BEST Minnesota Permit to Carry Class
I have just completed one of the BEST Minnesota Permit to Carry classes ever! It was given by Doug Taylor. Through the years I have gone through many classes but this particular one hit right to the heart of gun safety and knowledge that I truly needed to understand and appreciate as an American with his/her right to bear arms. Not just for the sake of carrying a gun but to protect my loved ones, others in danger, and myself. In the difficult times we share now, we need more secure knowledge of just what we can do to keep gun safety and their use on the “good” side of the law, to keep our children and families safe. I learned so much more in-depth about how several types of guns operate, proper handling and sighting in on these guns I never knew before, how to prepare my mindset for future unexpected encounters that I may face along my life’s journey. I am better prepared now than I ever was before, thanks, Doug Taylor. Truly in my books one of the best Permit to Carry instructor and class ever!
Would Like to Work With You Again
Thanks Doug. I learned a lot yesterday. I also appreciate how you quickly figured out how it wasn’t an aiming problem by pulling the trigger for me. I will work on dry fire and be safe with that. I would definitely like to work with you again.
I enjoyed the class and I learned more than in my first class. This was my 3rd class I have taken and the first with you.
Learn More Each Time I Attend Your Classes
Thank you for a truly great experience with again renewing my conceal carry permit for the 4th time. I learn more every time I attend a class, and renew my permit. I found that your class was informative, fast paced, fact-based, and not subject to watching silly (cases scenarios) videos, and well-rounded without needless side discussions, that can take away from a small class setting. I found your (Gun Side Manner) at the range very positive and instructive. Always felt safe, comfortable, engaged and informed, and I knew what was expected. One thing I thought was great was the shooting from different handgun holds. Two hands, left hand only, and right hand only. That’s something that was different to me and was a welcomed change of what a person gets to, or comfortable with, no matter how much they shoot. I spoke with 2 of the 3 females that also attended the class, and they both expressed how comfortable they were with you as an instructor, how you explained things in detail and helped lower their nervous feelings, while handling a firearm, and shooting. That’s not something that they are as familiar with, compared to a person who has handled firearms all of their life.
Time Flew By
The class was very informative and the 4 hours of seat time flew by.
I appreciate all your patience and having a preset shooting drill schedule. I think as far as getting more comfortable with the pistol, I definitely accomplished that. I will be practicing a couple of times a month, I will reach out with questions and maybe another shooting lesson.
Thank you for the informative Permit to Carry class. The topics and discussion was very helpful for anyone considering using a handgun. I appreciated your nonbiased presentation of the legal and moral facts and responsibilities of gun ownership.
Doug Is Very Well Spoken
Thank you for all the information you gave us today. Learned a lot of things I wasn’t aware of. I really don’t have any negative feedback at all! Things you did well we’re as follows:
- Good communication, great email reminders and the thing I like about you the most is you’re not afraid to pick up a phone and talk in person.
- Organization, great presentation, and slides that you knew very well.
- Knowledgeable, you know the laws well, the dos and don’ts and we able to easily answer all questions. You know a lot about guns and gun handling. Watching you hold guns and use safety was an excellent example for all students.
- Probably the most important for me is that you are very well-spoken. Being in the medical field I have heard countless people talk, what gets me immediately is when speakers say “um” as a space filler. Never heard you say it once! You speak well and keep people engaged in what you are saying is my point.
Best PTC Class I’ve Experienced
I came with to support my wife and to be there if she had questions in case there were some things left uncovered, as I have experienced this in the past with classes I have been through over the years. I can say with 100% certainty this was the best and most informative PTC class I have experienced. You did an amazing job and this helped my wife understand some of the things I do on a daily basis to be prepared. Your color chart for being alert is great, I think every instructor should use this! It needs to be out there for all to see. When I’m at a job that no longer provides my class for me I will be reaching out to you. I may reach out to for some more one on one classes for myself and my wife.
It was such a pleasure to meet you Doug and participate in your class!! You are so knowledgeable and took the time to help us and explain things thoroughly to us. We may even call upon you for some continued training!! I am giving your info to my brother who is interested in taking your class.
Learned More Than We Expected
We thought your class was great! Being my first time, I learned a lot and my husband said he did too even though it was a refresher course for him. We not only learned about gun safety but also about being aware of our surroundings and giving good tips on diffusing confrontation. We will highly recommend your class to our friends.
Enjoyed It Very Much
Thank you Doug, it was a very interesting class and I enjoyed it very much.
