It was a year ago today that my wife with two of my children and I attended a three day pistol & rifle course held in Whitehall MT.
To say it was mind opening would be an understatement, I only attended this class because I wanted my wife and daughter to learn how to use a gun if a self defense situation came up.
We all know how hard it is to teach your own family on how to use something that they are already uncomfortable with we all know it can be very frustrating.
I on the other hand grew up with guns and was relatively familiar with handling a firearm. It’s not that I considered myself a know it all gun guy but I thought I could handle myself in a gun fight- Boy was I wrong!!!
Adam and his Buddy (lets just call him Mr. B) from Canada are AWESOME instructors. I was amazed at their skill, patience, teaching and talent to take a group of twenty gun newbies and get us to the point of drawing and hitting the target in one second. I’m not talking about a bunch of grunts going into the military or swat boys looking for more training what we had that day was your basic church group (your tweedily dee and tweedily dumbs of the world) Adam kept us moving, informed, entertained, excited, and most important they kept us safe.
If you are thinking of taking one of Adam’s classes we can’t encourage you in any other way than to say just do it. If you don’t think you will get your money’s worth think again and just do it, if you don’t think you have the time just quit stalling and do it, if you think you are not skilled enough to do his class that’s ok, because you can, and just do it!
I can’t thank Adam enough for giving my wife and children the training and skills they need to defend themselves when I am not around to take care of them, I am also thankful that he took this Montana boy and gave him a defenders mind set, I could not ask for a better teacher.
He will make you laugh and he will make you cry.
We will definitely have him back for more training.
“Just because some trainers are proficient with pistol and carbine does not mean that they are also proficient at teaching others how to use them. Adam is not one of those guys: his teaching skill is premium quality, and I cannot recommend him too highly. He was was able to stretch a large group of students to an astonishing level of proficiency that I did not think possible until I experienced it first hand. I look forward eagerly to taking more training from Defenders USA.”
“Excellent course! Adam is a gifted instructor with top notch expertise and great at delivering the information with the right balance of humor and seriousness. My daughter and I took the course and learned so much about the legal, physical and emotional aspects of self-defense with a handgun. As a hunter, I have shot rifels for years, but had no confidence or use with handguns. Great in-class info combined with shooting practice on the range in a variety of different ways to build overall handgun skills should I ever have to defend my own life or someone else’s. Just a top notch class that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you Adam and all the instructors! You guys rock!”
“Thanks for making the class fun, entertaining and informative!!”
“I enjoyed your instruction and your enthusiasm. I will recommend Defenders to my son and his wife.
Thank you for your service as well!”
“Let’s talk shooting for a minute. I spent this last weekend taking a couple of classes through Defenders USA. I don’t like shooting; let’s just get that out of the way right now. It’s not that I hate it, I simply don’t love it. I don’t like when I miss; it sends me into a practical panic when I mess up. (Never fear, that’s not the only thing that I don’t like to mess up: I’m a walking panic attack. 😉😆)
However, having made the decision to carry a firearm for my protection and the protection of others, it is MY responsibility to train with said firearm. It is MY responsibility to know how to shoot, when to shoot, and where every one of my rounds goes. Simply carrying a gun without training does not make me cool; it quite honestly makes me an absolute moron. If I don’t know what I’m doing, then why am I even carrying? I am more of a danger than a help at that point.
All this to say: I implore you all- if you’re going to make the decision to exercise your rights (and by all means, you should) you NEED to have good quality training. I believe it’s quite irresponsible to not. If I can do this, every single person out there can. I don’t want to do an all day class- it’s not my idea of fun. My idea of fun is sitting on my couch with a good book and being left alone. 🤷♀️ But guess what? Learning to be efficient with a handgun is responsible. It’s what we should all strive to be. If you also would love to get some good, high quality training, you absolutely need to go to Adam Winch with Defenders USA. He makes it easy to learn and he makes it fun and of course he and his family are just absolutely incredible people. I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend once I got out of MY head and found out that sometimes it’s okay to not be perfect; keep practicing and you will get there. Like I said, if I can do this, you absolutely can! Get your training!!!!”
We attended Adams Handgun Fundamentals course as well as the Handgun Speed & Precision clinic. Both Phenomenal Courses and Excellent Instruction! I always considered my knowledge of Firearm Safety and handling to be excellent but quickly learned that I had an enormous to amount to learn. This training has totally changed my viewpoint. I will no doubt be back for more. Thank you Adam Winch and Defenders USA. Your training is Top Notch!
