SAF Training Division Courses

F.A.S.T. Handgun

handgun2The goal of the SAF Training Division's “F.A.S.T Handgun” course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of handgun "Fundamentals and Safety Training" on your specific handgun, a basic understanding of ammunition and how it functions as well as shooting fundamentals.

A person new to the use of a firearm for personal defense typically has a broad range of questions and is faced with learning a number of skills that are critical in the safe use of a firearm – in this case a handgun. F.A.S.T Handgun is specifically designed to provide a person new to handguns the opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn the basics of operation, cleaning and maintenance, safety and much more in a convenient 4 hour course. “F.A.S.T Handgun” is also meant as an introductory course for students new to handguns prior to taking SAFTD Defensive Handgun 1.

fast2A number of topics will be covered in “F.A.S.T Handgun”. These include but are not limited to:

  •     Safe handling of your firearm.
  •     Gun Safety Rules
  •     Safe Storage of your firearm and ammunition.
  •     Basic components of a your Handgun
  •     Operation of your Handgun
  •     Shooting Fundamentals
  •     Clearing Common Stoppages
  •     Selecting a Handgun and Ammunition
  •     Cleaning and Maintain your Handgun

Required Equipment

  •     A modern, serviceable, handgun
  •     Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  •     50 Rounds of Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo.
  •     Comfortable clothing
  •     Hydration system or Bottled water.
  •     Shoes – comfortable with sufficient support to permit a full range of motion. No sandals or flip-flops.
  •     Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  •     Baseball Cap


Defensive Handgun 1 - Introduction to the Defensive Use of a Handgun

The goal of the SAF Training Division's “Defensive Handgun 1” course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of handgun safety, various types of handguns, an understanding of ammunition and how it functions, shooting fundamentals and an introduction to defensive shooting skills.

handgun6A person new to the use of a firearm for personal defense typically has a broad range of questions and is faced with learning a number of skills that are critical in the use of a firearm – in this case a handgun – to defend themselves, their family or someone in their charge. Defensive Handgun 1 is specifically designed to provide a person new to handguns the opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn those skills.

A number of topics will be covered in “Defensive Handgun 1 – Introduction to the Defensive Use of a Handgun”. These include but are not limited to:

  • Safe handling of your firearm.
  • Safe Storage of your firearm and ammunition.
  • Basic components of a Double Action Revolver.
  • Basic components of a Semi-Automatic Pistol
  • Operation of a Double– Action Revolver
  • handgun5Operation of a Single and a Double Action Semi-Automatic Pistol.
  • Working With A Natural Defensive Stance
  • 2-Handed and Single Handed Engagements
  • Integrating The Color Code Into Your Life
  • Finding Your Balance of Speed and Precision
  • Clearing Common Pistol Stoppages
  • Progressive Shooting Drills
  • Definition of Cover and Concealment
  • Use of Cover
  • Selecting a Pistol and Ammunition

Required Equipment

  • A modern, serviceable, center-fire handgun (Semi-automatic Highly Recommended)
  • Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  • Strong Side Holster – For safety reasons on the range our classes will use Strong Side Holsters only! - (No cross draws, shoulder rigs, pocket holsters, ankle, appendix or small of the back carry). Blackhawk Serpa and similar holsters which require the use of the index finger to deactivate a retention device will not be used in SAFTD classes. The ONLY exception is for Law Enforcement & Military who are issued these types of holsters for duty use.
  • No pocket guns or holsters such as Ruger LCP etc. You will be presenting the gun from concealment and reholstering repeatedly. You need to be proficient at this task and have a holster that does not collapse when the gun is removed.
  • Semi-Automatic Pistol or Double Action Revolver .38 special or 9mm or above.
  • 150 Rounds of Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo such as RIP ammo etc.
  • Two extra functional magazines (semi-autos) or speed-loaders (revolvers)
  • Dual Magazine carrier optional but HIGHLY recommended.
  • Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  • Hydration system or Bottled water.
  • Shoes – comfortable with sufficient support to permit a full range of motion. No sandals or flip-flops.
  • Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  • Sturdy Belt
  • Baseball Cap

Course length is a full day, typically 8-10 hours including a 1-hour lunch break. There are short breaks throughout both the classroom session and shooting range drills.


