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Iowa Ccw Classes

Discussion in 'Midwest Glockers' started by TWOSCOOPS20, Jan 21, 2008.



    Oct 1, 2007
    des moines, IA
    I am a fairly recent firearm owner and was strongly considering a ccw permit for personal protection, and was curious about the iowa ccw permit classes. Anyone out there already pass the class and can give me some info on what to expect? Like i said, im still a fairly recent firearm owner, and know that i still need TONS of training and practice before i think about being qualified to carry, but have heard so many different things from people in other states that i really have no idea what to expect from the Iowa course. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

  2. axel_g

    axel_g Can't Re-Member

    Sep 2, 2005
    South Dakota
    Go to the site. They have all the info you need right there. Basically, Iowa is a 'may issue' state, totally at the discretion of the county sheriff, so it depends on what county you are from. The people at are real good at answering questions promptly. Also, there is a bill going up before the state legislature to change the law to 'shall issue' and you may want to get involved with that.

  3. h4444


    Jul 30, 2002
    Central Iowa
    Ah,,,you're in Polk County,,,,,you'll need to call up to the Olafoson range or Training Specialists.

    There webpage is

    After you take the class and pass the qualification (super easy), then you go to the Sheriff's office and fill out the paper work,,,they'll do the background check and once you clear you'll be good to go.

    Polk County Sherrif requires you re-qualify every other year,,,,,or at least he used to. I no longer live in Polk Co,,,,so I don't have to anymore. ;)

    It has been YEARS since I took the class. The trainer is the same I'm guessing, back then the first day of class was all classroom lecture and education on the law. The second day was some live fire,,,,not much, then you qualify. I think the outline of the class is on the website.

    I think they offer an option to apply/get the Florida permit which would get you something like 30 states,,,,,but I don't remember all the details,,,,again, check out the site.


  4. biglaake


    Aug 5, 2005
    Central Iowa
    Call Mike or Sean at the Olofson Range in Polk City they host the classes. Living in Polk County they use the fees for CCW permits as revenue. Its not hard to get approved, if you want one and are not not a felon or convicted of domestic violence you'll get approved.

    If you call Mike or Sean at the range they will give you all the info you need. They are also very nice guys to speak to and be at the range with. Mike does darn good gun work.
  5. Atraeu


    Mar 20, 2009
    Hmm im darn close to polk county, thought i had to go alot farther for the classes i may have to look into that and become a resident of polk county :)
  6. cj1680


    Jul 15, 2009
    Des Moines, IA
    New sherriff same crap. As of June sill only 2 places to get CCW/ requal but Training Specialist have moved to Banner public range. Also classes for newbes are all full for 2 months out. Good and bad for us in Polk county.