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(Above Photo) Instructor candidate student performing an advanced tactical exercise (engaging target in a kneeling position from behind cover) during an NRA PPOTH (Personal Protection Outside the Home) Instructor Certification Class!
Photos taken in front of firing line used a remotely controled camera!
Travel Agreement for NRA Instructor Certification Classes
NRA has made significient changes to their Basic Pistol Class.
Click here for a quick overview!
2017 Update to above reference
NRA recently released its’ latest version of the “Basic Pistol Class” which became effective April 4, 2017. Both the lesson plans for the student as well as instructor certifications have been updated.
The updated instructor portion now gives certified instructors the opportunity to teach either the Blended Class or the ILT (Instructor led training class) depending on their students’ preference. According to the NRA, the defining feature of the ILT course is the “return to the traditional instructor/student relationship.” It is your choice depending on your students' preference as to which class you teach.
Training Counselor Updates
The Pistol instructor certification class now has a pre-requisite that students who enroll in this class, must complete both above classes (blended & ILT) prior to attending said instructor class. In my opinion, this opens an opportunity for basic pistol instructors across the nation to teach additional classes. In my case, at least, most of my instructor candidate students are from out of area, many from out of state & I suspect that many, if not most, training counselors experience similar situations. If I (or these TC's have to add these classes just prior to the instructor course, this will require at least one, & possibly two, additional days of training in addition to the 1½ or more days presently required. This creates a potential hardship for these students — E.G. (Additional time off from work, additional initial expense, more nights in a motel, etc.)
Blue Mesa Shooting Academy will, of course, offer these classes in our area, as needed, normally on the two days immediately preceding the scheduled class date, as well as at other times during any given month. In my opinion, an alternative would be for these out of area instructor candidate students to take these classes from an NRA certified pistol instructor in their area prior to attending the instructor certification class. This would reduce the necessary time spent away from home to complete the instructor class. (NRA certified pistol instructors can, of course, teach both these classes.)
This should result in additional business for these instructors, a win-win in my opinion.
I encourage all certified pistol instructors to list these courses on the NRA website so potential students can locate you.
I realize that at first, this may all seem a bit confusing. Please feel free to call at any time for clarification. I do not mind evening or weekend calls. Larry McWhirter — Blue Mesa Shooting Academy (970) 249-2771
NRA Certified pistol should have recently received notice via e-mail or the NRA sign in page of these changes.
Link to NRA's OnLine Training Classes
Please take & complete this portion of the class at least a week or two prior
to class date. Previous students have reported that it takes from two to six hours to complete.
NRA Instructor Certification Classes
With a 4 student minimum & a bit of lead time, these classes will be offered about any time!
It is an NRA requirement that any student enrolling in an instructor certification class (Instructor candidate) must have completed the B.I.T. (basic instructor training course) within two years of class date. Otherwise, student(s) must complete, or re-take, the B.I.T class prior to the beginning of that class. Blue Mesa Shooting, of course, offers this class, often at no additional charge, to students who require it. Please call Larry @ 970-249-2771 with any questions.
Pistol — May 6
Rifle — May 20
Personal Protection Outside the Home — May 27
— June 17
Pistol — June 24
Rifle — July 15
Pistol — July 29
Shotgun — Aug. 5
Pistol — Aug. 26
Pistol — Sept. 23
Personal Protection in the Home —Oct. 7
Pistol — Oct. 28
(CRSO is an Instructor Certification Course & RSO is a pre-requisite)
CRSO is a Instructor Certification Class
The fine folks at the below listed motels give Blue Mesa students a significant discount.
Just tell them you are a student of Blue Mesa Shooting when you make your reservation.
Stay Wise Inns
2100 East Main
Rodeway Inn Motel
1480 South Townsend Ave.
NRA Student Classes
If a date is not specified for a specific class, with a few days lead time I will offer it about any time!
