Can the CFSC PAL course be done online?

The Government of Canada mandates that all new shooters (or those without proof of a prior older license, such as a POL or FAC) are required to take in-person courses. Hunter Safety provincial/territorial courses can usually be taken online (they differ by province), but to get your federal gun license in Canada you must complete the 8 classroom hours for Non-Restricted licenses, and 6 further hours past that for [...]

What could prevent me from getting my PAL?

Students need to ensure their own eligibility for the PAL/RPAL before registering for a course. If a student were to come and take a course, and then send their forms in - and then be denied by the RCMP because for whatever reason it turns out that the student was ineligible all along - that situation would not be any instructor's responsibility. The student does end up ultimately responsible [...]

What about language barriers?

Students need to complete the course and testing in English or French. Though students may regularly use/speak other languages, we are required to use either English or French in the testing phase. Students are not allowed to bring in electronic translators to the course. Students may not bring human translators. The expectation is that students will be able to communicate well later on at Canadian firing lines, where a [...]

Can I take my Restricted course before my Non-Restricted course?

No. Under rules given to us by the RCMP, students themselves are responsible for making sure they take the basic Non-Restricted course first, and then the Restricted course afterwards. If you're signing up for both courses at once, ensure that you select the Non-Restricted date ahead of the Restricted date. RGSL will try to make sure we weed out students who have inadvertently signed up for the Restricted course first, [...]

Are the firearms RGSL trains with “real guns”?

RGSL only uses guns which are "disabled". That is, guns which are still legally considered to be firearms. That's because if RGSL put firing pins back into them, they would function again - but without those pins, they're disabled, and thus are safe for training - they cannot fire any ammunition at all. RGSL also only uses inert or dummy ammunition. All our primers have been crushed, burned, removed or [...]