USCCA Elite Membership
This article will explain the USCCA Elite Membership costs and will go into considerable detail explaining all the benefits that you will not find elsewhere.
USCCA Elite Membership Cost and Spouse Membership Discount
First let’s talk about what the Elite Membership will cost.
The price of the membership is $49 per month and you can add your spouse for an additional $24 per month.
USCCA vs Firearms Legal Protection
FLP (Firearms Legal Protection) is an inexpensive alternative to the USCCA Membership. FLP does not provide the level of training that is found in a USCCA membership, rather they provide UNCAPPED legal defense insurance to fight for your freedom after a self defense event using a firearm.
Memberships at Firearms Legal Protection start at just $9.95/mo.
The rates are considerably less than USCCA as their primary focus is on providing legal services. Check them out at this link and you will receive a discounted rate: Firearms Legal Protection.
USCCA Annual and Spouse Membership Discounts
There are 2 discounts available for this membership. You can save a bundle by paying annually instead of monthly, which will cost $499 per year. This will save you a considerable $89 per year! If you were to add your spouse, the annual bill is $249, which saves you another $39.
USCCA Military Discount
If you happen to be active military or veteran, after you sign up here online you can call customer support and they will give you a 10% military discount.
See detailed article on USCCA Membership Costs.
What is a USCCA Elite Membership?
The Elite Membership is the highest level membership at the USCCA. The 3 levels of Membership are Gold, Platinum and Elite.
Detailed benefits for the Gold level can be found in a future article. A detailed article on the Platinum level can be found at USCCA Platinum Membership.
USCCA stands for “United States Concealed Carry Association”. It was founded back in 2003 by Tim Schmidt. Their mission is to educate, train and provide legal protection for Americans that choose to protect themselves and their families with firearms. Concealed carry and home defense are the focus of the USCCA. Training and educating responsible gun owners is the primary focus of the USCCA.
Who would benefit from a USCCA Elite Membership?
The Elite membership is for people who are very serious about adopting the concealed carry and home defense lifestyle. This membership offers the most benefits and the highest level of training available. In addition, members get immediate access to all the educational materials in the USCCA’s vast library. Those that choose this membership want the very best training available and want to learn everything they can about all aspects of home and self-defense.
If you are new to firearms and concealed carry, or if you have decided that a gun is something you want in your home for protection, the USCCA will provide you with the “3 Irreplaceable Pillars” of membership;
- Self defense Education
- Self Defense Training
- Self defense Liability Insurance*
As far as Legal Protection and Self-Defense Liability Insurance, all members are covered with the same policy whether you are a Gold, Platinum or Elite Member. The details of the policy can be found below.
You are protected by a “Bullet Proof 365 day Guarantee”. You can cancel at any time if you decide this is not for you.
USCCA Elite Membership Benefits
New upgraded Benefits
The USCCA just upgraded their membership benefits on October 15, 2020, so I will provide all up-to-date information on the pricing of the membership, the cost of a spouse membership and military discount.
I will also explain the new Protector Academy and what you will learn as you step through the new learning experience.
As a current member, I have reviewed some the resources you will have access to and I will explain some of the things you will learn as you become a confident and knowledgeable protector of your family and yourself.
Elite membership offers benefits including legal protection through self-defense insurance, educational resources, training videos, gear reviews, print and digital subscription and access to all past issues of Concealed Carry Magazine, USCCA community forum and much more.
If you would like to see a comparison of all the benefits between the Gold, Platinum, and Elite Memberships please click the link below.
Details of many of the benefits are described in detail in this article.
Legal Protection and Self Defense Insurance
*All civil and criminal benefits are subject to the terms and conditions in the member agreement.
The Elite level membership includes:
- $2,000,000 in Self defense Liability Insurance for claims expenses and damages.
- $250,000 in Self defense Liability Insurance for defense expenses.
- $750 per day reimbursement for days missed at work (loss of earnings) in order to attend trial or meet with lawyers.
- $50,000 Bail bond funding.
- $6,000 for incidental expenses.
See the Membership Page for more details and the Terms and Conditions of these benefits.
“Ask An Attorney” Video Series
Q & A sessions with award winning criminal defense attorney Tom Grieve. As an Elite Member, you will also have access to the complete archive of these sessions.
