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September 26th, 2020

GREAT COURSE! Gary is very professional as well as knowledgeable in the matter of our 2nd amendment rights. The online course was convenient, intuitive, and simple to complete. My wife and I recently finished the course as well as the shooting portion and we are both thrilled at how flawless the process was. Thank you Gary. We’ll see you in 5 years for our renewal.


Sam from Minneapolis , Minnesota - United States
September 12th, 2020

My wife and I completed the online permit to carry class. It was so convenient to take it when it fit into our schedule. The training was thorough and well put together. The shooting test was quick and again well orchestrated. Would highly recommended this class to anyone. Well done Gary and thank you!

Phil from Lakeville, Minnesota - United States
September 12th, 2020

Great course! Great instructor! Online portion was very informative and easy to navigate; shooting qualification was quick and safe. Thanks Gary!

Nicholas from FARMINGTON, Minnesota - United States
September 9th, 2020

I'm so happy we took our on-line course from Gary. Whenever we had a question about ANYTHING he always got back to us promptly. He is competent AND has a good sense of humor making the on-line class more enjoyable.

Thomas from Apple Valley, Minnesota - United States
September 5th, 2020

I took the online carry course from Gary. Because of Covid-19, I was hesitant to take an in-person class. The online class worked out fine. The videos were well done and very informative. I learned a lot. The shooting test didn't take long. We got our instructions, shot when it was our turn, and we were done. Firearm training is very important. Gary did a good job.

Robert from Burnsville, Minnesota - United States
August 18th, 2020

The course was impactful and informative, and Gary was prompt and responsive to all questions asked, in person and via email. Gary was precise on the laws and ethics of the choice to carry concealed, and most importantly safe safe safe. Our day at the range was proof of that. He taught others about the rules of safety that weren’t even in our class. Well done, well laid out and much advised to anyone wishing to pursue their permit.

Chad from Burnsville, Minnesota - United States
August 18th, 2020

The online carry course was well outlined and informative. Gary was great to work with and was very punctual in responding to a few questions we had. Range day was a breeze and we were in and out within 20 minutes. I will be back in 5 years and I have already recommended the course to others.

Jed from Rosemount, Minnesota - United States
August 14th, 2020

The online training was very informative and easy to understand. Whether a skilled marksman or just a novice, Gary made the shooting qualification stress-free and enjoyable. I would recommend Shades Landing Inc. to anyone who is pursuing ther CCP.

Tim from Shakopee, Minnesota - United States
August 8th, 2020

It was quick, easy and efficient! All the rules were made very clear. Instructor was friendly and helpful!

nick from EAGAN, Minnesota - United States
July 30th, 2020

I took this course recently and took a private lesson on firearm safety, handling and shooting with Gary. Both sessions were awesome. Gary is very knowledgeable about gun laws and explains everything really well in his presentations. Being able to do the course online was a definite plus. Range experience was great too, being able to do it outdoors. Gary corrected my grip and stance that immediately improved my target practice. Overall great course with excellent instruction.

{{ Thank you Ashwin. It was a pleasure meeting with you and hope to see you again in 5 years if not a lot sooner. Have a great summer! }}

Ashwin from , United States
July 26th, 2020

I recently took the CCW course on line and found it to quite good and very convenient. Gary does an outstanding job of communicating all of the critical aspects of firearm safety. I strongly recommend the on line course. I especially liked having the ability to go back and review the content.


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John from Burnsville, Minnesota - United States
July 23rd, 2020

I first took a Ladies Only class with Gary about 10 years ago, and since then have taken 2 online renewal classes. The content is current and valuable. Emails are answered timely. I highly recommend Shade's Landing.

Lynda from Lakeville, Minnesota - United States
July 11th, 2020

Great course, very educational and convenient. Great people and a great experience!

Klay from , Minnesota - United States
July 7th, 2020

Very good course and very convenient. I will definitely be returning.

Ryan from Savage, United States
June 23rd, 2020

My 2nd amendment rights have become very important to me with the unrest we are experiencing in this country. I am so thankful that I chose this course for my training, the availability of online teaching fit my lifestyle. Gary was most helpful, very knowledgeable and willing to take the time some of us need to understand the importance of being a responsible gun owner. He had a fast response to every email and setting up time for shoot component of class was a breeze. Thank you Gary for helping me to feel comfortable as I was very nervous. Would highly recommend.


Lisa from Prior Lake, Minnesota - United States
June 23rd, 2020

Thank you for the online course. My brother and I taking the class online.
Gary was very professional and friendly.

