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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, formerly named the NRA Personal Protection Expo, was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 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 location and dates will be announced soon.

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. It consists of three levels of training with Level 1 having launched in June 2017.  

While the courses are open to anyone who legally owns a handgun, this training may not be 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 three-day program is based on the concept thatthe best do the basics better” and focus on fundamentals on the range. Then those fundamentals are applied to real-life CCW situations, self-defense tactics and techniques, low-light shooting, force-on-force Air Soft 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 designed its Carry Guard program to be the very best resource for responsible citizens who are leading the concealed carry lifestyle. We encourage you to sign up for training today.

The NRA Carry Guard program is real-world, self-defense training designed for those leading 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.

While carrying a gun is our God-given right, responsible citizens should want to be well-trained and proficient in the use of their firearm. 

You don’t need to have your concealed carry license already, but you need to come with an open mind and willingness to improve your skills. You’ll need to bring a reliable handgun and ammunition for the course. 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.

Level 1 in-person training is available now. To check available dates and locations and to sign up, please visit here. More Level 1 course locations and dates will be added soon. Check back here for updates.

If you can’t attend in-person training, the NRA Carry Guard Level 1 Digital Training Series is the perfect way to hone your skills and prepare yourself for lawful self-defense. The series will be available soon and offers instruction from NRA Carry Guard Director of Training Eric Frohardt and Lead Instructor Jeff Houston -- right on your computer or tablet, whenever and wherever.

Sign up for updates on our training page and be the first to know when new trainings are available.

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 Level 1 course dates, times and locations. 

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

If you can’t attend in-person training, the NRA Carry Guard Level 1 Digital Training Series is the perfect way to hone your skills and prepare yourself for lawful self-defense. The series will be available soon and offers instruction from NRA Carry Guard Director of Training Eric Frohardt and Lead Instructor Jeff Houston – right on your computer or tablet, whenever and wherever.

Sign up for updates and be the first to know when the series becomes available.

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 NRA Carry Guard insurance is not a requirement to take this course. 

Yes. Level 1 training is available now. Levels 2 and 3 will follow. NRA Carry Guard training was developed to allow students to progress up the 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.

Level 2 training will be available in 2018.

Level 1 training costs $850 per student. The cost covers a three-day course, course materials and NRA Carry Guard 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.

Thanks for your interest. Please fill out this form at the end of our Become an Instructor page and we will get back to you soon.

This information will be communicated directly to interested instructors.

Sign up for updates on NRA Carry Guard here to be the first to learn about new training courses or other program news.

The initial course 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 them 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. 

You do not need to already have a permit to carry a concealed firearm before taking this course. This course will certainly prepare you for the shooting portion of whatever CCW class your state requires. In addition, this course will help establish a solid foundation from which to build as you continue your training.

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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