Glad to find this forum, looks like a lot of good information. I am looking for a place in the Plantation, Fort Lauderdale area to get my Concealed license, a good gun store, and a 9mm gun to carry. I am looking forward to finding answers to my questions!!
Welcome from Pembroke Pines. Check out some of the other threads. There is a lot of info already posted regarding your questions. There are a lot of different gun shops to check out. I did my class at Bass Pro. Probably the closest place to you is Weston Arms to get your CWL class. A lot of the ranges will allow you to rent weapons. My advice is to check out one of the local places to see what fits/feels best in your hands. Once you figure out what weapon you like, you'll need a good holster and belt to choose to carry your rig properly.
Welcome from West Broward. While I would not purchase a gun at Guns & Knives, a gun shop and range on 441 between Oakland Park Blvd. & Commercial Blvd., I would go there to see, touch and shoot various guns you have interest in. They have a range there and they rent pretty much anything you might want to buy. It's a great way to try and see what you like best.
They also offer classes for your CCW, but my experience was that it was pretty poor and you would be better served by finding a more thorough class and instructor.
I would recommend an H&K USP Compact 9mm (Since your new to carrying concealed this weapon can be de-cocked, and locked unlike a Glock, and down the road you can change the variants and remove the safety if you would like.)
There's an excellent gun shop off 595 between Pine Island and University (8238 West State Road 84) called National Law Enforcement Distributors. They spent a lot of time with me when I bought my gun for concealed carry. Their phone number is 954-915-8226.
I took classes at both Weston Arms (also off 595) and at Bass Pro in Dania. The Bass Pro class was the better of the two by far.
Lots of great info and friendly people on this site. Have fun! :ak :dancingbanana
Welcome from Deerfield Beach. I used to live in Plantation off Nob Hill and Cleary. The closest place to you for your CCW permit is Weston Arms right of 84/595 on the eastbound side. It's just east of Carmax. They have a brand new range and a limited selection of guns. The folks behind the counter seem nice enough, but their prices are right around MSRP, so you're not saving any money there.
I took my CCW course there and although everyone was real friendly and helpful, the class was not all that informative. Literally everything I was "taught" that day I had already learned on my own by reading on the interwebs. They go through the requirements, and that's fine, but there are other places that offer more and better.
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