DEFENSIVE HANDGUN

The DTI Defensive Handgun Course is designed to prepare the responsible, adult gun owner to handle, maintain, safely store, and use their firearm safely, responsibly, correctly, and effectively, so that they are able to successfully handle nearly any personal protection situation.

An increasing number of people are seeking to improve their defensive shooting skills and expand their knowledge about the use of firearms for personal protection.

Here in the United States, many states are currently expanding access to concealed carry permits. DTI classes offer permit holders and those who are considering applying for a permit an opportunity to learn how to properly and safely carry a concealed handgun and to understand the laws regarding the use of lethal force for personal protection.

The course will consist of classroom lecture/demonstration and live-fire exercises on the range.

Classroom instruction includes:

  • Situation Awareness
  • Threat Evaluation
  • The Force Continuum
  • Courtroom Savvy
  • The Physio/Psychological Aspects of Lethal Encounters

Live-fire exercises on the range include:

  • Threat evaluation
  • Risk identification and reduction
  • Lethal threat containment and management
  • Precision shooting
  • Discretionary shooting
  • Low-light shooting (with and without a flashlight)
  • Cover and movement
  • Performing under stress

Tactical training is conducted in a realistic manner, stressing correct use of cover, movement, challenges, and other important individual tactics. In addition, students will practice close and extremely close encounters and weapon control.
This two day course is usually offered on a weekend with a low light shooting session at the end of the first day.

Please consult the Schedule for a location and time which would be best for you.

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS


ADVANCED DEFENSIVE HANDGUN

Designed for DTI Defensive Handgun course alumni, this course emphasizes control of the tactical situation. Special circumstances and extensive movement drills are used to challenge the student.

Our Advanced Defensive Handgun Course is intended for graduates of our Basic/Intermediate Defensive Handgun course. Because basics are only covered by a review, beginning students will find themselves in the uncomfortable position of being expected to know things that they do not. To avoid this situation, which is unpleasant for everyone, students which have graduated from other Basic Handgun Programs are encouraged to contact DTI directly to determine if all the prerequisities for this course have been covered.

Subject covered in the Advanced Handgun class include:

  • Review of correct gun-handling, etiquette and range safety
  • Review of legal and moral aspects of defensive shooting
  • Review of handgun ammunition types and capabilities
  • Basic/revue range exercises, administrative and tactical
  • Interview/confrontational stance
  • Draw/presentation
  • Grip
  • Stance
  • Trigger manipulation
  • Speed reload
  • Military reload
  • Stoppage reduction
  • Covering suspects at gunpoint
  • Verbal challenge/judo
  • Reholstering
  • Unfamiliar handguns/systems
  • Options for carrying concealed handguns
  • Close range shooting, shooting from the ground
  • Cover and movement, retreat techniques
  • Team Tactics exercises
  • Moving with a gun in hand
  • Back-up guns
  • Advanced low-light drills, with flashlight, cover, and movement

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS


ADVANCED DEFENSIVE HANDGUN (1-DAY)

Designed for DTI Defensive Handgun and Advanced Defensive Handgun course alumni, this course covers retention and disarms, close-range shooting, and other topics that are not covered in most other DTI courses.

This one-day Course starts with a brief review of the DTI Range and Safety Procedures.

The bulk of the Course will cover Retention and Disarms, Close-Range Shooting, and other topics that are not covered in most other DTI Courses.

Registration is limited to DTI graduates or those who have completed comparable handgun training. If you are not a DTI graduate, please contact us and tell us about your previous training.

Required number of rounds of pistol ammunition is 400.  Students will need at least two  magazines or speed loaders, eye (safety glasses) and hearing protection, a sturdy belt, a high-quality, concealable belt holster, magazine/speed loader carriers, a baseball cap, and rain gear.

We can work with all serious pistol calibers. Permitted are 38Spl, 357Mg, 380Auto, 9mm, 9X23, 357Sig, 40S&W, 45GAP, 45ACP. Not permitted are 22 rimfire, 25Auto, 32Auto, and 5.7X28.

