A note of thanks to the NRA Board of Directors

Lee’s note: I just emailed this to all 76 members of NRA‘s Board of Directors:

Dear Board Member,

Thank you for the quick actions taken regarding the “blended training” problem.

The day after I sent you my email, I received a call from Josh Powell, who said the program was a “mistake,” and that NRA was researching several solutions, which would be announced in the next 60 days. I quickly published a column about Mr. Powell’s decision.

Since then, I’ve heard from hundreds of instructors and training counselors from across the country. They, like me, are extremely grateful that NRA is going to fix the problem.

Thank you for the swift and decisive leadership you showed about this very important issue.

If you have any questions or comments, I can be contacted easiest on my cell: (941) 284-8553.

With warm regards and respect,



About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. Carrucan Kurrajon on

    This is exactly how a Washington lobbyist works. This is a case where Lee is trying to protect the revenue stream of all of the NRA instructors across the country – which is fine, I guess, but I don’t see that these people could be any more effective than a standardized, computer-based curriculum with lessons, videos, and testing. That would be 100% more knowledge than what I was presented during my state-mandated CCW course. And given the obvious example of Lucien Black of Voda Consulting, I would think an NRA-developed, standardized test would be infinitely more effective than the crap I have personally witnessed from so-called “NRA-Certified” instructors. Let them (NRA-Certified instructors) witness the shooting qualification, but to say blended training is ineffective or less effective is disingenuous. Of course NRA-Certified instructors are going to be concerned about this, but I can guarantee you it’s not an altruistic concern or their certification programs would be much, much cheaper. At minimum I’d like to see a standardized course developed by the NRA and used by all instructors. There is nothing wrong with computerized learning, even for firearms basics.

      • I concur 100% with Lee. An NRA Certified Instructor spending 8+ hours with course participants face to face is far more valuable in evaluating an individuals knowledge, skills and attitude than any computerize instruction. CARRUCAN KURRAJON the former NRA Certified Basic Pistol course was standardized by the NRA. Students receive NRA text book, attend a course in a classroom setting covering the NRA text book and NRA Certified Instructor handbook materials and or PowerPoint and answer any question immediately while they’re fresh in the students mind and complete a 50 question NRA Basic Pistol exam in the presence of one or more NRA Certified Instructors. Then generally on a separate date they complete the required range exercises under the direct observation and instruction of NRA Certified Instructor(s) before they receive their NRA Certificate of Completion, signed and dated by the NRA Certified Instructor.

    • No one wants to take the blended course. You are talking through your hat. Just hope that it is not an NRA Instructor cap!

  2. “like me, are extremely grateful that NRA is going to fix the problem”.
    Sorry, but I haven’t seen any fix as yet. And by the way, just who are the people that are going to develop this fix. Could it possibly be the same ivory tower thinkers that created the problem to begin with? I reserve judgment until after a proposed fix is actually tossed from the ivory tower down to us mere instructors. I’m hopeful, but also skeptical.

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