Class Schedule

October 21 – 23, 2022

NRA Basic Pistol Student +
NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) +
NRA Pistol Instructor =


We are working to schedule the some of the following programs in Oct – Dec.  Let us know which instructor programs you want and your preferred dates! 

NRA CCW Instructor Program (2 days)
NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO; 1 day)
NRA Chief RSO (CRSO = RSO Instructor 1 day)
NRA Personal Protection ITH Program (2 days)
NRA Rifle Instructor Program (2 days)
NRA Shotgun Instructor Program (2 days)
NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor (1 day)
NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor (1 day)

Ask about our multi-day, multi-course programs where you can get certified as an instructor with many ratings!  Our multi-day / week-long programs are “heaven” not “hell” so join us and … get it done … right!

If you have any specific NO-GO dates in October – December, please let us know by submitting either the WISHLIST! or CONTACT form on this site.  We will include your availability data into our scheduling process.

2020 – 2022 were very busy years for our training even with all of the weirdness that impacted everyone.  We delivered numerous instructor training programs which included candidates from other many other states joining us here in Colorado.


NRA Instructor Course

Colorado NRA Instructor Training!

Become an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and teach others to be safe and effective with their firearms.  NRA Pistol Instructors and NRA CCW Instructors (two separate credentials) may teach courses that meet the training requirements for concealed carry handgun permit applications.

We offer the official NRA Student and Instructor training in locations convenient to Denver, Boulder, Westminster, Thornton, Lakewood, Aurora, Littleton, Englewood, Golden, Evergreen plus in northern Colorado for those in Fort Collins, Greeley and surrounding areas.

What courses are needed to become an instructor?

NRA Policy requires ALL Instructor Candidates to have first completed the underlying NRA Student Course in the same discipline or rating. This requirement has nothing to do with the Instructor Candidate’s firearms-related background, experience or other certifications.  Everyone seeking to become an NRA Certified Instructor must complete the required courses for each of the NRA Instructor certifications / ratings.

In addition, Instructor Candidates must also have completed the NRA Basic Instructor Training (aka “BIT”) Course within the past 24 months.  BIT is a classroom-only session covering policies, procedures and teaching methodologies.  BIT is then followed by one or more instructor courses with the same student course requirement.

For example, to become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, you would need to complete three (3) courses:

  1. NRA Basic Pistol Student Course (official NRA course), and
  2. NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) Course, and
  3. NRA Pistol Instructor Course

We offer these three courses in a “back-to-back” format which is usually scheduled every month in a Friday – Sunday configuration.  If you have a group for instructor training, and/or you need weekday classes, please contact us using this FORM.

The BIT course is “good” for 24 months which means you may attend subsequent NRA Student plus Instructor courses within that period to acquire additional instructor ratings/certifications without having to repeat the BIT course.

Ready to get started?  Here’s our 3-course instructor program that you need to obtain the NRA Pistol Instructor credential.

Here’s what the NRA has to say about the NRA Certified Instructor program.

NRA Instructor Program

NRA Pistol Instructor Program

Next Program Dates
October 21 – 23, 2022

Click here to register now!

Need training on other dates?

Use our Wishlist! form or call 303.309.1176 with your availability data and preferences!

This is a 3-day instructor program consisting of the NRA Basic Pistol Student course (this instance for instructor candidates only) plus the NRA Basic Instructor Training (aka “BIT”) course and the NRA Pistol Instructor course taught back-to-back with small class sizes.  Become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor now and teach firearms beginners and others seeking a concealed handgun permit in Colorado and certain other states.


NRA Range Safety Officer

If you have significant firearms experience, you may attend our 1-day course to become an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO).

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NRA Chief Range Safety Officer

NRA RSOs may complete the NRA Basic Instructor Training (aka “BIT”) and NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) courses to “upgrade” to CRSO which is the RSO Instructor rating to enable teaching the RSO course!


Do you have substantial experience?

If you have prior defensive handgun training, law enforcement or military experience that does not meet the requirements to apply directly for a concealed handgun permit, call 303.309.1176 to discuss your options to attend our “faster-track” course. 

For example, your law enforcement background in Colorado was more than 10 years ago and you didn’t have enough time in to qualify for retired officer carry under LEOSA. 

Another scenario may be that your military DD-214 is dated more than three (3) years ago or more than ten (10) years ago if it does not list pistol qualification. 

Maybe your prior defensive handgun training was taught by an instructor that did not have a certification meeting the Colorado statutory requirement.

