Full Information on our Academy Class, Concealed Carry Classes, all other classes, and general information on Blue Mesa Shooting Academy is listed further below on this page & on our main page! (Click logo above to enter our main page.)
Please call at any time with questions or for additional information on any of our classes! Evening and weekend calls are welcome!
(970) 249-2771

The Academy Class is not an NRA class!
Firearm Safety Classes are available which should satisfy court ordered firearm Courses & is also designed for beginning students!

 Blue Mesa Shooting Contact Information:
  Larry McWhirter
  123 Akard Ave.
  Montrose, CO 81401

  (970) 249 - 2771
  (970) 209-1340 Cell

Gift Certificates Available for
all classes!
Tight Schedule???
Evening classes are available for disciplines that do not require range time —
E.G. Firearm Safety, Refuse to be a Victim, First Steps Rifle & Shotgun, RSO (Range Safety Officer), CRSO (Chief Range Safety Officer)
and for classroom portions of all other classes.
Click "Classes offered" below for a complete list of all Blue Mesa Shooting Classes
Classes offered by Blue Mesa Shooting

Contact Information for Blue Mesa Photography is identical to shooting Information!

Blue Mesa Photography Galleries:
Colorado National Monument

Ridgway State Park



Ouray, Co Switzerland of America

Las Vegas Strip @ Night



Concealed Carry, Personal & Home Defense Training, has been our specialties
for the past 17+ years & will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
However, as noted in our blue heading directly above, we also offer a multitude
of additional classes including an extremely basic "Home Firearm Safety" class.
We also offer custom classes designed to meet all your firearm and/or personal
protection training needs.
Gift Certificates are available for all Firearm Classes and/or
Photography Classes!
We offer private classes, often at no additional charge!
Click shooting logo (upper left) to view our shooting home page.
Next scheduled regular concealed carry class — Sat. Nov. 10
Weather permitting, & a two student minimum, this class
will be Offered about any time!
If in-climate weather prohibits the Regular class, I will offer
the Streamlined Class. (This class substitutes Classroom dry
fire practice for range time) & qualifies for concealed carry
training. The two student minimum requirement does not
to scheduled classes.

Next Scheduled Academy Class — January, 2019— Exact date
TBD! With a three or four student minimum, this class will
be offered about any time!

based on Larry's Gunsite 250 & more advanced 350 class training,
we believe this is the most Complete & complete class of it's kind
on the Western slope. Consisting of 8 2½ hour evening classroom
and three range classes, for a total of 30 hours of hands on
training, it concludes with an optional night shoot. Topics Covered
include Safe gun handling, personal and Home Protection, & a 2½
hour law class based on training by Massad Ayoob and approved
by a local attorney. also included is a video detailing several shoot, don't shoot scenarios. Classroom Exercises include extensive Hands on dry fire practice so students will be comfortable performing Live Fire shooting exercises on the range. It is offered three time each
year — January, March, and September, but with a three or four student minimum, will be offered about any time. This class is valid for Colorado concealed carry permit training!
This is not an NRA class!
Please call with any questions, concerns or to sign up. Evening &
weekend calls are welcome.
(970) 249-2771

Click for Information on NRA's Refuse to be a Victim class

Streamlined Concealed Carry Class Information
This class is identical to the regular one day Concealed Carry class
with one exception, dry fire training in the classroom is substituted for
range time. It is less expensive and requires fewer hours to complete.

