I have been a firearms enthusiast for over 40 years.
I have been a South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit  Instructor since 1997, the year that the present permitting system was put into place.

I consider each and every one of you who use my services to be a client, not a customer. A customer purchases a good or service and the relationship ends there. As my client, we will have an ongoing relationship. I will always be available to assist you in any capacity possible. You will receive a monthly contact from me, advising you of items of interest to C.W.P. holders / gun owners - such as links to informational web sites, changes in my goods or services, notifications of class schedules any other information I feel may be of interest to you.

I believe that it is my purpose to give you the best opportunity to qualify to apply for

a South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit. Most of our time together will be spent

in the classroom. I feel that you should be able to prove proficiency with the supplied

handgun and then master your own handgun outside the class. Obviously, I will work

with you during class to improve your shooting skills but it is impossible for me to

present the material required and help you perfect your shooting skills in the time


I do provide individual instruction upon request.
If you take any of my courses, individual instruction is usually available immediately

following the class.
I also provide individualized instruction by appointment.
My rate is $25 per hour for individual instruction.
I can provide firearms and ammunition for a nominal fee, or you may bring your own

firearms and ammunition.

My CWP course contains all information required by state law - gun safety, when and

where you can apply deadly force and claim self defense, legals of owning and carrying

a firearm as well as a live fire proficiency.

I am not an attorney, so I cannot and will not give legal advice.
If you desire to improve your shooting skills, I am available for individual or group coaching sessions.

Realizing clients have different learning styles, my small class size allows me to accommodate each client.

As noted in my FAQs, I will re-mediate any client once at no additional charge.

I have never had a client fail to qualify to apply for a South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit.

I offer a multitude of courses. I have had clients travel from as far away as Hilton Head, Spartanburg, Atlanta and Myrtle Beach  to attend my courses.

Since 1997 as an Instructor I have had the opportunity to interface with many Law Enforcement Officials and Concealed Weapon Permit holders who have attended other instructors programs. To improve my course I regularly invite other instructors and other instructors' clients to attend my classes.

I collect feedback and information from as many sources as possible to enable me to present the most recent and relevant information available. I have found this to most beneficial, as many Instructors fail to include what I consider to be  critical information in their courses.

I will never require you to perform tasks or exhibit skills that are not required by the Regulations.
Likewise I will not compromise my integrity by requiring less of you than what is mandated by the Regulations.

South Carolina Concealed Weapon Training Solutions specializes in small group instruction.

I am NOT a South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit "Mill" but a serious subject training service. I have individually instructed 4 generations of one family.

I pride myself on quality, personalized instruction. References are available upon request. I collect feedback from clients who desire to give it.

See the COMMENTS tab at the left for what some of my clients have to say about SCCWPTS.

also has a Facebook page.
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I provide several options;

  1. I hold a regularly scheduled class on the third Saturday of each month(subject to change).
  2. I will come to your location to deliver the training. I require a group of no less than 2 clients.
  3. I will tailor instructional classes divided over days / dates  for special groups or occasions. I require a group of no less than 2 clients.

All necessary materials and equipment are provided - pistols, ammunition, training booklets, S.C., A.Z. and N.H. CWP applications, helpful information sheets, fingerprint cards, targets, holsters, hearing, eye protection, rain-gear, hats and any other items necessary for the class to be successful.

All of my equipment is of highest quality and ideally suited for this type shooting. I will assist you in completing all the necessary forms. At this time I do not provide the fingerprinting service. I provide fingerprint cards and referrals for this service.

Improper or inadequate fingerprinting is the #1 reason for application rejections by SLED.

The cost of the CWP course is $135 per person. When I come to you the client provides a place to meet, lunch and if possible a place to shoot. There is a $5 additional fee for me to come to you($140 per client). If no on-site range is available, I have access to several local private ranges.

  • I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
  • I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
  • I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
  • I don't carry a gun because I'm evil. I carry a gun because I know there is evil in the world.
  • I don't carry a gun because I'm angry. I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
  • I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere.
  • I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because responsible adults know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
  • I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate. I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

In home classes of 2 or more



I look forward to working with you. I may be contacted at (803) 593.4872
or (803) 257-7149
SLED Certified Concealed Weapon Permit Instructor# 1997-00330
NRA Certified Basic Handgun Instructor# 003991359
NRA Certified Personal Protection Instructor# 003991359
NRA Life Member

If you aren't willing to stand behind our troops, please feel free to
stand in front of them... Rick Riley

The best site I know of to determine reciprocity and determine state laws

I am not here to sell you a service you do not need.

Even if you decide you do not need a CWP, or do not need to take one of my classes, please feel free to contact me for assistance.

By virtue of my possession of a South Carolina C.W.P. I am permitted to carry a concealed handgun in these 38 states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin & Wyoming


I use is the RugerTM Mark II pistol.

If you so desire, please click here for detailed information about the handgun you will use:

Ruger MkII Pistol Manual

Everyone using the same pistol reduces range time and enhances the course experience. All participants perform exactly the same procedures, in exactly the same sequence, at exactly the same time. This reduces confusion to a minimum, allowing everyone to concentrate on the task at hand and enjoy the training session.

You will be given an orientation session on the safe & correct operation of the handgun, choose your pistol from the variety that are available, choose your holster and load your magazines. All this will take place in the climate controlled classroom, minimizing your time spent at the outdoor range.

I also offer individual classes. His first time with the 44 Magnum

The acquisition of a CWP grants the holder the privilege to carry a concealed handgun on or about your person in certain public locations. Having this tool, a handgun, readily available can greatly increase your ability to provide the defense of yourself and others.

There are many misconceptions about the purchase, owning and carrying of handguns. Listed below are some of the most common.

Buy a gun? No
Carry a gun on my own property? No
Carry a gun in my car? No
What about? - insert question here.
To see the complete listing of the South Carolina firearms laws go here -
South Carolina Firearms Laws

Rick Riley - C.W.P. Instructor and Holder


I also offer other firearms training courses. Of particular interest to new handgun shooters may be the
Introduction to Handguns and Introduction to Firearms courses.

The fee for the Introduction To Handguns course is $85. The fee for the Introduction To Firearms course is $100. These classes are geared toward the inexperienced shooter or a new gun owner who wants to get off to a safe, fun start. If the two or more courses  are combined, the fee is reduced.

If you don't have a place to meet I can arrange a fully furnished meeting place for an additional $25.

Other courses and training are available upon special request.

I offer specially tailored classes to meet your specific needs. Please check my FAQs page.

Contact me at
(803) 593-4872  
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