Click for Information on NRA's "Refuse to be a Victim" Class
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol (Full Class) — May 4
NRA Basic Pistol Phase 2 — May 5
NRA Home Firearem Safety — May 14
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol (Full Class) — May 25
Basic Pistol Phase 2 — June 3
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol (Full Class) — June 4
NRA Home Firearem Safety — July 9
NRA Phase II Basic Phase II Pistol Class — June 16
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol (Full Class) — June 27
NRA Phase II Basic Phase II Pistol Class — July 28
Refuse to be a Victim — July 22
NRA Home Firearem Safety — Aug. 9
Refuse to be a Victim —Aug. 13
Basic Pistol Phase 2 — Aug. 19
Basic Pistol Phase 2 — Aug. 24
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol (Full Class) — Aug. 25
Refuse to be a Victim — Sept. 3
NRA Phase II Basic Phase II Pistol Class — Sept. 21
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol (Full Class) — Sept. 22
NRA Home Firearem Safety — Oct. 21
First Steps — Rifle
Personal Protection in the Home
Personal Protection Outside the Home (Basic)
Personal Protection Outside the Home (Advanced)
Videos of June 2011
Extremely Advanced Handgun Class
Taught by a S.W.A.T. Trained Instructor from Phoenix Arizona!
This was not an NRA class!
Video Photography by Rich McWhirter
Videos shot from in front of the firing line were taken using a remote camera!
Certified Instructor & Training Counselor
Gunsite "350" Pistol Graduate
Certified CHP (CCW) Instructor for Colorado
Blue Mesa Photography Web Site:
Larry has taught professionally for over 42 years.
Larry's shooting profile!
Introduction to Blue Mesa Shooting Academy
Mesa Shooting Academy is a "Family Friendly" Training Facility.
All classes are designed to provide a friendly, fun & practical educational
experience for everyone, especially ladies. Offering a
wide range of classes (over 20 total) we can meet the needs of
virtually everyone. Classes include 6 different Handgun Classes, including " Basic Handgun ", our "Academy class",
(the heart of our course curriculum,) "Personal Protection in the
Home" & a more advanced NRA intermediate "Personal Protection Outside the
Home" Class, an Advanced
Handgun Class,"NRA Range Safety Officer" Classes, Basic Rifle, Basic Shotgun,
& Home Firearm Safety.
Information for Blue Mesa Shooting Academy
Mesa Shooting Academy is a full spectrum, family oriented, training facility.
We offer approximately 20 classes designed
to meet the needs of virtually everyone including an NRA non firearm course known as "Refuse to be a Victim".
We specialize in handgun training. We offer courses, from the most basic
such as "Home Firearm Safety", to the most advanced and everything
in between. Our two most popular classes are the one day CHP & our
Academy Class, both Concealed Carry Handgun Classes. In addition we offer the NRA Personal Protection In & Outside the Home,
Rifle, Shotgun, & Range Safety Officer classes. We are sure to have a program to meet your needs & provide certification in all our class disciplines. Please look over
the remainder of our web page and give us a call with any questions. Our
classes are limited to a maximum of 10 or 11 students so we may give students the attention they deserve!
Microsoft PowerPoint® presentations
& a large screen video monitor add visual clarity & interest to all
Shooting Class Photos
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Regular or streamlined class dates may be changed on student requests
CHP (CCW) One Day Class
June 10 — Regular Class
July 8 — Regular Class
Academy Class: (30 Hr. Course)
Sept. 14, 7:00 P.M.
our one day (or our full length Academy class) to any others being offered on the entire 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!
to be a Victim
is "Refuse to be a Victim?"
This is a 4 hour (non-firearm) nationally
recognized NRA crime prevention and personal safety program designed to
provide men and women with information that assists in the development
of their own personal safety strategies.
Firearm Safety Class
is a four hour "classroom only" introductory class teaching
the basics of home safety for pistol, rifle & shotgun. (No actual
shooting.) A certificate of Completion will Be Awarded.