Our Team

Most on our team are certified firearms instructors having BOTH Colorado P.O.S.T. law enforcement AND NRA “civilian” firearms instructor certifications with many years of experience training students, instructors and law enforcement recruits and sworn officers.  In addition, some on our team are also certified to train instructors!

Our Training Locations


  • Evergreen (private, 1-on-1 and small group classes), or
  • About 10 minutes east of Greeley
  • Your classroom type location (formal or informal) for private group training with a qualifying class size.


  • About 35 minutes east of Fort Collins, or
  • Your range location (formal or informal) for private group training with a qualifying class size.


Instructor Resources

Got credit?  Need credit?  Accept credit?

If you are going to offer firearms training as an instructor, there are some important credit related things to consider.  Think about getting either a new, separate personal credit card OR a business credit card to keep track of your expenses.  

Each of the card issuers listed below offers both personal and business credit cards.  American Express also offers charge cards (pay in full every month) and these issuers have good to excellent customer service in our experience.

You can get up to 100,000 Membership Reward points from American Express if you qualify for the Platinum card and hit the initial spending requirements.  You may also apply for one of the other cards with a 0% introductory rate and/or $0 annual fee.  Checking to see if you qualify may involve only a “soft pull” that does not impact your credit score so read carefully before … “pulling the trigger” on a new card.  

American Express

Discover Card

Capital One


Become an NRA Certified Instructor!

It’s time for us to increase our efforts as firearms instructors to empower law abiding citizens to protect themselves, their loved ones and our greater family.

Are those with whom you gather at church or temple safe?

Does your house of worship have guardians with adequate training?

How many millions of people bought guns just in the last couple of years? 

How many of them have no prior firearms experience or training at all?

They need training and that takes instructors willing to help them become safe and effective with their new firearm.

We offer the full spectrum of NRA Instructor courses and training leading to instructor certifications including the programs listed below. 

At the minimum, we strongly suggest acquiring BOTH the NRA Pistol Instructor (firearms safety and marksmanship) AND NRA CCW Instructor (defensive handgun focus with practical skills development) certifications.

  • Pistol
  • Personal Protection
  • CCW
  • Rifle
  • Shotgun
  • Refuse To Be A Victim (non-gun related).

Private / Group Training

 We may be able to run a private instructor program if you have a group of six (6) or more! 

We also offer private individual and group training for public officials, celebrities, business VIPs as well as for everyday folks who prefer not to attend a public firearms course for various reasons. 

Most firearms instructors teach only on weekends as a “side gig” while we offer customized scheduling on weekdays, evenings and weekends.  While we do schedule courses on weekends, our Private Training Program supports those with different needs.  Tuition varies depending upon the course, location, group size, etc. 

The NRA requires a minimum number participants in each NRA instructor course but NRA and non-NRA student courses can be delivered to smaller groups and even one-on-one if desired.

Call 303.309.1176 for more information.


Concealed Handgun Carry Training

Are you new to firearms?
Some handgun experience?
Need a “refresher” course?
Time to learn holster presentation?


The NRA CCW Student Course!

The NRA now has a CCW Student Course which can only be taught by an Instructor with the corresponding NRA CCW Instructor rating. 

In order to acquire the NRA CCW Instructor rating, existing NRA Certified Pistol Instructors must complete an additional, advanced instructor course and pass its very challenging instructor qualification course of fire under time constraints.

As we know, you can’t teach what you don’t know … at least not very well.  Some instructors just settle for the bare minimum in terms of their instructor certification and then offer “advanced training” to others without first having that level of training and experience themselves.  In short, not cool.

The NRA CCW Student Course is modular in design and thus it can be delivered in 1/2 day, 1-day and 2-day versions to more precisely fit your level of handgun experience.

If you are a complete “newbie” when it comes for firearms in general, and handguns in particular, we strongly suggest that you first complete the NRA Basic Pistol Student Course which is designed for the absolute beginner.  If we don’t have this student course on a date that works for you, we have trained many dozens of NRA Certified Instructors in Colorado to which we can refer you for that beginner’s course.

However, if you have some, on up to a lot of, prior handgun shooting experience, then you may register directly for our 1/2-day, 1-day or 2-day version of the NRA CCW Student Course that best fits your needs.

The NRA CCW student course is a REAL firearms training program with the goal of helping you to become both safe and effective in present your handgun from concealment in a defensive situation!

The 1-day version is intended for those with significant prior handgun shooting experience while the 2-day version includes more training and an extensive live fire range session.  Both versions include important information about where you can and can’t carry, use of force, etc.

Carrying a concealed handgun to defend yourself, family and loved ones, which involves having the capacity to delivery deadly force in self defense, is obviously a HUGE responsibility!

Do it right.  Get REAL training!