Welcome to the SAF Training Division
The firearms training community has lacked a nationwide training program specifically directed at training the new and inexperienced shooter in the defensive use of the most common platforms of firearms – handguns, shotguns and carbines. Over the past year the SAF Training Division (SAFTD) has embarked on the development of just such a training program.
Beginning in early 2014 experienced trainers from throughout the country were recruited to act as the core of SAFTD and to begin the development of a number of foundational courses. The initial offerings include MOI – Methods of Instruction, Defensive Handgun 1, Defensive Handgun 2, Defensive Shotgun 1, Defensive Shotgun 2, Defensive Carbine 1 and Defensive Carbine 2 in addition to instructor level course work to train a national cadre of firearms instructors to offer SAFTD courses throughout the nation.
All of the courses offered are presented with the defensive use of the individual firearm in mind. While familiar foundational material is presented, additional defensive topics and activities are included such as firearm selection, holsters, use of force, discussions about legal issues, use of cover and concealment, the defensive stance, methods of aiming your defensive firearm, how your body will react to a defensive situation and a broad range of incremental live fire drills to build the student’s shooting skill level.
These courses will be the introductory set rolled out through the Spring and early Summer of 2015. The national introduction of the SAFTD courses will be held at the Shot Show in Las Vegas in late January. Initial instructors will be trained beginning in The spring of 2015 with student level coursework to begin in late March.
SAFTD Introduces the Credit Transfer Program & a 3 Day Instructor Course.
Transfer credit, credit transfer, or advanced standing are the terms used by colleges and universities for the procedure of granting credit to a student for educational experiences or courses undertaken at another institution. "Advanced standing" is also used to describe the status of a student granted credit, as distinct from normal course entrants who commence the stream of study at the beginning. When a student transfers, he or she usually provides his or her academic transcript(s) which lists the course taken, grade and other attributes from each institution they attended when applying for enrollment. Each transcript and the listed courses are tentatively evaluated to see if any of the courses taken satisfy the requirements of the receiving institution. Currently certified and insured firearms instructors with at least 2 years of verifiable defensive firearms teaching experience may apply for transfer of credit. <read more>
Become a SAF Training Division Member/ Supporter
There are many benefits to becoming an SAF Training Division Supporter and we've listed just a few below. By supporting the SAF Training Division you are helping to get our training programs to the public all over the country and rural America. Your membership helps the SAF Training Division expand into new communities. Our Supporters recognize that promoting safe and effective skill development for the civilian is critical to the reputation of all in the industry. For more information click here!
By sponsoring the SAF Training Division, you are making an investment in the future of the training and education of the responsibly armed citizen. By supporting the SAF Training Division you are helping to get our training programs to the public all over the country and rural America. Your donations help the SAF Training Division expand into new communities. The SAF Training Division Board and Staff are highly trained professionals with a plethora of expertise.
Our sponsors recognize that promoting safe and effective skill development for the civilian is critical to the reputation of all in the industry. We have some very beneficial and high exposure programs for our sponsors that will put you front and center to millions of instructors and students all over the country. What better way to show your dedication and support to the shooting sports than by sponsoring the SAF Training Division. For more information click here!
SAF Training Division Instructor Development
Interested in joining the SAF Training Division as an Instructor? The SAFTD Instructor level courses are designed to teach the experienced shooter/instructor, how to present the SAFTD courses to the general public using the SAFTD MOI as a basis for instructional methods and techniques. This course also encompasses the proper running of the range portions of the class and the best practices for achieving the maximum amount of learning from the students.
The SAFTD Instructor level courses are designed to teach the instructor candidates how to teach the student level course and are not designed to increase skills of the candidates, all instructor candidates must already posses the skills necessary in the discipline they are taking. For more information click here!
SAFTD Women's Program
Women are currently the fastest growing sector of the firearms industry. The SAF Training Division fully recognizes and supports the ladies in their training for personal safety & security. That’s why we created the SAF Training Division Women's Program, A program developed by women for women and addresses the specials needs of women, their firearms, security and special concerns with carrying a firearm. Click here for more information.