Joe Firearms Offers Free Training For Families and Educators

Free Firearms Training for Educators and Families

Because of the recent tragedy in Oregon, gun control has been a huge topic of conversation both in the news and on social media. Many that feel we need more gun control laws. Others feel that adding to the 20,000 plus gun control laws that are already on the books wouldn’t do much to solve this problem.

There is no doubt the solution to this problem is a complex one. The debate on a long term fix is seemingly endless. What about the short term? What actions can we all agree on to keep our children safe now? We at Joe Firearms believe in being proactive. We believe that education is key for a short term plan as well as the beginning of a long term plan. The education and training of our citizens has been a founding principle of Joe Firearms, previously MyUtahCCW, since we began 5 years ago.

We are continuing our commitment to the safety of our schools and communities. We have been working with local law enforcement representatives, area schools, school administrators and teachers to develop training for those responsible for the safety of our children at school every day. Our courses are geared towards preparing and/or arming educators and staff for active shooter situations. We are offering free Utah Concealed Carry classes to anyone employed by our school districts.

We are also committed to the education of our children and families. Whether you are pro-gun, anti-gun or somewhere in between, the fact remains that guns are everywhere. They are in our homes, in the homes of our children’s friends and carried by people all around you. “Curiosity killed the kid” is a phrase we have used in our classes for years. Children often have to learn about the world around them by experiencing it for themselves. We believe teaching firearm safety is key to keeping them safe from most firearm related accidents. Children should know what firearms are and what they can do. They need to understand that guns are not a toy. Firearms need to be respected and handled with the utmost care and respect for their capabilities. We are now offering a free “Family Gun Safety Course”. This course does not promote an agenda. It is designed for all parents and children to learn safe ways to handle firearms and correct protocols for what to do if they encounter a firearm. Our sincere desire is the safety of our families and our community. Let’s take the curiosity of the equation. Let’s remove the fear and replace it with a healthy respect for firearms. Let’s all do whatever we can in the short term, no matter where you stand on this issue, to protect each other and promote common sense solutions we can all agree on where we can.

For more information check out or call us 801-502-7055

Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Course

April 10, 2014 – April 10, 2014

9470 South 560 West

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  • This class includes all of the materials that you need to get your Utah Concealed Carry Permit (class, photo, fingerprints, photocopy of driver license and pre-addressed envelope for mailing).
  • This class is open to the public.
  • Please register for the class before coming.
  • Take a look at the map and enter your address to get directions.
  • All you need to bring to the class is a valid state issued identification card.
  • The class is 4 hours so please plan accordingly.
  • After completing the course, you will submit all class materials to Utah BCI for processing ($39.00 for Utah residents and $49.00 for non-residents).


After shooting thoughts about the “Dark Knight Massacre”

In the wake of the recent “Dark Knight Massacre” I have a few thoughts to share about self-defense, handgun training and surviving a deadly force situation.  This senseless act of violence should bring about serious change in how we prepare for and defend against the madmen of society.  Please understand that I write this out of care and concern for you.  So please, do not take offense to the words that follow as I only hope to bring about change in you and me.  Three crucial concepts will guide this discussion:  Train, equip, survive.


It blows my mind that more people do not take firearm training.  I have personally taught somewhere between 3,500 – 4,000 people how to lawfully carry a concealed carry firearm.  Of that number, only 2-3 percent come back for additional training.  Now, I am either a lousy instructor and people can’t stand me, or people just don’t take training seriously.  I’m personally inclined to believe that it is the later of the two options.

If you do not develop the muscle memory of how to handle your firearm in a self-defense situation, you will greatly suffer when it comes time to perform.  Would you trust a paramedic or ER doctor who had never practiced the life saving skills that you need to come through a life threatening injury?  I think not.

