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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)
Instructor Class!
Photos taken in front of firing line used a remotely controled camera!

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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 Class” which
became effective April 4, 2017. This class has now been divided into two
separate classes — an updated version of the blended class (Phase one is
still taken online & Phase 2 is taken with an NRA certified pistol instuctor).
The new ILT (Instructor Led Training) Class is taught in its' entirety with
an NRA certified instructor (just like the old basic pistol class), but with
very significient improvements, especially in the range portion. Instructors
may now teach either (or both) classes depending on their student's needs.

Training Counselor Updates & a great Opportunity for
Additional Business for NRA Instructors

 The Pistol instructor certification course has recently under gone another new
update. Instructor candidates must now take & complete only the ILT class prior
to attending the instructor class. (This change just became effective in late
June.) In my opinion, this presents a potential business opportunity for
NRA basic pistol instructors to teach additional classes. In my case, virtually all
IC students are from out of area, many from out of state &, I suspect, that many,
if not most, training counselors experience similar situations. If these TC's have
to add the (ILT) class to the instructor class, it will require an additional day of
training. This could create a potential hardship & greater expense for these IC
candidates. E.G. (Additional time off from work, more time away from family,
more nights in a motel, etc.)

Blue Mesa Shooting Academy, of course, offers both these classes in our area,
normally on the day immediately preceding the scheduled instructor class date,
as well as additional times during the month. In my opinion, however, a good
would be for these out of area instructor candidate students to take
the ILT class from an NRA certified pistol instructor in their area prior to attending
the instructor class. This would reduce by one day the necessary time spent away
from home to complete the instructor class.

NRA certified pistol instructors can, of course, teach both the ILT & Phase 2
of the blended class. This could easily result in additional business for NRA Pistol
instructors, a win-win in my opinion. I encourage all NRA pistol instructors to
list your courses on the NRA's website so potential students can locate you.

I realize at first, this may all seem a bit confusing, & I completely understand.
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

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 can 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 — July 29
Shotgun — Aug. 5
Pistol — Aug. 26
Rifle — Sept. 16
Pistol Sept. 23
Personal Protection in the Home — Oct. 1
Rifle — Oct. 21
Pistol — Oct. 28
Pistol — Nov. 18
CRSO (Chief Range Safety Officer) — Dec. 3

(CRSO is an Instructor Certification Course & RSO is a pre-requisite)
CRSO is a Instructor Certification Class
NRA "Student & Instructor Certification" Required Forms


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.
A minimum four days advance reservation is required & be sure the reservations agent is clear
that you are takining a class(s) from Blue Mesa Shooting!

Stay Wise Inns
2100 East Main
(970) 240-8000

Rodeway Inn Motel
1480 South Townsend Ave.
(970) 249-6644

NRA Student Classes
Click for Information on NRA's "Refuse to be a Victim" Class

If a specific date is not specified for a class, with a few days lead time I will offer it about any time!

Basic Pistol Phase 2 — July 27
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — July 28
NRA Home Firearem Safety — Aug. 9
Refuse to be a Victim —Aug. 13
Basic Pistol Phase 2 — Aug. 19
NRA Home Firearem Safety — Aug. 20
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — Aug. 24
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — Aug. 25
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — Sept. 2
Refuse to be a Victim — Sept. 3
NRA Home Firearem Safety — Sept. 10
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — Sept. 17
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — Sept. 22
RSO (Range Safety Class — Sept. 30
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — Oct. 26
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — Oct. 27
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — Nov. 4

First Steps — Rifle
Basic Rifle
Personal Protection in the Home
Personal Protection Outside the Home (Basic)
Personal Protection Outside the Home (Advanced)

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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!
Dave's Extremely Advanced Firearms Class 01
Dave's Extremely Advanced Firearms Class 02
(Dave's advanced shooting demo)
Dave's Extremely Advanced Firearms Class 03
Dave's Extremely Advanced Firearms Class 04
Dave's Extremely Advanced Firearms Class 05
Dueling Tree Shootout
Video Photography by Rich McWhirter
Videos shot from in front of the firing line were taken using a remote camera!

NRA 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!

Table of Contents
Blue Mesa Shooting Academy Original Classes
Blue Mesa Shooting Original Classes

One Day CHP (Concealed Handgun Permit) Classes!

Academy Class Outline (Specific Information)

Academy Class General Information!

Advanced Academy Class

Defensive Shotgun Class

Advanced Classes Tactical Slide Show
(Click or use space bar to advance Slides)

NRA Classes
Home Firearm Safety
Personal Protection In the Home
Personal Protection Outside the Home

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General Information
General Information for BMSA
Frequently Ask Questions
Instructor Profile
Area Information
Links of Interest to Shooters
No Safe Place
A must Read for all CHP & potential CHP Permit Holders! Good information for everyone.

Introduction to Blue Mesa Shooting Academy

Blue 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.

General Information for Blue Mesa Shooting Academy

Blue 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 classroom presentations.

Shooting Class Photos
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Class Schedule
Regular or streamlined class dates may be changed on student requests
CHP (CCW) One Day Class Dates
Aug. 12
Sept. 9
Oct. 14
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!
Academy Class date: — Sept. 14, 7:00 P.M.

Refuse to be a Victim
What 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.


