Jan 13 - 14 2024


8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Rio Salado Sportsman's Club
3960 N. Usery Pass Road Mesa, AZ 85207

Fighting Handgun Concepts – Mesa, AZ

This Fighting Handgun Concepts: Speed, Accuracy, Movement, Unconventional Positions, Decisional Engagements & Defending Others will be taught by Defenders USA's Adam Winch.

This training event will be held in Training Bay 1 at the Rio Salado Sportsman's Club.

Range Fee: 
There is a $15 per day Range Fee ($30 total) charged by RSSC so please bring that in cash. It will be collected at the beginning of the course and given to the range staff.

We'll start at 8:30 am and go till around 5:30 pm on both days. 

This Fighting Handgun Concepts: Speed, Accuracy, Movement, Unconventional Positions, Decisional Engagements & Defending Others is a two-day training course intended for those who are already safe, proficient handgun handlers and shooters.

This is NOT a beginner's course and is intended for those who are ready to move beyond basic shooting to build a fast, efficient draw stroke, put one to multiple rounds on target with either acceptable or precise accuracy at speed, and ultimately be able to do so under the movements common to defensive gun uses.

Beyond helping grow each person's individual shooting skills, the primary goal of this training course is to help prepare those who might have to defend and fight for life itself when in compromised positions and situations.

This is not a course where the shooters stand static with a perfect stance while shooting at immobile targets. Therefore, once it is verified everyone can safely handle and shoot their handguns, and after some precision work, movement will be introduced on the first day, often in close quarters to others.
This is a fighting handgun course that comes directly from personal experience of being involved in multiple deadly force incidents and having witnessed multiple others.

The topics will cover areas to include: impacts in relation to height over bore and bullet trajectory at varying distances, acceptable accuracy to extreme precision shooting, learning and growing realistic and legally-defensible fight speeds with a handgun, gun handling and shooting on the move with accurate shooting, building to the explosive movements needed in fights, one-handed handgun use from an injured fighting perspective, high-stress physical exertion shooting, shooting from unconventional positions and moving up and down and at all points of the compass while safely handling a handgun, shooting in defense of others, moving, controlling and/or shielding others while using a handgun, close contact shooting, gun handling and engaging threats in close quarters with others nearby, decisional engagements, vehicle use, and more.

Saturday will start with safety, then handling and accuracy to find the skill of the group as a whole before moving to extreme precision, then into building or refining an efficient draw stroke with accuracy and recoil management, finding and stretching each attendees' personal limits based on abilities. Movement and shooting will be introduced both at distance and up close to targets and in close quarters with others.

Sunday will expand on the work of Saturday, involving groundwork, unconventional positional shooting, dealing with and protecting others, and more, such as listed above.

This is a moderately physical course and, using the training involved, attendees need to be able to move up and down off the ground and from varying awkward positions multiple times while safely handling a loaded firearm and working through situations that will carefully grow in complexity.

This will be a thoughtful, safe approach in training, allowing everyone attending to safely experiment and work through the entire course, and grow an understanding of how dynamic a fight really is, and how to use their bodies and firearms to best defend themselves and those they love if unfortunately ever in the worst-case scenario.

Handgun Course Required Gear:

  • Handgun (or more in case the primary handgun goes down)
  • Reliable, quality holster & three magazines
  • (***Note on holsters: NO Serpa or similar holsters, NO purse holsters, NO pocket holsters, NO bra or cross draw holsters, NO ankle holsters, NO floppy or soft nylon holsters, etc.)
  • At least 850 rounds of ammo but feel free to bring more.
  • Handgun cleaning supplies (you and your weapon will be getting dirty)
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Any wanted snacks & non-alcoholic beverages
  • A brimmed hat
  • Weather appropriate clothing for an outdoor environment
  • Any wanted snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • A lunch, as there will not be time to leave the range for lunch.
  • $15 range fee per day in cash

Optional Items:
A durable mat or knee/elbow pads wanted (you will be working from the ground at times on hard-packed dirt and gravel so you may want such items for comfort)
A camping type chair (one that that can take a small amount of abuse)
Any sunscreen & bug spray wanted

Those attending will also engage in decisional engagement situations, responding to complex threats and will also need to explain the physical and legal justification(s) for their actions or non-actions.

This course is considered moderately physical and will require thoughtfulness and constant mental and safety awareness; ultimately growing confidence and ability to defend life with a gun to even higher level.

This FHC will be taught by Adam Winch, Defenders USA’s founder and lead instructor. Adam is a certified Master Instructor, with an extensive background in both real-life dangerous situations as both a law enforcement officer and in the military, and as a nationally recognized trainer.
His bio can be found on our website under the ABOUT tab.

Defenders USA YouTube channel

Feel free to contact or call with any questions.
Adam: 970-986-0774

We look forward to training with you!!