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”.
                                                                       – Adam Winch

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 Firearms Instructor and Advanced Firearms Instructor through Rangemaster Firearms Training Services, 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, sending many deserving people to jail and prison, and spent a over a decade 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:

  • Tom Givens of Rangemaster, certified as a Graduate of the Instructor Program, of the Advanced Instructor Program, and the Master Instructor Program (Of note: Adam earned the “Top  Gun”  award for the Advanced Firearms Instructor Certification Course for highest academic and shooting performance during that course, along with winning a top gun challenge coin during a full class shoot-off competition in the Firearms Instructor Course).
  • Gabe White of Gabe White Training (where Adam earned the coveted “Turbo” pin, one of only 24 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 in several Red Dot Pistol: Fundamentals & Performance classes (where Adam won a challenge coin and another prize for winning a full class shooting competition).
  • John Corriea, Neil & Stephanie Weidner of Active Self Protection in multiple courses.
  • 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 (both handgun & rifle)
  • Grant Cunningham of the Personal Defense Network
  • “Grizz” (redacted name & background)
  • and more.

Adam has competed in both USPSA and IDPA competitions and 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 personnel over the course of his training 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 like a maniac as he bleeds from the plethora 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, a good to excellent instructor depending on the type of firearm or subject he’s teaching, and talks a lot…and I genuinely, deeply, fully love him as a brother he has become to me. He can shoot the eyes off a gnat at a gazillion yards with a precision rifle…is rather decent with a handgun while constantly improving…is rather good with an AR15…and is a gifted long range shooter few can even think of matching – I can honestly report that he is scary good with a precision rifle and one of the least known world-class long ranger shooters out there, simply because he actually humble and rarely toots his own horn that way he should. 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 professional sniper types need to learn from…and I genuinely respect and love this guy…

Myles Standish

Myles background and experience comes from the 5 years he spent as an infantry sniper in the U.S. Army. Myles was stationed in Germany, where he trained as a squad automatic weapons gunner until he was given the opportunity to attend sniper school in May of 2011. Myles graduated as 1 out of 5 students who began the sniper training school with over 50 students. Shortly after his initial sniper school, Myles deployed to Paktika Provence, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

After returning from Afghanistan, Myles was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, where he was appointed as the Alpha Team Leader in a Sniper section. While at Ft. Riley, he was tasked with completely rebuilding a failing sniper section and ultimately turned it into the recognized top section for the entire brigade.

During his time at Ft. Riley, Myles and his sniper section regularly trained in long range reconnaissance tactics, using stealth and the use of the terrain to provide key information to higher headquarters. He also attended multiple land navigation, advanced land navigation, pistol qualifications, basic first aid courses, and specialized in sniper craft and concealment.

While stationed at Ft. Riley, Myles also deployed on a training mission to Camp Buehring, Kuwait. During the Kuwait deployment, he was tasked with training two squads of Kuwaiti officers in implementing sniper tactics into their platoons. While still in Kuwait, he was also sent to FOB Hammer in Iraq for 8 weeks to train Iraqi soldiers to combat ISIS.

After ending his time of service in the Army, Myles attended WyoTech’s basic diesel, advanced diesel, and off-road power programs, where he receiving the outstanding student award during graduation.

Myles is an outdoor fanatic and loves to catch monster lake trout, walk the grass fields of Kansas in search of flushing pheasants, and often traverses the mountainsides of Colorado in search of trophy mule deer and elk.

David Heide

David has been shooting firearms since he was a young man, ultimately starting his formal firearms training when he first attended the “Defender Series” handgun course with Adam Winch of Defenders USA in 2015.

Before then, Dave had competed in “Cowboy Action Shooting” and won multiple events. He has competed in archery competitions and still competes in blackpowder shoots, all while being an avid hunter.

Dave has a love for the individual and Jesus and he believes everyone should have proper firearms training in order to responsibly carry a firearm in preparation for the day they may unfortunately need to defend life against evil.

David is a certified NRA Basic Handgun Instructor and has trained under John Correia, Neil & Stephanie Weidner, all of Active Self Protection, as well as with Scott Jedlinski of Modern Samurai Project, and has taken many handgun, fighting rifle, long range precision, and medical courses with Adam Winch, Russell Anthon, and “Grizz” of Defender-USA.

Dave has deeply studied the art and nuances of firearms use and self defense, becoming so skilled that he has been selected to be an Assisting Instructor in many Defenders USA courses. He continues to read, train, practice and learn, constantly growing his skills at both the use of firearms and in effectively teaching others while also constantly growing and refining his own skills.

Hank Ownbey

More info coming soon when Hank gets me his Bio…I’m betting he’ll get me something before Russell does!

Update:
Hank is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and has been an assisting instructor in multiple training courses with Defenders USA. He has attended mulitple handgun and long range precision shooting training courses with Defenders USA under the instruction of Adam Winch, “Grizz”, and Russell Anthon. Hank has also attended a Red Dot Handgun course with Modern Samurai Project, training under the watchful eye of the legendary Scott Jedlinski.

Rob Laurin

More info about Rob coming soon.