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 that is contextual and reality based for not only the military and law enforcement communities but also for the daily carry needs of the everyday person who just wants to protect themselves and those they love. 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 – have never been 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 the needed details of actually carrying a concealed handgun or in the defensive use of firearms. Adam also found most people 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.

These realizations started a journey that has grown far more than expected as so many people began finding the value in Adam’s life experiences, his training, and how it all affected their lives for the better when all put together in high quality training.

Our Mission

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

Our Team

Adam Winch

Adam Winch is the owner and creator of Defenders USA. With a background of serving as a Military Police officer (U.S. Army Reserves and Colorado National Guard from 2000 to 2008) after graduating Basic & AIT as an honor grad, 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), after graduating the Police Academy as the honor grad, where Adam’s duties included Patrol Officer, Street Crimes Unit, SWAT, and a certified Police Patrol Mountain Bike Instructor.

Adam is a certified NRA Handgun Instructor (x2), a certified NRA CCW Instructor, a certified CFS Handgun Instructor through Combat Focus Shooting, a certified ASP Firearms Instructor through Active Self Protection, a certified Long Range / Sniper Instructor through Crosswinds Precision Academy, a certified Range Safety Officer through Defenders USA, and was a certified Range Safety Officer through the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. He has attended four (4) week-long SWAT schools while with the GJPD SWAT Team, a week-long Street Crimes School, a week-long CIT school, along with countless other hours of training with many law enforcement training schools and in LE training settings, some of which will not be named here. He has worked countless high risk situations, to include Officer Involved Shooting and countless deadly force situations, SWAT call outs, and made more arrests than can be remembered, sent many deserving people to prison, and spent a lot of time dealing with the criminal and civil court systems.

He has also attended multiple private firearms, legal, and instructor trainings and schools with other well-known civilian, military, and law enforcement training entities and trainers in the US and abroad, to include:

  • “Grizz” of (redacted name & agency)
  • Gabe White of Gabe White Training (where Adam earned the coveted “Turbo” pin, one of only 23 people in the world to win this highest award from GWT for handgun performance!)
  • Rob Leatham of RobLeatham.com (41 time World & National Champion shooter)
  • Mike Seeklander of American Warrior Society & Shooting Performance (current World Champion $ holder of numerous other regional, national, and continental championships)
  • Scott Jedlinski of Modern Samuri Project, LLC
  • John Corriea, Neil & Stephanie Weidner of Active Self Protection
  • Samuel Middlebrook of Redhawk Training & ASPIC
  • Dave Laird of Dynamic Combative Solutions
  • Brian & Shelley Hill of The Complete Combatant
  • Chuck Haggard of Agile Training & Consulting
  • Terry Johnson of Firearms Legal Protection
  • Neil Ash of Precision Rifle Workshop
  • Russell Anthon of Defenders USA
  • Rob Pincus of CFS/ICE/PDN
  • Grant Cunningham of the Personal Defense Network
    and more.

Adam has also been certified in several areas as a fitness instructor with CrossFit, Inc. He has taught over 20,000 civilians, military and law enforcement over the course of his careers.

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, boring way most traditional training tends to be, 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 strong foundational skills in safe, controlled environments to help prepare the student for the dangerous uncontrolled environment we all live in where Evil visits when least expected.

Okay, enough of the ridiculous sounding “love me” entries…after multiple suggestions by really smart marketing people and incredible big company CEO types, we finally agreed to really lay out some of the reasons why we believe training with us at Defenders USA is a good idea.​

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 including Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Syria and other classified locations. He has a strong military Special Operations background serving with various units including 1st Special Forces Group, the Marine Corps, and other unacknowledged US Army units. He is also a U.S. qualified Special Operations Sniper and has graduated from and instructed in several other tactical shooting schools in the Special Operations community.

Grizz has also completed and taught several medical live tissue labs, both stateside and overseas, and has used this medical training often in combat operations. In addition, Grizz has spent 12 years working for government agencies including 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.

So, this guy can’t be talked about much…or enough. We are shocked he actually allowed this to be published. It’s only a teeny, tiny thimble of who he is, what he had done, and the extreme expertise that comes in the complete package of a human being and warrior that he is.
Come meet him…train with him, when he occasionally accepts a training gig…everyone who trains with Grizz walks away in awe, realizing they have been in the presence of true American hero whom few will ever know about.


Russell Anthon

Russell has been working with Defenders USA and one other firearms training company for several years as both a Lead Instructor and Assistant Instructor in Long Range Precision Courses and as an Assistant Instructor with a multitude of Defenders USA’s courses.
Russell comes from a civilian background but also has an in-depth understanding of military and law enforcement firearms training needs due to extensive research, personal training, and experience in training civilians, military, and law enforcement personnel.
Russell is certified as an NRA Basic Handgun Instructor, NRA CCW Instructor, an ASP Certified Firearms Instructor through Active Self Protection, and a certified Range Safety Officer through Defenders USA.
When we can FINALLY get him to submit his own Bio, this little write-up will certainly expand to point out that though he’s quite talkative, he’s also basically a genius, with a depth of knowledge in a variety of surprising areas and a thirst for knowledge that is tireless and almost unparalleled when compared to vast majority of people in the world. (Written about a year ago)

UPDATE: (Today)
Russell can’t seem to get around to doing his own bio, despite repeated requests, so I’ll help him out.

He is going to die from cigarettes and Monsters. He needs Jesus…badly. He wears way too many sweatshirts and heavy, long sleeved shirts when it is blazing hot out because he is a for-real freak. He is the enemy of the razor because he thinks his giraffe neck might shrivel up if one touches it. If he doesn’t at least shave his neck, I might someday soon hold him down and dry razor it for him and laugh as he bleeds from the bunch of razor cuts and burns I’ll make sure to inflict. He says really, really big words in rapid, mind-boggling succession, amazing people, while I pretend to not be impressed by rolling my eyes. He talks…and talks…and talks…and talks…and talks…and talks…and can rabbit-trail with the best of them… He swears (rarely in front of students) a lot in some of the most imaginative, hilarious ways that even I – a soldier, cop, and SWAT guy – have never heard or thought of. He says things that keeps me laughing or shocked, all while I just wish I was as articulate, smart, and as hilarious as he. He understands at a genius scientist level all about trajectory, atmospherics, ballistics, chemical stuff, smart mathematic stuff, while spouting it all off in language true geeks and nerds understand and appreciate – to include lethal based weaponized math, and so much more gun related and completely random stuff that only true geniuses ever master the way he has. He can honestly fix or build – while blindfolded – anything with a motor or mechanical from guns, to airplanes, to diesel trucks, to cars, to pumps, to generators the size of buildings, all with nary a sense of fashion. He’s truly a really, really good dude, incredibly intelligent and probably a genius, highly motivated, highly trained, an good to excellent instructor, depending on the type of firearm, and talks a lot…and I genuinely, deeply love him as a brother. He can shoot the eyes off a gnat at a gazillion yards with a precision rifle…is semi-decent with a handgun…and rather good with an AR15. I might break his legs if he doesn’t do a real bio for himself soon…but until then, he is one incredible long range instructor that most of the best precision shooters and sniper types need to learn from…