DETAILS

DURATION:
1 DAY


DYNAMIC HANDGUN

Dynamic Handgun is a one-day live-fire Defensive Handgun Course, consisting of defensive scenarios.

It is intended for experienced Operators.

400 rounds required. Back-up pistol recommended.

DETAILS

DURATION:
1 DAY


DEFENSIVE URBAN RIFLE

This course is designed to prepare the defensive rifleman for the safe handling and use of this specialized weapon.

It has been said that by reducing necessities, we can afford luxuries; such is not the case in shooting. For only by learning the necessities–the fundamentals–can you afford the luxury of excellence. Almost anyone can “fire” a rifle and almost everyone who is capable of pointing their finger at an object can learn to shoot. However it takes determination, reliable equipment and most importantly instruction from a qualified teacher to become a competent rifle shooter.

The emphasis of this course is on defensive rifle handling and shooting skills. Most of this class is on short to medium ranges, rapid target-acquisition, improvised shooting positions, “snapshooting” and more deliberate fire. Defensive situations are always emergencies, so we must also put considerable emphasis on speed. The rifle must be mounted quickly, fired quickly (but accurately!) and the shooter must always automatically prepare to fire again quickly. We will not ignore shooting in excess of one hundred meters completely, but we will concentrate on the shorter ranges. There will be single and multiple targets and students will have an opportunity to practice rational decision making.

Military autoloaders are strongly recommended as most of the class is spent firing at multiple targets. Lever actions are marginally adequate as students with lever actions are often frustrated by the frequency they must reload. However we will not accept bolt guns, rimfire rifles, or slug-shooting shotguns. Slings are mandatory, as we will be running a hot range. High-magnification, high profile, close eye-relief scopes are not recommended. We do recommend military peep, iron sights or low-power, forward mounted scopes. The best rifle is a military autoloader, but as we indicated, some hunting rifles will do. Also plan to bring knee pads and binoculars. Students are advised that their rifles will see some strenuous, rugged use and may get scratched up a bit. Pretty guns are best left at home. You will need 400 rounds of rifle ammunition.

Please consult the Schedule for a location and time which would be best for you.

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS


DEFENSIVE SHOTGUN

This course is designed to prepare the defensive shotgunner for the safe handling and use of this specialized weapon.

Shotguns not only provide an excellent means of self-defense, they are also used for hunting and recreation. Defense Training International focuses on the basic principles of shotgun shooting for defense use but these same skills equally apply to other sporting uses.

You will learn how to safely load and unload a shotgun and how to safely store it for defense use in the home. Our goal is to teach you how to quickly acquire a target and allow you to respond appropriately. In addition, you will learn how to reduce stoppages.

DTI recommends using a twelve gauge but twenty is also acceptable. Nearly any quality shotgun will do, but we would like you to have a good deal of experience handling a suitable defensive shotgun. John recommends the Remington 870 pump and 1187 autoloader, the Beretta 1201 autoloader and the Benelli Super 90 autoloader, and the Mossburg 590 pump, all in the law enforcement version. Barrel length should not exceed twenty inches. We do not recommend the Winchester pump or autoloader or the Ithaca pump or autoloader. Your shotgun should have a stock, either fixed or folding. Shotguns must have slings, as we will be running a hot range.

You will need 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition. We recommend 00 buckshot in the standard, nine-pellet loading. Federal, Remington, Winchester and other reputable manufacturers produce this load in great abundance, as it is the standard used by most law enforcement departments. Other sizes of buckshot are acceptable, but 00 renders the best performance. We do not recommend any of the magnum shotshell loading, 2 3/4″ or 3″. The magnum loadings are very uncomfortable to shoot and offer little benefit in return. We do not recommend birdshot and other reduced-recoil loadings. You need to practice shooting the real thing!

