Category Archives: CrimePrevention

Website update


We’ve updated our website to make it easier to navigate and to find materials for both students and instructors.

  • The biggest update is you will be able to see our blog posts on the front page now and we’re committed to blogging more about self defense and training.
  • Our class schedule is now under the events tab.  The only events you will see on the web page are the a couple of upcoming events.
  • We’ll also be able to be more timely in our articles about current events.  The best way to understand how training applies is to take real life events and break down the good, the bad, and the ugly so we can learn.
  • Past readers will note that from time to time we would put offers in emails going out to people.  Then people would delete the email and wouldn’t be able to find the offers.  We fixed that by placing the ads on our website where it’s easy to find.  These are vendors that we have purchased from ourselves and endorse their products.
  • The schedule is now available to download and print.  It’s broken up into student classes and instructor classes.  Plus you can download a flyer if that’s easier for you to use or pass around.
  • We are also offering a free home security checklist for new visitors to our website.  It’s something that everyone can use in making sure their home is secure as possible.

Feel free to let us know what you think by emailing us at Info@AmericanDefenseTraining.us

 

Why start the year off with the right training

I’ve always heard that skills are a perishable and that applies to firearms just as much as it does to a runner.

If you’ve ever known a runner who is serious about competing in races you know that they track their time when they practice and when they race.  Comparing all the numbers to see if they are getting better, holding, or are slower than the last time.  If they miss a day or a week due to illness or something else that takes them off the road it impacts their numbers

The same is true for a shooter.  You attend training and you are walked through a new skill by the instructor and then you gradually increase your competence until you feel great about it.  Something like drawing from a holster where you need to sweep your coat away, get the proper grip on the firearm and then draw confidently to address the threat.  You leave that training feeling that it was a great use of time.

Then time passes, a week, a month, a year and you need to draw your firearm quickly.

Any idea how well you’ll do?

Probably not as well as you did in the training class unless you’ve continued to practice that skill frequently.

Here are our suggestion

  • Visual what you would do when you are at different places.  At dinner, at the store, or just sitting around your house.  It’s highly likely that these are the places you will need to use your skills at.  Visually will exercise your mind in what you will do.  Seeking cover, finding an exit, and imagining drawing from your holster.
  • Each time you remove your pistol from your holster use it as a practice session to draw properly.  Sweep any garment out of the way, get the proper grip on the firearm, and draw properly (remember to do this in safe direction and not in the direction of anything you are not willing to destroy)
  • Commit to attend as much training in the new year as you can afford and get time off.  This could be a single class or 40hrs worth of training.  Remember during a violent assault you are not going to be wishing you took LESS training.

If you time allow check out our training schedule and hopefully we’ll see you in 2018 in one of our classes.

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Crime Prevention in cold weather


Today I woke up and saw it was -6 degrees on the thermometer in our part of the world.  The news is telling everyone going outside to bundle up to stay warm.  Many of us will go out today and will want to have a warm car to get in to.

It’s tempting to run out, start the car and then finish breakfast or finishing getting everything together before going to the store.  It’s only 10 or 15 minutes and the car will be warm and any frost will be gone from your window.

The problem is a criminal knows this and knows they can drive off with your car and you won’t know for 5 or 10 minutes.

I see it all the time at the gas pumps or convenience store where someone is going to run in for a quick minute and leave their car running.  Remember it takes just a minute to jump in a running car and drive off.

News article of a stolen car while being warmed up

Our suggestion is not to give the criminals the keys to your car by warming it while you go inside.  Otherwise you could ruin your day.

Safety note: Never leave a car warming up inside a garage as it can cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide.

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2018 Training Calendar is posted

For those that have been waiting on the 2018 to post you don’t have to wait any longer.

We’ve included the standard CCW classes but we have also expanded on our advance classes and hope you will find them interesting.

  • Emergency First Aid
  • Counter Mass Shooter Threats
  • Defensive Shotgun/Rifle
  • I.C.E. Training classes
  • Guardian Essential course

You can find the courses in our calendar or can download the flyers below

2018 Instructor Flyer

2018 Student Flyer

Let us know if you have any questions.