Just this week, I had a phone call from someone who wanted to get their Utah concealed carry permit.  For one reason or another, the gentlemen could not make it to the course and asked about other companies for training.  I recommended he make time to come attend one of my courses.  He didn’t really care to and I asked him, “do you just want the permit or do you want the training that will help you survive a deadly force encounter?”  He responded with, “Oh, I just want the permit.”  Having a permit DOES NOT mean that you are ready to defend yourself with a handgun!  Defensive handgun proficiency is a perishable skill and you must make time to train!  Are any of us really ready for all deadly force situations?  No.  But how can you even be remotely close to prepared when all you’ve taken is a 4 hour course?

Yes, I offer courses and would love to have you come to my courses, but what really matters is that you get training.  Buy some DVDs, take NRA courses, go to the nation’s coolest, most high-speed training facility, just get training!  Please, for your sake and the sake of those that you love, commit to yourself right now that you will train yourself on how to survive that deadly force situation.


In full disclosure, my company manufactures and sells firearms, gear and survival equipment.  Notwithstanding, you need to carefully consider what you carry on a daily basis.  I am a strong proponent of everyday carry equipment (EDC).  There are several schools of thought and I would recommend that you take the time to research what works best for you.

Here is my perspective – on your person, you should always have your firearm, a flashlight, a pocket knife and a cell phone.  I will leave the cell phone choice to you.  As for a firearm, I’m sorry to say that your .380 pocket pistol is not going to cut it.  6 or 7 shots of .380 ACP is not sufficient, especially considering what happened in Colorado.  Now, I’d rather you had something so I do recommend them because they are so easy to carry.  A wise instructor once taught me that concealed carry is not supposed to be comfortable, it’s supposed to be comforting.

What’s the best pistol?  It is an extremely personal choice and you can see some of my recommendations here.  Personally, my top three choices and the pistols that I carry on a regular basis:  A full size M&P with 17 rounds and spare magazines, a S&W 44 Magnum and/or a 1911 in 45 ACP – not all of them at the same time but you will usually find one of them on my hip and another in my bag.

Knives:  Again, the options here are endless.  The knives we carry on are all good choices.

Flashlight: A small pocket flashlight like this one could have been invaluable in the present situation.  If people thought that the masked intruder was just part of the show, maybe someone could have quickly flashed him with their light to see that the guy was decked out with firearms.  This light is super small, amazingly powerful, and has a strobe feature to disorient.  Getting strobed in a dark room is extremely disorienting.  This disorientation could have allowed someone to get away.


Mental preparation is huge.  Are you a fighter?  What type of person are you?  Are you a wolf, a sheep or a sheep dog? (All due credit to Dave Grossman for his remarkable training courses on self-defense).  The sheep dogs and wolves of the world have already made up their mind.  So many of us go about our lives thinking that all is well when there are very, very wicked people who will, without a second thought, commit violence on you without a second thought.

You need to prepare your mind to act quickly under severe stress.  In terms of gross motor skills, like manipulating a pistol in a dark area, this is where proper training comes in.  There are several things about firearm training that are designed to be quick and easy to remember.  For example: “Train, Equip, Survive”  “Tap, Rack, Bang” & “Get yourself safe, get others safe, and get the tactical advantage”.  These sayings are designed to help you remember and to develop the muscle memory to perform when your brain shuts down.

Situational Awareness.  Are you aware of your surrounding or do you walk around with your face buried in your iPhone?  If a situation doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.  Trust your gut.

Avoid prohibited areas like the plague!  Gun laws only affect law abiding citizens.  The Carmike movie theater is already covering their butt, apparently they have a no weapons policy. Here’s what they just released:  “Weapons of any type are strictly not allowed in Carmike Cinemas.”  If you see a no weapon policy, get out of there!  Remember Trolley Square?  Guess what they had as well…you guessed it…a no firearms policy.  Do these nut-jobs care?  Yes, they do!  Tear gas?  Body armor?  This dude planned this whole thing out with great detail.  He went to the one place that he knew didn’t allow weapons.  Law abiding citizens like you and I are going to obey such policies.  Bad guys target these areas on purpose.   So just avoid the place from the start.  Businesses need to get smart and realize that an armed society is a polite society.  I believe this policy is the thing that invited this murderer to this movie theater.

