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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.
shooting is involved) 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", referenced
above, but are
firearm specific. I.E. Students are limited to shooting one specific type of firearm.
Formerly known as CCW
Class # 1, below meets & exceeds training requirements for Colorado
concealed carry training.
Instructor is a graduate of both "Gunsite Training Academy's
350 Pistol Classes and has taught professionally for over 43 years.
(To the best of our knowledge, the only active instructor in Western
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. We offer
a wide range of classes (over
20 total) designed to meet the needs
of virtually everyone. Six different Handgun Classes, including " Basic
(#2 below), our "Academy
class", (#1 below), the heart of our
course curriculum, "Personal Protection in the Home" (#3
below), a more advanced NRA intermediate "Personal
Protection Outside the Home" Class, (#4 below) an Advanced Handgun Class, (#5
below), "NRA Range Safety Officer" Class, (#6 below), Basic Rifle (#7
below), Basic Shotgun, (#8 below),
Home Firearm Safety, (#9 below)
NRA Instructor Certification Clinics in the disciplines
of "Basic Pistol", Rifle, Shotgun, "Personal Protection
in the Home",
"Personal Protection Outside the Home" & Home Firearm Safety (#10
below) round out our curriculum.
Defensive Shotgun Class
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a two student minimum, we will offer these classes about any time!
NRA Discipline Specific Course Required Docs
Basic Pistol ILT Lesson Plans
Basic Pistol Blended Lesson Plans
Academy Class (30 Hr. Course)
This is our regular "Basic/Intermediate Handgun & Personal Protection/Home
Defense Class & is designed for
beginning and/or 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 even
the state. We cover awareness training, firearm presentation & carry
options, home defense, and Colorado
gun laws. We include an extended class session
covering circumstances warranting the use of deadly force & our final range session will introduce students to "Real Life"
Tactical Shooting Scenarios including a night shoot!
When, and if, most of these subjects are covered by competitors, they
are usually relegated to their
"Advanced Classes", but because we
believe they are so vitally important, we include them in this
Consisting of a full 30 hours of training compared to most others lasting
between 8 &18 hours, this course meets & exceeds the training
requirements for obtaining a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit for Colorado,
& Florida. Utah certification requires an additional hour of classroom
only time to cover Utah specific statues. At course completion, graduates
are able to draw a concealed firearm and fire two rounds accurately in
approximately 2 seconds. With dedicated practice, many reduce this time
to 1.5 seconds or less! Offered three or more times per year!
This is our Academy or Full Length Course & is not an NRA Course!
an Adobe .pdf Course Flyer!
Course is offered three (3) or more times annually - Winter, Spring &
Next schedued class date" January, 2018 Exact date TBD!
Basic Handgun (CHP) Class
Our "Basic Handgun Shooting Class" ( Concealed Handgun Permit
consists of 6 full hours of instruction on Saturday & is offered once
or twice a month. Designed primarily for students with a limited time
schedule, it meets training requirements for Colorado concealed carry. Always
offered on the second, and, often times, additional
Saturdays of each month, depending on demand. With a minimum of
two students, we will offer the class just about any time! Tuition is
$100 plus a $10.00 range fee. Students supply their own ammunition. (70
or 80 rounds). A non refundable deposit of $50.00 is required to guarantee
your spot. Should you have to miss your scheduled class date, this deposit
will normally be
applied to a future class. Students who miss their second
class will forfeit their deposit.
This is our Short Course & is based heavily on NRA's Basic Pistol
Class, but is not an official NRA class! It is more 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 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 80 rounds. Please, no live ammunition in the
Hearing & Eye Protection
Water (For Range Session)
Class dates for above class:
All Saturday Classes begin promptly at 8:00 A.M.
Classes generally fill quickly!
Enrollment is normally limited to 10 - 12 students. Sign
Blue Mesa Shooting has access to a private range and are the only
authorized users, therefor we will be the only ones present during classes.
We also offer a shorter & less expensive version of the above class.
are listed on the previous (index) page.
Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns. (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 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.
"Personal Protection Outside the Home"
Level 1 (Basic - 9 hr. Course includes Both Classroom and Range Time)
Level 2 (Advanced) Requires an Additional 5 Hours Range
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"
Our Academy graduates will have no trouble completing this!
You will need approximately 500 rounds of ammunition.
Call or E-Mail for Details
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on this Course
PPOTH is normally offered
twice a year.
With a minimum of four
students we will conduct a class anytime!
Advanced Academy Handgun Class (Advanced CHP)
is not an NRA class.
Offered annually. Fun & Extremely Practical!
"Real Life" Tactical Shooting Applications
Prerequisite is Class
#1, PPOTH (listed above) or Equivalent.
Click for Details and Course
Advanced Class Outline in Adobe .pdf file
Photos of previous classes
A Personal Protection
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 (6 or 7 hr.) class will be fun and informative. Includes classroom
and range work.
Priced at only $80.00
Please call for further information or to schedule a class
STUDENT CLASSES OFFERED
6. Range Safety Officer Class
#7. Basic Rifle Class
#8. Basic Shotgun Class
#9. Home Firearm Safety
(A class for absolute
Protection in the Home
Protection Outside the Home
Safety Officer — Not an instructor class
Chief Range Safety Officer —
Most Classes are offered on a regularly scheduled basis.
Others are offered on an on Demand Basis.
Call 249-2771 for Information or to schedule a class.
"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 (Owner, Course Director)
Graduated from both basic and advanced pistol classes offered
by "Colorado Shooting Institute."
Graduated from Gunsite Basic 250 & 350 Intermediate Pistol Classes!
Completed course requirements for Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Utah &
Nevada concealed carry permits.
Served as an assistant instructor for a course similar to our #1 above
listed class given by "Colorado Shooting Institute."
Professional scuba diving instructor for entry level classes, specialty
classes, advanced classes and instructor prep (Divecon) courses for 9ver 30 years
Also rated as an underwater photography instructor.
Graduated from NRA Instructor certification classes for pistol, rifle, shotgun, "Personal Protection in & Outside the Home", and RSO
Completed class given by Rob Letham.
Completed NRA "Training Counselor" Class. We train & Certify
Instructors in the disciplines of "Basic Pistol" & "Personal
Protection in the Home."
Completed Chief RSO (Range Safety Officer) Training Course. Classes in this discipline are now offered! See
Certification Training in the NRA disciplines of "Basic Rifle"
and "Basic Shotgun" Classes are now offered.
Completed Instructor Certification Training for CCW Permit for State of
Utah. Now certified as a Utah CCW Permit Instructor.
Served as Assistant Instructor for an extremely Advanced
Combat - Tactical pistol class taught by David Mowry, an Arizona DPS (Highway
Patrol ) Firearms instructor and S.W.A.T. Team Officer.
Completed both the Basic & Advanced new NRA "Personal Protection Outside the Home" class.
Completed the Instructor/Training Counselor portion of NRA "Personal Protection Outside the Home" Now certified
both as an Instructor to train students and as
a Training Counselor to train & Certify Instructors in this discipline.
complete Shooting Profile (Below)
Tactics - any maneuver or adroit management to gain an objective
Tactical Short definition - CHEAT
Adroit synonyms - skillful, expert, practiced, able, clever, adept,
competent, or accomplished
IWB - Type of holster (Inside waistband)
SOB - Type of holster (Small of Back)
Cover - Hidden from view using something that will stop a bullet
E.G. Rock, tree, Engine Block, etc.
Concealment - Hidden from view using something that will not stop
a bullet E.G. Grass, Shadows, etc.
Misfire - Cartridge does not fire after primer is struck by the
Hangfire - a perceptible delay in the ignition of a cartridge after
primer has been struck by the firing pin
Squib load - less than normal pressure or bullet velocity after
ignition of the cartridge.
Compliant - doing exactly as instructed (ordered)