I highly recommend Gary to everyone, my friends and family.

Thank you!


Hoa from Burnsville, Minnesota - United States
June 20th, 2020

Thank you for the online course. It is very nice taling the class online in the comfort of your home, especially during this hard times of the pandemic.

Gary was very professional, trustworthy and friendly. I ordered some CDs, which I totally forgot about but he was honest and kind enough to call me and reminded me. Thank you.

I will recommend Shadeslanding Inc. to family and friends.


Ifedayo from Woodbury, Minnesota - United States
June 10th, 2020

Thanks again Gary. The way you have designed the online course is very convenient, and very comprehensive!

<< Thank you Ed. Have a great summer! - Gary - >>

Ed from , United States
June 7th, 2020

Thanks Gary. This is my second time with you and in 5 years i will be back. Be safe and healthy. See you then.c
Thanks David! Have a safe and great summer!

David from Stillwater, Minnesota - United States
May 30th, 2020

My wife and I recently moved to Minnesota and needed to get new CCW permits. We found this course and couldn't be happier with our selection. The course was loaded with every bit of info you could possibly need and Gary was as humourous as he was knowledgeable. When our renewal comes up we will definitely be back to Shade's Landing!

Dano from Rosemount, Minnesota - United States
May 30th, 2020

This course is the absolute best way to renew your carry permit. The classes are extremely informative and I love that you can go back in to review in case you missed something. Gary is extremely professional and knowledgeable. Thank you again for offering these classes in this fashion.

Doug from Forest Lake, Minnesota - United States
April 28th, 2020

The course was very informative, I learn a lot I would not mind to retake it and also the instructor was very nice and patient. I f I know anyone who wants to do or renew the license I would gladly refer them .

Paul from ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota - United States
April 28th, 2020

Excellence firearms' instructor. Took carry class. Thank you for providing this extremely valuable service!!!!!!!

Lynne from Minneapolis, Minnesota - United States
April 21st, 2020

Very thorough and convenient. This was my second renewal with Shade’s Landing and both times resulted in a seamless issuance of my carry permit. I also like the 20$ discount for return customers. This class is the way to go.


Dan from Vadnais Hts, Minnesota - United States
April 21st, 2020

Wow awesome course,online was nice becuase you can do it at your own convenience,
Gary is very knowledgeable with the laws and with guns,happy i went here and not somwhere else
Definitely will be referring everyone i know here

Thanks Luis - it was a pleasure to meet you. Hope to see you again soon.

Luis from Chanhassen , Minnesota - United States
March 10th, 2020

The best online experience yet! Will always go with this class delivery, very convenient and the on course shooting aspect was easy and fast.

ANTHONY from SAINT PAUL, Minnesota - United States
February 16th, 2020

This is my 2nd renewal and the first time taking Jason's class. Jason is very professional and informational, I would recommend Jason's conceal carry class to anyone. This was definitely the best class that i have taken, Thanks Jason, see you in 5 years.

John from Isle, Minnesota
January 28th, 2020

There is a reason i have used Shade's Landing 3 times to renew!! Great training and always a pleasure seeing Gary at the range!!

David from Lakeville, Minnesota - United States
January 28th, 2020

Great course! Online class was very straight forward. Work at your own pace. Gary was very helpful during shooting test. Very professional!!!
Would highly recommend!! 10 out of 10

Chris from Cologne, Minnesota - United States
October 31st, 2019

I took Gary's online course and really enjoyed it. It moved quickly and gave me all I needed to be able to take & pass the tests. I especially like that Gary designed the course in a linear fashion: from A to B to C. That really worked well for me. Gary was very helpful by phone when I had some questions. He is very professional in his approach to gun safety and use. The shooting qualification went quickly and well. Thank you, Gary, for all your help!

John from Eagan, Minnesota - United States
September 21st, 2019

Hi all, this past week was my 2nd renewal with Gary and again I enjoyed the course and range exercise. I highly recommend Gary's in class or online course to anyone looking to get their carry permit. The online course is great for persons with a busy schedule. The range qualification was quick and easy. I will again be using Gary in 5 years when I need to renew my permit again.
Shade's Landing Inc. Wonderful people to work with. Thanks again Gary

Dean from Waite Park, Minnesota - United States
August 28th, 2019

Good course. Took about three hours to cover the course and take the tests. Easy to listen to, covered all the same items that an in person class does.

William from Stillwater, Minnesota - United States
July 22nd, 2019

This is my 3rd time taking a class from Gary and I HIGHLY recommend it. The material is well presented and his style makes what can be a very "dry" subject interesting and interactive.