Educational Benefits and Resources
Let’s talk about the training and education you have access to with your Elite USCCA Membership.
In order to be confident and competent with your ability to use a firearm to defend yourself, there is a lot you need to know, and some things you will need to do.
Here are a few:
- Learn situational awareness to keep yourself out of trouble.
- Train to become proficient in the handling of your gun.
- Have the appropriate permits to carry concealed in your state (every state is different).
- Know the gun laws in your area.
- Know under what circumstances you are legally allowed to show and/or use your firearm.
- Know what to do immediately after a self defense encounter and who to call first.
- Have the right holster for your gun and your style of concealed carry.
The resources available to you as soon as you activate your membership will help you meet all the above and much, much more. Below I list the different resources and give some detail as to what you will learn. First, I am going to talk about the award winning publication, Concealed Carry Magazine.
Concealed Carry Magazine
You will get the print AND digital versions of CCM magazine. It comes to your mailbox 8 times per year, but you will have access to the current issue instantly. Elite Members also have online access to all the issues back to 2003! That is a lot of reading!
This magazine has won several prestigious awards and when you receive your first copy, you will understand why! this is truly a first class magazine from the amazing number of interesting and eye-opening articles down to the high quality glossy paper used to produce it.
I just received the latest issue and keep picking it up to read the next article. I prefer a real magazine to a digital version, but that’s just me. I am always amazed how much information I do not know about the concealed carry and home defense topic. This issue has a considerable women’s section as well. I don’t know if that will be an ongoing feature, but I hope it is.
Here are just a few of the articles in the latest issue;
- Modifications for your home defense gun: Should I have a gun-mounted light? Laser? Night sights?
- Gun Belts: The new breed of “Ratcheting” Gun Belts.
- Trigger warning: how to train to make that split-second decision whether to shoot or not.
- The Gas Tank: What kind of magazines should I use with my gun?
- Target Acquired: Advantages of a laser or reflex sight.
- Numbers Game: Using buckshot for home defense.
In the women’s section (not all of it is just for women!):
- Dressing the Part: Concealed carry and shooting while dressed up.
- Skill Check: Lessons from competitive shooting.
- Common Carry Mistakes: how to avoid them.
- Sliding Security: 3 solutions to harden your patio doors
Again, these are just a few of the excellent articles in this issue. You will not be disappointed with this top-notch magazine.
If you carry a firearm for self defense, you may want to have Self Defense Insurance to help protect you legally and financially if you ever need to use your gun in self defense.
Here is a company worth looking into. Firearms Legal Protection Plans start at $14.95 per month (readers of my blog get special rates starting at $9.95/mo. Just use the link below)
FLP is highly regarded and recommended by some of the top names in the self defense firearms industry. At least check them out before you make a decision.
USCCA Protector Academy
BRAND NEW TRAINING: Starting October 15, 2020, USCCA is including the Protector Academy Levels 1, 2 & 3 Online Training and Qualification.
This new training is designed to give you a huge jump start into the world of concealed carry and the defensive use of firearms through an online, easy-to-use training management system. This is completed by you in your own home and at your own pace.
- Level 1. Starts you off with a course on handgun safety and marksmanship basics then moves on to a segment on children’s firearms safety and the fundamentals around keeping guns safe from the kids.
- Level 2. This qualification module goes into the basics and fundamentals of concealed carry and home defense and continues to go over emergency first aid.
- Level 3. Only available to Elite Members and takes your training to a higher level to give you confidence in your gun handling skills.
To finish up the level 1,2 and 3 there are optional live firing range training requirements that need to be taken at one of the USCCA partner ranges and there is an extra charge for that. This part is optional, but will complete your qualification of that particular level and really help you to become the best you can be!
