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 Contact Information:
  Larry McWhirter
  123 Akard Ave.
  Montrose, CO 81401

  970 249-2771
  970 209-1340 Cell

Gift Certificates are Available for all classes!
Click "Classes offered" immediately below for a list of all Blue Mesa Shooting's Classes
Classes offered by Blue Mesa Shooting Academy

Gift Certificates are available for:
Firearm Classes as well as Photography Classes and/or Sittings!

We offer private classes, often at no additional charge!

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General Information (Below) — For specific Information click shooting logo (Upper Left)

  Next Scheduled One Day Concealed Carry Class — April 8
Next Academy Class — Sept. 14, 7:00 P.M.
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Click for Information on NRA's Refuse to be a Victim class

BMSA Scheduled Classes (By Date) through August
NRA Instructor Pistol Certification — March 25
NRA Personal Protection in the Home Ins. Certification April 1
One Day Concealed Cary Class — April 8
NRA's Refuse to be a Victim— April 9
NRA Home FireArm Safety Class — April 20
NRA Instructor Pistol Certification — April 22

NRA Instructor Pistol Certification — May 6
One Day Concealed Cary Class —May 13
NRA Home FireArm Safety Class — May 14
NRA Rifle Ins. Certification — May 20
NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Ins. Certification — May 27
NRA Basic Pistol Phase II — June 3
One Day Concealed Cary Class — June 10
NRA Rifle Ins. Certification Class — June 17
NRA Instructor Pistol Certification— June 24
One Day Concealed Cary 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
NRA Home FireArm Safety Class — Aug. 9
One Day Concealed Cary Class—Aug. 12
NRA's Refuse to be a Victim— Aug. 13
NRA Student Phase II Pistol Class — Aug. 19
NRA Instructor Pistol Certification— Aug. 26
Academy Class: Sept. 14, 2017 — 7:00 P.M.

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 Western Colorado. 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 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. We also offer rifle & shotgun training as well as Range Safety Officer & Chief Range Safety Officer certifications. In addition, we offer a “Defensive Shotgun Class.”
Our 30 hour “Academy” handgun class (see link above) is unsurpassed in this area. 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 even more training, we offer an “Advanced Academy Class.”
All our range classes are conducted on a private range, so we are the only ones present in the area.
We, of course, offer NRA'S Phase 2 portion of their New blended basic pistol course. (Phase One is taken on-line.)
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.

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Table of Contents

Link to NRA's OnLine Training

Download our Shooting Brochure

One Day Concealed Carry Class Info

30 Hour Academy Class Info

NRA Instructor Certification Classes

NRA Student certification classes

Videos of an extremely advanced handgun class

Introduction to Blue Mesa Shooting Academy

Links of Interest

Colorado State Concealed Carry Statute

General Information

Blue Mesa Shooting Travel Agreement

New New New
Streamlined one day concealed carry 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 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, of course, continue to offer our regular class, with range live fire shooting, for those desiring more advanced training.  Additionally, streamlined students may take the range class at a later date. Please call for further information, clarification, or questions.
(970) 249-2771

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.

One Day Concealed Carry Class information & dates:
Regular or streamlined class dates may be changed at student request!
Jan. 10 (Streamlined class)
Jan. 14 (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!

Shooting (Main Page) | Table of Contents | Class Schedules

Concealed Carry (CHP) One Day Class   | Full Length (Academy Class)

Larry's Shooting Profile

Thoughts Page (Should be good for a grin or two)

General Information

Montrose Area Information

Directions to 123 Akard Ave. (Classroom, Studio & Office)

Blue Mesa Photography Home Page

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