Wilderness Authorization to Carry (ATC)


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.

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 will be issued with a condition specifying the work activity for which it is valid. If issued, you will be required to report all firearms discharges and the circumstances thereof.

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

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Course Overview

When working in remote wilderness areas, it is imperative that you take the necessary steps to protect yourself from harm. When it comes to protecting yourself from wilderness predators the handgun should not be your first choice, but in some cases it may be your only choice.

What you will learn

The course includes:

  • Firearm and ammunition familiarization and selection
  • Holster selection
  • Laws and regulations pertaining to carrying a handgun in the woods
  • Proper marksmanship techniques in high stress situations
  • Shoot / Don't Shoot decision making
  • Engaging multiple targets
  • Engaging targets from varying distances
  • Proper drawing and holstering techniques in high stress situations
  • Practical firearms training

Upon successful completion, you will receive

  • A certificate of attendance outlining all topics covered for your employer and your records from Silvercore (a federal firearms training school).
  • ATC forms to send to the CFC

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  • A valid RPAL
  • Proof of valid employment
  • Read and accept Silvercore Advanced Training System’s Refund Policy.


Handgun, Holster and Magazines

The student is responsible for bringing their own handgun. The minimum calibre accepted for wilderness protection is .357 Magnum. The student must bring three magazines or speed loaders for their firearm and a belt holster that covers the trigger guard. The holster must have at least one strap with a snap closure that securely retains the firearm in the holster. Shoulder and cross-draw holsters are not permitted.


The student is required to bring a minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition for this training course. No steel jacketed ammunition

Ammunition can be purchased through Silvercore if advanced notice is given.

Personal safety equipment

You will need a supporting shoe with good traction, a billed hat (baseball hat), quality wraparound eye protection, and hearing protection. Eye and hearing protection is mandatory for everyone on the range. Your shirt should be form fitting at the torso and cuffs as to not snag the equipment. No loose collars as stray brass can get stuck down your shirt. Pants should allow ample movement and allow the student to affix a belt holster.

Safety Equipment can be arranged through Silvercore with advanced notice

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