If you do not have a shotgun and will not be able to acquire or borrow one for the class, let us know.
This is typically a 1-day course, but can be set up as 2-days.

Please consult the Schedule for a location and time which would be best for you.

DETAILS

DURATION:
1 or 2 DAYS


TACTICAL TREATMENT OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS (LIVE)

Our course is primarily for firearm instructors, home owners/defenders and police officers any of whom may suddenly find themselves in the position of providing initial care and stabilization of a gunshot wound victim.

Our course is based upon Tactical Medicine principles, but while TacMed is designed for military/police tactical entry team members with specialized medical training, our course is for non-medical personnel who may become involved as primary responders to treat and stabilize victims of gunshot wounds. Originally designed primarily for firearm instructors, home owners/defenders and street police officers, we have also given this course to Federal and Local Law Enforcement Emergency Response Teams and as a Train-the-Trainer program for elements of the United States Marine Corps.

This is a NON-shooting course combined with what you need to do immediately afterward to increase the survivability of gunshot wound victims, including yourself. Important topics include the Effects of Bullets on Human Tissue, Where to Shoot and How to Place Bullets with Surgical Precision. Following Threat Elimination, we teach How to Identify the three, major, life-threatening Injuries and How to Control Hemorrhage which is the major cause of preventable death from gunshot wounds. Accessing Emergency Medical Services and Maintaining an Emergency GSW Response Kit is also covered.

We think Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds is an important skill that should be part of every shooter’s armament.

Course curriculum is developed by Doc Gunn aka Anthony M. Barrera, M.D., and instructed by John S. Farnam.

DETAILS

DURATION:
1 DAY


ARMED RESPONSE TO A TERRORIST ATTACK

This course is designed to prepare armed citizens against the threat of terrorist violence and other active-shooter events.

Current events indicate a steady increase in terror-related attacks against westerners. Violent extremists and other savages are actively targeting LEOs, Military servicemen and women–as well as their families–to be butchered in public. In addition to LE/MIL individuals and families, we see a rise in these types of attacks on virtually any target of opportunity. Even members of their own culture/faith/ideology are martyred for their depraved cause! This trend will likely continue for the foreseeable future.

For that reason, we have seen the need to develop this specialized firearms course with a focus on armed response to these unique dangers in our modern world. Classroom instruction will cover practical options and tactics intended to give individual operators the life-saving mindset and skill sets for prevailing against such attacks.

Live-fire drills will simulate attacks in:

  • Movie theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping malls
  • other active-shooter scenarios

This is a combined rifle and pistol course, with heavy emphasis on pistol.Our ARTA Program (Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack) is intended for Operators who have had previous training in the serious use of pistols and rifles.  It is not suitable for beginning students of our Art.In ARTA, we do scenarios, where, for example, the student starts with his pistol, then goes and retrieves his rifle, gets it running, then finishes the drill.  We do a lot of exercises where threats are mixed-in with non-threats.  Long-distance pistols shooting!Students need to bring at least one pistol and a rifle, spare magazines for each (at least one) along with normal safety equipment and concealment gear.  Rifles must have slings suitable for all-day carry.Pistol: 300 rnds.  Rifle 400 rnds

Please consult the Schedule for a location and time which would be best for you.

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS


FUNDAMENTALS OF DEFENSIVE SHOOTING FOR WOMEN (1-DAY)

Designed specifically for women who want to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully handle nearly any personal protection situation.

One-day Fundamentals of Defensive Shooting for Women:

Our female students are often most comfortable in a class with other women, taught by a woman.

This compact Defensive Handgun Course is designed specifically for women who want to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to safely keep, carry, and handle guns, and effectively manage any personal protection situation. Our goal is to provide competent information, instruction, and drills that allow students to perform to the best of their ability.

Students will need to bring a suitable defensive pistol, holster, and 100 rounds of handgun ammunition. Most revolvers and autoloading pistols of reputable manufacture are acceptable.

