Carolina Firearms Training and Gun Sales, Inc. was formed in March of 2009. Our gun shop was added September 2013. Our store is located at 1606 Westover Drive, Sanford NC 27330.  As of February 2020 we have provided instruction to over 17,000 students and counting.  At Carolina Firearms Training our main purpose is the North Carolina Concealed Carry Course. We also offer other classes as well for the beginner on up. For those who prefer one on one personalized instruction we offer that as well. Not all firearms instructors are law enforcement officers. As a law enforcement firearms instructor and having experience in dealing with violent offenders and potentially deadly encounters I believe this enables me to relate to past and future victims, helping them with advice on future encounters and situations. Some other concealed carry classes don’t have this kind of knowledge or advice to pass on to you.

I am a recently retired law enforcement officer with 15 years experience and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate.  I started my law enforcement career with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.  While at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office I was fortunate to be able to serve on the Special Incidents Response Team (SIRT).  I am certified by the North Carolina Department of Justice as a specialized law enforcement firearms instructor and a defensive tactics instructor. I am an NRA pistol instructor and a “Refuse To Be A Victim” instructor.  I am also a member of several organizations to include International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), National Rifle Association (NRA), North Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Officers and International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).  In 2007 I was awarded the Law Enforcement Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Public Service and voted Officer of the Year by my peers at the Siler City Police Department.  I also teach Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) to new recruits and I am also a factory certified Glock Pistol Armorer and a certified Sig Sauer Pistol Armorer.  We’ve also started church safety/security training!  We offer a FREE 3 hour seminar every other month at our store.  View the course calendar for dates.

I also offer qualification for HR218 (Retired LE).  That cost is $50.00.

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In the area of specialty weapons and tactical training, I have attended Singleton International and I am certified as an instructor on the H&K MP5 Subgun and M4/M16 Colt System which would include nomenclature, sighting/zeroing of the weapons system and range drills as well as tactical load/reload drills.  I have also attended SWAT School at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, N.C.

We believe that you’ll find that we offer you the best value and the most professionally taught class in the area. My wife Lori Ann, who is also a certified NRA pistol instructor assists me in teaching all pistol classes. Lori also assists with “The Well Armed Women” chapter of Lee and Chatham counties.  We want to prepare you for anything and everything. I’ll give you all the tools and the knowledge that you’ll need in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.  Also come see us for the best deal on your next firearm purchase!  We also do transfers for just $19.00!!  Our store is located at 1606 Westover Drive, Sanford NC 27330. Phone: 919.708.5475

RANGES: We utilize two ranges.  Range 1 is in Siler City and and Range 2 is in Moore County near Carthage.  Range 1 is 25 minutes from our store and Range 2 is 15 minutes from our store.

Community Public Service: Lee County Commissioner, Board of Directors at Sandhills Center for Mental Health, Lee County Fire Advisory Board and Elks Club.

See you in a class soon! – Kevin Dodson


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is my wife.  Lori Ann has been shooting for quite some time now and is a certified NRA pistol instructor. She has been with me since we started the training company. Lori Ann is a concealed carry instructor and also teaches Beginner Handgun, Basic Handgun, Advanced Handgun. She has also started Carolina Hot Shots Shooting Club. Carolina Hot Shots is a shooting club for women only. They meet for two hours each month. Ladies if you’re interested in joining this shooting club for women only then just give Lori Ann a call for more information.  They meet for fellowship and learn to become more proficient with their handgun.



Bill Harman is our senior sales associate and will be happy to assist our customers with all manner of firearms related needs. Bill had a long and distinguished career with the Siler City Police Department, retiring after 34 years of service at the rank of Major. Bill is a valued member of the CFT&GS team and has an extensive knowledge of all things firearms related. If it shoots, Bill pretty much knows everything about it! Come see Bill for all your firearms needs!






Jeff Wiggins is one of our four on staff instructors. He is an eleven year U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Airborne Infantry and in Test Weapons Development. He also has served as a Corrections Officer with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. Jeff is presently a full time police officer with Siler City Police Department.  Jeff is an invaluable member of our staff and whether instructing, helping customers in the store, or monitoring range safety, he always strives to give our customers the best and safest shooting and shopping experience they can have. Stop in and see Jeff for any of your training or firearm selection questions







Rex Chezem is one of our sales associates and will be happy to assist customers with firearm cleaning and basic repairs. Rex is retired from Duke Energy after 38 years of working in mechanical engineering at the Harris Nuclear plant. Rex is a firearms enthusiast and has decades of experience dealing with firearms of all kinds. Rex does have a interest in HK, FN, and Colt. So, please feel free to come in a see Rex for all your firearms needs, questions, etc.







Zachary Harman is one of our sales associates and will be happy to assist customers with firearm cleaning and basic repairs. Zach brings a love for guns (no doubt thanks to his father Bill! Ha-ha). As the youngest member of our staff, Zach is particularly helpful with our younger customers! Zach will be happy to assist you will all your firearms needs.








Stephen Brunson is once of our instructors for pistol and carbine. He lives and works in NC and has been actively training and competing since 2011. He learned rifle marksmanship, field combat medicine, basic infantry training, as well as LINE and MCMAP combatives while in the Marine Corps. Prior to the USMC, he trained in Japanese Judo & Jujitsu. Post military training is self taught and currently he attends courses from master level coach John McPhee (SOB Tactical). He is a self taught artist and musician and leads a team as an IT professional. Stephen is married with a daughter on the way.





Jason Kernes is one of our pistol and carbine instructors. He has a background in armed and unarmed security in high risk areas including protection details for private/government officials, emergency disaster personnel, security penetration, and vulnerability testing. He has been a certified USA Boxing coach/Self Defense instructor since 2009. He has been actively training with firearms since 2017. Jason is a self taught musician that has played shows with bands like Motörhead and Slayer. Currently he works as a Tactical Supply & Firearms distribution Account Manager In NC. He has a wife and daughter.






Our gun store was opened September 2013.  We carry handguns, long guns, knives, holsters, ammunition, law enforcement supplies, cleaning equipment as well as many other accessories.  We rep names like Ruger, Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Springfield Armory and many others. We also carry the Bear Creek Arsenal AR-15 starting at $499.00! This firearm is made right here in Sanford NC!  We have great prices on firearms and friendly service! Also, we giveaway a firearm EVERY month at our store!  Come see our knowledgeable staff for your next firearm purchase or to discuss a training class with you!  Stay safe out there!


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