What does this mean? Well, USCCA is arguably the most successful carry insurance provider and Rob Pincus, who runs the Personal Defense Network, is a top-notch firearms trainer. Now fans of both companies will have an opportunity to purchase bundled packages that provide the best of both worlds.
“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,” said USCCA President and Founder Tim Schmidt in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.
“As separate entities, we followed our own vision to get to where we are today,” he continued. “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.”
Likewise, Pincus was excited about the collaboration, saying in a blog post on his I.C.E. Training website, “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!”
In my opinion, this collaboration is a direct response to the launch of the NRA’s Carry Guard, which was announced at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.
Carry Guard is billed as a one-stop shop for all one’s training and insurance needs, so to compete with this new offering it only makes sense for USCCA and PDN to collaborate.
The great thing for consumers is more options typically means quality goes up and prices go down. We’re going to get way more bang for our buck. If you haven’t dipped your toe into the insurance and training market yet, now is a perfect time to start shopping.
Personally, I’m biased toward USCCA and PDN. I don’t know Schmidt personally, but I’ve worked a lot with his team and they’re all great dudes. With respect to Pincus, I’ve interviewed him in the past but what sticks out in my mind is his five steps for surviving a home invasion. It’s a very practical way to train. Anyways, that’s my $.02.
If you have any experiences with other providers and training experts, feel free to share your opinions below.