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Instructor candidate student performing an advanced tactical exercise (engaging target,
while kneeling, from behind cover) during an NRA PPOTH (Personal Protection Outside the Home)
All Photos taken from in front of firing line used a remotely controlled camera!
Gift Certificates Available for all classes!
Sunday & Weekday Concealed Carry Classes Available on Request!
One Day Scheduled Concealed Carry Classes, Sat. 8:00 A.M.
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
Rifle Instructor 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!
Click for details!
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 conjunction with an instructor
certification class. NRA requires a four student minimum in all instructor classes.
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
NRA Instructor Certification Class Schedule Through June 16, 2018
Pistol — March 24
Rifle — April 7
Pistol — April 28
Rifle — May 19
Pistol — May 26
Rifle — June 2
Personal Protection in the Home — June 16
— June 23
Rifle — July 21
Pistol — July 28
Pistol — August 25
(CRSO is an Instructor Certification Course & RSO is a pre-requisite)
CRSO is a Instructor 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.
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) March 17
Refuse to be a Victim— March 21 (Evening Class)
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — March 23
NRA Home Firearm Safety — March 27 (Evening Class)
Range Safety Officer Class — March 31
Refuse to be a Victim — April 4
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) —April 5
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) —April — 7
Refuse to be a Victim — April 8 (Evening Class)
NRA Home Firearm Safety — April 9 (Evening Class)
Refuse to be a Victim — April 18
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — April 20
Range Safety Officer Class — April 21
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — April 27
NRA Home Firearm Safety — May 1
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — May 4
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — May 5
Range Safety Officer Class — May 6
NRA Basic Pistol Class — Blended Phase 2 — May 11
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) MAY 12
NRA Home Firearm Safety — May 13
Refuse to be a Victim— May 15
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — May 25
NRA Home Firearm Safety — June 5
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — June 10
NRA Home Firearm Safety — June 17
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — June 22
NRA Home Firearm Safety — July 6 Afternoon Class
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — July 7
Refuse to be a Victim — July 8 (Afternoon Class)
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — July 13
NRA Home Firearm Safety — July 15
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) July 17
Refuse to be a Victim— July 22
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — July 27
Refuse to be a Victim — August 1
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) — Aug. 3
Range Safety Officer Class — August 4
NRA Home Firearm Safety — August 5
NRA Basic Pistol Class Blended Phase 2 — August 10
Range Safety Officer Class — August 12
NRA Instructor Led Basic Pistol ILT (Full Class) August 24
Range Safety Officer Class — Sept. 1
Additional NRA classes offered!
As noted above, with a few days lead time, any of these student
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!
Larry is an NRA
Certified Instructor & Training Counselor
Gunsite "350" Pistol Graduate &
Certified CHP (CCW) Instructor for Colorado
Blue Mesa Photography Web Site:
No Safe Place
A must Read for all CHP & potential CHP Permit Holders!
Good information for everyone.
Introduction to Blue Mesa Shooting Academy
Mesa Shooting Academy is a "Family Friendly" Training Facility.
All classes are designed to provide a friendly, fun &
educational experience for everyone, especially ladies. Offering a
wide range of classes (over 20 total) we can meet
the needs of
include 7 different Handgun Classes, including " Basic Handgun ", our "Academy class",
(the heart of our course curriculum,) "Personal Protection
Home" & a more advanced NRA intermediate "Personal
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, adult 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
Our two most popular classes are the one day CHP & our
Academy Class, both Concealed Carry Handgun Classes. In addition we
In & Outside the Home,
Rifle, Shotgun, & Range Safety Officer classes. We are sure to have a
to meet your needs &we provide
in all our class disciplines. Please look over
the remainder of our web page and
us a call with any questions. Our
limited to a maximum of 10 or 12 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 request
our one day concealed carry (or our Academy class) to any other being
Western Slope, & we believe you'll find ours far superior.
Each course includes
a full 2½ hour
law class approved by an attorney!
Larry has taught professionally
43 years. To the best of our knowledge,
other instructor in Western Colorado can match this.
Next Scheduled Academy Class: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 —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
of home safety for pistol, rifle & shotgun.
No actual shooting is included.
A certificate of Completion will Be Awarded.
NRA "First Steps" classes are offered in the
classes are much more involved than the "Home Firearm Safety Class" and are
I.E. Training is
one specific-firearm discipline.
(Concealed Handgun Permit)
Concealed handgun permit training
With a Colorado permit you should be authorized to carry concealed in
approximately 32 states.
Scroll down for class schedules.
Our Academy class, described below, meets & exceeds training requirements for Colorado.
Instructor is a graduate of both Gunsite Training Academy's 250 &
350 Pistol Classes!
Additionally, we offer a
Defensive Shotgun Class!
Click for details!
a two student minimum, we will offer this & most NRA student classes about any time!
This is not an NRA Class!
Mesa Shooting Academy is proud to offer the complete NRA series
classes including, but not limited to, Range Safety Officer, Chief Range
Officer, Basic Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun Training & Instructor Certifications.
We also offer, our own (Non NRA) Academy, Advanced &
Extremely Advanced Academy Classes!
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 even
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. 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 three or four student minimum, this class will be offered about any time!
Next Scheduled Academy Class Date:
Sept. Exact date TBD
#2 CHP Classes
Our "Basic Handgun Shooting Class"
( Concealed Handgun Permit
Consists of 8 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 two or three 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 dates, further information, clarification, or questions. (970) 249-2771
This is not an NRA Class!
NRA's 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
Personal Protection. This is an NRA approved Class!
Here for Color Flyer on this Class!
NRA's 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. This is an NRA approved class!
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
This is not an NRA 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 shotgun 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
many 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)
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
2. Pistol (Blended & ILT Classes)
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