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Minimum caliber for range qualification for AZ CCW Permit

Question:  Is there a minimum caliber requirement for the Arizona CCW Permit?

Answer: In terms of the range qualification, there is no minimum caliber requirement for the AZ CCW Permit.  You can use any caliber as long as the firearm is shooting live ammunition.  Many people will use a .22 caliber handgun for their qualification.  There is also no requirement to qualify with the handgun you intend to carry.  Many states require that you qualify with the gun you intend to carry and that gun is actually listed on the permit.  Arizona is not one of those states.  You can qualify with any firearm and after qualification and issuance of your AZ CCW Permit, carry any firearm you wish.

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  1. Mitchell says:

    Is there a minimum bullet weight? I thought I once heard 40 grains? Thanks, love your site.

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  2. Doug Little says:

    Mitchell,

    There is no minimum bullet weight. The only requirement is that you qualify with ‘live ammunition’. Since the average bullet weight for a .22 caliber long rifle cartridge is between 30 and 40 grains, someone probably extrapolated things out to assume a 40 grain minimum. I’m not currently aware of a handgun that shoots anything smaller than a .22 caliber cartridge. At one point there were rumors of a Ruger Mark III chambered for a .17 HMR caliber round, but I haven’t seen it yet.

    Glad you like the site!

    Regards,

    Doug

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