Private Defensive Gun Training | Los Angeles

Mechanics, Markmanship, and Mindset

Teaching the Art, Science, and Laws of Armed Defense

Education & Training in Armed Self-Defense

“The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory.”

-Jeff Cooper


Personal Gun Training By Appointment Only

Training Services

“Remember though, your best weapon is between your ears and under your scalp, provided it’s loaded.”

 -Robert Heinlein


Personal Training

I am a Personal Firearms Trainer with over 31 years of combined experience in teaching civilian, military, and law enforcement personnel in the firearms training disciplines.  You will get patient, one-on-one, professional instruction in the art and science of armed self-defense using modern small arms that are effective in dealing with a Violent Criminal Actor (VCA).  I have successfully taught novice students as well as SWAT officers how to protect themselves with firearms.

Partner and Small Group Training

Train with your partner, small group, or family to have fun and build a critical trust relationship at the same time.  Save money, too.  Additional training partners come in at a steeply discounted price that lowers the overall cost of this type of training event. 

Corporate Events to include team building are available.

Law Enforcement / Military Training

Training is available for annual and/or periodic re-qualification, pre-academy familiarization, in-service traiining, remedial firearms training, pre-deployment personal armed qualification, and plain clothes carry.


California Department of Justice, Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC) Certified Instructor
Authorized CCW Trainer, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department
28 year veteran law enforcement firearms trainer
NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor-Multiple Firearms Platforms
Certified Use of Force Analyst-Force Science™ Research Center
United States Marine Corps Rangemaster


While I am proud to point to my Marine Corps and Law Enforcement backgrounds as lifetime credentials, the stereotypes that are part and parcel to those professions are NOT the primary part of my regular teaching persona.  I use proven adult learning methods with all clients.  New gun owners/new shooters receive a tailored instructional style particular to the individual with patience and a building block model.  This enhances and accelerates the learning experience.


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