Lori from RICHFIELD, Minnesota - United States
June 26th, 2019

I've taken Shades Landing classroom course twice before and was well pleased. This time we tried the online carry course which worked out well for us. The material was well presented and thorough. I would highly recommend either course to anyone.

Brad from Faribault, Minnesota - United States
June 6th, 2019

Gary's course content is great and his range qualification session was easy and thorough. Second time I have been through his program, would recommend to anyone.

alan from prior lake, Minnesota - United States
June 3rd, 2019

This was a great way to renew my permit. The class online was simple, easy to follow and not nearly as time-consuming as going to a 6-hour class.

Steve from Lilydale, Minnesota - United States
May 11th, 2019

My third time going through this process. Very easy to do. Gary is professional and very helpful. This a great program.

Steven from Apple Valley, Minnesota - United States
May 8th, 2019

This was my second renewal with Gary. His program is very thorough, very informative, and a breeze to navigate through. I highly recommend to anyone looking for this type of information & training.

Cal from Hutchinson, Minnesota - United States
May 8th, 2019

3rd time renewal with Gary. Easy process. Very informative. Gun range set up to very smooth checkout. He answers emails quickly and seems to care about his customers. I recommend him highly.

Bill from Lakeville , Minnesota - United States
April 23rd, 2019

I found the online course to be extremely convenient. I was surprised with how up to date the reference material was. It made use of real world examples that were in the news just a few months ago. The outdoor range is very nice and qualifying could not have been easier. I look forward to my next renewal five years down the road. I have already referred a friend of and will certainly recommend this course to others in the future.

N. from Eagan, Minnesota - United States
April 23rd, 2019

My first hybrid recert. Very knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend Shades Landing to all looking for training.

Mark from Shakopee, Minnesota - United States
April 22nd, 2019

I just finished my third (3rd) Carry Class with Mr. Shade. If we are both still around, for My fourth, I’ll Be Back...

>> Thank Al. I am hoping we are both around in 5 years! Have a great summer and thank you. <<

Al from Prior Lake, Minnesota - United States
April 20th, 2019

Awesome course and awesome instructor. The course is easy to fit in my busy schedule. Show up to the range hit your targets and haul ass. Couldn't be happier

Michael from Rosemount , Minnesota - United States
April 9th, 2019

Completed the Minnesota - Multistate Carry Permit Course this past weekend and really enjoyed the class. Gary keeps the attendees focused to keep us on schedule and his presentation is first rate and never boring. The slide presentation provides visual input so we can take notes and ask pointed questions. This was my third class in ten years and I feel confident in the knowledge and updated laws/regulations Gary presented.

John from Lakeville, Minnesota - United States
April 2nd, 2019

Unbelievably easy to work with. To the point yet entertaining. I will be referring everyone I know to this company!
After all the only way to stop a bad guy with the gun is to have a good guy with a gun!

Troy from Rosemount, Minnesota - United States
March 13th, 2019

Another great year working with Shades Landing doing their Hybrid Renewal course....They are very responsive with any problems/questions that you have, the whole course right down to doing your qualifying very smooth....Always my choice....Thanks Gary

Timothy from Apple Valley, Minnesota - United States
March 10th, 2019

I just took Gary's course for the 3rd time to renew my permit again. I love the class at the Legion. You can order a good breakfast during class, there are plenty of breaks and the 3 hours flys by. Gary is very knowledgeable and gives the class a lot of useful information. I highly recommend this course to anyone.

Chris from , United States
March 9th, 2019

Comprehensive, clear and concise..... all done in a matter of hours at MY convenience. The online course allowed me to review things as much as I wanted without holding up an entire class of people. My professional schedule is busy so being able to fo this online was a life saver. Gary is very clear, knowledgeable and easy to understand.

I will refer Shade's Landing to anyone and everyone.

Thank you!

Claire from Minneapolis, Minnesota - United States
February 26th, 2019

Great time saver taking the online course and also grateful for not just testing for live fire, but offering suggestions where I needed improvement. Over all a great experience!

Shawn from Plymouth , Minnesota - United States
February 2nd, 2019

Took basic carry course as refresher with Jason. He's very knowledgeable and well versed in the aspects of what carrying entails and does an outstanding job both communicating that to participants, as well as sparking self focus questions that encourage a person to consider their weaknesses and areas they might improve on. Course well designed, straight foreword, and very good real life examples incorporated. If I can force myself to make the time, I'm positive that many of the advanced courses offered here would be well worth the investment.