(Of note: Gabriel is an Executive Protection professional, a highly-trained “gun” guy)
“Thanks again so much, Adam! I had a blast today and look forward to more training with you and trusting you with my wife as well. You are honestly the best instructor I’ve been able to train under. I appreciate all you’re doing and have done to get me in the class.”
“Adam, thank you for your careful and thorough training last Saturday. You are a very effective teacher. I learned a lot, mostly that I need a lot more practice. Your infinite patience is appreciated!”
“Hey all, first off, a big thank you to Adam Winch. My wife and two of her good friends from church took the CCW class and the Handgun Fundamentals class from you and Russell Anthon yesterday. My wife was super happy she did so, gained a lot of good knowledge and skill, and was overall impressed. Thanks for your professionalism.”
“Adam was amazing and very thorough! Highly recommend!”
“Experienced, professional training that cuts to the point. Sense of humor and yet delivers on the seriousness and responsibility of concealed carry as well as safe handling of firearms.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to take Adam’s Defender Series class! I feel that the course was a fun mix of challenge, heart and information. It is very obvious that he and his assistants truly care about each classmate. Adam also brings a wealth of energy and skill with him each day, making him an extraordinary teacher. I would highly recommend his classes to anyone who is even slightly interested in gaining useful tools! Taking the Defender’s Course has improved my abilities and mindset towards conceal carrying and I cannot wait to continue practicing with the precise tools that were given to me.”
“I just wanted to thank you for the amazing weekend! Truely life-changing for me. As soon as hunting seasons are over, you’ll be seeing my husband and I for another weekend.
“This was an awesome course I took put on by Adam over at Defenders USA. Don’t learn from your best friends monkeys uncle! Learn it right the first time!! Defenders is the top of the line in learning self defense with your handgun or AR 15. “
“My wife and I attended last night’s course on Concealed Carry permits. Great course. Learned a lot about the law around defensive use of handguns; the huge distinction between the home, the car and the public arena. Adam Winch is a gifted communicator with a huge heart. Without firing one shot, I could tell he was very formidable with all aspects of defense and firearms. So thankful he is one of the good guys who are on our side! Next step is the hands-on course to drill gun safety into my psyche and to practice the mechanics of holstering, unholstering, aiming and firing. Looking forward to it!”
[My wife] and I wanted to thank you again for a truly wonderful course. Tried to say it yesterday during the ‘after action’ but don’t think I was very effective. I’ve been through many training events both as a career Marine and an aviator. The quality of courses and instruction varied greatly, but when it was ‘spot on’ it was always because of the love the instructor had for the subject matter. And that was certainly true of yesterday’s course.
Your review of the laws and regulations (and in particular the responsibilities) of gun ownership and employment was fantastic. You tied every training and teaching point to a real life event and brought the class’ imagination to that very situation. You made it personal to each of us.
Once in the range for the ‘Handgun Fundamentals’ course, your love of what you do was again incredibly evident. You put us at ease with a very detailed safety discussion of the firearms as well as a safety plan of action in the event of an accident. No other firearms course I’ve gone through has included that, and it so clearly represented how well planned and orchestrated your course is. Your progressive pace throughout the day was great and effective for the novice and experienced shooter alike. Having been around a few shooters and numerous weapons ranges one thing was immediately evident to me… your skill set is truly amazing. Anyone that has been around firearms/ shooters/operators will notice right away they are sharing the range with a ‘Jedi’.
Thanks for doing what you do and more importantly HOW you are doing it. In short: ‘Don’t Change Nothin’”
LtCol USMC (Ret)
“this was by far the best concealed handgun class!!!
Adam is a fun, informative and engaging instructor. he makes certain you understand the laws you will be required to understand if your going to choose to arm yourself publicly!
his classes on shooting…I don’t care who you are…how experienced you are…you will glean important information that will make you a safer, more effective shooter.
if you have been thinking about taking this class…do it!!! you will walk away informed and effective.”
