Personal Defense Network and United States Concealed Carry Association Partnership


Personal Defense Network (PDN), Wayzata, MN and United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), West Bend, WI, have aligned in a partnership arrangement to provide personal defense training and membership opportunities to their respective members in a deal that changes the landscape of affordable personal defense training and legal protection for the masses.

The arrangement, announced today, provides special access to industry-leading resources for members of the respective groups, including professional personal defense training via web-based streaming video as well as in-person training classes, personal defense insurance, personal defense expos, expert editorial content, and more, immediately and significantly extending the reach of both organizations in the personal defense market. The move provides members of both groups with unprecedented membership value through soon-to-be announced membership benefits and offerings.

As part of the arrangement, PDN Executive Director, Rob Pincus will serve as an advisor to the USCCA’s Training Division. USCCA is already the nation’s largest and fasted-growing provider of comprehensive self-defense insurance for private individuals. With Pincus, and others like him, they will be developing additional training curriculum for the USCCA network of instructors based on Rob’s Intuitive Defensive Shooting program, reinforcing their goal to provide the very best training for those who choose to carry a gun. In addition, PDN will provide USCCA Members with discounts on access to the industry’s biggest, most comprehensive line-up of premium streaming video training assets.

PDN and USCCA will also be announcing future opportunities for select PDN members’ access to USCCA personal defense insurance, backed by USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD, the most comprehensive personal defense insurance coverage consumers can buy.

With firearm ownership and the issuance of concealed carry permits at an all-time high in the United States, the demand for high-quality reality-based defensive firearm training and comprehensive consumer-friendly personal defense insurance has never been higher. Together, PDN and USCCA believe they are uniquely positioned to deliver what consumers need to protect themselves, and be protected in the process. USCCA President and Founder Tim Schmidt today summed up the partnership by saying, “USCCA and PDN were both created out of a need for affordable, credible and reliable products and services for those who seek to protect themselves. As separate entities, we followed our own vision to get to where we are today. We also recognize, however, that there’s a shared mission between us. We embraced that shared mission, put our heads together and a partnership was formed.”

In a blog post on his I.C.E. Training website, Rob Pincus conveyed his thoughts on the arrangement, saying, “I am incredibly excited about the collaboration that Personal Defense Network and I are launching with the United States Concealed Carry Association!” The post concluded with Pincus commenting, “The opportunity that our teams have to bring even more great information, education and services to our Members and the entire community of responsible gun owners is unparalleled. Keep a close eye on what we do!”

For more information on the USCCA – PDN partnership, contact Personal Defense Network at

About Personal Defense Network®

Personal Defense Network® (PDN) is the leading source of no-nonsense personal defense information on the web. Based in Minneapolis, MN, PDN offers a range of personal defense instruction to those serious about arming themselves for defense in every aspect of their lives. Enlisting the professional services and experience of its network of Contributors throughout the United States, PDN is focused on providing high-quality personal defense editorial and video content on the Internet, including Combat Focus® Shooting, an intuitive shooting approach developed by PDN Executive Director Rob Pincus. In addition to its online presence, Personal Defense Network has delivered over 3 million DVDs to consumers via the Personal Firearm Defense DVD Series since 2006. For additional information visit

About The United States Concealed Carry Association

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides education, training and self-defense insurance to responsible, American gun owners. Headquartered in West Bend, WI, the USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American.

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14 Responses to “Personal Defense Network and United States Concealed Carry Association Partnership”

  1. Paul Haines

    I am a premium member of both organizations, a USCCA certified instructor,and affiliate instructor,as well as a PDN Alumni of combat focus shooting and Advanced Pistol Handling. Looking forward to new training.


    I am anxious to attend additional training, I am certified USCCA instructor and an alumni of several PDN training classes. Premium member of both organizations.

  2. Homer Carter

    This is a great “Partnership” between two of the top organizations in the Gun Owners Community. Hopefully, some of the training costs that individuals are seeking will decrease in price but increase in quality.

  3. John G Westover

    That sounds great. I probably won’t see much of a change since I’m already a member of both organizations.

  4. Yvonne

    There is no place near my home to go practice shooting. It is very frustrating to not be able to practice what you need to know and need to learn.

  5. Stefano Palazzo

    I think this is fantastic ,can’t wait to see what this 2 groups do together.

  6. Larry Fosburg

    How cool is it I have been part of both your originations for the past year. I’m thinking I know a good thing when I see it. Thanks for all your Support and training. Keep up the Great work. Looking forward to your partnership going forward.

  7. Jimj Fitzsimmons

    I am a member of both PDN and USCCA already. How will this effect me?

    • Customer Service

      Hi Jimj. We are all looking forward to announcing what’s next for members! While the ‘behind the scenes’ details are being finalized, I can tell you that we’re working hard to create more value and unique opportunities than ever, all centered around affordable, accessible personal defense training opportunities and comprehensive self-defense protection. We think you’ll like what you see. Keep an eye on your email. And, of course, your feedback is important so if you have any great ideas about new benefits, now that PDN and USCCA are working so closely together, we’re here and would love your ideas!

  8. Dennis Williams

    Like the formation of both two respected groups joining together to have more opportunities for memberships to work with each other