Dave from Mora, Minnesota - United States
December 17th, 2018

This is the third time I have taken the course offered by Gary Shade, Shade's Landing. ( 1st time and 2 renewals). Gary is an exceptional instructor, and every time I have learned something new. Wouldn't take the course from any one else!

Debbie from Cannon Falls, Minnesota - United States
December 14th, 2018

Great on line class! I needed to renew my permit, and thought I would try the on line route. Gary's presentation of the material, in the three modules, was top notch. He has a no nonsense, straight forward approach. The range portion was the same way. There was 4 of us to shoot, again Gary was straight forward on what he expected from us. All around great experience. 5 years go by very fast. See you soon. Thank you, Jim

Jim from Inver grove Heights, Minnesota - United States
December 11th, 2018

I took the online course and found it easy to follow. The tests were easy to print and then take to the range. Mr. Shade promptly answered email regarding range time and I was able to complete the entire course and get stuff turned in to the state in 3 days time. There is some good information you’ll get access to in the Shades Landing library. I would highly recommend this course.

Shain from Minneapolis , Minnesota - United States
October 20th, 2018

Enjoyed the online course for my PTC renewal. Pricing is very competitive.
Will recommend this course to others.

Graham from Owatonna, Minnesota - United States
October 13th, 2018

Great to take the training on line at home
would recommend to anyone looking to get a carry permit or renewal.

Thanks Dave

david from so st paul, Minnesota - United States
October 1st, 2018

Loved the online renewal course, easy and convenient. Gary goes over all the things that should be known and done to carry a fire arm . Thanks Gary for a great product.

RON from Eden Prairie, Minnesota - United States
September 14th, 2018

If your looking for a great online renewal course this is the place to go. Gary Shade explains things in easy to understand modules. It's well worth the time and money.

Richard from Burnsville, Minnesota - United States
July 30th, 2018

You have a 1st class outfit Thank You for your time.

Dave from Lakeville, Minnesota - United States
July 30th, 2018

This was my 3rd renewal with Shades Landing's course and I feel this is the best course and value out there, both classroom and online. Gary is very knowledgeable, the materials and clear and concise and the entire course is presented very professionally. Have highly recommended to many others.

David from Saint Paul, Minnesota - United States
June 10th, 2018

This was the 2nd time I have taken Gary's conceal class. And as always Gary showed his patience with the shooters, especially me. Gary pointed out some shooting skills that I need to improve on that I myself would not have recognized. Gary is very knowledgeable when it comes to firearms safety and handling as well as knowing the laws pertaining to Conceal and Carry. To keep everyone's interest, Gary will insert a few awesome stories. Keep up the good work Shade.

Mike from New Hope.

Mike from New Hope, Minnesota - United States
May 26th, 2018

I normally prefer classroom over online courses, but due to a tight schedule I chose Gary's online course which was an excellent decision. He is very professional and presents the course extremely well. I completed one online module every morning for three mornings. Then the range time with Gary at the Horse & Hunt Club is very pleasant, well organized and on time. Shade's Landing Inc is my " go to " place in the future and I recommend it to anyone for the permit to carry classes.

Ron from Edina, Minnesota - United States
May 22nd, 2018

Great class, instructor very knowledgeable explained everything clearly and direct.

MAURICE from Monticello, Minnesota - United States
May 4th, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed Gary's online Permit to Carry course. It was well presented, not boring, and contained a lot of information. I could pause it and come back to it, as well as review it as much as I needed to prior to taking the quizzes.
The range qual was also very enjoyable. It was conducted very safely and without the stress that some instructors seem to feel is necessary while they're in charge. Gary is a real professional. I will highly recommend Shade's Landing to all my friends. Thanks Gary!!

Alan from Shakopee, Minnesota - United States
April 23rd, 2018

Thank you for the informative course. Haven't taken a course for quite a few years. The laws have changed a lot. I know my wife will want to take this also in the near future.

Steve from Tonka Bay, Minnesota - United States
April 21st, 2018

I decided to take the online renewal course this time around . I'm a stay home mom and do not always have someone to watch my boys so I csn attend the class. THANK YOU so much for offering an online renewal course! Shades Landing, Gary you are a phenomial instructor and I always recommend to anyone looking to renew or get their permit to look you up!! You do not disappoint!! Thanks again!! See you in 5 years!