Necessary safety equipment includes hearing and eye protection, and a baseball cap. Shatterproof prescription eyeglasses, shooting glasses, or safety glasses will suffice for eye protection. Hearing protection may take the form of ear plugs, covers, or both.

Long-sleeve shirts and long pants are recommended.

Subjects include:

• Firearms safety
• Safe gun handling
• Safe and appropriate gun storage
• Safe and appropriate concealed carrying of defensive pistols
• Clothing and lifestyle adaptations
• Handgun operation
• Drawing the pistol from a holster, purse, or fanny-pack
• Carrying defensive handguns concealed
• Danger avoidance
• Practical defensive marksmanship

Required number of rounds of pistol ammunition is 250. Students will need at least two magazines or speed loaders, eye (safety glasses) and hearing protection, a sturdy belt, a high-quality, concealable belt holster, magazine/speed loader carriers, a baseball cap, and rain gear.

We can work with all serious pistol calibers. Permitted are 38Spl, 357Mg, 380Auto, 9mm, 9X23, 357Sig, 40S&W, 45GAP, 45ACP. Not permitted are 22 rimfire, 25Auto, 32Auto, and 5.7X28.

Tuition: $400.00

Instructors is Vicki L Farnam. Please consult the Schedule for a location and time which would be best for you.

DETAILS

DURATION:
1 DAY


FUNDAMENTALS OF DEFENSIVE SHOOTING FOR WOMEN (2-DAYS)

Designed specifically for women who want to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully handle nearly any personal protection situation.

Our female students are often most comfortable in a class limited to women students, and taught by a woman.

This specialized Defensive Handgun Course is designed specifically for women who want to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to safely keep, carry, and handle guns, and effectively manage any personal protection situation. Our goal is to provide competent information, instruction, and drills that allow students to perform to the best of their ability.

Students will need to bring a suitable defensive pistol or revolver, holster, and 150 rounds of handgun ammunition. Most revolvers and autoloading pistols of reputable manufacture are acceptable. All our work will be from concealment.

Subjects covered include:

  • Safe gun handling, storage, carrying
  • Specifics of concealed carry
  • Clothing and lifestyle adaptations
  • Handgun operation
  • Safely drawing the pistol from a holster, purse, or fanny-pack
  • Routinely carrying defensive handguns concealed
  • Mental alertness
  • Situation awareness
  • Danger avoidance
  • Aggressive disengagement
  • Performing under stress
  • Practical defensive marksmanship
  • Interfacing with the criminal/justice system
  • Maintaining mental health in the wake of a lethal-force incident

Classroom subjects include the latest information on the physio/psychological aspects of lethal encounters, weapon/caliber selection criterion and force continuum.

The primary instructor for this class is Vicki Farnam.  Please consult the Schedule for a location and time which would be best for you.

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS

*Elk Mountain, WY:
Tuition for this course is $1250 and includes meals and lodging. You must register with the lodge.


TEACHING WOMEN, FOR WOMEN

Building Your Competence and Confidence for Teaching Firearms

  • Strengthen and enhance your own handgun skills
  • Build precise communication skills for teaching women and facilitating their learning process in firearms
  • Understand what issues affect learning and why
  • Expand you knowledge of handgun operating systems and other equipment and how equipment affects learning
  • Learn to teach and apply these fundamental skills and knowledge to personal protection and defense

We can work with all serious pistol calibers. Permitted are 38Spl, 357Mg, 380Auto, 9mm, 9X23, 357Sig, 40S&W, 45GAP, 45ACP. Not permitted are 22 rimfire, 25Auto, 32Auto, and 5.7X28.

Tuition: $500.00

Instructors is Vicki L Farnam. Please consult the Schedule for a location and time which would be best for you.

