John Farnam's Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack

John Farnam's Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack is designed to prepare armed citizens against the threat of terrorist violence and other active-shooter events.

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Please e-mail or call Tues-Fri 0900-1600.

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Current events indicate a steady increase in terror-related attacks against westerners. Violent extremists and other savages are actively targeting LEOs, Military servicemen and women–as well as their families–to be butchered in public. In addition to LE/MIL individuals and families, we see a rise in these types of attacks on virtually any target of opportunity. Even members of their own culture/faith/ideology are martyred for their depraved cause! This trend will likely continue for the foreseeable future.

For that reason, we have seen the need to develop this specialized firearms course with a focus on armed response to these unique dangers in our modern world. Classroom instruction will cover practical options and tactics intended to give individual operators the life-saving mindset and skill sets for prevailing against such attacks.

Live-fire drills will simulate attacks in:

  • Movie theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping malls
  • other active-shooter scenarios

This is a combined rifle and pistol course, with heavy emphasis on pistol.

Our ARTA Program (Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack) is intended for advanced students who have had previous training in the serious use of pistols and rifles. It is not suitable for beginning students of our Art.

In ARTA, we do scenarios, where, for example, the student starts with his pistol, then goes and retrieves his rifle, gets it running, then finishes the drill. We do a lot of exercises where threats are mixed-in with non-threats. Long-distance pistols shooting!

Students need to bring at least one pistol and a rifle, spare magazines for each (at least one) along with normal safety equipment and concealment gear. Rifles must have slings suitable for all-day carry. Pistol: 300 rnds. Rifle 400 rnds

Prerequisite: AT MINIMUM our Level 2: Defensive Handgun and Level 2: Tactical Rifle or equivalent from an approved school. If you are not sure if you are ready for this course, please call the FAS Office and discuss your skill level and experience with Belle or Marty.

About the instructor:

John Farnam is presently a fully commissioned deputy sheriff (Training Officer) for the Park County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office.

A police officer and decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, John is one of the top defensive firearms instructors in the nation. He has personally trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement agency personnel, many private security agencies, foreign governments, and hundred of civilians in safe gun handling and the tactical use of the defensive firearms.

John is a Senior Board Member of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. In June of 1996, he was selected by his peers to receive the renowned “Tactical Advocate of the Year” award from the National Tactical Association. In April of 2009, he was inducted into Black Belt Magazine’s “Living Legends.” In November of 2011, he was elevated to the rank of Kyoshi Sensei within the American Marital Arts Association.

Equipment list: (Subject to Change, a final list will be sent out before class)

  1. Your own handgun of 9mm caliber or larger
  2. Your own auto loading rifle, preferably 223/5.56 NATO or larger although pistol caliber carbines will suffice in 9mm PARA or larger.
    • All rifles MUST have iron sites, even if such sights are used as a back-up for “red dot” sights or other optics.
  3. A sling for your rifle suitable for all day carry. Two or single point slings are highly recommended.
  4. At least 2 magazines or speedloaders for each of your weapons plus a belt holder or pouch for them. (3 recommended)
  5. Holster with covered trigger guard (no fanny packs, shoulder holsters or soft, collapsible inside-the-pants holsters, please)
  6. 300 rounds of handgun ammo - full metal jacket (FMJ) or jacketed hollow point (JHP)
  7. 400 rounds of rifle ammo - full metal jacket (FML), soft point, or hollow point.
  8. Concealment gear
  9. Ear protection and wrap-around safety glasses (eye protection)
  10. A billed baseball cap
  11. Small, tactical flashlight (John recommends at least 500 lumens for a tactical light)
  12. A pen and notebook
  13. A set of kneepads
  14. Your lunch and beverages--we will eat during classroom lecture

*One Spot Left - Waitlist Available*

Please e-mail or call Tues-Fri 0900-1600.

360-978-6100 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Event Date 05-18-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 05-19-2019 6:00 pm
Registration Start Date 10-12-2018
Capacity 10
Cut off date 05-17-2019 1:00 pm
Individual Price $700.00
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