Your class was very interesting and informative. I learned a lot and it was never boring.
Thorough in Safety, Laws, and Responsibility
Doug Taylor’s class was very informative and he was very thorough in safety, laws, and how to be a responsible gun owner.
Great Learning Experience
I’d like to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciated the gun knowledge and safety class that you presented. I went into the class at the request of a friend with whom I’d gone to a shooting range. She emphasized the importance of gun knowledge and safety, and that I was pretty much a neophyte in gun knowledge. While I disagreed and thought I knew most everything I needed to know beforehand, I was really taken back by how much I really did not know. The overview and specifics of gun handling, the vast number of sizes, calibers, functioning, mechanisms, owning and carrying regulations, liabilities, and insurance were all new to me. The emphasis on safety and legal aspects were especially enlightening. You made it interesting with some anecdotal examples. In other words, it became an entertaining learning experience. We’ll be in contact with you for some individual instruction after I get my permit.
Great For First Time Owners
We were very pleased with your thorough and professional instruction. Great Permit to Carry class! The class was very informative on the different types of firearms, proper safe handling, maintenance and regulations involved with owning and use of a handgun. Great one on one at the range. I highly recommend this class especially for first time (new) owners.
I want to especially compliment you for sharing your gift of being able to size up what it will take for each student to be successful, and then to help them find that helpful practice. I know that Jon and I both appreciated the guidance you gave on how to place our hands when firing, to achieve the most consistent accuracy and comfort. I know, too that we both really appreciated that you offered alternatives to our daughter Hannah so that she could be a reliable shot as well. Clearly, what we had to offer was the wrong fit for her. Now she knows what will suit her best as she purchases her own personal firearm. While we all understand that you were not offering true legal advice during your presentation, we also really appreciated that you listed statutes and circumstances that we can look up and refer to as we seek to obtain further HRO protections for our family in our neighborhood situation.
Really Learned A Lot
Thank you so much for your permit to carry class. It was most informative. I really learned a lot.
Learned A Lot
Very helpful, I learned a lot. Much better than YouTube videos because you can ask questions and get feedback.
Valued Discussions Around Real-Life Scenarios
Great class today Doug. I valued the discussions around different real-life scenarios that may be encountered. The class was at a convenient location, time, and at a fair price. Definitely will recommend to family and friends that are looking for Permit to Carry training. I’ll be in touch in the future for one on one training.
One-on-One Shooting Range Instructions
Doug, you did a great job giving us the needed information. You made sure the class understood gun safety. You provided up-to-date information on MN. License to Carry Laws. I personally liked the one-on-one shooting range instructions. Well done.
Reasonable Cost and Exceeded Expectations
Really appreciated your class and your presentation. Exceeded my expectations and especially appreciated the “smaller” class size. The cost of the class is very reasonable especially when it included the range fee.
You were an amazing instructor compared to the past several instructors, you were the best! I learned a lot even though I have already taken this course 3 times! Thank you so much!!
Thank you for the wonderful class today. It was very informative and I feel much more comfortable with me and Austin getting our permit and handguns.
Learned Way More Than Expected
Thank you so much for the opportunity to take this class I learned way more than I thought I would have!!! I will definitely recommend this class to others and couldn’t speak higher praise about this class.
5 out of 5 Stars
Doug is amazing! He and his wife have put together an all-encompassing course on firearm safety, knowledge, and confidence. I came into this class having very little experience with firearms and had a bit of a fear of the unknown. Immediately this taboo was dissolved as Doug walked us through the ins and outs of firearm safety. His teaching style is warm and eloquent. He also respects his students’ questions and adds a bit of humor to his presentation. I give this course 5 out of 5 stars! You will thoroughly enjoy your experience and feel confident going forward.
Real-Life Examples That You Can Easily Apply
I thought the permit to carry class put on by Doug Taylor was well done. Doug is very knowledgeable in the topic presented. You can tell throughout the class that he is very passionate about gun safety and about protecting you and yours. Doug also has credentials and training from several different organizations which helps with his presentation and to answer the class’s questions. Doug used real-life examples to communicate the point he was trying to make. I will be recommending to all of my friends who are interested in getting a permit to carry to take Doug’s class.
True Professional & Passionate
Once again, Candy and I would like to thank you for the great instructional permit to carry class. The four-hour class flew by fast. You’re a true professional and very passionate about what you teach. At the shooting range you made both of us feel very comfortable. We are looking forward to further training, and of course practice at the range.
