NRA Carry Guard Training – No 1911s or revolvers as primary

NRA Carry Guard Training – No 1911s or revolvers as primary

I got the pointer to this story from TTAG | NRA: No 1911s or Revolvers in NRA Carry Guard Training Classes. There is certainly more to this than the TTAG headline. The NRA Carry Guard seems to branch out into professional firearms training that is way beyond the original basic NRA training classes. The 3-day $850 NRA Carry Guard | Level 1 class features:


This multi-day course is designed to prepare gun owners to carry a firearm with confidence and competence.

Includes: Safety and Weapons Awareness; Pistol Ready Positions; Fundamentals (stance, grip, holster draw, sight alignment, trigger press, recoil management, follow through, economy of motion, self-critique); Treating a Malfunction; Live Fire Progression Drills; Combat and Tactical Reloads; Drawing from a Holster; Low Light/No Light Shooting; Combat Reload while holding a Light; Key Components to Carrying a Concealed Weapon; Carry Location Options (i.e. waste, ankle, purse, etc.); Real World Scenario Based Training (Airsoft scenarios)

– Range appropriate clothing (closed-toe shoes, pants, t-shirt)

– Weather appropriate layering (time of year, location dependent)

– Eye protection (both dark and clear with shatterproof lenses)

– Hearing protection (double ear protection is optimal)

– Hat

– Gloves

– Sturdy belt

– Pistol for use in classroom and range demonstrations

– Full size or compact*

– Magazines (4 minimum)

– Holster and magazine pouches (2-3)

– Hand-held light

– Head lamp

– Ammunition: approx. 1,500 rounds

– Range bag

– Note pad and pen

– Snacks, water for range

– Energy bars

– Sun screen

– Personal medications if any (Please notify instructor of any medical conditions)

*NOTE: NRA Carry Guard Level One is designed for training with a semi-automatic handgun (Glock 19/17, Sig P226/P228 or equivalent). We will not allow revolvers or 1911s as your primary firearm in this class.

You should bring a secondary firearm that you carry concealed, as well as a holster for such. We will run the course with a primary carry weapon and then run a course of fire with a secondary or back-up gun to evaluate the differences. Please bring at least 40 rounds of ammo appropriate for your carry firearm for this portion of the class. Revolvers, 1911s and/or subcompacts can be used for this portion of the class.

The amount of time (3 days), topics covered, round count, equipment requirement and price are pretty much what professional firearms schools have. I am not sure if there is a market for this, given the general apathy of average gun owners to get training to begin with. There is also the issue of lack of reputation and the NRA’s historical model of franchising training out to less/ill-qualified trainers. Does this really have the potential to become a training for the masses? Only time will tell!

Meanwhile, the USCCA has teamed up with Rob Pincus’ Personal Defense Network:

Source: USA Carry

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