{Thank you Courtney! I appreciate your kind words and looking forward to see you again. Have a great summer!}

Courtney from St. Cloud, Minnesota - United States
April 10th, 2018

I took my permit course with Jason in isle. Jason is a phenomenal insteuctor, extremely professional, humble, and was shocked by the knowleadge that he had to offer. I was extremely glad to be able to have such a great experience the first time. Shades will always get my business and everyone I talk to I would only recommend them.

Ryan from Cambridge, Minnesota - United States
March 17th, 2018

It was time to renew, so my wife and I took the Permit to Carry Course in person from Gary. I like doing the course in person rather than on line as I enjoy the personal interaction between other participants and instructor. Gary does a fine job and goes above the minimum required for the course. Reasonably priced and accommodating. We'll be back in 5 years.

Jeff from Lakeville, Minnesota - United States
March 13th, 2018

Gary Shade is an excellent instructor. My adult son and I took the live class training to renew our permits, because we learn things from other people's questions. Gary goes beyond the minimum needed for the class and presented much more information and personal experience to the presentation. I would recommend Shade's Landing to everyone.

Bruce from Eagan, Minnesota - United States
March 3rd, 2018

Mr. Shade is a fine instructor, but more than that, he genuinely cares about what he does. In a world filled with misconceptions and wrong ideas, Mr. Shade’s comittment to helping others is important and refreshing. I am very grateful I took my renewal class from him.

Don from Eagan, Minnesota - United States
February 8th, 2018

Great instructor. Very helpful. Took the online course to renew my CC permit and also had a brush-up session at the range with Gary since it had been awhile since I had shot my gun.
Great renewal course!! I loved the online component, allowing me to complete it when I had time.
Highly recommend Shades Landing!

Jan from Farmington, Minnesota - United States
January 29th, 2018

Took the online course and then the range test with Gary to renew my conceal carry permit. The entire process couldn't have been easier. Best price and value I found, it was nice to have a discount for a renewal. I will be back in 5 years for my renewal and my husband will be signing up next year for his. Thank you Gary, it was a great experience.

Marilyn from Savage, Minnesota - United States
January 15th, 2018

Gary is very knowledgeable and thorough keeps the class interesting. he is a very personable man and is all about safety. i took my original class with him & now my renewal and will continue doing my classes with him

steve from , United States
January 15th, 2018

This is a great carry course. Jason is very knowledgeable and covers all aspects of the laws very well. I've used their online and classroom courses and am happy with both. Jason is knowledgeable on the range too. He gives good pointers to those who need a bit of extra help on the range.

I will use their services every time I need to renew my permit

Dale from Princeton, Minnesota - United States
January 7th, 2018

Great course!! Good info and very straight forward. Wouldn't go anywhere else. A++++

Jeff from , United States
December 5th, 2017

I did the online classroom portion, then met Gary at MN horse and club for the shooting portion. Vary plesent all the way around, I would recommend them to anyone. Fair prices, to the point no b.s. online class. We went out to the range at 9:30 and I was on my way home at 9:46. I was able to complete the online class and quizzes in one evening after the kids went to bed. I will see you in five years for the renewal Gary! Thanks!

Tyler from Farmington, Minnesota - United States
November 25th, 2017

First timer and i couldnt have asked for a better course for my permit to carry. Online courses were educational and a sense of appropriate humor was well received. Gary was kind but professional when it came to the firing portion, definately recommend!!

Debra from Brookyln Park, Minnesota - United States
November 25th, 2017

I used Shade's Landing twice now for my carry permit and renewal. Extremely satisfied both times. The online course is excellent. Everything was so easy and convenient! Thanks Gary!

Matt from , United States
November 25th, 2017

Gary is thorough. His no-nonsense approach provides correct answers and advice. His diligence is making sure CC students have basic handgun understanding. He is fair and efficient. Good instructor.

C. from Apple Valey, Minnesota - United States
November 21st, 2017

Gary is a great teacher. Makes the class interactive and fun for all members. Gary is a class act. Hopefully get a time to get some advanced classes from him someday.

Clint from Lonsdale, Minnesota - United States
November 3rd, 2017

Online Course was easy and able to complete on my own time! Tutorials were very easy to follow and the testing was a simple way to get everything completed. Once the online portion was done, the live shooting was a breeze and Gary made it very easy! Thank you for offering this course and I will see you again in 5 years!

Chad from Carver, Minnesota - United States
October 31st, 2017

The on line course was straightforward and easy to complete.
It could not have been much more painless.

John from Papillion, Nebraska - United States
October 15th, 2017

Online renewal was a breeze.
Gary shade was great, again!