Additional Protector Academy Courses
Included Courses with the Elite Level are:
- Situational awareness (5 lessons)
- When to use deadly force (8 lessons)
- Keeping children safe around firearms (5 lessons)
- Treating gunshot wounds and traumatic injuries (11 lessons)
- Complete personal protection guide for women (13 lessons)
- The Proving Ground (76 Lessons)
- Mastering Handgun Confidence (20 Lessons-Elite Level only)
- The Armed American Training Series (32 Lessons -Elite Level only)
- Armed & Ready: Your Comprehensive Blueprint to Concealed Carry Confidence (34 Lessons -Elite Level only)
The Proving Ground: Scenario Based Training
The Proving Ground Series was a collection of stand-alone videos, has been converted into a training module consisting of 76 lessons. This excellent training will teach you what to do in various situations and also stress the fact that not every situation ends with gunfire.
You will find in the very first three videos how valuable this training series will be to your preparation for a potential violent encounter. Phil, The person who plays the role of the concealed carrier, is placed in a highly stressful situation very quickly to see how he would react. In this particular role-play he did not end up on the winning end of things.
In video number two Phil is given some professional tips on how to handle a situation like the one he just experienced. In video 3, Phil experiences a similar but different encounter and he performs much better And ends up going home safely! All the details of the first videos are discussed by a panel of experts in the fourth video.
I cannot stress how important I think these scenarios videos can be when you’re thinking about how you will react and what you will do on a similar situation. It is critically important to have a plan and have the fundamentals already programmed into your brain before these situations can occur.
This training is brand new and I am working my way through the modules and I will say that this is been done in an easy to follow, plain English and professional manner.
Guides & Checklists
You membership gives you access to over 80 checklists and guides downloadable from your personal dashboard. I have listed some, but not all the resources you will get below.
Complete Firearms and Family Defense Guide
This guide is jam-packed with essential information. I consider this one of the most valuable publications in this list. This guide contains chapters on topics such as:
- 23 Proven Strategies: How to do “Concealed Carry” the Right Way.
- Why “Stand Your Ground” Matters.
- What Gives You the Right to Use Deadly Force?
- 6 Things You Didn’t Know Will Happen When the Police Arrive.
- Situational Awareness.
- School shootings: What Have We Learned?
- A lot more
Here is a list of some of the other guides and checklists you will be able to download from your dashboard:
- 7 Rules for the Justified Use of Force: Critical knowledge to keep yourself on the right side of the law.
- Home Security Checklist: Simple steps to help secure your home.
- Gun Guide: How to select the best gun, holster and ammo for you.
- Holster Guide: Details on holster construction and design so you know what to look for.
- How to Choose Your Best Gun: Details on 15 great carry guns for you to consider.
- How to Choose Your Best Gun for Women: Details on 15 guns recommended BY women for women.
- Training Checklist: Simple list of things you need when going to the range for practice.
- Gun Cleaning Checklist: Everything you need to know to clean your firearm on one page.
- School Security Checklist: Basics of a secure classroom.
- Family Emergency Checklist: Your home security and family safety starts here.
- The Ultimate Home Security Checklist: Protect your home with a good defense plan.
- 17 Steps to Confidently Carry a Gun: Follow these steps and be a confident defender.
- 23 Proven Strategies for Effective Sef Defense: Comprehensive guide to CCW from A-Z.
- 101 Handgun Accuracy Secrets: Sight alignment, trigger control, shooting on the move, point shooting, it’s all here.
- Deadly Force Decision Making: These 5 principles will help you decide whether to shoot….. or not.
- ..and many, many more
New Monthly Training
Coming in January 2021 is new tips, training drills, demonstrations and more each month, accessed directly from you membership dashboard!
**Most of the videos that were in this section have been moved into the new Protector Academy section of your dashboard.
I have reviewed the following videos several months ago for my article on the Platunum Membership, but since they are also part of the Elite training, I though I would include them here as well.
The Proving Ground video series
You will have access to an excellent video series called “The Proving Ground” which is hosted by Kevin Michalowski, Executive Editor of USCCA’s concealed carry magazine.
Kevin has 20 years of experience in the firearms world as a writer, editor, project manager and executive editor. His team and his work with Concealed Carry Magazine and other firearms related video series has received numerous awards over the years.
The Proving Ground is a scenario based training series that places everyday people into staged situations to see how they would react to a life threatening situation. They are outfitted with non-lethal firearms and personal protection.
Then, based on how it goes, they have a professional self defense training instructor work with them a little with techniques and advice to help them improve their ability to successfully protect themselves. After the training, the same person is placed in a slightly different scenario to see how they have improved.
