As the founder of  IOWA CARRY ( Iowa Firearms Coalition ) who worked to bring the "Shall Issue" Permit to Carry Weapons or Concealed Carry Law (CCW) to Iowa, and a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor for 21 years. I have dedicated a lot of time to the issue and have worked hard to develop a complete, detailed and thorough Iowa CCW Permit Class that is both informational and entertaining.

Owning, using, and carrying a firearm is a heavy burden and possibly one of the single greatest responsibilities, never to be taken lightly. Whether you've never had any experience with a firearm, or are very experienced, my goal is to provide quality firearms instruction. I am based in Oskaloosa, Iowa but travel the midwest giving courses and instruction.


On such a serious matter - Don't you want the best training you can get

My NRA Certified Instructor led training classes have been approved by the Iowa DPS as meeting
the requirements towards an Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons (CCW).

Take a class with complete information - not just the minimum

All classes are Instructor led in person and go well beyond the NRA Basic Pistol course in
order to discuss what you need to know about the issues & laws concerning carrying weapons.

Iowa Permit Classes are $50 per person with no pre-payment required

Visit the pages on this site for information on instruction and courses or contact me if you
have questions.

Steve Hensyel
Owner / Instructor
Oskaloosa, Iowa

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Recommendations & Reviews

Sam Knowles
Bureau Chief at Iowa Department of Public Safety - Retired

"I first became acquainted with Steve Hensyel about four years ago when he was a forceful advocate for reform of the carry permit laws in Iowa. Since then, I have come to know Steve as an accomplished firearms instructor whose primary interest is in the accomplishments of his students. His classes are well planned and well presented. His students leave knowing that they have been exposed to a complete  course in handgun instruction".

Dave Sedivec
Executive Director at Mahaska County Conservation Board

"I have worked with Steve on multiple occasions and am very impressed with his work. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the subject he teaches. I would reccommend Steve to anyone interested in firearms training or carry permit instruction."

Joe Dehart
Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant to the President at Des Moines Area Community College

"Steve provided an informative, practical, and wise presentation about how and what it means to carry a firearm. He pointed out common pitfalls and risks and painted a clear picture of how to properly carry a firearm. His training was fun and challenged my thinking in this area. I highly reccommend that is you need firearms training, choose Hawkeye!"

Robert Awe
Detention Officer at Pottawattamie County Jail

"I attended one of Steve's classes in December of 2010. Steve is extremely well versed in specifics on aspects of law and how it applies in varying situations. He taught with a passion for the subject, and kept things light and friendly. I've already recommended Steve to several friends and coworkers and will continue to do so. Thanks again Steve!"

Aaron Gunsaulus
Pastor at Newton Christian Reformed Church

"I contacted Steve about teaching a firearms training class in Jasper County, Iowa to fulfill the requirements of Iowa's new "shall issue" concealed weapons law. Steve jumped at the opportunity and helped promote the class. On the night of the class, the room was filled and everyone in attendance was given top-notch firearms safety instruction. Steve's presentation was clear, professional, entertaining, and engaging. I highly recommend Steve to anyone who wants to learn more about firearms safety and firearms proficiency. You won't be disappointed!"

John Canady, M.S., M.D., D.Sc. (hon)
Medical Director and Medical Safety Officer at Johnson & Johnson

"Steve runs a very good course and is able to transmit necessary information in a concise and understandable way. He handles questions well and anticipates needs of his audience. I would recommend him as an instructor".
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