Michael from Big lake, Minnesota - United States
October 9th, 2017

The online renewal was terrific! Fantastic and quick communication. The content was great and easy to follow. Great communication setting up the live shooting date and time. Will always recommend Gary!!

See you in 5 years!

Chad from New Market, Minnesota - United States
October 7th, 2017

Best class Instructor for content, real life learning and gun law application. Whatever you do...don't pull a Garyism


josue from lakeville, Minnesota - United States
September 24th, 2017

I used the on-line course. The course was very informative a great way to get the information. Gary was very responsive with any questions regarding the on-line course or qualification shoot.

Gary was very helpful at the shoot and organized. I was there at 9:15 and on the road after the shoot by 9:45.


Bob from Plymouth, Minnesota - United States
July 20th, 2017

Took the refresher course on line. Met Gary and the people for shooting qualifications at a gun range. Gary gave pointers on shooting stances where needed along rules of gun safety. He answered question anyone had and asked some questions. Gary is very personable. He takes pride in the classes he teaches. He is a very good instructor. I highly recommend him.

David from Jordan, United States
June 25th, 2017

Second time taking the class with Gary and took the hybrid course. Very much appreciated this option and completed the range portion today, 6/25/17. Thank you Gary.

[Thank you Tim!]

Tim from Eagan, Minnesota - United States
June 18th, 2017

I have taken my permit to carry course 3 times with Gary. Absolute pleasure every single time. The first 2 times were physical classes followed by the shooting qualification, this last time I tried the hybrid online classroom followed by the shooting qualification. I absolutely loved this option as it allowed you to complete it during time that fit your personal schedule. I would most definitely recommend this option to anybody who asked. Gary's shooting qualifications are always very comfortable and explained thoroughly before you take to the line, expectations are explained and reexplained if need be. As long as Gary and Shade's Landing continues to provide the training, I will continue returning for my recertification. Thanks Gary and Co., always a pleasure.

Michael Casello

Michael from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota - United States
May 22nd, 2017

The first time I took my permit to carry was an 8 hour classroom and then another hour at the range. The guy was not pleasant and didn't really want woman in the class.............definitely NOT Shade's Landing Quality. I was dreading having to do the renewal.............

This was my 5 year renewal of the permit to carry. My GF recommended taking the online course and the shooting part of the testing thru Shade's Landing.
Like others I was a bit skeptical but not anymore!
Although it was an hour away from my house it was well worth the drive.
I highly recommend Gary and his team for not only the permit to carry license but especially for woman. They take the time to answer your questions and make you feel comfortable.
I give this a 5 star rating and will be back!

Wanda from Elk River, Minnesota - United States
April 26th, 2017

This was my first time for taking the class so I was a little skeptical not
knowing what to expect, I was well pleased with Jason he was great to work with. I would highly recommend this class for the woman out there
who want to get their permit to carry. I walked away learning so much Thanks Jason keep up the good work .

[[ Thank you Kristy! It was our pleasure having you and your family in class. ]]

KRISTY from MORA , Minnesota - United States
April 25th, 2017

This is the second time I've taken the Mn carry online class. Love the self paced study. Got to shoot this AM and luckily the rain held off even though Gary assured me I wouldn't melt. I'd recommend this course to anyone who had limited time. Thanks Gary!!

John from Otsego, Minnesota - United States
April 10th, 2017

Just renewed my permit with Jason.....Highly educational class and time well spent.
Just got the DVD set and have watched it a few times.
Thanks Jason

Glenda from McGrath, Minnesota - United States
April 10th, 2017

I would highly recommend Gary's class to anyone looking to get their carry permit. The online course is perfect for people with busy schedule. The qualification was easy and fast. I will be using Gary in 5 years when I have to renew my permit again.

Kyle from Woodbury, Minnesota - United States
January 31st, 2017

my first renewal was 5 year's ago with Gary this was a five star operation
my second renewal was with Jason and again a five star operation
on my upcoming in five years will be shade's landing i recommend this for anyone.

*** Thank you Ron! We look forward to having you back. Stay safe. ***

Ronald from pine, Minnesota - United States
December 30th, 2016

Five years ago I took the carry permit course from Gary in person. I took the online course to renew my permit. This morning I met Gary at the range to qualify. The online course was perfect for me. Honestly Gary is about as nice a person as you will ever meet. And he doesn't mind helping, if you need it.

Doug from Roseville, United States
January 10th, 2016

I took the class and was extremely pleased with how informative and well presented the class was. Gary was our instructor and was great from the original phone call to set up the payment for the class, to the actual class instruction itself. Highly recommend taking the class through Shades Landing, great guys and very nice.