Defensive Handgun 2

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The goal of the SAF Training Division’s Defensive Handgun 2 Course is to provide the student with an opportunity to build upon the foundational skill-set and knowledge base that was acquired in Defensive Handgun 1. This will include a continued focus on the defensive mindset, and the development of marksmanship and gun handling skills needed to safely and effectively carry a concealed handgun for personal self defense.

Students will become adept at working with the handgun from the holster, including drawing safely, efficiently, and quickly, and safely re-holstering. You will learn to shoot quickly but accurately, fire multiple shots with full control and will learn to reload the pistol quickly and efficiently using both speed reloads and emergency reloads. Students will learn to shoot effectively with one hand, using the dominant hand and/or the non-dominant hand. We will work on mental conditioning to prepare the student to effectively deal with a sudden threat to their life or the life of another.

Defensive Handgun 2 is designed to help the student quickly develop essential skills that can help him/her prevail in a real lethal force encounters.

Defensive Handgun 2 consists of a full day of intense classroom & range training and instruction covering a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Gun Safety Rules and Trigger Finger & Muzzle Discipline
  • The importance of the Defensive Mindset
  • Review of Defensive Shooting Fundamentals
  • Dry fire & Live Fire Exercises
  • Presentation from a holster
  • Emergency and Speed Reloads
  • Fighting stance platform
  • Delivering Multiple Shots efficiently and on target
  • Trigger Reset
  • The IALEFI-QP Silhouette Target
  • Introduction to One-Hand Only Presentation and Shooting

Required Gear:

  • A modern, serviceable, center-fire handgun (Semi-Automatic Pistol or Double Action Revolver .38 special or 9mm or above.)
  • Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  • Strong Side Holster – For safety reasons on the range our classes will use Strong Side Holsters only! - (No cross draws, shoulder rigs, pocket holsters, ankle, appendix or small of the back carry). Blackhawk Serpa and similar holsters which require the use of the index finger to deactivate a retention device will not be used in SAFTD classes. The ONLY exception is for Law Enforcement & Military who are issued these types of holsters for duty use.
  • No pocket guns such as Ruger LCP etc. You will be presenting the gun from concealment and re-holstering repeatedly. You need to be proficient at this task and have a holster that does not collapse when the gun is removed.
  • 175 rounds of Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS, specialty or novelty ammo such as RIP ammo etc.
  • Two extra functional magazines (semi-autos - 3 total) or speed-loaders (revolvers)
  • Dual Magazine carrier optional but HIGHLY recommended.
  • Hydration system or Bottled water.
  • Shoes – comfortable with sufficient support to permit a full range of motion. No sandals or flip-flops.
  • Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  • Sturdy Belt
  • Baseball Cap

The Defensive Handgun 2 course length is a full day, typically taking 8 – 10 hours including a 1-hour scheduled lunch break. A short break is given after each hour of instruction (approximately).


F.A.S.T. Shotgun

shotgunThe goal of the SAF Training Division's “F.A.S.T Shotgun” course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of Shotgun "Fundamentals and Safety Training" on your specific Shotgun, a basic understanding of ammunition and how it functions as well as shooting fundamentals.

A person new to the use of a firearm for personal defense typically has a broad range of questions and is faced with learning a number of skills that are critical in the safe use of a firearm – in this case a Shotgun. F.A.S.T Shotgun is specifically designed to provide a person new to Shotguns the opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn the basics of operation, cleaning and maintenance, safety and much more in a convenient 4 hour course. “F.A.S.T Shotgun” is also meant as an introductory course for students new to shotguns prior to taking SAFTD Defensive Shotgun 1.

