Jan 202011

One of the obligations we all have as concealed carry permit holders is to learn as much about the laws of our state that we can so that we are responsible gun owners. Remember it is your obligation to be informed. Pueblo Municipal Shooters, Inc sponsors a law and legal class for those who already have their CCW permit ,or those who are considering it. This training class is held about once a quarter and  is a great place to get some great information about concealed carry and just good rules to follow for responsible gun owners. The Instructor for the class is Patrick Watts a retired law enforcement officer of many years. Usually held on Sunday afternoons, the class has a nominal fee of $15 which makes it a bargain seminar and all the proceeds go to the range. Class is Scheduled for February 27th. See my Training Calendar for more details. I highly recommend this class to everyone.

Mar 062011




NRA Basic Pistol class is one the most popular NRA Courses.


Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a
pistol safely.”






This course is at least 8-hours long
and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers
and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe
gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting
fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position,
and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and
continued opportunities for skill development. Students
will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting
handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA
Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol
Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.


You must be legal in the state of Colorado to be in
possession of a handgun.It is recommended that you
bring your own handgun. We will also have guns available
for your use.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire
exercise and a course certificate upon successful
completion of the lessons. Students will receive a
“Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration
of firing a qualifying “group”. There is a short written
test on the lesson material at the end of the

Concealed Carry Colorado

Students will receive a certificate qualifying
them to apply for a concealed carry permit in the
state of Colorado.

******Check the training schedule for dates of these
classes. Saturday March 19th will be the next class.


Feb 272011

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Great class today at Pueblo Municipal Shooters. If you have never experienced a class put on by Patrick Watts you are missing a treat. His criminal code and concealed carry laws of Colorado class is one you will want to attend. Patrick is a retired Deputy Sheriff from Arizona and as such has trained close to 5000 people in his 32 year law enforcement stint in Arizona. He is an NRA Certified Police Firearm Instructor, a Arizona Post Certified Police Firearms Instructor, a Arizona Department of Public Safety Certified CCW Instructor,and a Bondurant Certified High Speed /Pursuit Driving Instructor just to name a few. The class is raw and real. Some of the stories he tells and the verbage used are just to good to be true. You definitely will come away with some information that you need to know.

One of the things I preach to my students is that every individual that carries a concealed handgun needs to know the rules. It is each individuals responsibility to be sure what they are doing is within the law and with that knowledge be more articulate about these issues and be better able to explain ones actions should that time ever come.

Pueblo Municipal Shooters holds this class about once every 3 months. I will keep you posted on my training schedule when it is coming up again. At $15 its a steal and a lot of information for the buck.

Mar 272011
CCW Reciprocity between Colorado and New Mexico

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CCW Reciprocity between Colorado and New Mexico

Just got back from a trip to New Mexico and before I went I decided to look up the rules of concealed carry and make sure about the CCW Reciprocity between Colorado and New Mexico. I looked several places and it all seemed easy, but then I went to USCCA and the travel reciprocity map(for members only) had New Mexico painted red. I wrote an email to their email support for members and got a response in less than 24 hours and here it is.

Hi Rick, The latest information from New Mexico Public Information Office is that New Mexico has only one formal reciprocity agreement in place and that is with Texas. See the paragraph below. Note that the website states there are “informal” agreements with other states. We have taken the position that we do not want to show reciprocity for those states where the decision of an individual, NM state trooper might disagree.

New Mexico Department of Public Safety is reevaluating the status of eighteen other states currently recognized on an informal basis, with the intent of entering into written agreements with these states to ensure compliance. These states are Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming.

What a great response and a super resource the USCCA is, but I decided to do what every responsible gun owner should do…I called the New Mexico Department of Public Safety myself to check the CCW Reciprocity between Colorado and New Mexico. Talking with them they assured me that I could carry in New Mexico without a problem. In addition, I did review all the little rules they have that may be different than ours, such as you can only carry one gun…not a problem for me, also they have different rules for places that serve Liquor.

This just goes to show the well informed responsible gun owner is always better prepared to stay out of trouble and have a great trip. The USCCA(United States Concealed Carry Association) can help with great information and they are always willing to help!!!

UPDATE 9/22/18

I currently recommend www.handgunlaw.us for all of my students that travel with firearms and need to know the CCW Reciprocity between Colorado and New Mexico. This seems to be the most comprehensive of all the places you can look up the laws and the reciprocity, and it is the place that the industry recommends most of the time.

Recommended reading for anyone who is serious about concealed carry


Jun 122011

Concealed Carry Class

Private Concealed Carry Training

Many people have tough schedules in this busy life we all lead,  and would like to schedule a private concealed carry class so that they can fit it in their busy schedule.  We can now accommodate many of these requests.

Concealed Carry one on one…

A private class for someone that already has some experience with guns can be done very effectively by identifying the weak and the strong areas and training accordingly. Emergencies make it necessary to get trained quickly so that you don’t put yourself or your loved ones in danger from making mistakes that could have been avoided with proper training. Concealed Carry Training is just one aspect of knowing safe procedures with guns and where and when it is proper to use one for Self Defense.

Find a Concealed Carry Class that fits into your busy life!

problem solved schedule a private session and get the training you need to be confident in your Self Protection, and get the training you need to get your concealed carry permit.