Dates are listed below & further details near bottom
of this page!
I will conduct the below listed classes on a scheduled or on a private basis at
no additional charge with a two student minimum.
This minimum applies
only to private classes, not scheduled classes.
BMSA Scheduled Classes (By Date)
With a couple days lead time & a two student minimum
the below listed classes will be offered about any time.
Streamlined Concealed Carry Class — Saturday Nov. 3
One Day Concealed Carry Class — Saturday Nov. 10
Streamlined Concealed Carry Class — Sunday Nov . 11
Defensive Shotgun, Home Protection — Thursday Nov. 15


Streamlined Concealed Carry Class — Saturday Dec. 1
One Day Concealed Carry Class — Saturday Dec. 10

Links to NRA Class Documents:
NRA Instructor Training Program Pre-Course Questionnaire
Pistol Instructor Lesson Plans
Pistol Instructor Pre-Qualification
NRA Basic Pistol ILT Lesson Plans
NRA Basic Pistol Blended Lesson Plans

Blue Mesa Shooting Academy Class Photos

About Blue Mesa Shooting Academy
Blue Mesa Shooting Academy offers what we believe is the most
complete & comprehensive schedule of adult firearm training classes
in this area. ( See down-loadable PDF list near the top of this page.)
Larry McWhirter, owner and head instructor, has graduated from
both Gunsite Training Academy’s basic 250 & their more advanced
350 handgun classes.

Our specialty is handgun training (personal defense & concealed carry),
but we also offer the most basic firearm training classes available including
handgun, rifle & shotgun classes. Range Safety Officer & Chief Range Safety
Officer training is also available. Last, but certainly not least, we offer“ a
Defensive Shotgun Class.”
Our 30 hour “Academy” handgun class (see link above) is unsurpassed.
Based on Gunsite’s basic & more advanced training, we believe that it is the
most complete, thorough, & comprehensive class of its’ kind in Western Colorado.

For those desiring even more training, we offer an “Advanced Academy Class.”
All range classes are conducted on a private range, so we are the only ones
present in the area during class.

Please feel free to give me a call at any time to discuss any of these classes
in whatever detail you would prefer. If i am out, please leave a message&I'll get
back to you promptly.
As stated above, weekend & evening calls are welcome!
(970) 249-2771 E-Mail: larry@bluemesashooting.com
Table of Contents
Link to NRA's OnLine Training
Download our Shooting Brochure
One Day Concealed Carry Class Info
30 Hour Academy Class Info
NRA Instructor Certification Classes
NRA Student certification classes
Videos of an extremely advanced handgun class
Introduction to Blue Mesa Shooting Academy
Links of Interest
Colorado State Concealed Carry Statute
General Information
Blue Mesa Shooting Travel Agreement
Streamlined one day concealed carry class!

Blue Mesa Shooting Academy is now offering an optional, streamlined version of
our one day concealed carry (CHP) class. This shortened version substitutes
classroom dry fire practice shooting for range work & will shorten the regular
class by several hours, reduce the price of said class from $110.00 to $75.00
and satisfy state requirements requiring students to show “competency” with
a handgun. This dry fire practice will be based on Gunsite Training Academy’s
teaching as Larry is a graduate of both their “250” & more advanced “350” pistol
classes. Again, this class is an option & we will, of course, continue to offer
our regular class, with range live fire for those who desire more advanced
training. Additionally, streamlined students may take the range class at a later
date by simply paying the additional $35.00 difference between these two classes.
Range class must be taken during a regular Concealed carry class!
Please call for further information, clarification, or questions.

(970) 249-2771
Compare our Concealed Carry Classes
either our one day or our full length Academy class to any other being offered on the
Western Slope, & we believe you will find ours to be the most thorough & complete available, especially since we include a full 2½ hour law class(content approved by a local attorney)
 with both classes! Normally offered on the second Saturday of each month, with a two student minimum, these classes will be offered about any time
Call (970) 249-2771 for further information.
One Day Concealed Carry Class information & dates:

Gift Certificates are Available for both Firearm and Photography Classes!

Shooting (Main Page) | Table of Contents | Class Schedules
Concealed Carry (CHP) One Day Class   | Full Length (Academy Class)
Larry's Shooting Profile
Thoughts Page (Should be good for a grin or two)

General Information
Montrose Area Information
Directions to 123 Akard Ave. (Classroom & Office)
Please park in the parking area located on South South Side of Residence!
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