USCCA Review 2021 | Self-Defense Legal Protection (Instant Coverage)

By Sa El

Updated May 12, 2021

Review of:  USCCA

Use: Concealed Carry Legal Protection


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We Like

  • 24/7/365 Critical Response Team
  • Instant & Up Front Coverage 
  • Community Giving Program
  • Free Entry To Annual USCCA CCW Expo
  • All Of The Additional Benefits

We Don't Like

  • Low Criminal Case Limits 
  • Massive Amounts Of Emails

Summary: The USCCA is the best alternative to any type of concealed carry insurance or self defense insurance, and once you sign up for membership you are instantly covered.

However, once you join you are bombarded with emails and the limits for criminal cases could be a bit larger, but I am just nitpicking at this point.

This is why I put this USCCA Review together. 

I want to go over all of the additional coverage options and benefits that are included with your membership. 

I want you to learn how simple and fast the USCCA  makes it for you to apply online for concealed carry protection and get instant coverage. 

Memberships Start At $22.00/month

(Based on Gold Membership Plan)

Unlike most states, the state of GA requires a Concealed Carry Permit to carry concealed or unconcealed.

So, when I became licensed I personally chose to carry my Glock 19 unconcealed.

You can see how my membership packet looked on the right.

People always ask if I am a police officer or say things like "Your'e a true American."

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Our membership cards with member number removed.

However, I don't wear it for any reason other than to protect myself and my family.

But then it hit me:

What will I do, if I actually have to ever shoot someone in self-defense?

Will I go to jail?, Will I have to go to trail? Who will be my attorney? Will this financially ruin me? Why should I be punished for protecting myself?

Because of these concerns, I decided to get my USCCA membership.

In this review today I will show you how the enrollment process works, and why getting a USCCA membership is the best way to protect yourself after a self-defense situation.  

Who Is The USCCA? 

The USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) is a membership organization and they provide self-defense education, training and legal protection. 

The USCCA was started by Tim Schmidt in 2003 as a community and a small publication by the name of Concealed Carry Magazine.

Concealed Carry Magazine eventually became The United States Concealed Carry Association and now they provide self-defense education, training and legal protection to their members.

Even though they aren't an Insurance company and the membership is NOT insurance, the USCCA is still backed by an Insurance Company Called Shield Indemnity.

If something were to happen to USCCA, your membership would still be perfectly fine.

USCCA has an A+ rating from the BBB which is an important factor because when it comes to membership programs you need to know that you can rely on a company to pay their claims.

What Makes Them Different?

What makes the United States Concealed Carry Association so different is that they are changing the way that Americans view gun ownership and they are focusing on creating responsible gun owners. 

The most unique benefit about the USCCA is that they aren't just about about Legal Protection. 

They put a strong focus into training and teaching gun owners things like how to de-escalate a situation, the laws in your specific state and things like their concealed carry reciprocity state map.

With their membership plan you can get covered in a matter of minutes and have instant benefits from day one. 

Along with covering your costs up-front, the USCCA will also cover you for any type of legal weapon, not just guns.

This puts them ahead of almost anyone in the market that is offering any type of legal protection for concealed weapons. 

We talk more about Up-front payments and type of legal weapons that are covered below.

USCCA Review & Enrollment (Video)

What Does The USCCA Membership Cover?

The USCCA started as a community and a small magazine company that was focused on educating and creating responsible gun owners. 

They have since grown into a household name in regards to the concealed carry industry and they now cover:

Legal Protection Coverage

The USCCA created the revolutionary Self-Defense SHIELD.

The Self-Defense SHIELD is a comprehensive financial and legal protection benefit which provides support to members in the days, weeks, and months following a self-defense incident. 

The program was launched in 2012, in an effort to provide comfort and aid to law-abiding gun owners who are forced to face all-new battles in criminal, and often civil courtrooms. 

The best thing about this protection is that the benefits are based on a per incident limit, which means the cap is only per incident not a total cap.

So, if you find yourself in the unfortunate space of needing the protective benefits of the USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD more than once, you can rest assured that the full allotment of resources will again be made available.

Educational Benefits

The USCCA really focuses on you being a responsibly armed citizen.  

They make a good point to state that being armed doesn’t stop with your Constitutional right to bear arms.

The USCCA believes that the decision to carry a firearm, or even to simply keep a gun for home defense, is where your real responsibility as a gun owner begins.

They are an industry leader in gun gun safety, situational awareness and self-defense education.