In my opinion, this series alone is worth the cost of membership as the advice and ideas provided are truly life-saving information. Some of the tips and advice given are things I never thought about, but could make huge difference in your favor.
For example, if you discover someone in your home that should not be there, you should immediately draw your weapon (assuming you are armed at that moment) and command them to leave. Do not wait to figure out what their intentions are! If they mean you harm, you are already too close to get your gun out if they decide to charge at you! Get space between you and get on the phone with 911 ASAP if possible. You are now in much better position to use deadly force if necessary.
The series deals with the most common life threatening situations that occur every day in this country.
- Home invasions
- Unwelcome visitors
- Mass shootings
- Church shooting
Situational Awareness Video
You will find this video inside the new Protector Academy series of instructional videos. This is found on your Dashboard under Education and Training.
This is an extremely well done instructional video featuring Kevin Michalowski and the USCCA founder Tim Schmidt. The two of them go over the 6 elements of awareness that you should learn to help keep you safe in your day-to-day life. I will not give them all away here, but these elements are things such as:
- Don’t go anywhere without your gun.
- Notice who notices you.
- Know where the exits are located.
- Don’t take shortcuts
Another important topic in this video includes the color codes of mental awareness. You will learn about these colors and what they mean. While most people spend most of their time in condition white, as a concealed carrier and protector, you will spend most of your time in condition yellow and occasionally move into condition orange if the circumstances are warranted.
You will learn details such as where is the best place to sit when you go to a restaurant and why. If you decide to become a USCCA Member at the Platinum or Elite level, you will find this video is now 5 videos, or lessons that will help keep you out of danger.
Staying away from potential threats, and learning to recognize a problem before it is too late are essential skills that will enable you to keep yourself and your family safe at home as well as away from home!
These are short video based lessons on a particular topic, such as how to make a good 911 call. Yes, this is actually critical information! If you are involved in a deadly force encounter, adrenaline will be coursing through your brain and you need to be careful what you say. This video covers what to say and what NOT to say when calling 911.
Become a USCCA Certified Firearms Trainer
If teaching others concealed carry, handgun safety, defensive shooting and home defense is your passion, go to your dashboard and click the “Become a USCCA Instructor” link to follow the steps to become a Certified firearms trainer. You will register online and reserve your eLearning Training and Instructor Toolkit. Once you complete the eLearning, you will take an in-person Certification Class with a USCCA Training counselor.
Once you successfully complete all the requirements, you will receive your credentials in the mail and you will be ready to host your own classes.
USCCA Community and Connections
There is a very active online community that you will want to join when you become a member. This is available regardless of your membership level. It is basically a huge chat room where you can get answers to any question related to concealed carry home defense, guns, holsters, gun maintenance, etc.
Everyone in the community is a USCCA member and there are instructors that often monitor the chat so they can chime in with advice and professional opinions. The community is accessed directly from your member dashboard.
USCCA Concealed Carry Expo
The next Expo is coming in the spring of 2021. Scheduled for April 16 – 18, 2021 in Nashville, TN. As a member you will enjoy free daily entry to the event!
Exclusive Member discounts with Popular Companies
USCCA has partnered with the following industry leading companies to provide members with discounts up to 30%
- Sig Sauer
- Optics Planet
- Nine Line
- Laser Ammo
- Black Beard Belts
- Talon Grips
- Challenge Targets
- Gun guides
- Honor Defense
- Refactor Tactical
- Yellow Jacket
- High Noon Holsters
- Last Firearms
- The GunBox
- Crossbreed Holsters
- Otis Gun Cleaning
- and others
USCCA Elite Membership Wrap-Up
As you can see, there is no shortage of benefits available when you join the USCCA at the Elite Membership Level. Not only will you have access to the best training resources available anywhere, but you will be covered for any legal expenses or damages if you need to use your firearm to defend yourself or your family!
If you have questions or would like to leave a comment or suggestion, please use the comment section below. All questions will be answered quickly!
*The USCCA is not an insurance company. A policy has been issued to the USCCA by Universal Fire and Casualty Insurance Company. That policy provides the association and its members with self-defense liability insurance, subject to its terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions.
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