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Fear is driving first time gun buyers to buy a gun, and without proper training, many new gun owners fear their weapon as much as the threats they’re hoping to defending against.


If you've purchased a gun for the first time, then the most important thing you can do is become a member of our on-line Defense Academy. Our on-line training resources are designed to get the new gun owner up and running - safely and quickly. Start by signing up for a Basic membership and begin the on-line 5-DAY KICK-START course.

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    Day 1 SAFETY

    Dry-Practice Guidelines, 4 Firearms Habits, what to buy.
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    Day 2 DRILLS

    5 basic handgun drills, stance and grip, equipment, sides, draw.
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    Day 3 TACTICS

    5 basic tactics, footwork, intersections, clearing rooms, etc.
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    Day 4 FORCE

    Lethal force, on killing, morals and ethics, flipping the switch.
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    Day 5 STRATEGY

    Strategy for defense. Build your own local defense network.
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As a Basic member you also have access to our online Concealed Carry course, and our Dry Practice Guide, plus you get your own online Private Training Group (sort of like a virtual locker where you can store all of your training stuff) and immersion in our member community, where you can communicate and interact with other like-minded folks. 

Plus, you will want explore the other content, courses and training plans found inside the online Defense Academy. You can expand your skill set and learn more advance techniques and other weapon systems, or you can maintain your basic skill set by regularly reviewing and practicing the skills you just learned. 

CLICK ON THE BASIC MEMBERSHIP OPTION TO GET STARTED. The Basic membership is $19 a month. Your first 5 days are free. Thereafter your credit card will be charged $19 per month for as long as you stay a member. Of course you can cancel at anytime. 


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Price Free  $19/mo  $39/mo  $89/mo
Should You Buy a Gun x x x x
Gun Primer x x x x
Purchase Specifications x x x x
Schmitt Case Study x x x x
Webinar Replays   x x x
Dry Practice Guide   x x x
Strategy For Defense Manual x x x x
Library Archive     x x
Individual Tactics Manual     x x
Team Tactics Manual       x
Intent to Defend Protocols     x x
Tactical Scenarios     x x
Conceal Carry (CCW)   x  x  x
Handgun Drills   x x x
Shotgun Drills     x x
Rifle Driils     x x
5-Day Kick-Start + Test   x x x
15 Handgun Modules + Final Exam   x x x
CCW Basics + Test   x x x
17 Individual Tactics Modules + Final Exam     x x
20 Team Tactics Modules + Final Exam       x
3 Tactical Medicine Courses + Final Exam     x x
3 Tactical Communication Courses + Final Exam     x x
30 Day Basic Plan   x x x
12 Month Advanced Plan     x x
24 Month PDB Stand-Up Plan       x
Profile   x x x
Forum   x x x
Threat Center   x x x
Weekly Tac Chats   x x x
Chat Support     x x
Smartsheets   x x x
Individual Training Group   x x x
Team Training Group       x
20% off On-Range Training     x  x
Commission on course referrals     x  x

Online Training Resources

In addition to our on-range and on-site offerings DSI offers the most comprehensive on-line training resources anywhere. This is a list of the online instruction, courses, content, and plans we offer.


  1. Should You Buy a Gun: A must read for anybody considering buying a gun for the first time.
  2. Gun Primer Learn about different weapons, ammunition, accessories. Demystify gun ownership.
  3. Purchase Specifications: Purchase specification describing best weapon, ammo and accessories for first time gun buyers.
  4. Schmitt Case Study: Case study of the Schmitt family struggles in Detroit to defend their business from violent threat.
  5. Webinar Replays: 60 minute webinar "play-on-demand" for individuals businesses, churches and schools.
  6. Dry Practice Guide: The bible on safely and effectively practicing shooting fundamentals at home.
  7. Strategy For Defense Manual: Building decentralized networks of simpatico individuals to secure your life, family, business and community.
  8. Library Archive: Download PDF's on gunfighting, OODA loop, maneuver theory, etc.
  9. Individual Tactics Manual: How to defend your life and property. Using cover, clearing rooms, footwork, working stairways, etc.
  10. Team Tactics Manual: Working as a team to defend a business, church or school. Tactics, planning, analysis, etc.
  11. Intent to Defend Protocols: Protocols describing how teams should coordinate and interface with local authorities.
  12. Tactical Scenarios: Home invasion, road rage, demonstrations, terrorist attack, mob violence, school attack, business attack.
  13. Conceal Carry (CCW): Concealed carry basics video, photos and text narrative with test for credit.
  14. Handgun Drills: Video, photos and text narrative for 15 fundamental combative handgun techniques.
  15. Shotgun Drills: Video, photos and text narrative for 15 fundamental combative shotgun techniques.
  16. Rifle Driils: Video, photos and text narrative for 15 fundamental combative rifle techniques.


  1. 5-Day Kick-Start + Test: Online 5-Day/5-Hour Kick-Start course and test for new gun owners. Safety, drills, tactics, etc.
  2. 15 Handgun Modules + Final Exam: 15 instructional modules with quizzes and a final exam. Pass for credit.
  3. CCW Basics + Test: Concealed carry basics video, photos and text narrative with test for credit.
  4. 17 Individual Tactics Modules + Final Exam: 17 individual tactics course modules with quizzes and final exam for credit.
  5. 20 Team Tactics Modules + Final Exam: 20 team tactics course modules with quizzes and final exam for credit.
  6. 3 Tactical Medicine Courses + Final Exam: 3 basic tactical medicine courses with quizzes and final exam for credit.
  7. 3 Tactical Communication Courses + Final Exam: 3 basic tactical communication courses with quizzes and final exam for credit.


  1. 30 Day beginner plan Smartsheet powered... for new gun owners. Handgun fundamentals + basic tactics.
  2. 12 Month advanced plan Smartsheet powered... for experienced owners, handgun, shotgun, rifle, advanced tactics.
  3. 24 Month PDB Stand-Up Smartsheet powered... establish private defense base and private security force.


  1. Profile: Your home base. Access training plans, store videos, upload photos, share personal details, etc.
  2. Forum: Communicate with other members. Join conversations. Monitor topics of interest.
  3. Threat Center: Monitor real time feeds of potential threats worldwide and trending threats as they develop.
  4. Weekly Tac Chats: Monday evening two hour open mic tactical chats with our certified instructors. Bring your questions.
  5. Chat Support: 12/7 online chat support from our certified instructors to answer questions about your training.
  6. Smartsheets: Personalized, interactive training plans that guide you to your training objective.
  7. Individual Training Group: Your private training group. If you're on a Smartsheet this is where you interact with your CFI Team Training Group For businesses, churches and schools: This is your private group to interact with your cadre.