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Farnam's DTI Urban Rifle Course

FarnamThe 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.

Military 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.
Full equipment list under the Read More link.

Class Date: Sept. 23-24, 2017--Sorry! Class Full!


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About the instructor:
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.

In June of 1996, John was selected by his peers to receive the renowned Tactical Advocate of the Yearaward 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.

Each year John and Vicki travel around the world teaching the latest concepts in defensive marksmanship and tactics.


1. Military autoloading rifle
2. Iron sights or low-magnification, low profile optic (no high magnification scopes)
3. Sling
4. 400 rounds FMJ ammunition
5. Binoculars
6. Kneepads
7. Eye (wrap-around safety glasses) and ear protection (ear muffs)
8. Ballcap
9. Sack lunch, snacks and beverages
10. Clothing suitable to spending entire day outdoors at this time of year.
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