Archive for July, 2017


This class, Tactical Pistol and our Trauma Medical Class are the three classes of the 14 we offer that I can say are a must have.  Sometime in your life you are probably going to have to know the skills taught in these three classes.  No pre-req. is required for this class.  We cover how to disarm knives and guns,  how to choke our a much bigger adversary and how to get the fight over with fast.  This is one of the most popular courses for High School and College age girls and for those that work in areas where guns are not allowed.  Get trained!


In case you missed them, here’s the videos that Anthony put out last week!

AK Lighting Bolt

Franchising. What is it?

CCW in the Workplace

Surviving High School

Be sure to check them out to see some great content!


Do not confuse earned confidence with being cocky.  Do not kid yourself, confidence is different from macho ego fantasy. A cocky attitude can get you killed or hurt.  It can cost you a job or a career.  An attitude of EARNED confidence means you have put in the work.  You know what is at risk.  You know what reward awaits your hard work and decisive action.  When you know you can hurt or kill someone, a reasonable person will avoid the fight till he can avoid it no longer.  He is a humble warrior.  Earn your confidence with us.  Put in the effort.  Put in the time. Visit to sign up for a class where you will learn it right the first time.


Fight or Flight

Posted: July 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


You have all heard about fight or flight.  But did you know that is only a small portion of the body’s defensive protocol?  There is so much information on how the body reacts not only in preparation for the fight, but also to deal with the reality that the body will most likely be damaged in some way after the violent attack.  The mind is also primed for battle but if not addressed can set up the combatant for a lifetime of mental anguish.  Learn how to mitigate these issues in our Tactical Pistol class.  You owe it to yourself and the ones you love.  We have 60 year old Vietnam Vets, Gulf War vets that tell us they wish they took this class before or after they were in combat to help them deal with PTSD.  Listen to them and sign up now!



Backpacking, hiking, biking, fishing- Sometimes in the outdoors you may come across large animals that could take your life just as easily as you could take theirs. When traveling in the backcountry, humans are not at the top of the food chain. 99% of the time, you will never have a life-threatening problem with an animal, but that one percent of the time, are you prepared to protect yourself? This is a very real type of situation that I have heard first-hand about; my cousin was dragged by a mountain lion when he was younger. Obviously in a situation like this you should first use every single precaution you can to avoid conflict with the animal, but sometimes they simply can’t be avoided. If bear spray isn’t going to do the trick, your 9mm/.45 caliber carry gun just isn’t going to cut it either. In fact, it is not recommended to shoot any sort of large animal with those calibers because you are more likely to just piss it off. Make sure to bring along a MINIMUM of .357 magnum to do the job should the need arise.


What gun should I choose?

Posted: July 21, 2017 in Uncategorized


I get asked a lot of the same questions working as a gunsmith and working behind the retail counter. Which is better, the AK-47 or the AR-15? 1911 or Glock? What’s the best gun? All of these questions come down to the same answer. What’s your purpose for the firearm? Shotgun would be the best option for home defense, but not the best conceal carry option. Even with handguns, 1911’s are great, accurate pistols, also my favorite gun, but I do not carry one. We’ll get into that in a later blog. AR’s and AK’s both have pros and cons and one might work out better for what you plan on doing with it. Next time you’re in the market for a new firearm, keep in mind what you are buying for. Is it a defensive gun, carry gun, competition, long range, or just something fun to fling some lead at the range. Let us know, and we’ll get you set up with the perfect firearm for you and your needs. Make sure to check out our Facebook page, or stop by the shop seven days a week.



All too often CCW carriers have the unrealistic fantasy that you will get the drop on the bad guy and not get injured.  Well if you’re in a fist fight… you’re going to get punched. As an RN that worked the ER in Boulder, almost every gunfight I assisted in saw both parties injured.  After you stop the threat you are going to have to stop the bleeding if you catch my meaning.  Get signed up for our Trauma Medical Class.  It includes a Trauma Medical Kit as part of the cost of tuition.



As mentioned in our Facebook live video here is a list of campuses that you are allowed to concealed carry on in Colorado- keep in mind exceptions may apply for certain dorms and other leased buildings on campus.


College Town Type
Adams State University (p.8) Alamosa 4-year
Arapahoe Community College Littleton, Parker, Castle Rock 2-year
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction 4-year
Colorado Mountain College – Alpine  Steamboat Springs 2-year
Colorado Mountain College – Aspen Aspen 2-year
Colorado Mountain College – Rifle Rifle 2-year
Colorado Mountain College – Roaring Fork Carbondale & Glenwood Springs 2-year
Colorado Mountain College – Summit Breckenridge & Dillon 2-year
Colorado Mountain College – Timberline Buena Vista & Leadville 2-year
Colorado Mountain College – Vail – Eagle Valley Eagle & Edwards 2-year
Colorado Northwestern Community College Meeker, Hayden & Oak Creek 2-year
Colorado Northwestern Community College – Craig Craig 2-year
Colorado Northwestern Community College – Rangely Rangely 2-year
Colorado School of the Mines Golden 4-year
Colorado State University Fort Collins 4-year
Colorado State University – Pueblo Pueblo 4-year
Community College of Aurora Aurora 2-year
Community College of Denver  Denver 2-year
Fort Lewis College Durango 4-year
Front Range Community College Westminster, Fort Collins & Longmont 2-year
Lamar Community College  Lamar 2-year
Metropolitan State University of Denver  Denver 4-year
Morgan Community College  Fort Morgan, Bennett, Burlington, Limon & Wray 2-year
Northeastern Junior College Sterling 2-year
Otero Community College La Junta 2-year
Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs & Falcon 2-year
Pueblo Community College Pueblo 2-year
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood & Arvada 2-year
Trinidad State Junior College – Alamosa Alamosa 2-year
Trinidad State Junior College – Trinidad Trinidad 2-year
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder 4-year
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs 4-year
University of Colorado at Denver Denver & Aurora 4-year
University of Northern Colorado Greeley 4-year
Western Colorado Community College Grand Junction 2-year
Western Colorado Community College – Bishop Grand Junction 2-year
Western State Colorado University Gunnison 4-year


Intro- Mark Wallace

Posted: July 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

My name is Mark Wallace, and I am the gunsmith at Colorado Shooting Sports. I will be starting this blog series to educate, update, and maybe give a few tips and tricks. I graduated from the Colorado School of Trades where I earned an Associate’s Degree of Occupational Studies in Gunsmithing. I have additional training in 1911’s and AK platforms, as well as various armorer certifications. I enjoy many aspects of firearms including: shooting, refinishing, history, and just admiring collector pieces. I hope you enjoy and take something away from this blog series. Topic suggestions will always be welcomed and I look forward to contributing every week. Please follow us on Facebook and check us out online at ​​. IMG_5325.JPG

“You don’t use your weapon safety? Are you trying to shoot yourself?” many people don’t see the benefit of carrying with your safety OFF or having no weapon safety altogether. Some people even consider carrying with no round in the chamber. I’ll let you look that one up on YouTube to see how well that works out for them. The fact of the matter is, if you are carrying a firearm for personal protection, you need to be prepared for anything to happen around you at any minute. That means when something does happen, you won’t have time to draw your pistol and think about taking the safety lever off and God forbid rack the slide. In a fight or flight scenario your firearm needs to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. It is, however, extremely important to make sure your holster covers the trigger guard completely so that you don’t have any sort of negligent discharge! Come talk to our knowledgeable staff if you have any questions about carrying style or holsters.