Valuable Insights About Gun Handling, Carrying, Legal considerations, and Most Importantly… Safety
I really enjoyed your class and learned a lot. I am not an experienced hand gun user, but thought your class was exactly what I was looking for. It provided valuable insights about gun handling, carrying, legal considerations, and most importantly…safety.
Thanks again Doug for Saturday morning at the VFW. You were very knowledgeable in the presentation of weapons and how to use them. It was very impressive how you made a point in saying that every gun should be treated as if it is loaded. When you were explaining something from a different piece of equipment, you would always check to see that it was not loaded even though we all knew it. I don’t know how much I’m going to carry, but it sure impressed me on how you could carry that small weapon of yours and not have it be so obvious. Again appreciated your presentation today.
Doug Teaches With a Patient & Calm Demeanor
I thought the Minnesota Permit to Carry by Hat Trick Training was fantastic. Doug was knowledgeable and informative with a wide range of information and he made the shooting portion of the class easy with his patient and calm demeanor. I would recommend this class to anyone!
Extremely Comfortable Atmosphere
I thought the class was very informative! I learned a lot of things from this class that I never even thought of for carrying a gun. The atmosphere was extremely comfortable too. I will definitely send other friends and family to you! Thank you so much!
Covered The Basics & Real-Life Examples
I thought you did a great job of going through the basics and inserting real-life examples for clarification. Due to the covid pandemic, I thought the classroom you set up was ideal and I felt safe. I appreciated your instruction at the range. I also appreciated the fact that you didn’t talk down to me or belittle me for my lack of experience.
This was a great class. Doug was very knowledgeable and informed. The class time went very fast because it was that informative. The range time was also very good. For someone over the age of fifty who hasn’t shot a gun in over 25 years, I would recommend this class for everyone. Thanks, Doug.
Recommend Doug’s class to Anyone Who Truly Wants to Learn the Right Way to Carry Responsibly.
I recently attended the Minnesota Permit to Carry class presented by Doug Taylor of Hat Trick Training. Doug was not only knowledgeable about the subject matter but also very professional and thorough in his presentation. He included personal stories that held my interest and added a very humanistic touch to this material. I would highly recommend Doug’s class to anyone who truly wants to learn the right way to carry responsibly.
Talked To the Class, Not At the Class
Doug, we really enjoyed your class. Hard to believe that it was 3.5 hours long, the time flew by as the class had a great pace and you talked to the class, not at the class. After leaving the range today, I went and bought a Glock 43. The couple next to me laughed when I told them our instructor told the husbands to let their wives buy their own guns. Bill and I are excited to get some range time to tighten up our shooting. Thanks again, we are thrilled that we completed your class.
Thank You Very Much!
Thank you very much! It was a pleasure being in your class and I’m extremely thankful you have been super helpful!
Willingness to Answer All Questions
Thanks, Doug. It was a great class— very well taught— and I appreciate your willingness to answer all of our questions. The range experience was also very good. Thanks again!
Looking Forward to Learning How to Target Shoot and Spending More Time in the Field
I loved your class and found it to be very informative! I highly recommend a husband and wife team attend it together. My husband and I spent the weekend giving each other additional information and having further discussions on safety. I am looking forward to learning how to target shoot and spending more time in the field. I will refer you to family and friends.
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Recommended
I am a retired law enforcement officer and took Doug Taylor’s permit to carry class, which was spot on. His attention to detail was perfect, his experience was informative, and his knowledge of state law was exactly what the class needed. If you’re looking for a permit to carry class, as a former police officer, I can tell you this is the one you want.
Very Much Enjoyed the Class
Thank you so much for your time and patience with us yesterday. We very much enjoyed the class and instruction. We will certainly recommend your class to others.
As a Past Permit Holder, I Took Away New Education
Thank you for the class today. The education, comfort level, and professionalism of the class were excellent. As a past permit holder, I was able to take away new and educating information. The range testing was very comfortable and fun. Thank you again Doug.
Already Planning Next Range Trip
Thank you, Doug. We really enjoyed this. We are already trying to plan our next trip to the range. I appreciate your time.
Great Class and I’ll Spread the Word!
Thanks again Doug for a great class! I will get my WI application in the mail next week and will keep you posted. Great class and I will certainly spread the word.
