Conceal Carry Classes

The Steering Committee of the Cape County Tea Party recommends that all American protect themselves at all times.  To that end, we are contacting local instructors and posting their information here to assist you with the endeavor of becoming a certified for Conceal and Carry.

This post will be updated with information of locally available Conceal Carry Classes and Certification:

Tom Beardsley

  • Affiliation: Shooters Gun Shop
  • Class Location:  I-55S @ Exit 80 / Benton, MO
  • Contact: 573-450-3221

Joe Merkler

  • Schedule: Work’s on my students’ schedule, 7 days a week.
  • Class Location: Goes to hist students, singles to business and church groups,families and friends.
  • Offers both Missouri or Florida-for-Illinois-residents training
  • Rates:
    • MO: $100/Person (three years license)
    • FL: $130/Person (seven years license)
  • Contact: 573-334-6543


Some (purported) thoughts of CCW Instructors received via e-mail:

  • It is always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.   And you can take that to the bank.
  • Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not to protect you.
  • Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arm’s length and never say “I’ve got a gun”. If you feel you need to use deadly force, for heaven’s sake let the first sound they hear be the safety clicking off. They shouldn’t have time to hear anything after that if you are doing your job.
  • The average response time of a 911 call is over 23 minutes, the response time of a 9mm/.357 or .44 magnum is 1400 feet per second.
  • The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win… …and cheat if necessary.
  • Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. You may get killed with your own gun, but hell have to beat you to death with it, cause its going to be empty.
  • If you end up in a gun fight, if you’re not shooting, you should be loading.  If you’re not loading, you should be moving; if you’re not moving, your dead.
  • In a life and death situation, do something. It may be wrong, but do something.
  • If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That’s ridiculous. If you have a gun, what in the hell do you have to be paranoid for?
  • You can say stop or alto or use any other word you think will work, but I’ve found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someones head is pretty much the universal language.
  • You have the rest of your life to solve your problems. How long you live depends on how well you do it.
  • You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.