A number of topics will be covered in “F.A.S.T Shotgun”. These include but are not limited to:fast2

  •   Safe handling of your firearm.
  •   Gun Safety Rules
  •   Safe Storage of your firearm and ammunition.
  •   Basic components of a your Shotgun
  •   Operation of your Shotgun
  •   Shooting Fundamentals
  •   Clearing Common Shotgun Stoppages
  •   Selecting a Shotgun and Ammunition
  •   Cleaning and Maintain your Shotgun

Required Equipment

  •   A modern, serviceable, Shotgun
  •   Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  •   50 Rounds of Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo.
  •   Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  •   Hydration system or Bottled water.
  •   Shoes – comfortable with sufficient support to permit a full range of motion. No sandals or flip-flops.
  •   Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  •   Baseball Cap

Defensive Shotgun 1

TomGivensShotgunThe goal of the SAF Training Division's “Defensive Shotgun 1” course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of shotgun safety, various types of shotgun, an understanding of ammunition and how it functions, shooting fundamentals and an introduction to defensive shooting skills.

A person new to the use of a firearm for personal defense typically has a broad range of questions and is faced with learning a number of skills that are critical in the use of a firearm – in this case a shotgun – to defend themselves, their family or someone in their charge. Defensive Shotgun 1 is specifically designed to provide a person new to shotguns the opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn those skills.

A number of topics will be covered in “Defensive Shotgun 1 - Introduction to the Defensive Use of a Shotgun. These include but are not limited to:

  •     Safe handling of your firearm.
  •     Safe Storage of your firearm and ammunition.
  •     Basic components of a shotgun
  •     Types and Operation of shotguns including pump, semi-automatic, break-open, etc.
  •     Working With A Natural Defensive Stance
  •     Integrating The Color Code Into Your Life
  •     Finding Your Balance of Speed and Precision
  •     Clearing Common Stoppages
  •     Progressive Shooting Drills
  •     Definition of Cover and Concealment
  •     Use of Cover
  •     Shooting From Low and High Barricades
  •     Selecting a Shotgun and Ammunition
  •     Cleaning and Maintain your Shotguns

Required Equipment

  •     A modern, serviceable shotgun, (pump or semi-auto shotgun recommended) in 12, 16 or 20 gauge
  •     Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  •     Sturdy Shoes, Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  •     Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo.
  •     50 shells (7 1/2 or #8 shot) and 25 shells that are #5 shot.
  •     Shotshell carrier (either weapon mounted, belt or shotshell pouch)
  •     Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  •     Hydration system or Bottled water.
  •     Baseball Cap

Course length is a full day, typically 8-10 hours including a 1-hour lunch break. There are short breaks throughout both the classroom session and shooting range drills.


Defensive Shotgun 2

shotgunThe goal of the SAF Training Division’s Defensive Shotgun 2 Course is to provide the student with an opportunity to build upon the foundational skill-set and knowledge base that was acquired in Defensive Shotgun 1. This will include a continued focus on the defensive mindset, discussion regarding avoidance/deescalation strategies, an understanding of the physiological changes that occur in the human body when under lethal force stress and what affect they have on our training, and a series of skill development exercises that will help the student learn to more efficiently and effectively use a shotgun for self defense in a lethal force encounter.

Defensive Shotgun 2 is not a “marksmanship” or “target shooting” course. Rather it is designed to help the student quickly develop essential skills that can help him/her prevail in a real lethal force encounter.

Defensive Shotgun 2 consists of a full day of intense range training and instruction covering a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  •     Avoidance and deescalation strategies
  •     The importance of the Defensive Mindset
  •     Physiological changes that occur when under severe stress
  •     Review of Defensive Shooting Fundamentals
  •     Defensive Accuracy Concept
  •     Volume of Fire
  •     Using lateral movement
  •     Presentation of the Shotgun
  •     Emergency and Tactical Reloads
  •     Proper Scan and Assess procedure
  •     Malfunction Clearing Remedies
  •     Engaging Multiple Targets
  •     Moving to Cover and/or Concealment
  •     Application of learned skills under realistic conditions

Required Gear:

  •     A modern, serviceable shotgun, (pump or semi-auto shotgun recommended) in 12, 16 or 20 gauge
  •     Eye & ear protection (safety glasses that meet ANSI Z87.1-2003, ear plugs or muffs with at least 21db Noise Reduction Rating).
  •     Sturdy Shoes, Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  •     Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo.
  •     150 rounds (7 1/2 or #8 shot), 25 shells that are #5 shot and at least 10 00-buck
  •     A quality belt designed to anchor gear to your body
  •     Shotshell carrier (either weapon mounted, belt or shotshell pouch)
  •     Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  •     Hydration system or Bottled water.
  •     Baseball Cap

The Defensive Shotgun 2 course length is a full day, typically taking 8 – 10 hours including a 1-hour scheduled lunch break. A short break is given after each hour of instruction (approximately).


