Frequently Asked Questions

Questions are grouped into two categories: Membership and Training. If your question isn’t answered below, call us at 1-866-NRA-5050 or use the Contact Us form to send us a message.

Membership

The NRA Carry Guard membership is the most complete product available for those who carry firearms, offering training and education resources. 

Unfortunately, we cannot assist with your NRA membership. The NRA Carry Guard membership is separate from your NRA membership, but you can call 1-877-672-2000.

The first NRA Carry Guard Expo, was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 25-27, 2017. It featured concealed carry and self-defense seminars along with an exhibit hall of the latest guns and gear from major manufacturers. The next NRA Carry Guard Expo will be held in Richmond, Virginia September 14-16, 2018.

Available to all NRA Carry Guard members, it’s one of the highest quality gun publications on the market. The magazine will be distributed quarterly in 2018 for a total of 4 issues per year.

Training

The NRA Carry Guard program was created to be the gold standard in concealed carry training and to prepare responsible citizens who legally carry to effectively confront today’s evolving conflict environment. It was developed by elite military veterans in conjunction with law enforcement experts.

This training is not for everyone. It is designed for those who take carrying seriously—people who want to be more proficient shooters so they can carry concealed with greater confidence. It is for people who know it takes more than a gun to be well-armed, and who understand that carrying every day requires discipline, education and a respectful appreciation of the magnitude of drawing the gun from the holster.

The training is based on the concept that “the best do the basics better” and focuses on fundamentals on the range. Then those fundamentals are applied to real-life situations, self-defense tactics and techniques, low-light shooting, force-on-force simulation scenarios and more. Students are evaluated on a course of fire where only a passing score earns eligibility to move to the next level—there are no participation certificates.

The NRA Carry Guard program is real-world, self-defense training designed for those living the concealed carry lifestyle. It is not intended to replace other NRA training programs, but complements those programs and fills a void for those who want the gold standard of CCW training. 

The program was designed to challenge concealed carriers to improve their skills so they will become more proficient shooters and more confident carriers. Sessions include training on the fundamentals, practicing real-life scenarios, shooting in low light and learning from an elite group of experienced instructors.

You must have a CCW permit or live in a state with constitutional carry to take NRA Carry Guard training. Additionally, if you’d like to take NRA Carry Guard Intermediate Training (previously called Level One) you must also have passed NRA Carry Guard Basic Training or an equivalent outside training course. You’ll need to bring a reliable handgun and ammunition to the Basic and Intermediate courses. If you currently own or carry a sub-compact or defensive carry pistol, you should also bring that in addition to your range pistol. Other course requirements and range bag needs will be sent out prior to training.

NRA Carry Guard Basic Training, NRA Carry Guard Intermediate Training (previously called Level One) and NRA Carry Guard Scenario Training are available now. To check available dates and locations and to sign up, please visit here. More course locations and dates will be added soon. Check back here for updates.

NRA Carry Guard training locations and dates are continuing to expand. Our hope is to expand training to every state. Check back here for new course dates, times and locations.

Sign up for updates on our training page under “Help Us Bring Training to You.”

No, an NRA membership is not required to be an NRA Carry Guard member or to participate in training. However, we encourage all responsible firearms enthusiasts who value the freedoms our Second Amendment protects to sign up for NRA membership. Anyone who purchases NRA Carry Guard will receive a free one-year NRA membership.

Having an NRA Carry Guard membership is not a requirement to take these courses

Yes. NRA Carry Guard Training is available in Basic, Intermediate and Scenario. NRA Carry Guard Advance Training will follow. NRA Carry Guard was developed to allow students to progress up a training ladder. Each level will focus on fundamentals, but as you progress, stricter time constraints, additional movement drills, tactics and techniques, and more complex scenarios will be added. This is training for those who take carrying seriously—people who want to be more proficient shooters so they can carry concealed with greater confidence.

NRA Carry Guard Advance Training will be available in 2019.

NRA Carry Guard Basic Training costs $425 per student. The cost covers a 1½-day course, course materials and NRA Carry Guard student apparel. Once you are signed up for a course, your instructor will reach out to you with further details, including information about meals, hotels and course requirements/needs.

NRA Carry Guard Intermediate Training costs $850 per student. The cost covers a three-day course, course materials and NRA Carry Guard student apparel. Once you are signed up for a course, your instructor will reach out to you with further details, including information about meals, hotels and course requirements/needs.

NRA Carry Guard Scenario Training costs $300 per student. The cost covers a one-day course, course materials and NRA Carry Guard student apparel. Once you are signed up for a course, your instructor will reach out to you with further details, including information about meals, hotels and course requirements/needs.

The NRA Carry Guard Scenario Training course requires use of UTM (Ultimate Training Munitions) guns and ammunition. We provide this equipment for the students in addition to protective gear. These costs are built into the cost of the program so students don’t have to provide it themselves.

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The initial courses will be taught by members of the elite military veterans and law enforcement experts who make up our NRA Carry Guard development team. Learn more about the leaders of the development team here. We are currently expanding the cadre of instructors. If you are interested in becoming an NRA Carry Guard instructor, click here.

This information will be added to the site and/or communicated directly to interested instructors. 

Yes, a CCW permit is required before taking any NRA Carry Guard Training course, unless you live in a constitutional-carry state.

Yes. If you’re a current NRA instructor you can apply to be an NRA Carry Guard instructor. Similarly, if you’re a veteran military or law enforcement officer, you can apply to be an NRA Carry Guard instructor.

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