Earlier this week it was reported that students participating in the Level 1 NRA Carry Guard training class wouldn’t be allowed to use 1911s or revolvers as their primary gun. Amid an uproar from many in the firearms community, the NRA appears to have revised its stance on that particular policy. See the full statement released on the NRA Carry Guard Facebook page below:

In response to clear feedback surrounding the NRA Carry Guard Level I course announcement, we have modified the required firearm platforms as well as our site language to clearly articulate how firearms will be used in the class.

Bottom line: our decision to not include 1911s and revolvers as primary firearms in our initial Level I course was a mistake, and we appreciate the feedback we have received from the firearms community.

In response to the clear and overwhelming demand for these firearms to be used throughout the entire course, our instructors have decided to accommodate all safe, reliable handguns with a capacity of 6 rounds or more. Firearms with less than 6 rounds of capacity will still be allowed as secondary platforms.

We welcome anyone serious about building the skills necessary to defend themselves and their families to attend our NRA Carry Guard Level I course, beginning in July.

The NRA Carry Guard website now says students can use a revolver or semi-auto with a 6-round or greater capacity “that you are comfortable firing 1,500 rounds through over the course of 3 days.” If, the NRA says, you have a second handgun “of any size and type that you carry (or may carry) concealed,” you are permitted to bring that, too.

All students who take the NRA Carry Guard Level 1 course need to bring 1,500 rounds of new or factory reloaded remanufactured FMJ ammo, the NRA says. If you bring one firearm, “bring 40 rounds of the factory defensive carry ammunition of your choice for it.” If you bring two guns for the class, students should also bring 20 rounds of factory defensive carry ammo for each gun.

The first Level 1 NRA Carry Guard class—which costs $850 per person—is set to run from July 21 through July 23. For a full list of upcoming classes and more info about the NRA Carry Guard training and insurance program, visit

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