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

Personal Firearms Training Services

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

 -Robert Heinlein

Personal Training

Get patient, one-on-one, professional instruction and mentorship in the art, science and laws of armed self-defense using modern small arms that are effective in dealing with a Violent Criminal Actor (VCA) from a Personal Firearms Trainer with over 31 years of combined experience in teaching civilian, military, and law enforcement personnel in the firearms training disciplines.  Your training goals become the lesson plan.  Each lesson is tailored to your skill level and desired outcome.


Private, mentorship training will always accelerate your learning curve.  A training plan that is focused upon your needs and living environment will empower you even further.

Couples, Women Only, 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. 


Using client feedback and final approval, a training plan that is appropriate to all family members may be developed.  This may be as simple as an in-home safety presentation that educates on safe firearms handling or may be as involved as the client desires.  Please see the Integrated Personal Defense Training Plan for further details.


All training packages and presentations may be given to your women only group to provide a low-stress, teaching environment that will empower and introduce you to the principles and skills of armed defense.  Introductory instruction that does NOT involve any live-fire, but does remove the “mysteries” of how guns work and the principles of personal defense, may be conducted at your suitable venue.  Contact DFI to discuss your requirements and to develop a tailored lesson plan for your group.

Law Enforcement / Military Training

Do you feel that the firearms “training” that your agency/department provides to you should be better but, “they’ve always done it this way”?  Would you like to actually obtain relevant, real-world, firearms skills that will allow you to prevail in an Officer Involved Shooting?  If you answered “Yes” to either question, then contact DFI to improve your defensive firearms skillset.

Invest in yourself; no one else is going to be as interested in your success as you are.  Learn life-saving skills from a veteran NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer.

  • Annual and/or periodic re-qualification
  • Remedial firearms training
  • Plain clothes carry
  • Unconventional/emergency shooting

Are you headed for the police academy with little or no formal firearms training?  Learning firearms skills under the intense stress of any police academy can be daunting. Get ahead of the rest of the class and learn your firearms basics in a calm environment with a police mentor.  Pre-academy familiarization for handgun and patrol shotgun is available.


California Department of Justice, Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC) Certified Instructor
Chief Range Safety Officer, National Rifle Association
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 focus of my regular teaching persona.  I use a mentoring style of instruction that is particular to the individual, is age/experience appropriate, and directly addresses the client’s goals.  The overall emphasis is upon learning the principles of safe firearms handling in any environment, not just a formal firing range.  This enhances, accelerates, and solidifies the learning experience and is the most beneficial method for retaining life-saving skills.


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