill the class.  Thank you! -Edward

CCW Permit class:  We cover handgun safety, law, ethics, and liability.  You do NOT need a firearm for this class as we do not shoot.
Intro to Handguns: We cover basic carry, use, and shooting of various handguns.  This class is basic and perfect for beginners.
Advanced Pistol:    We cover advanced shooting drills like moving, running, reloading, and use of cover all in combat situations.

     We will walk you through the entire CCW Permit process. We begin with classroom instruction at The Tradesmen Gun Store in Rifle, Colorado.  For the advanced classes, rental guns are available.  S
tudents provide their own ammunition. We also offer advanced, private, group, and family classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We can even teach and/or shoot at your home or facility if you wish. These 4-hour blocks are $100 per student, with a four student minimum.  We also offer rentals and classes with fully-automatic machine-guns other high-tech gear.

After completing the class, take the certificate to your Sheriff. The fee is usually $100 for the permit and $52.50 for the CBI background check. They will take your picture and fingerprints and usually issue within 30 to 90 days. Renewals are $63 every 5 years. You may renew 120 days prior to expiration. There are approximately thirty states that honor a Colorado CCW Permit, including many of the states around us like Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Texas. Laws change frequently so check with area law enforcement agencies or websites like for more info.

Please be on time. Being late disrupts class and reflects poorly on you. You must be able to be attentive, responsible, and safe with a handgun around others. Do not bring any firearms or ammunition into the classroom portion of training. No consuming alcohol 12 hours prior to, or during class. (No alcohol in your system or on your breath.) No smoking and no chewing in the classroom or at the range.  No vulgar, sexist, or racist language or behavior.  Students that fail to meet these requirements will immediately be REMOVED FROM CLASS and forfeit their fees. We want a safe and proper learning environment.

Firearm must be safe, reliable, and appropriate for concealed carry. Sub-compact to standard-sized pistols or double-action revolvers with 6-inch barrels or shorter. 50 rounds of factory-loaded ammunition. (No derringers or over-sized handguns, no single-action revolvers, no reloaded ammunition.) If you have not yet chosen or purchased a handgun, we recommend that you wait until after class as we have examples that may help you make the best decision.  Rental guns are available for $20.  Students supply their own ammo.

Proper protection a must. Long pants, no shorts/skirts. No open-collar or low-cut shirts (especially with ladies) as ejected brass can fall in and burn. Most shooting/prescription/sunglasses are acceptable. Soft foam earplugs or over-the-ear hearing protection. Ball-caps help keep brass from face and eyes. Proper footwear, no sandals/flip-flops. No cell phone use during class except for on-call personnel. Snacks & drinks ARE allowed in class and at the range.

GLOCK / AR-15 Armory & Service Classes
These classes cover the complete and entire disassembly, service, and repair procedures for GLOCK pistols, and AR-15 type rifles. Students bring their own firearms (rentals/samples available if needed) and will learn everything necessary for full service and repair.  Although you MAY bring your firearm into this class, you may NOT bring ANY ammo into the classroom.  However, you MAY store your loaded personal-protection and concealed-carry firearms here in the store during instruction.  Usually, each Glock Armory class includes a drawing for a FREE new Glock Pistol!

FREE to School Employees - Concealed Handgun Permit & School Safety Classes
During tragic and devastating times of school shootings (when fear and confusion understandably and inevitably follow) we offer FREE Concealed Handgun Permit & School Safety classes to any and all School Teachers & Staff.  This class is free of any charge and is available to all public or private school employees including teachers, administrators, para professionals, aides, support, kitchen, custodial, etc.  Not only will this class certify you to obtain your Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit which allows you to carry in more that 30 states across the US, we spend a portion of the class educating the teachers and staff on the elements and circumstances associated with school violence.  We discuss AR-15 and AK-47 style rifles and various revolvers and pistols along with the capacity, range, lethality, penetration capabilities associated with each firearm and their associated ammunition.  We teach about “cover & concealment” options.  What can be “bullet-proof” and what can’t.  In short, we teach you about the guns used, when to run, when to hide, and when to fight back in a way and at a time that increases your survivability and helps provide additional safety for you and our beloved children.  We offer this class free of charge throughout the year and welcome entire schools and staffs to utilize us during employee meetings, training, and planning.  We look forward to working with you. 

Sincerely, Edward Wilks
Owner / Senior Instructor