F.A.S.T. Carbine

carbineThe goal of the SAF Training Division's “F.A.S.T Carbine” course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of Carbine "Fundamentals and Safety Training" on your specific Carbine, a basic understanding of ammunition and how it functions as well as shooting fundamentals.

A person new to the use of a firearm for personal defense typically has a broad range of questions and is faced with learning a number of skills that are critical in the safe use of a firearm – in this case a Carbine. F.A.S.T Carbine is specifically designed to provide a person new to Carbines the opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn the basics of operation, cleaning and maintenance, safety and much more in a convenient 4 hour course. “F.A.S.T Carbine” is also meant as an introductory course for students new to carbines prior to taking SAFTD Defensive Carbine 1.

A number of topics will be covered in “F.A.S.T Carbine”. These include but are not limited to:

  •  fast2Safe handling of your firearm.
  •  Gun Safety Rules
  •  Safe Storage of your firearm and ammunition.
  •  Basic components of a your Carbine
  •  Operation of your Carbine
  •  Shooting Fundamentals
  •  Clearing Common Carbine Stoppages
  •  Selecting a Carbine and Ammunition
  •  Cleaning and Maintain your Carbine

Required Equipment

  •  A modern, serviceable, Carbine
  •  Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  •  50 Rounds of Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo.
  •  Comfortable clothing
  •  Hydration system or Bottled water.
  •  Shoes – comfortable with sufficient support to permit a full range of motion. No sandals or flip-flops.
  •  Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  •  Baseball Cap

Defensive Carbine 1

carbine2The goal of the SAF Training Division's “Defensive Carbine 1” course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of carbine safety, various types of carbines, an understanding of ammunition and how it functions, shooting fundamentals and an introduction to defensive shooting skills.

A person new to the use of a firearm for personal defense typically has a broad range of questions and is faced with learning a number of skills that are critical in the use of a firearm – in this case a Carbine – to defend themselves, their family or someone in their charge. Defensive Carbine 1 is specifically designed to provide a person new to carbines the opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn those skills.

A number of topics will be covered in “Defensive Carbine 1 - Introduction to the Defensive Use of a Carbine. These include but are not limited to:

  •     Safe handling of your firearm.
  •     Safe Storage of your firearm and ammunition.
  •     Basic components of a Carbine
  •     Types and Operation of various Carbines.
  •     Working With A Natural Defensive Stance
  •     Integrating The Color Code Into Your Life
  •     Finding Your Balance of Speed and Precision
  •     Clearing Common Stoppages
  •     Progressive Shooting Drills
  •     Definition of Cover and Concealment
  •     Use of Cover
  •     Shooting From Low and High Barricades
  •     Selecting a Carbine and Ammunition
  •     Cleaning and Maintain your Carbines

Required Equipment

  •     A modern, serviceable, semi-auto carbine.
  •     Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  •     Sturdy Shoes, Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  •     Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo.
  •     Extra magazine carrier
  •     Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  •     Hydration system or Bottled water.
  •     Baseball Cap

Course length is a full day, typically 8-10 hours including a 1-hour lunch break. There are short breaks throughout both the classroom session and shooting range drills.


Defensive Carbine 2

carbineThe goal of the SAF Training Division’s Defensive Carbine 2 Course is to provide the student with an opportunity to build upon the foundational skill-set and knowledge base that was acquired in Defensive Carbine 1. This will include a continued focus on the defensive mindset, discussion regarding avoidance/deescalation strategies, an understanding of the physiological changes that occur in the human body when under lethal force stress and what affect they have on our training, and a series of skill development exercises that will help the student learn to more efficiently and effectively use a carbine for self defense in a lethal force encounter.

Defensive Carbine 2 is not a “marksmanship” or “target shooting” course. Rather it is designed to help the student quickly develop essential skills that can help him/her prevail in a real lethal force encounter.