They also focus on topics regarding the legality, current events and culture of the concealed carry lifestyle.

Getting educated is one of the best reasons to become a USCCA Member. 


There is nothing better than Training when it comes to being prepared and dealing with a concealed carry lifestyle or a self defense incident. 

While learning how to shoot a gun is an important aspect of handling a firearm, USCCA training takes it a step above with defensive firearms training based on real self-defense or home-defense scenarios.

This includes live training broadcasts, hours of instructional videos, weekly training videos and access to a nationwide network of USCCA Certified Instructors.

The Three USCCA Plans & What They Cover

When it comes to benefits, the USCCA really doesn't hold back, they offer more benefits than any concealed carry insurance policy or legal protection plan.

These plans all range in different levels of protection and give you the ability to fit coverage into your budget.  

Anything is better than nothing when it comes to personal protection, so at the least, buy what you can afford.  

Below is an image of how the membership pricing will be displayed as well as more detailed information about how each plan works: 

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Gold Membership

The Gold Membership plan is going to be the entry level plan and is best for maybe young family's who are budget conscious. 

In general this membership plan will cover: 

Concealed Carry Magazine

  • Complete Print + Digital Subscription (8 issues per Year)
  • Complete Online Access To 1 Year of Back Issues


  • CCW Reciprocity Map With Permit Expiration Reminders 
  • CCW Alerts When Crossing State Lines
  • "Find an Attorney" Map
  • Member-Only USCCA App
  • Quick Access To Attorney Contact Info 
  • Weekly updates on news, changing laws, and gear reviews 
  • 10 Lifesaving Checklists 
  • Digital Access to 15 Lifesaving Guides & eBooks


  • Weekly Training Drills
  • Live Training Broadcasts With Industry Experts (3 Times per Year)
  • Access to Nationwide USCCA Certified Instructor Network
  • Member-Only Online Video Library
  • Ground Scenario-Based Training Series (Over 30 Videos)

Legal Protection

  • $500,000 in Self-Defense SHIELD Protection For Civil Defense & Damages
  • $100,000 in Protection For Criminal Defense, Bail Bond Funding & Attorney Retainer 
  • 24/7/365 Critical Response Team 
  • Your Choice of Attorney or Access to USCCA Attorney Network 
  • Up-Front Protection for All Legal Weapons of Opportunity

USCCA Community

  • USCCA Community Giving Program – Provides Free Training and Resources
  • 24/7 Access to Expert Member Services Team 
  • Free Daily Entry to Annual USCCA Concealed Carry Expo

Member Perks

  • Exclusive Discount on Gold Spouse Membership 
  • Carry Confidence Kit Mailed Within 1 Business Day
  •  Member-Only Discounts on USCCA Training & Gear 
  • Early Bird Access to Newly Released Training & Gear 
  • Huge Discounts from Trusted Industry Partners

As you can see...

The Gold Plan is packed with a ton of value and can stand up against the best offerings of other companies.  

Platinum Membership

The Platinum Membership plan is going to give you the best of both worlds in terms of coverage and premium, the USCCA shows that this is the most popular membership plan.

This plan is going to include all of the benefits of the "Gold Membership" plan but give you more benefits for all of your coverage options such as:

Concealed Carry Magazine

  • Complete Online Access To 5 Years of Back Issues


  • Digital Access to 30 Lifesaving Guides & eBooks
  • Interactive "Ask An Attorney" Monthly Webinar


  • Situational Awareness Videos

Legal Protection

  • $1,000,000 in Self-Defense SHIELD Protection For Civil Defense & Damages 
  • $150,000 in Protection For Criminal Defense, Bail Bond Funding & Attorney Retainer

USCCA Community

  • Advanced Show Entry To Annual USCCA Concealed Carry Expo 

Elite Membership

The Elite Membership plan is going to be the most expensive option, but has the most coverage available.

This plan will include all of the benefits of the "Platinum Membership" plan plus give you even more benefits such as: 

Concealed Carry Magazine

  • Complete Online Access To Lifetime Archive of Back Issues


  • Digital Access to 70+ Lifesaving Guides & eBooks
  • Interactive “Ask An Attorney” Monthly Webinar + Complete Archive


  • When To Use Deadly Force Video
  •  10+ Hours in eLearning Training Systems ($344 Value) 
  • Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals
  • Emergency First Aid Fundamentals

Legal Protection

  • $2,000,000 in Self-Defense SHIELD Protection For Civil Defense & Damages 
  • $250,000 in Protection For Criminal Defense, Bail Bond Funding & Attorney Retainer

Legal Protection

  • Elite VIP Experience At  Annual USCCA Concealed Carry Expo

If you decide to go with the Elite Membership plan you are going to get the maximum amount of benefits all around.  

