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UPGRADE TO ARMED GUARD 6/26 – 6/27/2024

June 26 @ 8:00 am - June 27 @ 5:00 pm



Wednesday, June 26th –
Thursday, June 27th, 2024

Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Both days)

Location: 7030 E. Broadway Tucson, AZ 85710

Phone: 520-886-8338

Course Fee:

Note: Please bring your receipt, whether paper copy from in store, or electronic PayPal copy, with you to class.

First and Last Name:

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Course Cancellation Policy Reminder:
  • If a student notifies us at least 72 hours prior to the start of their course, the student may cancel for a full refund or reschedule to an alternate available course date with no rescheduling fee.
  • If a student notifies us between 24 and 72 hours prior to the start of their course, no refund will be issued, but the student may reschedule to an alternate available course date by paying a $15 rescheduling fee.
  • If a student notifies us less than 24 hours prior to the start of their course, or fails to attend their course, no refund will be issued, and the student may not reschedule to an alternate available course date without paying the full registration fee again.

Course Information

The Arizona DPS Upgrade to Armed Guard course includes two days of instruction for an individual to upgrade an Arizona Unarmed guard card to Arizona Armed guard card. Students must already possess an Arizona Unarmed guard card or have completed the Arizona Unarmed guard card course with Diamondback the day prior. The course fee includes fingerprints, photos, and range fees. The course fee does NOT include AZ DPS state fees, or ammunition cost. See the description below for a day to day schedule.

Reference AZ DPS licensing unit at; https://www.azdps.gov/licensing/sg for information about which course of instruction is right for you, or contact the instructors via email at Training@dbackshootingsports.com.


PREREQUISITES: Must be 18 years of age

NOTES: This is NOT an introduction to firearms course! NO rental firearms will be provided. 

Must be lawfully allowed to train with firearms. 

What this course covers

  • Day One; Armed Guard introduction and equipment inspection
  • Day Two; Armed Guard Law and Legal, Defensive Shooting, qualification
  • Course fee includes fingerprints, photos, and range fees
  • Course fee DOES NOT include state fees, stamps, delivery, or ammunition.
  • 50 round qualification, select the link below and copy paste into your browser, scroll to the bottom.     https://www.azdps.gov/sites/default/files/media/Armed%20Security%20Guard%20%288Hrs-annual%29%20Lesson%20Plan_0.pdf
  • Safe Gun Handling; Anyone who does not demonstrate safe handling skills will NOT receive an armed guard card.
  • Proper firearm grip, stance, draw, and defensive shooting

Required Gear

  • Day One; Note taking materials
  • Day Two; Duty belt, holster, firearm (Unloaded or carried)
  • Day Three; 50-100 rounds of ammunition, belt, holster, firearm, two mag pouches, and a minimum of three magazines
  • Range appropriate attire (NO open-toed shoes)
  • Eye and Ear Protection, electronic ear protection is highly encouraged, Sun Protection
  • Each day is an 8hr block of instruction

Our Instructors

Director of Training – Michael Maurer has been a member of the Tucson shooting community since 2015, starting as a student at Diamondback Training Center. His passion for firearms drew him to the practical shooting sports where he found his love for competitive pistol shooting. Mike is a Master class Carry Optics shooter in the International Defensive Pistol Association and regularly travels for competition and training events. He has studied under national trainers to include Drew Estell, JJ Racaza, Scott Jedlinski, Fabio Spinella, Gabe White, Nick Young, Tim Herron, AJ Zito, Ernest Langdon, and Rick Crawley. Mike’s passion for sport shooting drives him to constantly train and seek new ways to improve his skills. He brings that passion to his instruction as well, blending his patient, calm demeanor to help students bridge the gap between their current skills and their goals as shooters.

E-mail: training@dbackshootingsports.com


-TCCC certified
-NRA Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun instructor and RSO
-Awards: GWT Turbo Pin #43, AHT Man Card #141

A US Army 82nd Airborne Reconnaissance Infantryman, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (2008-2009), I also spend as much time as possible outside hunting and fishing. Having countless hours training with multiple weapon platforms from crew served weapons to pistols, and having trained military, law enforcement, and civilians. We are constantly updating our training curriculum, making Diamondback an ideal training environment for individuals from every walk of life.



-NRA Certifications: Refuse to be A Victim Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Shotgun Instructor, Inside and Outside the Home Personal Protection Instructor
-Arizona Department of Public Safety, Unarmed and Armed Security Guard Instructor
-California POST Instructor
-Sabre Red OC Spray Instructor
-ASP Baton, Handcuffing, and Flashlight Tactics Instructor
-CPR Certified

Upcoming Scheduled Courses

* To register click on one of the courses below


June 26 @ 8:00 am
June 27 @ 5:00 pm
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Diamondback Shooting Sport
7030 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85710 United States
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