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CWP classes and firearms training near Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, & Cayce.

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Train. Prepare. Defend.


SC CWP & The Concealed Lifestyle

A unique CWP class unlike any other CWP classes offered in the Columbia metropolitan area. This class not only teaches the SLED required course and qualification exam, it prepares and guides the student for the concealed carry lifestyle. Upon completion, students are given a comprehensive resource packet to take home that summarizes the content of the class as well as a list of invaluable resources to aid in the concealed carry lifestyle.  Students are expected to have at least a fundamental level of proficiency in shooting and operating a pistol in order to pass the shooting portion of the SLED qualification. Personal training is available for those that want to increase their proficiency prior to taking CWP classes. Pistols, eye, and ear protection are available to rent. Ammo is not included. This class typically lasts 8 hours.

Maximum class size is 8 - 15 depending on location.


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  • Please contact us about private classes and group rates.

SC CWP Refresher

People that have had their carry permits for a while naturally become rusty in their knowledge of the law. As a concealed weapons permit holder, it is your responsibility to stay current in your knowledge of the law and conflict avoidance tactics. This refresher course reviews the current law, runs through numerous defensive scenarios, discusses conflict avoidance methods, and reviews the concealed carry lifestyle. A periodic refresher is highly recommended  as part of the concealed carry lifestyle. See the schedule below for locations.


NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

Intended for all individuals regardless of previous experience or NRA-affiliation and is an instructor-led course where you will receive direct instruction from an NRA-certified instructor from beginning to end - 8 to 9 hours of private instruction. This course teaches the knowledge and skills necessary for owning and using a pistol safely and effectively. Most pistols are compatible with our Digital Training System as an added bonus. The goal of this course is to have the student become proficient in all aspects of handguns from safety to shooting and everything in between. It is private training for up to 4 students. Students receive a handbook and NRA certification upon completion. A Gear Pack that includes a pistol, holster, eye, and ear protection is available for $10. Ammo is not included. 

Class Length: 8 - 9 hours. It can be broken up into multiple sessions.


(Range fees additional, if any, depending on location)

Please call or message to set up an appointment if no dates are listed.

Personal Training

Private one-on-one training for those that want to learn to shoot and handle handguns proficiently. Like the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course, this personal, individualized training is a great way to gain the experience necessary to qualify for the SC concealed weapons permit. Check with us to see if your pistol is compatible with our Digital Training System! This type of personal training does not have any sort of assessment that results in any certifications. It is personal training.


(Does not include range fees)

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NRA Home Firearms Safety

The Home Firearms Safety Course is designed to present the basic knowledge and skills, and teach the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storing of guns in the home. This course familiarizes participants with safe gun handling procedures and guidelines for storing pistols, rifles, and shotguns in the home. It is an excellent course to be delivered to moderate sized groups and is often offered by employers, churches, clubs, and organizations that want to increase awareness and safety.

Tuition price is based on group size.

Please call or message to discuss class arrangements or obtain a quote. 

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We love to have classes for private groups. If you do not see the date you need listed for your group, give us a call so we can coordinate a date that works for you! Group rates are available for class sizes of 8 or more!


About Us

Comprehensive Instruction

Joe Shahoud has been a handgun enthusiast and an advocate of personal defense his entire adult life. He believes no one should ever be a victim and strives to make a difference one student at a time. He is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor with certifications in NRA Basic Pistol Shooting and NRA Home Firearms Safety, he's an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, holds the required certification by SLED to teach and administer South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) classes, and is the exclusive Network instructor for the State of South Carolina. Joseph is a proud member of the NRA, USCCA, and the Second Amendment Foundation.


Joe is an active Christian that has served many roles in the church from being a musician in the praise band to counseling men to greatness with the One Year To Live ministry. He has combined his gift of teaching with his passion for developing the most knowledgeable, proficient, and responsible gun and Concealed Carry Permit holders in the state and has made this his mission.

Professional Facilities


Safe Family Defense utilizes two of the best and safest firearms training facilities in the Columbia, SC Metropolitan area. Class sizes are kept to a minimum to ensure the most favorable experience for our students. Some of our courses allow us to come to you. We also offer Sunday classes in the Lexington area if that better suites your schedule.

Safe Family Defense is always happy to work with any group that would like to schedule a private class with any of the courses in our catalog. Locations can be flexible.

How We Are Different

For decades we have witnessed and heard testimony from CWP/CCW holders about how lacking their concealed weapon permit classes were that gave them the "credentials" to carry a concealed firearm. Our experience and the testimony we have heard is actually quite disturbing.

The mission of Safe Family Defense is to change that. We provide a safe, friendly learning environment for women and men regardless of their current skillset. It is our mission to ensure that each and every student that walks through our doors be equipped with the ability to:

- Truly know the law.

- Understand firearms safety.

- Know how to properly operate a pistol.

- Make proper decisions in a self defense situation.

- Fully understand the concealed carry lifestyle and what it truly entails.

There are very few CWP courses in the area that offer this comprehensive of a class.


Train. Prepare. Defend. Not just for yourself, but for those you love.

Take advantage of our nonaggressive training environment and enroll today.

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Safe Family Defense, LLC

Lexington, South Carolina 29072

(803) 814-3315


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By Appointment


01:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.

Please feel free to call or send us a message anytime to learn about any of our classes or private instruction. If we are on the phone or with a student, we will return your call as soon as possible.