Terry from New Hope, Minnesota - United States
October 5th, 2015

*** On our advanced Tactical Firepower II and III training courses ***


Thanks for another great training session. Both the returning students and the new ones were very happy with what they learned. That should tell you something when you have that many guys that want to come back and do it again. Jason does an excellent job of building from the fundamentals to the more advanced skills. I think everyone is quite surprised at what they're capable of accomplishing with some solid training- me included. Gary's remarks both related and unrelated to class material are always appreciated and spice things up.

Looking at next spring, I'm thinking one more class like we've had. There are a number of people that couldn't make either of the two we had this year. I've also had some gals that have wanted to attend or guys that wanted to bring their wives but I've hesitated because it changes the dynamics of the class so much. Pretty sure we wouldn't be making jokes about Mike's wiener if we had women in the class. Or, maybe we would.

I also really want to do a follow up session building upon what we learned so far. I've asked a few of the guys and there's a lot of interest. We can look at some dates in the spring for both.

Thanks again

Mark from Austin, Minnesota - United States
February 16th, 2015

Being able to do the entire class on my own time was such a great convenience. The material covered with the quizzes are all exceptional and to the point.. The actual shooting exam is very enjoyable. 4 of my friends had referred me to Gary and I couldn't have been happier to have taken a class from him.

Thank You!

Yeej from , United States
October 21st, 2014

I just finished the on-line conceal and carry course to renew my certification. This is a very good way to be able to learn almost one on one, review, and work at your own pace to complete.

I would recommend at some point trying to get all the answers on one page. I did not scroll down all the way on some of the answers and therefore got them incorrect.

Thanks much for allowing another venue for taking the course and the quizzes.

Claudia from Grasston, Minnesota - United States
June 22nd, 2014

I just took my MN renewal course online. I took my original training online from Gary also. Gary is the consummate professional. I cant wait to attend some advanced training. I especially recommend first timers training with Gary, as he separates the BS from the stuff you really need to know !!!!

[Thank you Richard! Great to see you again.]

Richard from Rosemount, Minnesota - United States
March 2nd, 2014

I just completed my 3rd carry course with Gary Shade this last time going through the online version of the course.

The online version is very well put together in 3 distinct modules that you can, and in my cased needed, to review more than once prior to taking the quiz that covers each section. A well documented course with all the information that is covered in the classroom version.

I highly recommend using Gary Shade for the concealed carry class for both the in person classroom session which I have done twice with Gary or the newer online version that I just completed.

Gary's common sense approach to personal protection and his dedication to teaching others is commendable. I will continue to use Gary for my training as long as I remain a resident of Minnesota and I highly recommend him to everyone interested in obtaining a concealed carry permit!

MICHAEL from EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota - United States
March 25th, 2013


I want to thank you for an informative and no stress course. For anyone who is thinking of getting their permit this is the course to go for. You take it online, in your home with no stress what so ever and at your convenience and time of day.

The online course was all I hoped it would be. I got my certificate today in the mail and plan on running it up to the Sheriff's office tomorrow.

Thank You again for a very well put together course that I took on my time schedule.

Dale from Princeton, Minnesota - United States
July 30th, 2012

I took a class with Gary about 3 years ago and another about a year and half ago.As a military police officer with hundreds of hours on the range as well as shoothouses with weapons from M-9 to M-240B I was leary about a firearms class . I also have spent plenty of hours watching powerpoints.I was interested and learned a ton of info from Gary on laws and firearms themselves.I was never bored in his class and he was very professional the whole time.The law part in my opinion was the most important as they vary from state to state and he was very knowledgable.I would like to say thanks again and I will be coming back when my licenses expire.

Chris from St Paul, Minnesota - United States
July 9th, 2012

I have to say that at first I was very leery of doing my Carry Class on-line. After going through the training modules I was unbelievably impressed. As a someone who owns their own business and doesn't have a set schedule I thought it would take me months to set aside time to do my Carry Class. I was able to do the modules while traveling; saving me time and money!

Gary was incredibly fast to respond to emails, and even let me do my range test the following day!

I was nervous to take the test, but Gary was professional and reassuring. I would honestly recommend Gary, whether in-class or online over the 6-8 other locations I looked at. I felt at ease and didn't feel like I was being judged or looked down on for not having a super high level of understanding before going through the class.

Honestly, I now have the confidence to carry and know my rights in the law.