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS


VEHICLE DEFENSE

Lecture & Training outline:

  • Principles of shooting from inside vehicles
  • Principles of shooting at threats inside vehicles (moving and stationary)
    • Shooting at cars: metal, glass, tires, motor, gas tank
  • Using cars as cover
  • Car penetration by various bullets and types of firearms; metal, glass, tires, motor, gas tank
  • Using the car itself as a missile against criminal pedestrians and other cars
  • Protecting passengers
  • Hardening vehicles, formal and improvised
  • Defeating vehicular pursuits; slow and fast
  • Defeating attack by armed pedestrians
  • Ramming (also mentioned above)
  • Defeating stationary attack

In our Vehicle Defense Course, we use an “expendable” vehicle that is usually not even running. Live fire exercises do NOT involve moving vehicles. You will not be asked to use your personal vehicle for any portion of the training.

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS


UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

This DTI Course of instruction is a live-fire and scenario-based program (pistol) centered around close-range defensive tactics.

Students are exposed to a series of drills, both scenario-based and live-fire designed to generate a winning outcome during close, personal attacks.

The DTI Course is not intended for beginners.

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS


DTI INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM

This is a two-day Program, designed to train competent Operators to be effective defensive handgun instructors.

Subjects include instructional technique, managing a Class, identifying instructional issues and individual problems, coaching students, fielding questions, safety issues, running a class and adhering to the scenario.

Students will perform a number of shooting drills and be lectured/coached by other students. Students will be called upon to prepare an immediate lesson plan and deliver a number of off-the-cuff lectures.

Students will become familiar with DTI live-fire drills and range procedures.

In order to qualify for this Course, students need to have successfully completed previous professional training from us or other competent sources.

Required number of rounds of pistol ammunition is 500. Students will need at least two magazines or speed loaders, eye (safety glasses) and hearing protection, a sturdy belt, a high-quality, concealable belt holster, magazine/speed loader carriers, a baseball cap, and rain gear.

We can work with all serious pistol calibers. Permitted are 38Spl, 357Mg, 380Auto, 9mm, 9X23, 357Sig, 40S&W, 45GAP, 45ACP. Not permitted are 22 rimfire, 25Auto, 32Auto, and 5.7X28.

All our holster work is from concealment.

Instructed by John Farnam.

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS


INSTRUCTIONAL CHALLENGES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINERS:
Emphasis on Instructing the Female Officer

This class is designed to provide assistance for instructors who deal with shooters who continually fail to qualify or qualify marginally. It provides instruction for identifying a shooter’s problem and techniques for solving the problem.

The class also provides insights into teaching female shooters in particular as they often fall into the category of struggling shooters.

This class is presented by Vicki Farnam and Diane Nicholl who both have extensive instructing and shooting experience.

Topics include:

  • Identifying and analyzing shooting problems
  • Understanding the relationship between size/strength/handgun operating systems/calibers
  • Dealing with the emotions of the struggling student
  • Using the building block principle of learning
  • The difference between how women and men learn
  • The difference between how women and men learn
  • Motivating students to learn
  • Teaching students how to think
  • Emphasizing safe gunhandling

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS




MILITARY DEFENSIVE HANDGUN

Training outline for two-day, 21-hour, on-site training program

0800-2000 first day
0800-1700 second day

  • Safe gun handling and range safety
  • Military shooting and the issue of deadly force. Self defense/ROIs
  • Gun handling and storage
  • Carrying guns on the person and in the vehicle
  • Preventable Gun Accidents
  • Handgun systems and their applicability to serious shooting
  • Ammunition and ballistics
  • Administrative handling procedures for autoloading handguns
  • Lethal threat and reaction time demonstration
  • Brandishing
  • Static dry-fire, individual coaching
  • Unloading
  • Loading
  • Chamber check
  • User-level maintenance
  • Reholstering
  • Interview stance
  • Draw
  • Grip
  • Stance
  • Trigger manipulation
  • Sights
  • Multiple shots
  • Reloading
  • Stoppage reduction
  • Live-fire precision shooting/timed/draw and fire exercise
  • Retention and Disarms
  • Individual cover and movement exercise
  • Low-light shooting
  • Testing

DETAILS

DURATION:
2 DAYS