Retired Army Officer Recommended
The permit to carry class you taught was excellent. As a retired Army Officer the safety of my men was always paramount. You treated us as if we were your soldiers and ensured we were given a great safety message but also kept it real and relatable. Getting the permit to carry brings great responsibility to the permit holder but also will help us defend ourselves if necessary.
Well Worth the Time & Money
Your class is well worth the time and money. Your class exceeded my expectations and I’m very glad to have joined in. During Doug’s permit class, his passion for promoting safe and confident “carry” is very obvious and infectious.
Comprehensive Yet Concise
Thanks for the instruction, my family and I thoroughly enjoyed your class. Mr. Taylor is very knowledgeable and passionate about the various topics pertaining to gun safety as well as permit to carry. His class is comprehensive yet concise and appeals to the responsible gun owner. He has an amicable approach but is quick to point out safety issues or improper handling. I am certainly going back to him for my renewal.
Informative & Beneficial
Thanks for the great course. I found it highly informative and beneficial. I was on the fence about carrying but with the way the world is now and the direction it appears to be going I now feel that I need to carry, especially for my family.
Delivers Information That Responsible Gun Owners Need to Know
A great presentation from an experienced teacher and knowledgeable gun owner. Class covers a lot of topics but moves fast, and delivers the kind of information that responsible gun owners need to know.
Enjoyed the Class and Range
Thank you Doug for a great day. Enjoyed the class and the range. Looking forward to practicing.
Private Class Was Great
Doug was kind enough to let me put together a private class for myself and other agents in my office. I along with others in class thought Doug did a fantastic job teaching the class. To be honest I thought it would be pretty boring but it was actually the opposite! We learned a lot of great information and he gave us many recourses too. I would highly recommend Doug!
Compassionate About Educating on Safety and Awareness
Thank you for your training. I appreciate you bringing my certification to me. You were very informative. Down to earth. I didn’t get bored once in your class. I love your teaching style. The flow was great. I felt you were very compassionate about educating your class on safety and awareness. I appreciate your patience and help yesterday at the range. I certainly look forward to utilizing you as a resource to further educate me on firearms. I wouldn’t mind someday learning more about competitive shooting.
Easy-to-Follow and Highly Recommeded
I found the class very informative. Doug definitely knows his stuff when it comes to firearms. The presentation was easy-to-follow and he was really good about showing the best way to handle a gun at the range. I definitely recommend taking his class!
Very Talented Approach To Teaching
Loved the class. You did a great job of education. You did a wonderful piece of teaching to savvy experienced folks and brand new gun users without making anyone nervous or inadequate. Very talented approach and you also came across as wonderfully experienced while very humble. Cheers to you.
Covered More Topics Than Other MN Permit to Carry Classes
Your class for the renewal of my gun permit definitely met my expectations. You covered topics that were not included in my last class – other state restrictions, types of guns, various MN laws, quick access box, self-defense insurance. I have given your information to my son who also needs to renew his permit.
We Had Fun!
Doug, thank you for the permit class. My wife and I enjoyed it and both thought it was thorough and very informative. And, as a plus, we had fun. She was very nervous about the shoot but said you made it easy and helped her have the confidence to do it. We are very glad about the experience and would definitely recommend your class to others.
Good Information & Presented Well!
Thanks for the class today. Some good information and presented well.
I will definitely get you some referral business. Excellent job!!
Informative & Helpful
Thanks for the informative and helpful class yesterday. We will be taking more classes as you suggested to. I’m so glad I took your course.
You Covered What We Need To Know
Doug, I have taken your class at least 4 times. You covered what we need to know. The rest is in us! Thank you very much! You got word of mouth from me.
The Class Was Great
Hey Doug, thank you. The class was great today. I appreciate the extra tips when we were shooting too.
One Of The Best Classes I’ve Attended
Doug Taylor of Hat Trick Training presented one of the best classes I have attended. Doug was very professional, covered all the material clearly, and instructed with a calm, positive demeanor. My only criticism is that with all the good questions presented, it went a little longer than I had expected.
Highly Recommend Hat Trick Training
I have been around guns all of my life, but I purchase a handgun last year out of interest in the hobby of shooting and home protection. I attended Doug’s class because I wanted to get training in the proper use and safety associate with the ownership of a firearm. The class that Doug gave was an excellent presentation of what I was looking for. His style and approach to training was thorough and thoughtful. I highly recommend Hat Trick Training to anyone serious about learning about the proper use and safety of owning a firearm.