Course Catalog

Handgun Courses

“Defenders Series”

The “Defenders Series” is the flagship of the Defenders USA courses, incorporating the Basic CCW, Defensive Handgun and Advanced Tactical Handgun courses into one intense, fun-filled weekend. This Series helps prepare responsible gun owners for efficient use of their handguns in the context of saving life from today’s evil. Through the Defenders Series, participants deeply learn:

  • Current laws and how firearms laws apply.
  • Use of deadly force in accordance to “The Letter of the Law” and “The Spirit of the Law”.
  • Mental, legal, emotional, and social preparedness of using deadly force to save your life or those you love.
  • Defensive gun fighting that works well with what the body does naturally under high stress.
  • Avoiding the fight or a dangerous situation in the first place.
  • How to use your handgun defensively and intuitively in true, smart, gun-fighter mode in order to win in a critical, dynamic, fast-paced, very dangerous situation.

Concealed Carry Handgun Permit Course

Our Concealed Carry Handgun Permit course meets all requirements for a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit.

Our CHP/CCW Course addresses:

  • Use of deadly force in defense of your life or others
  • Colorado defensive handgun and conceal carry laws
  • Use and concealed carry on your properties, businesses, vehicles, and at your home
  • Firearm safety
  • And much more

Handgun Fundamentals

Handgun Fundamentals is great for the brand new or novice handgun user who wants develop confidence and skill in their handling, use, and shooting a handgun accurately and safely. Interestingly enough, those who have shot for a long time and are already good shooters will learn a ton and absolutely will benefit for attending this training.

We will focus on safe handling, proper grip, and accuracy with a handgun at different distances. For those skilled at those, we will move into speed with a handgun and a lot more. If you have a safe or quality holster for your handgun, you will also be learning how to draw and re-holster correctly and safely.

Handgun Speed & Accuracy

Handgun Speed & Accuracy is perfect for the shooter who wants develop their speed and precision from the holster, either concealed or open carry. This is excellent for the LEO who wants to really refine in both areas far beyond where most LE training goes, working from either duty gear or from plain clothes assignments. This course intended for those who already have a decent degree of skill in basic handgun fundamentals, although we will spend time there when and where needed.

As the title says, this day will focus on going fast and being highly accurate. We'll work on accuracy first, then build in speed that is efficient in technique.

Defensive Fighting Handgun 1

We highly recommend you take the Defensive Fighting Handgun I Training, in addition to the Concealed Handgun Permit Course to grow skill defending life with a handgun. The Defensive Fighting Handgun I course is ideal for those who aren’t able to attend a full “Defenders Series“over a weekend.

Defensive Fighting Handgun 1 & 2

This is an armed self-defense training that combines the Defensive Fighting Handgun I & II courses and starts with basic defensive handgun skills. It continues on with handling and taking these skills all the way to where the shooter is highly competent with handling and fighting with a handgun in defense of life.

This all-day training course will take an already trained handgun user or a completely new-to-handgun student and help them efficiently and effectively handle and fight with a handgun in defense of life.

Advanced Fighting Handgun

The Advanced Fighting Handgun course continues beyond the shooting of the Defenders Series or our Defensive Fighting Handgun Courses (I & II) with movements, building clearing, unorthodox position shooting, differing cover use, vehicles and weapons, extreme precision and distance, one-handed shooting, malfunction handling and clearance, fighting while injured, and much more.

The prerequisite training prior to being able to attend the Advanced Fighting Handgun course includes: either the Defenders Series or both of the Defensive Fighting Handgun I & II courses.

Rifle Courses

Fighting Rifle Applications 1

The Fighting Rifle Applications training course is a high-caliber course developed to help prepare and train anyone in the efficient defensive and fighting use of the AR-15 or other fighting rifles / carbine platforms within the context of reality.

This course is a one-day training experience teaching basic to advanced combat-focused long gun shooting, handling, ballistics & zeroing, manipulation, fighting with a rifle, defensive concerns and posture, close quarters fighting to long range precision shooting, and a lot more. It is filled with live fire on the range and honing rifle / carbine fighting and shooting skills, while also addressing legal and physical concerns related to using this type of platform in close quarters and urban environments. We consider this course to be moderately physical. Many students think it is a fun, challenging, ball-buster. Either way, this training course will push each student to develop expertise with the rifle, no matter what each's abilities and limits.