I always suggest going with the maximum amount of coverage if you can afford it.

What Does The USCCA Not Cover?

Although the USCCA covers a ton of stuff, there are some things that our outside of its wheelhouse that it can't cover like: 

  • Theft Of Your Gun
  • Property Loaned To You 
  • Electronic Data Damages
  • Personal Property Damage
  • The use of a firearm or other weapon by A Non-Member
  • Bodily Injury Or Property Damage Caused By Criminal Acts
  • Mysterious Disappearance of A Firearm or Other Weapon
  • Bodily injury or property damage, however caused, By War 

The above list shouldn't be that shocking, most of the above things are covered by other types of insurance like your renters insurance or home insurance

What You Receive When You Join USCCA

It's funny, I had planned on doing a reveal and taking pictures of everything that came with the kit.

However, this video does a much better job at showing everything that comes in the mail when you first join.

If you don't have time for the video, in general you will receive: 

  • Welcome Letter
  • Quick Reference Guide Card
  • Post Incident Instruction Card
  • Membership Card(s) I went with the Spouse Plan 
  • Concealed Carry Magazine Mailing Schedule
  • USCCA Sticker
  • Carry Confidence Pamphlet

I was super happy to receive my welcome kit and the basic information in the kit has already educated me on how to handle a Self Defense Incident when it comes to the police.

How Much Does A USCCA Membership Cost?

Below we go over the three different pricing options for the USCCA Membership:

Gold Membership

Platinum Membership

Elite Membership







Handling A Self-Defense Incident With USCCA

With any situation, before you do anything, you are instructed to first call 911, then call the USCCA.

Immediately upon notifying the USCCA of your self-defense incident, you'll be connected with a USCCA Critical Response Team Manager.

Your Critical Response Team Manager, who will be available to you any time of day, will be your direct point of contact for the minutes, days, weeks, and months following your incident.

Everyone you will encounter is highly trained to handle these specific types of stressful situations.

We'll be with you every step of the way to provide:

  • Assistance with the coordination of your preferred attorney
  • Up-front attorney retainer coverage
  • Up-front bail bond funding if needed–to get you back home 
  • Advice for what you can expect to happen next 
  • Weekly Follow-up Calls

Calling in regards to a self defense incident is basically the equivalent of filing a claim.

USCCA 365 Day Return Policy & Guarantee

The commitment from USCCA is amazing and "Your USCCA Membership is 100% risk-free.

The USCCA is offering a 365-day, money-back guarantee.

Simply call the U.S. Concealed Carry Association Team and you’ll receive a prompt and courteous refund, no questions asked.

uscca return policy

I don't know of any place that is offering a 365 day return policy, they really believe in their product and personally I think everyone that is carrying a weapon needs coverage like this.

How To Take Action

No other USCCA Review is as long as mine; however, I wanted to make sure that I gave you as much detail as possible.

If you have been holding off on buying concealed carry insurance or self defense legal protection for any reason,  I say give the USCCA a chance. 

You have nothing to lose, the USCCA are so confident in their product they actually give you a 365 guarantee.

You get a whole year to cancel for a full return if you don't think it is worth your time.

The USCCA is changing the face of responsible gun ownership and concealed carry throughout the nation.

Just click on the button bellow to join.

Thanks For Reading My Review... Before You Go!

What did you think of my review?  Did I miss anything?

Sa El

About the author

Sa El is the Co-Founder of Simply Insurance and a licensed Insurance Agent with over 13 years of experience in the industry.  He specializes in Life & Health Insurance and is certified in Long Term Care Insurance in the state of Georgia. a licensed real estate agent in the state of Georgia (License #382602), an entrepreneur, insurance educator, and freelance writer.

Sa El is the Co-Founder of Simply Insurance and a licensed Insurance Agent with over 13 years of experience in the industry.  He specializes in Life & Health Insurance and is certified in Long Term Care Insurance in the state of Georgia. a licensed real estate agent in the state of Georgia (License #382602), an entrepreneur, insurance educator, and freelance writer.

Sa El

  • Jerry Conwell says:

    If i live in indiana and i travel to a state that honers my permit does USCCA cover me ccw safe does not

    Thank jerry

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