In today's world, simply owning a gun for self-defense isn’t enough. Even being someone who considers his firearm knowledge to be well above average, I knew I could always become better prepared. While searching, I got a tip to look into a USCCA membership. Their members get lifesaving training, great educational resources, and to top it off…self-defense liability insurance*(often confused with concealed carry insurance).
In this review I will cover who the USCCA is, what they offer, and why I chose to become a member myself. That being said, I am now a paid affiliate of the USCCA.
USCCA memberships offer a unique package of training, education, industry discounts, as well as many other perks. All USCCA members receive a well written Concealed Carry Magazine. These benefits alone make membership a tremendous value to all firearms owners.
Then, on top of all that, all members become insured on a self-defense liability insurance policy issued to the USCCA.
While the one negative I did find (too many emails) may be annoying to some, it has an easy fix. However, ignoring all of the emails may be a bad decision, as many contain quality training and education, as well as exclusive offers.
I don't only recommend USCCA, I am also a member myself. It was only after I had been a member that I decided to write this review, as I was extremely impressed with the organization.
Who Is USCCA
The United States Concealed Carry Association was founded by Tim Schmidt. It is an association of over 500,000 responsibly armed members who get self -defense education, training, and self-defense liability insurance* as benefits of USCCA membership.
The USCCA seeks to educate, train and save lives through the association and its membership benefits.
Why We Choose USCCA
As you can see, I have the Elite Level membership from USCCA. Not only does it provide great coverage, you end up saving the most money when you pay yearly for this plan…you save $84 per year!
Each USCCA membership plan offers a monthly option and a yearly option. However, the yearly option offers the most savings.
Joining USCCA gives you access to one of the largest libraries of concealed carry training videos, tons of education, membership perks, as well as self-defense liability insurance. To learn more about the self-defense liability insurance, click here.
Emails. They send so many emails following enrollment. Now don’t get me wrong, there is some great value (training, special offers, etc.) in many of their emails. However, there are a LOT of them. For many, this may be a turn off, but with today’s email features this can be easily fixed.
In the end, I found that they provide the best value for your money, while also giving you a great support system for your concealed carry needs.
USCCA Membership Package Prices
Below, are the levels of membership that USCCA offers. Each one steps up the coverage you receive, as well as adds a few perks. The Platinum package tends to be the most popular, while the Elite package (when paid yearly) offers the best deal.
Gold Membership: $25/month when paid annually
Platinum Membership: $34/month when paid annually
Elite Membership: $42/month when paid annually
All three levels of membership are great deals, however you save the most when you pay yearly.
As you can see below, each step up greatly increases your access to their lifesaving training resources.
Included in ALL Memberships:
- Complete Subscription To Concealed Carry Magazine
- Members-Only Deals And Discounts
- Annual Expo (training classes, firearm exhibits, and assessor manufacturer’s products)
- Training Programs (taught by qualified licensed trainers that go through rigorous training prior to teaching located all over the country)
- Self-Defense Liability Insurance
One of the biggest surprises to me was the quality and length of the monthly Concealed Carry Magazine…this is a GREAT addition to the membership.
Extra selling points for me were:
The following highlights stood out :
- USCCA offers 100% legal fee coverage, where other companies only pay for legal fees if you are found not guilty. The overall reimbursement for total legal fees was lower, while USCCA appeared to have one of the highest compensation systems.
- USCCA has attorneys available in all 50 states, where many companies only offer attorneys in the states they are incorporated in or have their principle place of business. Because laws vary from state to state, having access to attorneys in all 50 states allows for a greater amount of legal knowledge.
- USCCA covers all legal weapons (knives, fists, firearms, etc.), however other companies only cover firearms.
- If the altercation occurred in the home, the insured and the spouse can both be covered under the policy (small upgrade fee). Again, this is unique from the major policies currently available on the market.
We Give USCCA 5 Stars!
Armed with all the above information from my research (pun intended), I was happy to choose a USCCA for my concealed carry membership. It helps give me peace of mind knowing that I will have access to top of the line education, training, as well as self-defense liability insurance*.
USCCA memberships offer diverse membership options, a history of promoting and protecting our firearms community, great perks (such as training, education, and discounts), and of course self-defense liability insurance.
USCCA’s fees are affordable; at $34 a month for their Platinum plan, that is basically less than 2 boxes of hollow point ammo …and totally worth the peace of mind that comes with becoming a member of USCCA.
If you want to see it compared to its competitors, I have to say I really don’t think they have any, but if you just want insurance and don’t care about being a prepared protector, check out our article Best Concealed Carry Insurance Compared!
*The USCCA is not an insurance company. A policy has been issued to the USCCA. 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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