Originally Posted by genesaika
What is so different about it?
firearms are not martial arts. totally different. you can't shoot someone with a foot or hand in karate or judo.
there is no such thing as too much training when it concerns firearms, and CC classes don't just teach about the firearms, but the legal aspects. you need to be aware of what you can or can't do legally when carrying a firearm.
learning from the classes should not be something after the fact of carrying, but way before ever carrying. you even said yourself that you were new to pistols, and this is even readon more that i urge you to get some training.
i work on heavy equipment as well, and i can honestly say, there is no way i would carry while working on my person. i would find it to be too uncomfortable and possibly even unsafe, given the manner a mechanic has to work in doing his job.