Firearms Training

         If you are serious about improving your firearms skills, I strongly suggest that you take one of the fine courses that John Farnam provides through his company, DTI  International. 

         Courses are offered in many localities around the United States.

          See the schedule below.

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As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. John Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor, but once he is satisfied that you are adequately cognizant of the perils indigenous to this world and the options available to deal with them, he will leave you to make the hard decisions for yourself.

With that in mind, let us confront some unpleasant realities:

It is difficult for non-criminals to conceive of the depths of depravity to which some of their fellow human beings have sunk and the wanton savagery of which they are apparently capable. However, we must all, in our own way, come to terms with the reality of evil and its animated presence in sociopathic personalities.

Our response can range from myopic pacifism to precipitous over-reaction. Neither extreme is desirable. A carefully planned, prepared and controlled stratagem, consistent with one’s own personal beliefs, is usually the best solution.

John S. Farnam, president of Defensive Training International, is one of the top handgun instructors in the world. He has personally trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, as well as non-police, in the serious use of firearms. In addition, he has authored four books on the subject — “The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning,” “The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting,” “The Street Smart Gun Book,” and “Guns & Warriors – DTI Quips Volume 1.” (For all book orders, contact Vicki at

In June of 1996, John was selected by his peers to receive the renowned “Tactical Advocate of the Year” award from the National Tactical Association. In April of 2009, he was inducted into Black Belt Magazine’s “Living Legends”.

Vicki L Farnam, teaching with her husband, John, has developed a powerful program for helping male instructors to be effective with female students. This controversial subject has brought Vicki into contact with many federal enforcement agencies as well as others on state and local levels. Her success has been phenomenal, and she is changing the thinking of the training industry worldwide. Her books, “Teaching Women to Shoot: A Law Enforcement Instructor’s Guide”, and “Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers”, are widely regarded as authoritative texts on the subject. (For all book orders, contact Vicki at

Each year John and Vicki travel around the world teaching the latest concepts in defensive marksmanship and tactics. Courses are available for a variety of defensive weapons, plus Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds.




11 Aug 17 Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds, Watertown, WI
12-13 Aug 17 Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack, Watertown, WI
18 Aug 17 Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds, Sturgis, MI
19-20 Aug 17  Defensive Handgun, Sturgis, MI
19-20 Aug 17  Women’s Defensive Handgun, Sturgis, MI


9-10 Sept 17  Women’s Defensive Handgun, Elk Mountain, WY
16-17 Sept 17  Women’s Defensive Handgun, Yakima, WA
16-17 Sept 17  Defensive Handgun, Yakima, WA
29-30 Sept 17  Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack, Salt Lake City, UT


5-6 Oct 17  Police Defensive Handgun, Pittstown, NJ
7-8 Oct 17  Urban Rifle, Sussex, NJ 

14-15 Oct 17 Urban Rifle, South Lake Tahoe, NV
14-15 Oct 17  Defensive Handgun, Nashua, NH
21-22 Oct 17  Defensive Handgun, Victoria, TX
21-22 Oct 17  Urban Rifle/Vehicle Defense, Victoria, TX
28 Oct 17  Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds, Columbia, SC

29 Oct 17  Advanced Defensive Handgun, Columbia, SC


4-5 Nov 17  Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack, Amissville, VA
4 Nov 17 One-day, Women’s Defensive Handgun, Tipp City, OH
5 Nov 17 One-day, Women’s Defensive Handgun, Tipp City, OH

11-12 Nov 17 Urban Rifle, Homestead, FL

16 Nov 17 Women’s Defensive Handgun, Logan, OH
17 Nov 17 Advanced Defensive Handgun, Logan, OH
18-19 Nov 17 DTI Instructor's Course, Logan, OH


2 Dec 17  Defensive Handgun, El Paso, TX



7-8 Apr 18 Defensive handgun, Columbia, MO


12-13 May 18 Urban Rifle, Covington, OH


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