While concealed carry training is our specialty, as noted above, we offer many
additional classes. We even offer a non-firearm personal protection class.
Please give us a call.
We feel certain we can meet your firearm training needs.
Gift Certificates are available for:
Firearm Classes as well as Photography Classes and/or Sittings!
We offer private classes, often at no additional charge!
Click shooting logo (upper left) to enter our shooting home page.
General Information (Below) — For specific
click shooting logo (Upper Left)
Click for Information on NRA's Refuse to be a Victim class (Non-Firearm)
BMSA Scheduled Classes (By Date) through Mid Nov.
Students desiring to take NRA's Blended Phase 2 Basic Pistol Class — (not the ILT class)
first complete Phase 1 on-line. Here is the link to that class
free to call with any questions or concerns. (970) 249-2771
NRA Basic Pistol Class — Blended Phase 2 — July 1
One Day Concealed Carry Class — July 8
NRA Home FireArm
Safety Class — July 9
NRA Rifle Ins. Certification Class— July 15
NRA's Refuse to be a Victim— July 22
NRA Instructor Pistol Certification— July 29
NRA Shotgun Ins. Certification Class—Aug. 5
One Day Concealed Carry Class—Aug. 12
NRA's Refuse to be a Victim— Aug. 13
NRA Basic Pistol Class — Blended Phase 2 — Aug. 19
NRA Basic Pistol Class — ILT — Aug. 25
NRA Instructor Pistol Certification— Aug. 26
NRA Basic Pistol Class — Blended Phase 2 — Sept. 2
NRA's Refuse to be a Victim — Sept. 3
One Day Concealed Carry Class — Sept. 9
Academy Class: Sept. 14, 2017 — 7:00 P.M.
Range Safety Officer Class (RSO) — Sept. 16
NRA Basic Pistol Class — Blended Phase 2 — Sept. 17
NRA Basic Pistol Class — Blended Phase 2 —— Sept 21
NRA Instructor Pistol Certification — Sept. 23
Chief Range Safety Officer Class (CRSO) — Sept. 30
NRA Instructor Personal Protection in the Home — Oct. 7
NRA Home FireArm
Safety Class — Oct. 10
One Day Concealed Carry Class — Oct. 14
NRA Basic Pistol Class — Blended Phase 2 — Oct. 15
NRA Home Firearm
Safety — Oct. 21
NRA Basic Pistol ILT Full
— Oct. 27
NRA Instructor Pistol Certification — Oct. 28
NRA Basic Pistol Class — Blended Phase 2 — Nov. 4
NRA's Refuse to be a Victim — Nov. 8 (Evening Class)
One Day Concealed Carry Class — Nov.11
Blue Mesa Shooting Academy Class Photos
About Blue Mesa Shooting Academy
Blue Mesa Shooting Academy offers what we believe is the most
complete & comprehensive list of adult firearm training classes
in this area. (
See download able PDF list (in blue) above.)
Larry McWhirter, owner and head instructor, graduated from
Gunsite Training Academy’s basic 250 & their more advanced
350 handgun classes.
He is also
an NRA certified instructor & training counselor in virtually
every NRA discipline. (Instructors train & certify students, Training
counselors train & certify instructors). Larry has taught professionally for
over 42 consecutive years. To the best of our knowledge, there are no other
active firearm trainers in Western Colorado with these credentials.
Our specialty is handgun training (personal defense & concealed carry),
but we also offer the most basic & beginning classes available anywhere.
— rifle & shotgun training & Range Safety Officer & Chief
Officer certifications. In addition, we offer a
“Defensive Shotgun Class.”
Our 30 hour “Academy” handgun class (see link above) is unsurpassed.
Based on Gunsite’s more advanced training, we believe that it is the
most complete & comprehensive class of its’ kind in Western Colorado,
maybe even in the state.
For those desiring more training, we offer an “Advanced Academy Class.”
Our range classes are conducted on a private range, so we are the only
ones present in the area. We offer both NRA'S ILT (Instructor led training) &
their blended basic pistol courses.
On top of all this, we offer NRA’s “Refuse to be a Victim” a non-firearm
personal protection class, designed specifically for those who prefer
not to use a firearm. Please feel free to give us a call at any time to
discuss any of these classes in whatever detail you would prefer. If we
are out, please leave a message& we’ll
get back to you promptly.
(970) 249-2771 E-Mail: larry@sharpshooting
Link to NRA's OnLine Training
our regular one day (or our full length Academy class) to any others 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 for both courses! This is Larry's 42nd. year of professional teaching.
While normally offered on the second Saturday of each month, with a two or three student minimum, these classes will be offered just about any time.
Call (970) 249-2771 for further information.
Regular or streamlined class dates may be changed at student request!
(Regular Class) Weather Permitting
Feb. 11 (Student's Choice— Regular Class or Sreamlined)
NRA Instructor Certification Class Dates are listed on our Main Page!
Credit Cards Accepted!
Gift Certificates are Available for either Firearm or Photography Classes!
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