NRA "First Steps" classes are offered in the
classes are more involved than the "Home Firearm Safety Class" but are
firearm specific. I.E. Students are limited to shooting one specific firearm.
(Concealed Handgun Permit)
Handgun Permit Training
Formerly known as CCW
With a Colorado permit, you will be authorized to carry concealed in
approximately 32 states.
Our Academy class, described below, meets & exceeds training requirements for Colorado.
Instructor is a graduate of "Gunsite Training Academy's
350 Pistol Class!
(To the best of our knowledge, the only active instructor in Western Colorado
Additionally, we offer a
Defensive Shotgun Class
Click for details!
a two student minimum, we will offer most classes any time!
Mesa Shooting Academy is proud to offer the complete NRA series of
classes in addition to our Academy, Advanced & Extremely Advanced
pistol courses. We also offer "Range Safety Officer", Basic Rifle & Shotgun Training.
Specific Course Information
Academy Class (30 Hr. Course)
Our "Basic/Intermediate Handgun & Personal Protection/Home
Defense CHP Class" (formerly ccw), is designed for
beginning and intermediate students. This
is the heart of our curriculum & because
it is based on Gunsite doctrine, we believe it is the most comprehensive
& complete course of its type on the Western Slope, maybe
the state. We cover awareness training, firearm presentation & carry
options, home defense, and Colorado gun laws. We include an extended session
covering circumstances warranting the use of deadly force & our range classes will introduce students to "Real Life"
Tactical Shooting Scenarios including a real (not simulated) night shoot!
When, and if, most of these subjects are covered by competitors, they
are usually relegated to their "Advanced Classes." Because we
believe they are so vitally important, we include them in this Course!
Consisting of a full 30 hours of training compared to most others lasting
between 4 to12 hours, this course meets & exceeds the training
requirements for obtaining a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit for Colorado,
& Florida. At course completion, graduates
are normally able to draw a concealed firearm and fire two rounds accurately in
approximately 2 to 2½ seconds. With dedicated practice, many reduce this time! Class is normally offered three times per year!
This is our Academy, or Full Length Course, & is not an NRA Approved Course!
Click here for course outline &
Course is normally offered three (3) or more times annually - Winter — January, Spring — March , & Fall — September
With a four student minimum, this class will be offered about any time!
Next Scheduled Academy Class Date:
Sept. 14, 2017
#2 CHP Classes
Our "Basic Handgun Shooting Class"
( Concealed Handgun Permit
Consists of 9 hours (give or take) of instruction on the second Saturday of each month . Sunday classes are available for students who work Saturdays. Call for details. This class is designed primarily for students with a limited time
schedule & meets training requirements for Colorado Concealed
With a minimum of three or four students, we will offer the class
about any time! Tuition is $100. Students supply
their own ammunition. (80 to100 rounds) A non refundable deposit of $50.00
(or full payment) is required to guarantee your spot. Should you have to miss your scheduled
class date, this payment will normally be applied to a future class. Students
who miss their second class without notification, will forfeit their payment.
This is our Short Course & is not an NRA class! It is heavily slanted toward
Personal Protection (Combat) Shooting, which is what virtually all our
students want as opposed to target or bull's eye shooting.
Class room is located at 123 Akard Ave. - Montrose
Please bring the following to class:
Firearm - Loaners are available - Please do not purchase one prior
to attending class
Holster - Loaners are available
Ammunition - minimum of 70 rounds. Please, no live ammunition in the
Hearing & Eye Protection
Water (For Range)
Steamlined One Day
Blue Mesa Shooting Academy is now offering an optional, streamlined version of our one day concealed carry (CHP) class. This shortened version will substitute classroom dry fire practice shooting for range work & will shorten the regular class time by a few hours, reduce the price of said class from $110.00 to $65.00 & satisfy state requirements requiring students to show “competency” with a handgun. This dry fire practice will be based on Gunsite Training Academy’s teaching since Larry is a graduate of both their “250” & more advanced “350” pistol classes.
