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Instructor candidate student performing an advanced tactical exercise (engaging target
from a kneeling position behind cover) during an NRA PPOTH (Personal Protection Outside the Home)
Any & all Photos taken from in front of firing line used a remotely controled camera!
NRA Student & Instructor Certification
Class Required Docs
Please download all the appropriate forms for the class you plan to
take, print, & bring them with you to class!
General Information Required for all Instructor Classes
Discipline Specific Required docs!
Pistol (Instructor Class Only)
NRA Basic Pistol (Phase 2 Blended Lesson Plans)
NRA Basic Pistol (ILT) Lesson Plans
Link to NRA's OnLine Training
Download Our Updated Shooting Class Flyer
Travel Agreement for NRA Instructor Certification Classes
2017 Update to NRA's Basic Pistol Student &
Instructor Certification Classes
NRA recently released its’ latest version of the “Basic Pistol Classes”
effective April 4, 2017. The blended class (as in the past)
classes. (Phase one is
still taken online &
is taken in person
with an NRA certified pistol instuctor.)
This class is no longer a pre-requisite for pistol instructor training!
Training) Basic Pistol Class is taught in its'
NRA certified instructor
(just like the old
basic pistol class),
significient improvements, especially in the range portion.
the pre-requisite class for pistol instructor training.
Blue Mesa Shooting, of course, offers both these classes several times
with an ILT
normally scheduled on the Friday
instructor class date.
(See schedule of classes on the previous
All NRA certified Pistol Instructor can teach either of these classes.
This may all seem somewhat confusing, & I totally understand.
free to call
time for clarification. I do
Blue Mesa Shooting Academy (970) 249-2771
Link to NRA's OnLine Training Classes
NRA Instructor Certification Classes
With a 4 student minimum & a few days lead time, these classes will be
about any time!
It is an NRA requirement that students enrolling in any instructor certification class (Instructor
the B.I.T. (Basic Instructor Training Class) within two years
class date, or they
must take, or re-take, it prior to beginning their instructor class. Blue Mesa
Shooting Academy offers this class, often at no additional charge,
for students who
require it. NRA does
not allow Training Counselors to teach this as a stand alone class, only in conjuntion with an instructor
Larry @ 970-249-2771
with any questions or for further clarification!
The Basic Pistol ILT, (instructor Led Training) or a previous NRA Basic Pistol class, is also a
for the Pistol
Instructor Class. Blue Mesa Shooting
offers these classes,
(B.I.T. & ILT) for those
in the days immediately preceding
Instructor Certification Class Schedule Through Feb. 2018
Personal Protection in the Home — Oct. 7
Rifle — Oct. 21
Pistol — Oct. 28
Pistol — Nov. 18
CRSO (Chief Range Safety Officer) — Dec. 3
Pistol — Jan. 27
Pistol — Feb. 17
(CRSO is an Instructor Certification Course & RSO is a per-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 making your reservation.
A minimum four days advance reservation is required for Stay Wise Inns. Be sure the reservation
agent is clear (for both motels)
are taking a class(s) from Blue Mesa Shooting!
Stay Wise Inns
2100 East Main
Montrose Quality Inn & Suites (Choice Hotels)
2751 Commercial Way
Montrose, CO 81401
Located Directly behind [West] of McDonalds on Hwy 550 AKA South Townsend Ave.
RSO (Range Safety Class — Sept. 30
NRA Home Firearm Safety — Oct. 10 (Morning Class)
NRA Home Firearm Safety — Oct. 10 (Evening Class)
NRA Home Firearm Safety — Oct. 11 (Evening Class)
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — Oct. 15
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — Oct. 26
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — Oct. 27
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — Nov. 4
Refuse to be a Victim — Nov. 8 (Evening Class)
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) Nov. 17
Refuse to be a Victim — Nov. 28 (Evening Class)
Range Safety Officer — Dec. 2
Chief Range Safety Officer — Dec. 3 (Instructor Class)
NRA Home Firearm Safety — Dec. 16
Refuse to be a Victim — Jan. 4 (Evening Class)
NRA Home Firearm Safety — Jan. 6
NRA Home Firearm Safety — Jan. 9 (Evening Class)
Refuse to be a Victim — Jan. 17 (Evening Class)
NRA Home Firearm Safety — Jan. 18 (Evening Class)
RSO (Range Safety Class — Jan. 20
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — Jan. 26
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — Feb. 3
Refuse to be a Victim — Feb. 5 (Evening Class)
NRA Home Firearm Safety — Feb. 13 (Evening Class)
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) Feb. 16
Refuse to be a Victim —Feb. 22
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — Feb. 24
NRA Home Firearm Safety — Feb. 28
Additional NRA classes offered!
As noted above, with a few days lead time, any of these
classes will be offered about any time.
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:
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
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
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
In & Outside the Home,
Rifle, Shotgun, & Range Safety Officer classes. We are sure to have a program to meet your needs & provide
in all our class disciplines. Please look over
the remainder of our web page and give us a call with any questions. Our
limited to a maximum of 10 or 11 students so we may give students the attention they deserve!
Microsoft Power-point® presentations
& a large screen video monitor add visual clarity & interest to all
Regular or streamlined class dates may be changed at student requests
Academy Class: (30 Hr. Course)
Jan. 2018 Exact date TBD
our one day (or our Academy class) to any others being offered
entire Western Slope, & we believe you will find ours to be the most
and complete available, especially since we include a full 2½ hour
law class for
both courses! This is Larry's 43rd. year of professional teaching!
Academy Class date: — Sept. 14, 7:00 P.M.
Refuse 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.
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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:
Jan. 2018 — Exact date TBD
#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
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)
Streamlined 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
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
The NRA Basic Personal Protection series is based on the building block
approach, moving from the simple to the complex.
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
third step in the series is the new NRA "Personal Protection Outside the Home" Course. PPITH is offered quarterly.
this & the PPOTH course (listed below) provide significantly greater training in "Positive Attitude, Knowledge & Skills" for
Here for Color Flyer on this Class!
"Personal Protection Outside the Home"
BMSA believes this course (& the above listed PPITH course) provides significant 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 Time
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 Course.
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!
#5. Advanced Academy Handgun Class
Fun & Extremely Practical
"Real Life" Tactical Shooting Applications
Prerequisite is Class #1, PPOTH (listed above), Academy Class, or Equivalent.
This is not an NRA class.
Call for further information (970) 249-2771
Advanced Class Outline in Adobe .pdf file Extremely Advanced Class 2 (Smugmug)
Defensive Shotgun Class
A Personal Protection Training Course!
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
an expensive high end gun for self defense. As a matter of fact, practically
any shotgun you have will work fine. The focus
class is to learn
to use what youve got. Due to the limited ammunition capacity of
shotguns, another major emphasis will be on
day 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)
RSO/CRSO (Non-NRA) Information
NRA Student Classes
Range Safety Officer
Home Firearm Safety
Drill Discussion .PDF File
"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
better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage
prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
than an armed man.
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