Adam from Minneapolis, Minnesota - United States
March 19th, 2012

I have been wanting to apply for my carry permit for quite some time, but have never been able to find the half a day to take a classroom course. The online course truely opened up the possibility of having a carry permit to me.
The course itself is well laid out,communicates all the pertinent information without needless fluff and 'filler', and does so in a way that made me want to jump right into the next module.
Gary does a great job - both presenting the online course, and during the practical assessment. Not only was he clear and concise with the safety rules and requirements during the practical assessment, but went the extra mile and gave me a few personal tips on stance, grip etc. all very minor adjustments, that made a noticeable impact on my accuracy and consistency. Thanks Gary!

MARK from EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota - United States
March 19th, 2012

I am a student at Inver Hills and recently took the online-hybrid course. The course is great and easy to use. The lectures and modules are clear, informative and concise. Gary is easy to contact, and answers any questions posed. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn Minnesota gun laws and anyone wanting to apply for a carry permit.

Timothy from Stillwater, Minnesota - United States
February 23rd, 2012

The online Concealed Carry course was wonderful! I was able to fit this into my already hectic schedule. The modules were very informative and Gary's narration is clear and detailed. He even showed up on his day off so we could test out at the range. His pointers in the range were simple but made a world of difference in my shooting execution. I would definitely go through Shades Landing again for future courses and would recommend it to anyone else looking to complete this certification or anything related to shooting. Thanks Gary!

Rachel from Burnsville, Minnesota - United States
July 17th, 2010

The online course was great! The Material was well laid out and very informative.

With a hectic schedule, this was a complete blessing to me. The course allowed me to work at my own pace and on my own schedule. Anyone considering taking the conceal and carry course, this online version is a great way to go. Thanks again, I loved the opportunity!

I am still waiting for my carry permit, applied on the 29th, so I hope it doesn't take that long at Hennepin County Sheriff's Dept.

Pamela from Crystal, Minnesota - United States
December 6th, 2009

I highly recomment the online course, which is well-presented, easy to follow, and gives rapid responses. Well done!

Ken from Burnsville, Minnesota - United States
November 25th, 2009

I signed up for the class assuming that it would be boring and that the instructor would just teach me things I already knew. I was wrong. I learned a great deal that I did not already know. Because much of the material was new to me, the online class kept my attention.

Prior to signing up for the hybrid online class, I did a lot of research into which class I should take. My priorities were 1) work within a budget; 2) save time; 3) get my certificate quickly.

I spent around $100 (including range time), which is probably the best deal out there. I spent probably 4 hours or so on the course. I got my certificate about 3 days after I signed up for the course. Considering all factors, I am confident I made the right decision in choosing Gary's course. If you duplicate my research, I am sure you will come to the same conclusion.

Michael from Falcon Heights, Minnesota - United States
October 29th, 2009

Hey Gary the online course was great! The Material was well laid out and very informative. The course allowed me to work at my own pace and on my own schedule. Anyone considering taking the conceal and carry course, this online version is a great way to go. Thanks again.


Rob from Lakeville, Minnesota - United States
August 30th, 2009

Gary, With busy schedules and running the kids around to there activities i did not think i would have the time to set aside to sign up for a conceal and carry course. When i called you to talk about my options and you informed me of the online course i enrolled immediately. The online enrollment process was very user friendly. I was able to take the course at my own pace. I finished the entire course in a couple hours and was able to take all the tests that same evening. Being you are on your own and do not have an instructor with you i did write down the many questions that came to mind and had all of the answered when Gary and i met 2 days later for my live shooting requirement and final test. I immediately applied for my carry permit with my local sheriff and less than 2 weeks later i now have my permit. Gary thanks for making it possible to have this option and having your website to continue my education to have the right to carry.

BRYAN from PRIOR LAKE, Minnesota - United States
August 11th, 2009

Glocks ROCK !! ;-)nerdy

Dunamis from St. Paul, Minnesota - United States
August 11th, 2009

Yours was not the first ccw class i have taken. I was VERY impressed and pleased to note that while all of your competition teaches the statutory law... YOU went the extra mile and included case law. The suplimental CD-ROM that you gave away FREE to your students was an amazing resource. Thank you VERY VERY much. I was inspired by your son's determined stand for Liberty, and, while I also have been standing... I went ahead and acquired a covert Hi res video/audio recording device so that I can simultaneously secure evidence while being demanded to "Show me yer Papers!!"

I have already, and will continue to, recommend you heartily and enthusiastically to my friends...

Dunamis Flux, St. Paul, Minnesota

Dunamis from St. Paul, Minnesota - United States
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