Combined Handgun & Rifle

This is a one day, combined handgun & carbine course, focusing on using both weapons systems effectively in a fighting environment.

This course is intended for those with either sworn LEO experience, the professional full-time carrier, towards those who have extensive and demonstrable expertise in both weapons platforms, or towards Defenders USA students who have shown aptitude in either the Defenders Series, or Defensive Handgun I & II, and our Rifle / Carbine courses.

This is an intensive, fighting course intended to enhance and further combined firearms skills in a possible active environment, focusing on proper weapons selection for the environment, effective handling and shooting of both platforms, transitions, addressing weapons, proper tactics, clearing, movement, working with others in a non-permissive environment, scenario response, etc.

Long-Range Courses

Long Range Precision 1

This course is designed to expose students to the proper deployment and techniques for long range precision rifle applications.

Topics will include optics and adjustments, fundamentals of marksmanship, application of fire, environmental effects and weapons maintenance. This course of instruction will stress the fundamentals of marksmanship and precision shooting. Practical range training will include shooting targets at known and unknown distances, range estimation, various challenging courses of fire, and more.

Long Range Precision 2

This course starts with a three day LONG RANGE PRECISION 2 course, taught by Defenders USA instructors Russell Anthon, Myles Standish, Hank Ownbey, and Adam Winch at the incredible Cameo Shooting & Education Complex in Cameo, CO.

This is not a bench rest shooting class. This is a field conditions class and we will rarely be shooting from a bench.

Long Range Precision 1 & 2

This course starts with a three-day LONG-RANGE PRECISION 1 course, taught by Defenders USA instructors Russell Anthon, Myles Standish, Hank Ownbey, and Adam Winch at the incredible Cameo Shooting & Education Complex in Cameo, CO. The course then moves into a two-day LONG-RANGE PRECISION 2, all of which is on the range.

A classroom portion will be held most of the first day, with the rest of the course on the zero and long distance ranges (out to 2,003 yards.).
This is not a bench rest shooting class. This is a field conditions class and we will rarely be shooting from a bench.

SniperCraft 1

Interested in learning the precision shooting and fieldcraft skills used by military snipers? This 3-day class combines the fundamental skills and techniques of our long-range marksmanship course with training and practice in the basics of camouflage, hide-building, stealth movement, and navigation, culminating in a live-fire exercise.

In our intense 3-day SniperCraft 1 course, students will be exposed to the skills and mentality of a military sniper/counter sniper.

You’ll learn shooting fundamentals, such as ballistics, wind calls, environmental factors, and range finding, plus sectors of fire, sniper engagement sequences, 2-man operations and unit ops, and other tactics and techniques straight from the frontlines of the war on terror. We will conduct training in camouflage considerations and ghillie suit construction, choosing an FFP (Final Firing Position) also known as a “snipers hide,” stalking techniques and movements, and much, much more.

Non-Gun Courses

Unarmed Self Defense

This is Defenders USA's acclaimed self defense class that teaches how defend oneself by using explosive violence in order to stun, distract, and break away from an attacker or attackers who want to cause harm, rape, or kill.

We'll also get into dealing with the defensive mindset, understanding the necessary use of violence in order to protect, and dealing with criminial(s) who want your possessions. We will also deal with how to defend against knife attacks and using a knife as a viable defensive tool. We will get into other self defense and home defense tips, and the how-to's that are practical and helpful in avoiding an attack in the first place.

Active Shooter / Killer Defense

Be prepared to think, to have your own ideas challenged, and learn a lot of fascinating things, all of which will help you to become far safer in your own daily life to either avoid such an incident or to better survive. This training will be fun, full of humor, yet extremely serious. It will challenge you and maybe even be shocking at times as we delve into the active shooter's mind, goals, and tactics, while building in pre-thought out actions and reactions if you or your loved ones are caught in such a tragic situation.

Specialty Courses

Defenders USA also offers courses in Church Security, Corporate Security, Instructor Training, and much more! Don’t see the training course you want to attend? Contact Us to discuss an individualized curriculum.