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NRA Disallows 1911s As “Primary Handguns” From Its “Carry Guard” Classes

(from TFB – James Jarrett)

Released to quite a bit of controversy at the NRA show, the NRA’s Carry Guard program is again the focus of controversy. As listed on the NRA’s Carry Guard website, instructions for prospective students of their “Level 1” program are specifically asked not to bring revolvers or 1911s as “primary firearms” to the classes.  This instruction is added as a note to bringing a full-size or compact handgun:

*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.

I can understand the reasoning to NOT want revolvers in a semi-auto class, but the decision to specifically bar the 1911 is most peculiar and likely to draw some ire of the NRA membership and potential student base.

I mean, the instruction simply does not add up. The NRA specifically asks for a “semi-automatic handgun” but then disallows America’s favorite semi-auto? I can understand if the program wants a minimum capacity, but even that does not make sense as they mention bringing backup guns, etc which then has the 1911 allowed:

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. (emphasis added)

If anything, the NRA should have set a type of handgun and impartial requirements. Instead, they are managing to shoot themselves in the foot with Carry Guard yet again…

I wonder what compelled the NRA to make such as decision?  Many CCW/Constitutional Carry folks with whom I am personally acquainted often carry 1911s.

Including me.

Could it be this politically correct age is creeping over into firearms choices from politics and ‘popular’ culture?

The NRA did ban ‘other’ CCW schools/insurance from their last convention, undoubtedly to limit competition between them.

I’ll bet is Col. Cooper were still with us (as an NRA Board member) this wouldn’t be a thing.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


10 thoughts on “NRA Disallows 1911s As “Primary Handguns” From Its “Carry Guard” Classes

  1. The 1911 is a semi-auto handgun, and the NRA is rapidly making itself irrelevant to both its members & potential members. I have no idea what they’re smoking in Fairfax, but it’s contaminated with pesticide … or something.

    And you’re spot on about Col. Cooper.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | June 20, 2017, 8:25 am
  2. Not interested in Carry Guard at this time – and if idiocy like this is a sign, never will be.

    Posted by KM | June 20, 2017, 10:36 am
  3. I have no use for more people telling me what to do. I carry a Bulldog most everyday. And a full size Remington-Rand on other days.

    Posted by bobb | June 20, 2017, 6:30 pm
  4. They just continue to shoot themselves in BOTH feet with this program…

    Posted by Old NFO | June 20, 2017, 8:18 pm
  5. This is one of the 100000 reasons not to be an NRA member. I only carry my 1911A1 or M-10S&W . What do I tell the all knowing NRA? BFYTW. I don’t carry combat Tupperware.

    Posted by Ray | June 21, 2017, 3:24 am
    • I carry a 1911, or S&W snub. I have carried combat Tupperware. It’s fine, such as it is.
      Plastic has no soul, unlike steel and walnut! 😛
      But, I am ‘old school’.
      And a libertarian – choose as you wish!
      I do.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | June 21, 2017, 7:15 am

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