Defensive Carbine 2 consists of a full day of intense range training and instruction covering a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  •     Avoidance and deescalation strategies
  •     The importance of the Defensive Mindset
  •     Physiological changes that occur when under severe stress
  •     Review of Defensive Shooting Fundamentals
  •     Defensive Accuracy Concept
  •     Volume of Fire
  •     Using lateral movement
  •     Presentation of the Carbine
  •     Emergency and Tactical Reloads
  •     Proper Scan and Assess procedure
  •     Malfunction Clearing Remedies
  •     Engaging Multiple Targets
  •     Moving to Cover and/or Concealment
  •     Application of learned skills under realistic conditions

Required Gear:

  •     A modern, serviceable carbine
  •     Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  •     Sturdy Shoes, Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  •     Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo.
  •     Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  •     Hydration system or Bottled water.
  •     Baseball Cap

The Defensive Carbine 2 course length is a full day, typically taking 8 – 10 hours including a 1-hour scheduled lunch break. A short break is given after each hour of instruction (approximately).


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S.A.F.E. - Situational Alertness for Everyone

awareness The Situational Alertness for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) course is designed to teach the student to develop and adopt the situational awareness mindset while at home, at work, on the road, traveling, on the phone etc; and teaches how to make your home safe and less attractive to would be robbers and home invasion.   

This course is packed with home safety tips do's and don'ts, such as how to build a safe room or multiple safe rooms in your house, building layers of security and how to survive a violent encounter in your home. We'll also cover outside lighting, landscaping, the 6 second garage door entry, bump keys and more.  

The SAFE Course will also cover the levels of awareness as developed by Jeff Cooper and will teach you the mindset of living in a relaxed but aware state of condition yellow and discuss when your alertness level should change based on your current situation.

safe5Some of the topics that will be discussed are:

  •     The Criminal Mindset
  •     How criminals select their victims
  •     Creating a Safe Room & Home Security Plan
  •     Situational Awareness and Avoidance
        Techniques
  •     Internet and Cyber Safety
  •     Home & Phone Security
  •     Carjack Avoidance Techniques
  •     Automobile & Travel Security
  •     Personal Boundaries
  •     Personal & Cyber Security
  •     Personal Defense Devices (Tasers, Stun Guns, Batons, Pepper Spray)
  •     Personal Safety Tools (Alarms, Whistles, Cell Phones etc)
  •     What to do in case of a Home Invasions and/or Burglary
  •     Interacting with the Police
  •     How to stop Sliders in their tracks
  •     Bump Keys and Prevention
  •     Security Window Film
  •     The 6 second garage door break-in and how to prevent it.
  •     Malls & Parking Garages safety concerns
  •     Layers of Defense and making your home a hard target.
  •     Mental Preparedness & Controlling Fear
  •     Lighting, Alarms, Dead Bolts, Windows and more
  •     Rape Statistics and Prevention
  •     Banking & ATM Scams
  •     Cyber-fraud & Electronic Theft
  •     Cyber-stalking & Cyber-bullying
  •     Identity Theft
  •     Workplace Security

The S.A.F.E. Course provides the knowledge to enable course participates to stay safe, avoid conflicts, mentally prepare and create a personal safety plan for you and your family no matter where you are and to control the encounter should you happened to find yourself in a violent situation.

Other modules that maybe included in the seminar dependent on course participates are:

  •     S.A.F.E. at Work Module,
  •     S.A.F.E. at Schools & College Module
  •     S.A.F.E. Seniors Module
  •     S.A.F.E. Handicapped & Disabled Module
  •     S.A.F.E. Domestic Violence & Stalking Module


The Officer LEO Program®

officerleosmThe Officer LEO Programis taught to children from pre-K through 3rd grade and educates our younger friends about firearms inside and outside the home. The kids will learn what to do if they encounter a gun and how to handle the situation correctly. Officer LEO also teaches about general safety and how to stay safe when away from parents or guardians.

The Officer LEO Program will also answer many questions that parents may have about children & firearms safety and keeping your kids safe at home and away from home.

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