As stated, this class is an option & we will continue to offer our regular class, with range live fire shooting, for those who desire more advanced training. Additionally, streamlined students may take the range portion at a later date. Please call for further information, clarification, or questions. (970) 249-2771
— Regular Class
June 10 — Regular Class
July 8 — Regular Class
Personal Protection in the Home
class exposes students to several schools of thought regarding defensive
shooting techniques. It is much more than just a routine shooting course.
The NRA Basic Personal Protection series is based on the building block
approach, moving from the simple to the complex. The first course in this
series is the Basic Pistol (CHP) Course, listed above. This is the second
step. It builds on the skills learned in the Basic Pistol Course. The
third step in the series is the new NRA "Personal Protection Outside the Home" Course. PPITH is offered quarterly. BMSA believes this & the PPOTH course (listed below) provide significantly greater training in "Positive Attitude, Knowledge & Skills" ,for Personal Protection.
Here for Color Flyer on this Class!
"Personal Protection Outside the Home"
BMSA believes this course (& the above listed PPITH course) provides significantly greater training in "Positive Attitude, Knowledge & Skills", for Personal Protection.
Slide Show Tactical Shooting "Inside & Outside the Home"
(Click or use space bar to advance slides)
(Basic - 9 hr. Course includes Both Classroom and Range Time "Basic Certification"
(Advanced) Requires Additional 5 Hours Range
Both levels may be taken together as one course (Total 14 hrs.) "Advanced Certification"
you may split the two classes, taking the first 9 hr. class which
will certify you as "Basic" and then complete the additional
"Advanced" (5 hr.) portion at a later date to receive your "Advanced"
Rating. Each course earns a separate "Certificate of Completion"
This course is classified by the NRA as an "Intermediate" Level
Prerequisite is one of the following:
1. Completion of the "Personal Protection in the Home Course"
2. Successfully complete the NRA "pre-course evaluation"
You will need approximately 500 rounds of ammunition.
Call or E-Mail for Details
Click Here for Full Color Flyer
on this Course
PPOTH is normally offered
twice a year.
With a four
student minimum we will conduct a class anytime!
Advanced Academy Handgun Class
Fun & Extremely Practical
"Real Life" Tactical Shooting Applications
Prerequisite is Class
#1, PPOTH (listed above), Academy Class, or Equivalent.
is not an NRA class.
Call for further information (970) 249-2771
Advanced Class Outline in Adobe .pdf file
Extremely Advanced Class 2 (Smugmug)
Slide Show Summer 2010 Class
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A Personal Protection
This is Not an NRA Class!
is not a class in trap, skeet, or target shooting. The focus is on personal
defense. Numerous tactical aspects will be addressed. One does not need
an expensive high end gun for self defense. As a matter of fact, practically
any shotgun you have will work fine. The focus of this class is to learn
to use what youve got. Due to the limited ammunition capacity of
shotguns, another major emphasis will be on reloading, both tactical &
day ( 8 or 9 hr.) class will be fun and informative. Includes classroom
and range work.
Priced at only $80.00
classes except #'s 1, 2, 5 & our Defensive Shotgun Class
are NRA Classes)
Link to NRA's OnLine Training
NRA Instructor Certification Class Required Docs
Please download all the appropriate forms for the class you plan to
take, print, & bring them to class!
Drill Discussion .PDF File
(From an Arizona DPS - Highway Patrol Newsletter)
a .pdf file on Senate Bill 03-025 (Limiting the ability of local Gov.
to Regulate Firearms)
"Laws that forbid
the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted
and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to
prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence
than an armed man. Thomas Jefferson
Larry D. McWhirter
Certified Instructor & Training Counselor
Certified in the Following Disciplines:
1. Home Firearm Safety
5. Personal Protection in the Home
6. Personal Protection Outside the Home
7. Range Safety Officer
8. Chief Range Safety Officer
9. Refuse to be a Victim
& 350" Pistol Graduate
Colorado Certified CCW (CHP) Instructor
complete Shooting Profile