Joseph (Defenders Series grad, May 2014)

May 20, 2014

Dear Adam:

The motivation for writing this letter comes from my deep appreciation and respect for the outstanding course experience that I had this past weekend under your direction and tutelage. On a scale of one to ten, it was an eleven.

I would guess, Adam, that I am not your typical student – while at the same time perhaps I am. At the age of nearly 69 I purchased my first firearm – no prior ownership of a handgun or a rifle – no hunting experience – no history of being around firearms very much at all in my life. Yes, I have gone to ranges to shoot guns owned by others and have had decent luck at carnivals, but nothing more. I actually never saw myself as a gun owner.

Having made the commitment to purchase a firearm for personal protection as well as that of my wife, I did so with great trepidation as I am savvy enough to know that being around something inherently dangerous without adequate knowledge of how to handle and use it is just not smart – in fact it is stupid. I had previously taken a “common” CCW course that is offered by many who are not really teachers. I became a firearm owner with a CCW card in my wallet – but no real knowledge or comfort level of how to handle or use my new gun. My sense of greatest safety came from knowing the gun was locked away from contact from everyone – including me.

It was my son who found you and Defenders USA. Together we invested nearly a dozen hours of classroom time and another ten or more hours on the range. Wow! What a huge return on that investment! I learned a great deal from you about a lot of basics and several topics that I never really thought about in the context of owning a gun – the morality of it all, necessary legal applications, the practical aspects of “life” as it happens – often without thought or warning and so much more. My notebook is full of necessary knowledge and provoked thinking that you stimulated in an environment ripe for learning and customized for retaining  – all set in a fun-filled and entertaining atmosphere.  You are good – in fact a very good teacher.

The training “on range” was incredible. I am no youngster – yet you had me shooting from positions and postures and at speeds that I would never have considered realistic or possible (not to say my body did not ache the following days). The entire class enjoyed a wonderful and fun time – all the while gaining the knowledge and confidence that each of us wanted and needed – knowledge which can only come from firing hundreds of rounds in situations that mirror real life. This was a blast (excuse the pun) and a forever memory!

Thank you, Adam. You have developed a course that I truly enjoyed. In a perfect world, this level of learning and experience should be a requirement for every gun owner or potential gun owner. Yes, I have a lot more to learn – but you created the atmosphere and motivation for me to want me to do so – hopefully with you and Defenders USA “calling the shots along the way” (I like puns). With many thanks and deep gratitude.


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