“There is no better avenue out there for top-notch firearms training than with Adam Winch at Defenders USA. I got a whole lot more out of this course than I originally expected and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the level of professionalism that was consistently presented throughout the weekend. If you are considering acquiring your CCW/CHP permit, please do not do so without adequate training to follow your classroom time. The Defenders series was the perfect solution to that. As an instructor of other life-saving/rescue courses, it was immediately apparent to me that Adam has a burning passion for what he teaches, and it ultimately translated to a high-quality and incredibly effective course. 10/10.”
“I took the Defenders Series course this past weekend. It was more than I expected. Adam is awesome at educating you in shooting as well as teaching the laws and legal situations. He will give you pointers and mix some humor into what he’s teaching. I learned more in this class than just the basics in gun safety. He is HIGHLY educated and and will teach you how to handle handguns the correct way, the laws and much more! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you are getting a concealed carry, TAKE THIS COURSE”
“Excellent training in handgun safety, ethics and legal concerns, and defensive tactics and maneuvers taught by a passionate and engaging instructor Adam Winch and another fellow. They are patient with beginners and give helpful constructive criticism while constantly guiding you to advancing your skills. I believe this instructor lived up to my expectations. He guides many newcomers into becoming a well controlled, accurate, and responsible gun owner. You’ll be given valuable advice on buying the right gun, which legal protection plan to buy, and deep consideration into the moral and legal aspects of owning and potentially using a gun in self defense. He also knows how to balance humor and the seriousness of what you’re dealing with. Very engaging instructor whom I hope to have an advanced tactical course with.”
“My wife and I took the CCW class on July 5th. The time flew by, great information and left with a lot to think about. If you are thinking about taking on the responsibility of concealed carry I would recommend taking this class.”
“Adam and the crew were awesome. I took this course this day Saturday and Sunday and would highly recommend taking this course. It puts a realistic approach to handling a hand gun in real life. Thank you for the weekend training…it was awesome.”
“Adam, Russel, Rob, and all the others who helped this weekend, I can’t thank you enough! I can honestly say I feel confident in my ability to handle a handgun in a defense-of-life situation, because of the Defender’s Series. Before the class, all I knew was point, aim, shoot. When seconds matter and lives are on the line, you don’t have time for that. My past has taught me that there is certainly evil in this world, and there are people who want to and will hurt you. I am more confident than ever in my ability to defend myself and others. I will continue to take classes from Defenders USA for as long as I can, and I will encourage everyone else to do the same.”
Spending Father’s Day weekend with my husband was the best gift for our future and most importantly our family. Taking this course has broaden our awareness of the world outside our home. Not only did we get to learn about the concealment but what to expect from the law and legal aspects. We took the additional 2 day defense course following of hands-on training and we feel absolutely confident to defend ourselves, loved ones and handle an unexpected scenario safely and effectively. Thank you guys so much! We absolutely recommend anyone who is new or experienced should take the 3 day course with Adam and his crew sooner than later (and I mean before it’s too late) to protect yourself and those who matter to you!
“Adam’s class was hands down the most informative I have ever attended! After attending his class you can return as many times as you need and i will certainly be back!
Even if you have taken other CHP courses, take his! I promise you will learn something new!”
“Took the Defenders Series course offered by Defenders-USA last weekend here in GJ. Taking this class gave us what we need to get a concealed carry permit …. But it does SO much more! It touches on what you can do under the law, what you should do, and then what to expect in the aftermath (God willing it never happens!). Three class sessions, and two long afternoons of defensive handgun training and advanced tactical training. I’ve always been a bit nervous with my gun, not now! I’ve never had a better overall idea of what it REALLY takes to defend yourself and/or a loved one, should the need arise. I cannot stress the professionalism of Adam Winch and his assistants Russell and Rob (and Ryan). The knowledge, background, information and training Adam and his crew have is unparalleled. This series is comprehensive, thought-provoking, mentally and physically taxing and AWESOME!!! If you’re even considering getting your CCP, you have to take this class! We took the CCP class about 12 years ago, it was vastly inferior to this class – if you had a previous class not taught by Adam, you need to take this class. Thank you Adam! www.defenders-usa.com if you want to sign up!”
“Adam Winch, Russel, and Rob are a wealth of knowledge and expert trainers. I still have a long way to go to be more accurate, but felt 100% more comfortable handling a gun than a month ago.
Bigger group (18 vs 8) = more stress, but even more realistic for defensive gun handling. Not once feeling unsafe during the course.
