About Defenders USA

Defenders USA provides comprehensive basic, advanced, and tactical firearms and defensive training designed to teach introductory and advanced firearm safety and skills.  The flagship course of Defenders USA is the Defenders Series – a twenty-hour defensive handgun training course targeted to civilians who are actually serious about defense of life and concealed carry of a handgun.  Adam Winch, the creator of the Defenders Series, has been teaching defensive and tactical firearm courses to civilians and military personnel for approximately five years before creating Defenders USA.

Our Vision

Defenders USA was started as an answer to the need Adam saw for high-caliber defensive, advanced, and tactical training for the everyday person.  Adam received excellent training as a soldier and Police Officer but found that so many – far too many – and most who have a Concealed Handgun Permit were never properly guided into understanding the laws pertaining to using a weapon in defense. Worse, he found most gun owners and carriers have little or no formal training in actual carrying or the defensive use of firearms, while rarely understanding the enormity of the legal, civil, and, financial, emotional, and social ramifications of what takes place when a firearm is used during an act of defense of life.

Our Mission

“We help prepare and train those willing to stand in the gap to defend themselves, their loved ones, and their fellow man.”

About Adam Winch

Adam Winch is the owner and creator of Defenders USA. With a background of serving as a Military Police officer (US Army, Army Reserve, and Colorado National Guard from 2000 to 2008), with duties including Law & Order, Quick Reaction Team (QRT), Special Reaction Team (SRT), Emergency Reaction Team (ERT), Personal Security Detail (PSD), Fire Team Leader, and trainer for the Colorado National Guard.

As a Police Officer for ten plus years with the Grand Junction Police Department (Colorado), Adam’s duties included Patrol Officer, Street Crimes Unit, SWAT, and Police Patrol Mountain Bike Instructor.

Adam brings his unique combination of military and police expertise into the classroom and on the range for an engaging, thought-provoking learning experience to build both solid mental and physical skills into the students.  The Defenders USA courses are crafted to carefully communicate the seriousness of a defense-of-life mindset and both armed and unarmed defensiveness to a civilian audience – that is, the average person.  Far from the dry and boring training of the traditional training, these courses draw the student into the learning process with true to life stories, interactive discussion, and hands-on exercises – all seasoned with a lot of humor.  On the range,  the instruction and coaching bring to life in our students strong foundational skills in a safe and controlled environment to help prepare the student for the dangerous uncontrolled environment we all live in where Evil visits when least expected.

About Scott “Grizz” Griffin

Grizz’s background includes extensive experience in combat operations all over the world. He has spent over 27 years serving overseas in austere, combat environments to include, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Syria and other classified locations. He has a strong military Special Operations background serving with various units, to include 1st Special Forces Group, the Marine Corps, and other Army units. He is a U.S. qualified Special Operations Sniper and has graduated from several other tactical shooting schools in the Special Operations community. He has completed and taught several medical live tissue labs, both stateside and overseas, and has used this medical training often in combat operations. Grizz spent 12 years working for Govt. agencies, to include the CIA, NSA, and DOS in Afghanistan and Iraq, performing protection, surveillance, advising, training, and operational missions. He also spent 3 years as a police officer in Southern Arizona while working on patrol.

Testimonials
“Here it is, my testimony. It started as thanks to you and (instructor name redacted for privacy purposes)  and other helpers but it turned into a testimony. Please, feel free to change wording, phrasing, whatever you feel like, so it will get my thoughts through better that I could express. English language is not my strong subject plus I have very limited vocabulary, so, help me out a little bit. I am not sure if I can mention (name redacted) in this…. I would like to. You, guys, are simply amazing people. You do your work with such a passion it is incredible. I think you are the most amazing people I met in my life. Having been through such stuff that most of the people cannot even imagine but you held on to your soul, to your heart, to your sanity and not only did not break but became strong example of courage and strength for all of us. It is also incredible how you could understand us – simple, regular people – and how you could teach us on our level. You are the true heroes and thank you very much for your service!

Thank you so much for all the work you did with us for the last three days. It was a truly amazing experience and it really changed the game of life for me (can I say so?). Besides legalities, which are important, no questions, I learnt about responsible handling, carrying and using the gun to defend lives. I not only learnt to shoot in different situations and conditions but I also really got inspired to do everything in my power to get myself fit, strong and smart so I can be “natural” and intuitive in using this deadly force (only) when needed instead of freezing and not being able to move which I know I have tendency to do. And, as you said, that ability comes from understanding – on the core level – the foundation of all aspects that are involved in defending life using a handgun – mental, psychological, emotional preparedness, awareness, etc.
Absolutely wonderful class, extremely professional and responsible trainers. I felt very safe all the time. Considering how much shooting was going on on the range it felt almost unreal how just 2-3 people (professional, experienced in real life situations instructors) could hold stable safety all the time. It is imperative (crucial) for any person who is intended to carry a gun or is going to carry a gun to go through this course. We all (people) will be more safe, more responsible, more aware, and more alive. I want to repeat – if you carry a gun you are responsible to learn how to properly use it. Otherwise you or somebody around you can get seriously hurt if not worse. Negligence is unforgivable in this matter. Negligence kills people. But knowledge and ability to use it goes a long-long way and we all can be much safer as a society. I feel this course has to be a mandatory for anybody carrying a gun.
So, thank you, guys! Thank you, Adam! Thank you! I will be coming back for sure! And I will tell everybody I know, who has a gun, about you.”