Adapting to today's circumstances. May 31st On-Line Class

In order to continue to provide this training and encourage social distancing at the same time, we will be conducting the classes over Zoom for the foreseeable future.  Click the button below for complete details.

CCW Class Follow Up Sheet (pdf)


May 31st Class Protocols (pdf)


Welcome to our CCW Training Center

You will see how simple and fast the application process is now for a CCW in Riverside County.  All you need to start, is to attend the class.  Bring your California Driver License and payment.  We will tell you everything else you need to know, during the class.  If you follow our instructions, you should have your CC

Basic CCW Required Course & Qualification


Required Class and Range Qualification

All applicants for a California CCW are required to complete this course.  We offer it several times a month.  Please call us to find the best date and time for you.  760-340-4866.

Part One - Classroom

Conducted at our location, the class part of the requirements is taught in one four-hour session.  You only need to bring your identification and payment.  We will tell you everything else at that time..

Part Two - Range Qualifications

On a subsequent day, we will take you to the range to qualify with each of up to six firearms you want to list on your permit.  We will give you all the details, during the classroom session.

Firearms Proficiency Training

If you are a new or inexperienced shooter, we also offer a two day class with our best instructor, for just $110.  He teaches four hours in the class and then takes you to the range with a number of our firearms.  You don't even need to bring your own for this class.

Scope of Qualification Certification

We are approved to teach and qualify you for California and for a non-resident Arizona CCW.  The combination allows you to carry in 39 states.

Contact us for Complete Information

The best way is to come into the store, but you can always call us at 760-340-4866.

CCW Center - Full Service

Riverside County Issued CCW Permit, Valid Throughout California

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco is a believer in the rights of Californian's of good character and temperament to be able to carry a concealed firearm for the purpose of protecting themselves, their families and other innocent citizens from armed violent criminals.

Since taking office in January 2019, Sheriff Bianco has completely updated and improved the CCW application and approval process.  As part of that plan, he has approved Guns of Distinction, to conduct the required classroom instruction and range qualification..

We can either provide you the classroom and range qualification only, or we can provide you complete assistance in properly preparing your application. Our  V.I.P. service includes everything but your mandatory interview in Riverside, at the Ben Clark Training Center and your completing of our training , which is a one day class and a range qualification.

Our classes and range qualifications are in smaller groups, with greater attention to each student.  Though we are strong advocates of citizens's rights to carry concealed firearms, for their protection, we take very seriously our obligation to make sure you are ready to be responsible CCW Holders.

You will need to collect the following documents to accompany your application.  If you are missing any, we will help you get copies.  We will scan them all and make sure that you have everything you need: 

Certified Copy of your Birth Certificate.

Valid California Driver License or Identification Card, showing your actual current residence address.

Two forms of Proof of Residency.  We will help you with this.

If you are former military you will need a copy of your DD-214.

If you are a Resident Alien, you will need your I-94 number.

If you have naturalized, you will need your Naturalization Documents.

If you use your profession as a basis for your need, you will need to provide copies of professional and/or business licenses.




Application Preparation

The application process is exacting.  If you have a scanner and are patient you can do it yourself.  You don't need to have us assist you, but we guarantee that if you meet the basic requirements and follow our instructions, you will receive your CCW or we will refund 100% of your VIP fees.  We have the experience to make  sure you put your best food forward.

Task Scheduling

You will need to schedule an interview with the Sheriff's Department, complete your class and range qualification and get a LiveScan fingerprint clearance.  Our goal is to get you all ready so that when you have your interview with the Sheriff's Department that they will be able to issue your CCW right on the spot.

Total Coordination

With our VIP service, we will tell you exactly what documents you need and how to obtain them.  We will scan everything in and upload it to the Sheriff's Department.  We will work with you to articulate your "Good Cause" statement and absolutely stay on top of every element of the application process.  So far, we have a 100% success rate with our VIP clients.  For the best and fastest result, become one of our VIP Applicants and in a few weeks, you will have your CCW.  We are so confident, that we offer a 100% money back guarantee of the VIP fee.  So far, we've never had to return a penny.  The fee for this additional service is $550, payable at the time of your personal appointment beginning the process.

Free Arizona Non-Resident Permit allowing carry in 39 states

With our VIP service, we provide you with everything you will need to get your Arizona CCW also.  The reason you'll want this is that, unlike California, Arizona has reciprocal agreements across the country.  We will fingerprint you, complete your application, provide your training certificate, put in all in an envelope and even pay the postage.  All you need to do is sign the application and include a money order or cashier's check, in the amount of $60.00.  Your Arizona CCW is good for FIVE years and allows you to carry in 39 states!

Ability to Carry a Concealed Firearm in 39 States

California CCW PLUS Arizona Non-Resident CCW

We are now approved by the State of Arizona to qualify you and prepare your application for an Arizona Non-Resident CCW.  This, combined with your California CCW, relies on Arizona's greater reciprocity agreements to permit you to carry in 39 states, which includes state, but Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Road Island, and Washington.  This is the highest possible combination of reciprocity agreements.  We provide this service FREE to our V.I.P. Clients.  

Cover yourself. Join United States Concealed Carry Association.

In the event that you are involved in a defensive encounter, you need somebody on your side.  We have evaluated the various associations with such benefits.  They all have good features, but we have all chosen to join the U.S.C.C.A. for our own protection.  In today's world, no matter the justification and need for you to respond to an attacker with force, you will need counsel and resources to assist you, in the aftermath.  This provides benefits directly to you and provides for coverage, in the event you are found liable for your actions.  You would not drive a car without good insurance.  Don't own a firearm without being covered by the U.S.C.C.A.'s benefits.

CCW Holsters

We are always asked about holsters.  We considered carrying them and even developing our own line, but to best serve our valued clients, we have to say that there is NO better holster maker than John Bianchi, of Frontier Gun Leather, in Rancho Mirage.  Major General John Bianchi, U.S.A, Ret. is the foremost holster maker in the world and his shop is one mile from ours.  He makes the holsters that all of us wear and he takes great care of our clients, so tell him you heard about him from Guns of Distinction.  His telephone number is 760-895-4401.  He made holsters for John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Roy Rogers, the United States Army and at least half the police officers in the world, when he owned Bianchi Holster Company.  He has been at it since the 1950s.  Click below to visit his site.