For those of you that took a concealed carry course (not with Defenders USA), you may want to rethink your training. There is so much more to this than just a piece of paper and a short course. Wouldn’t you be more confident knowing how to fight defensively with the gun you carry when it comes to the fight of your life or for the life of someone you love?
This all coming from the 41 yo girl who wouldn’t even hold a gun a month ago, too afraid to touch one.
“Back on the flats after a fantastic weekend in Grand Junction CO. Adam is an absolutely astounding teacher and is putting absolutely stellar training out there. If the defense of life with a handgun is your thing at all, especially if you’re in Colorado or Utah, you need to check out his company, Defenders USA, and get some training. It was worth the 12 hour drive from Kansas, would have been worth twice that.”
”I just finished the CCW/CHP class, and although I’ve taken it several times before through other trainers, I was shocked. I figured a quick refresher, get my wife through the course so we can both have CCWs. Wow was I wrong, Adam is entertaining, fun, and I learned a lot actually. Things the other courses never covered. We will definitely be taking the defenders handgun course soon. I recommend EVERYONE take this course, even if you already have your CCW. The knowledge gained is priceless!”
(also prior military, U.S. Army)
“Checked one of my biggest fears off today…still not comfortable, but at least over the fear of holding and firing a handgun.
Defenders USA with Adam Winch
I have been avoiding this course for about 5 years, ever since I met Adam. He has assured me time and time again that this course is designed for someone like me, beyond fearful of a handgun. His instruction and ability to make you feel comfortable are beyond superior. You seriously need to take this course if you haven’t! Thank you Adam!
Can’t wait for tomorrow, day 2!
…never would have thought I would say such words when in regard to a handgun…”
“Hands down best education on legal, carrying, and shooting we have received. My only regret is not starting classes with Adam sooner. What a great feeling to walk away from a class feeling more in control and aware of what a responsibility it is to carry. Its our obligation to get educated and receive proper training. Whether you are a beginner or veteran, everyone can learn something from Adam Winch and Defenders USA Absolutely will be back for continued and advanced training yearly.”
“Adam is the absolute BEST. Of all the classes I’ve taken he is far and beyond all of them.”
“Absolutely the best class I have ever had about self defense and safe and effective weapons training!!”
“I took this course with an open mind and it was astonishing at what I learned, I completely plan on taking this course again and extending my knowledge in what he has to share. The course was a great experience and I recommend it to anybody interested in C.C or just to get a better understanding of the lawful aspects of it. Thank you for what you do and your service!”
“Dear Adam, thank you for a great class today. I have taken this class 2 times previously. I never carried through on getting my permit. The confidence just wasn’t there. Today it is! It is not a joke or just a thing to have. It is a privilege and responsibility and your explanations and application of the law made it a reality. Thank you very much” – Holly B.
“I just finished the CCW/CHP course with Adam, and it was great! Adam did an amazing job, and he kept the course engaging and entertaining. I’ve taken a course before, and his course is by far the best!! Thank you! I would HIGHLY recommend this course if you’re interested in conceal carrying!!”
“After attending the “Defenders Series”, I would highly recommend the course to any CHP holder or anyone possessing a handgun for home defense. The course was highly informative and consisted of classroom and hands-on instruction. I found the instructors to be very informative and knowledgeable and led by the extremely capable Adam Winch.”
“I attended Precision Handgun for Church Security on 2/1/20. I have 26 years of State and Federal law enforcement. The class Adam and the team put on was energized and extremely informative. I came into the class thinking I know how to shoot but could learn some things. Well I learned a TON of things! I drank the kool-aid and it was refreshing. A simple thing about moving fingers slightly strengthens your grip, mind blowing. The class had young and old, male and female. We all learned things and we all became much better. Prior to the class Adam came to our church to explain what he can bring to the table to assist our church, it was informative and presented so all could understand. Adam has done his homework and knowledge base is exceptional. Defenders USA has a solid product with talented instructors. Thank you Thank you Defenders USA. I’ll be back for more classes. Glen”
“Adam is a fantastic instructor. Very knowledgeable about firearms, safety, and proper handling. He’s also caring and wants to make sure that you understand the why’s, when’s and what’s. Once a student, always a student. Adam is available for help even after the class is over. Don’t just think about taking a class, do it!”
“Adams class is fun, engaging, exciting and full of information. Had a great time and can’t wait for future classes!”