Use the lessons from this situation to better prepare you mentally.  No longer will you be a casual consumer of news information.  Take this Dark Night Massacre and learn from all of the things that went wrong.  With the proper training, equipment and mindset, you can survive this type of senseless violence.   You have a responsibility to come home to your family and loved ones at the end of the day.  Please, commit to yourself that you will never allow yourself to be a victim.

With love and respect,

Michael Steck

Seats remain for Utah and Illinois Classes on 11/19

Utah Concealed Weapons Class in Illinois and Sandy

Now is the best time to get your Utah Concealed Weapons Permit. There are still plenty of seats for this weekend’s classes in Sandy and in Alsip, IL. We will take registrations all the way up until the start of the course. We will also take walk-ins as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to call at 801.502.7055 or Contact Us.


Sandy, UT | Utah Concealed Carry

Attend the Utah CFP Course

This class is good for getting your Utah Concealed Carry Permit

  • Class open to the public.
  • Address of the course is 9710 South 700 East Suite 108 in Sandy, UT. Please see the map below.
  • Please REGISTER before coming to the class.
  • Take a look at the map and enter your address to get directions.
  • All you need to bring to the class is a valid state issued identification card.
  • The class is 4 hours so please plan accordingly.
  • If you would like to pay before coming to class please send us a secure credit card payment of $35 for the class. For $15, we will provide everything that you’ll need to get your permit (Notary, fingerprints, passport photo, and photocopy of driver license). If you’d like this option please select the $50 option below. With this option all that you’ll have to do is to send in $60.00 to BCI.

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Utah Concealed Carry Classes in Illinois

Offering the course in IllinoisWe are pleased to announce that we are running two Utah Concealed Carry classes in Illinois.  We will be in Alsip Illinois on Saturday, November 19th from 9am – 1pm.  The second class will run from 6-10pm on the same day in Peoria, Illinois.  Please follow the links below to find out more information about the class:


Alsip, IL 9am-1pm

Peoria, IL 6-10pm

Exciting new instructor teaching this Saturday!

Utah Concealed Carry Instructor Shawn Bodily

Hey all! Just wanted to let everyone know that Shawn Bodily, two time USMC combat veteran, will be conducting this Saturday’s class! We’re excited to bring Shawn onto the team as he has extensive experience both on the battle field and in the classroom. He is an exceptional instructor an MyUtahCCW is proud to feature him as an instructor. Sign up today for the Utah CFP Course on 9/24/11 in Sandy from 9am – 1pm.

Important Updates from MyUtahCCW and Discounts for Alumni

Some awesome new information from MyUtahCCWWe have some exciting news from!  Our lead instructor, Mike Steck has taken a full time job with the Garretson Resolution Group in Charlotte, North Carolina and will be turning over his Utah classes to rising stars in the concealed carry instructor arena.  Michael will continue teaching the Utah Concealed Carry Course throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.  Once he gets situated with his new job, he will begin the process of becoming certified as an instructor in North and South Carolina.  As Michael picks up to leave with his family, he would like to leave a parting gift for all of his previous students; namely, discount codes for some highly desirable concealed carry equipment.  You can read full write ups about each product before making your selection.

The first deal for you comes from two highly recommended concealed carry holster companies here in Utah.  You can save 10% off your purchase from Concealment Solutions and 5% off your order from  Read about the Concealment Solutions holster here and the holster here.  In short, I have used both extensively and strongly recommend both of them.  After years of concealment and hundreds of dollars on holsters, I can confidently say that these holsters are the best!  The Concealment Solutions coupon code is utahccw01 and the coupon code is MyUtahCCW.

The second deal also comes from a Utah Company.  Rocky Mountain Mattress is offering alumni a $100 discount on a very special mattress with two super secret concealment and storage units inside the mattress.  These mattresses are high end latex memory foam beds – so not only will you get a good night sleep, you’ll be able to rest assured with your handgun in excellent storage compartment.  You can read about the mattress and the discount here.  Scroll down to the ICU mattress section.  To access the special pricing, go to Rocky Mountain Mattress’ discount page here.  This $100 discount is in addition to any other discount they are currently running.