Home Firearm Safety Class

This 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 following disciplines:

Pistol (Handgun)

These 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)

Concealed Handgun Permit Training
Formerly known as C
With a Colorado permit, you will be authorized to carry concealed
in approximately 32 states.
Academy class, described below, meets & exceeds training requirements for Colorado.
is a graduate of "Gunsite Training Academy's 350 Pistol Class!
(To the best of our knowledge, the only active instructor in Western Colorado so qualified!)

Additionally, we offer a
Defensive Shotgun Class
Click for details!

With a two student minimum, we will offer most classes any time!

Blue 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

#1. 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 & further details!

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 7:00 P.M.
#2 CHP Classes
Regular Class
Our "Basic Handgun Shooting Class"
( Concealed Handgun Permit Training Class)
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 Carry Permits. 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 classroom!
Hearing & Eye Protection
Water (For Range)
Steamlined One Day Class
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
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Class Dates:
Aug. 12
Sept. 9
Oct. 14

#3. Personal Protection in the Home

This 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.
Click Here for Color Flyer on this Class!

#4. "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)

Level 1

(Basic - 9 hr. Course includes Both Classroom and Range Time "Basic Certification"

Level 2
(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
Offered annually.
"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)
Slide Show Summer 2010 Class
Click to advance slides!

Defensive Shotgun Class
A “Personal Protection” Training Course!
This is Not an NRA Class!
Color Flyer

This 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 you’ve got. Due to the limited ammunition capacity of shotguns, another major emphasis will be on reloading, both tactical & speed.
One day ( 8 or 9 hr.) class will be fun and informative. Includes classroom and range work.
Priced at only $80.00

All classes except #'s 1, 2, 5 & our Defensive Shotgun Class
are NRA Classes)

Link to NRA's OnLine Training

General Information for NRA's New Pistol Certification Course

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 Classes
Discipline Specific Required docs!
NRA Basic Pistol (Phase 2 Blended Lesson Plans)

NRA Basic Pistol (ILT) Lesson Plans
Personal Protection (Inside & Outside the Home)

RSO/CRSO (Non-NRA) Information

NRA Student Classes
Range Safety Officer
Basic Rifle
Basic Shotgun
Home Firearm Safety

General Information
Tueller Drill Discussion .PDF File
(From an Arizona DPS - Highway Patrol Newsletter)

Take a Look at Our Thoughts Page!
Humorous & Practical — Click Here
Download a .pdf file on Colorado's CHP Laws (Senate Bill 03-024) effective
May 18, 2003

Download 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

Instructor Profile
Larry D. McWhirter

NRA Certified Instructor & Training Counselor

NRA Certified in the Following Disciplines:

1. Home Firearm Safety

2. Pistol

3. Rifle

4. Shotgun

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

Gunsite "250 & 350" Pistol Graduate
Colorado Certified CCW (CHP) Instructor

Larry's complete Shooting Profile



Links of Interest

(Concealed Carry Information)
Hand Gun Law
NRA-ILA Web Site
Go to "Gun Laws" Section for specific information concerning laws for each state

Colorado Bureau of Investigation CHP Page

Utah CCW Information & List of Approved Instructors

Nevada CCW Class Info
Gunsite Training Academy

Thunder Ranch - Oregon

Massad Ayoob Group (Formerly)
Lethal Force Institute

Colorado Gun Statutes


"Concealed Carry Magazine" Grass Roots Profile of Larry - Feb./March Issue 2007
Complete List of Classes Offered by Blue Mesa Shooting

National Rifle Association (NRA)
Magills Gun Accessories
The Concealment Shop
International Defensive Pistol Shooting Association

American Handgunner Magazine

Snub Nose Files

Action Target
Law Enforcement Targets
HKS Speedloaders

Midway USA Dictionary of gun definitions
Cheaper than Dirt.com

Dillon Precision Products
Reloading & Shooting Supplies
Craig Spegel Grips

Custom Holster Manufacturers
Galco Holster
DES-Holsters Galco holsters, specializing in gun holsters, including pistol holsters, western holsters, concealed carry holsters, shoulder holsters, leather holsters, concealment holsters, hand gun holsters and Glock holsters
Milt Sparks
Mitch Rosen
Kramer Leather
Don Hume
Mountable Handgun Holsters
Del Fatti Leather
Wilson Combat (Also Accessories & Guns)
DeSantis Gunhide
K.L. Null Holsters
Fobus Holsters
CrossBreed Holsters LLC
Bianchi International
Delfatti Gun Leather
ElPaso Saddlery
Tuff Products

Ammunition Manufacturers
Magtech Ammunition
Barnes Bullets
Garrett Cartridges
Buffalo Bore Ammunition
Black Hills Gold

Magazine Suppliers
Wilson Combat
Chip McCormick

Finding Your Reason by Kathy Jackson
This is an outstanding article written by a woman especially for (but not exclusively for) women.
Kathy Jackson is a freelance writer and is a frequent contributor to Concealed Carry Magazine. She is an assistant instructor at the Firearms Academy of Seattle & takes great pleasure in teaching other women how to shoot.

No Safe Place
A must read for all CHP permit holders & for anyone considering obtaining a CHP Permit

Larry's Complete Shooting Profile

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