Defensive Urban Rifle with John Farnam

DTI LogobkWhere: Londonderry Fish & Game
When: September 15 & 16, 2018

The name John Farnam needs no introductions in the world of firearms training. John is truly one of the best firearms trainers in the world. The DTI Urban Rifle Course is designed to prepare the responsible, adult gun owner to handle, maintain, safely store, and use their firearm safely, responsibly, correctly, and effectively, so that they are able to successfully handle nearly any personal protection situation.

An increasing number of people are seeking to improve their defensive shooting skills and expand their knowledge about the use of firearms for personal protection.

This course is designed to prepare the defensive rifleman for the safe handling and use of this specialized weapon.

It has been said that by reducing necessities, we can afford luxuries; such is not the case in shooting. For only by learning the necessities–the fundamentals–can you afford the luxury of excellence. Almost anyone can “fire” a rifle and almost everyone who is capable of pointing their finger at an object can learn to shoot. However it takes determination, reliable equipment and most importantly instruction from a qualified teacher to become a competent rifle shooter.

The emphasis of this course is on defensive rifle handling and shooting skills. Most of this class is on short to medium ranges, rapid target-acquisition, improvised shooting positions, “snapshooting” and more deliberate fire. Defensive situations are always emergencies, so we must also put considerable emphasis on speed. The rifle must be mounted quickly, fired quickly (but accurately!) and the shooter must always automatically prepare to fire again quickly. We will not ignore shooting in excess of one hundred meters completely, but we will concentrate on the shorter ranges. There will be single and multiple targets and students will have an opportunity to practice rational decision making.

john for blog11 1Military autoloaders are strongly recommended as most of the class is spent firing at multiple targets. Lever actions are marginally adequate as students with lever actions are often frustrated by the frequency they must reload. However we will not accept bolt guns, rimfire rifles, or slug-shooting shotguns. Slings are mandatory, as we will be running a hot range. High-magnification, high profile, close eye-relief scopes are not recommended. We do recommend military peep, iron sights or low-power, forward mounted scopes. The best rifle is a military autoloader, but as we indicated, some hunting rifles will do. Also plan to bring knee pads and binoculars. Students are advised that their rifles will see some strenuous, rugged use and may get scratched up a bit. Pretty guns are best left at home. You will need 400 rounds of rifle ammunition.


Where: Londonderry Fish & Game
When: September 15 & 16, 2018
$675 (online pre-registration), or
$700 (cash or check)


Upon receiving a Class deposit, Defense Training International sends each student a detailed handout. The handout includes information regarding types of firearms that are recommended and the modifications that are allowed.

Also included is a student check-list of items to bring. It is important to us that students are as well prepared as possible so they are able to focus on learning.

After signing in, the course begins with a classroom session where students introduce themselves and John S Farnam presents an overview of the course activities. When students move to the range, each firearm is carefully inspected. Instructors will also inspect each student’s accessories. During the next section, students will go through “administrative” gun-handling drills, loading and unloading, as well as charging magazines and speed loaders. Once John is satisfied that students have mastered these tasks, we move on to live-fire.

Students begin with drills that allow them to become familiar with a correct grip and stance. As the day continues, students will learn to draw from concealment, reload, and reduce stoppages, all on the move. Training is conducted in a realistic manner, stressing movement, use of cover, verbal challenges, and other important individual tactics.

Later in the course, there will be another classroom session concerning levels of influence and the use of lethal force in self-defense. Other classroom subjects include situation awareness, threat/risk evaluation.

The second day of the class will include cover and movement, performing under stress, and precision shooting, combined with shoot/no-shoot drills. The low light shooting session is designed to allow students to practice all skills with and without a flashlight.

The class ends with the DTI Proficiency Test. A student achieves a passing score when he hits with all shots, does not commit any safety errors, and does not commit any procedural errors. Students qualify at one-hundred percent. Even one miss yields a failed attempt.

Students who attend Defense Training International courses find that they are physically exhausted at the end of the two days, but that they have mastered a set of psycho/motor skills and have adopted a personal philosophy that will serve them well in their next lethal encounter.

Where: Londonderry Fish & Game
When: September 15 & 16, 2018
$675 (online pre-registration), or
$700 (cash or check)

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