Enjoy the discounts and thank you for your continued support!  Please stay in touch as we will be continuing to teach concealed carry and other practical self-defense courses!

Utah Concealed Carry Class in WISCONSIN just added!

Offering the Utah CFP course in Wisconsin

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering the Utah Concealed Carry Class in Wisconsin on August 25th from 6-10pm. This class will include all of the materials that you’ll need to get your Utah Concealed Carry Permit. Now, the big question on everyone’s mind right now is whether the Utah permit will be valid in Wisconsin. After thoroughly reading the recently passed concealed carry provisions from the Wisconsin Legislature it is uncertain whether the Utah permit will be valid there – lots of people (myself included) are hoping that Utah is recognized in Wisconsin. We strongly recommend that Wisconsin residents plan on getting both the Utah and the Wisconsin permits. The reason for this is that you will be able to pick up the largest number of states with both permits. With a non-resident Utah concealed carry permit you will be able to carry in nearly 30 states. The reality is that once Wisconsin does get its concealed carry program up and running, it will take some time before other states begin to recognize the permit. Each state will have to go through a thorough evaluation of the Wisconsin permit to make sure that its requirements are in compliance with their laws before they give full recognition. For now, go ahead and sign up for the Utah Concealed Carry Class in Wisconsin on August 25th from 6-10pm. If the location listed below does not work for you, we may able to come to your area if there are at least 10 people to attend the course. Please feel free to contact Mike at (801) 502-7055 with any questions that you might have. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you at the class!

Time and Date:

We are hosting a Utah Concealed Carry Class in Muskego, WI. The class will run from 6-10pm on Thursday, August 25th. We are working on finalizing the location of the course and will let you know as soon as that location is setup. Here is a map:

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Why should you get a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit?

To start off, your Utah permit is valid in over 30 states. That means that you will be able to carry a fully loaded, concealed firearm in a state where your permit is recognized (Colorado, Florida, Michigan and New Hampshire only recognize the Utah permit from Utah residents). Take a look at the following map to see where the Utah permit is recognized. States with a Red or Black color recognize the Utah permit.


The class will cost $75 and prepayment is required to reserve your seat (Buy Now Button below). In addition to the 4 hour class, you will receive everything that you need to get your Utah permit (fingerprints, passport photo and a photocopy of your driver license). After the course is over, our instructor will hand deliver the application for you. Space is limited and classes are filling up fast so register below to reserve your seat. In addition to the $75 for the class + materials, you will have to pay the State of Utah $65.00 for the actual permit (the State accepts checks and credit cards). You can send that payment along with our instructor to Utah.

Know where to start?

  • First of all, there are certain requirements that the state of Utah has set in order for you to get your concealed carry permit.
  • Here’s a list of Utah Concealed Carry requirements:
  1. You must be at least 21 years of age to receive your Utah Concealed Carry permit.
  2. You can’t have any of the following convictions:
  3. Felony
  4. Violent crime
  5. Offense involving alcohol**
  6. Illegal use of controlled substances or narcotics**
  7. Moral turpitude (crimes against community morals)**
  8. Domestic Violence
  9. **Please note that some offenses require a waiting period but do not preclude getting a permit.
  10. If a court has adjudicated you as mentally incompetent then you are not allowed to obtain your Utah concealed carry permit

Seats are filling up fast for NRA instructor course. Two seats left!

There are still plenty of seats open for the July 14-15, NRA certified pistol instructor course. This is the course that you need to take before you can become a Utah concealed carry instructor. After successful completion of this course, you can then attend the Utah BCI course to finalize the process. There are still a couple of seats open so make your deposit today to reserve your seat. Once the class meets its maximum size, we will not be able to accommodate any other students. The course is $300 and that will cover all of the application materials you’ll need to become certified through the NRA. Thank you and please feel free to contact us with any questions about the course.

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