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Range (Live Fire) | Course - In-Person

Wilderness Authorization to Carry (ATC)

This one-day course was designed with the interests of the professional outdoors person in mind. Upon successful completion of this course the student will have the skills and qualifications necessary to apply for a Wilderness ATC (handgun carry permit).
CAD $470.00
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When it comes to protecting yourself from wilderness predators the handgun should never be your first choice, but in some cases it may be your only choice. In order to qualify for a Wilderness ATC, you must score 15 hits out of 18 rounds fired for each shooting position using the firearm you are seeking authorization on. You must use the retention holster and ammunition that you would be using in the field.

All authorizations that are issued are done so at the discretion of the RCMP CFP and it is your responsibility to ensure you meet all eligibility requirements.

Wilderness Authorization to Carry permits are issued by the Chief Firearms Officer for the jurisdiction in which it is valid under heavy restrictions. If you are at all confused or uncertain regarding the restrictions and requirements, please call the CFO at 1-800-731-4000 ext 9530. All authorizations will be issued with a condition specifying the work activity for which it is valid.

Please note that neither firearm rentals nor ammunition are provided for this live fire course and students will be required to bring their own equipment.

  • If successful, you will recieve a Certificate of Attendance - outlining all the topics covered for your employer (Federal Firearms Training School), and ATC forms to send to the CFP.
  • Increase your chances for success, and get the most out of your education, with support from the Silvercore Podcast and Blog Posts.
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Topics Covered

  1. Firearm and ammunition familiarization and selection
  2. Holster selection
  3. Laws and regulations pertaining to carrying a handgun in the woods
  4. Proper marksmanship techniques in high stress situations
  5. Shoot / Don't Shoot decision making
  6. Engaging multiple targets
  7. Engaging targets from varying distances
  8. Proper drawing and holstering techniques in high stress situations
  9. Practical firearms training

Required equipment


  • Handgun (Student must test on their personal field pistol)
  • 3 or more magazines (or 3 speed loaders for revolvers)
  • Rigid, sturdy belt (a proper gun belt is best)
  • Belt holster that covers the trigger guard. The holster must be a retention holster, or have at least one strap with a snap closure that securely retains the firearm. Not suitable: inside the waistband holsters and any shoulder or cross-draw style holsters
  • Minimum of 2 magazine pouches


  • Minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition (no steel jackets)
  • Minimum calibre accepted for wilderness protection is .357 Magnum


  • Waterproof paper and pencil for taking notes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (dress for the weather on an outdoor range)
  • Wraparound shooting glasses, ball cap and hearing protection
  • Clothing: Shirt should be form fitting at torso and cuffs as to not snag the equipment.
  • No loose collars as stray brass can get stuck down your shirt
  • Long pants, allowing easy movement
  • Closed toe shoes that allow rapid moving and turning
  • Food, snack and drinks - lunch is not provided


  • Proof of valid employement and a valid Restricted PAL # must be provided when registering (Exceptions may be made for active Law Enforcement Officers, please contact our office for details)

Please note that neither firearm rentals nor ammunition are provided for this live fire course and students will be required to bring their own equipment.