John Farnam - Defensive Urban Rifle



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.

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.

Cost: $675 (online pre-registration)

$700 cash or check

Register with John directly through Defense Training International.

Who is John Farnam?

Good question. In addition to being an all–around great guy that you want to hang out with …

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.

He has authored dozens of magazine articles, five books, written several handgun manuals, produced numerous training videos (including the DTI “Operator Series”), and has written a model Use of Force Policy. His books, The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning, Second Edition, The Farnam Method of Defensive Rifle and Shotgun Shooting, Second Edition and Guns and Warriors, Volume One have become the standard texts on the subjects.

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.

Certificates Held

  • NRA Certified Police Firearms Instructor
  • Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
  • Distinguished Expert, National Forensic Center
  • Individual Voluntary Practical Pistol Instructor
  • Certified Instructor, Certified User, Special Purpose Low-Lethality Anti-Terrorist Munitions (SPLLATM-ASI)
  • Manodnock PR-24 Instructor
  • Glock Pistol Armorer
  • Colorado State Board Private Occupational Credential for Security Services

Professional Memberships

  • Police Marksman Association
  • Distinguished Experts, National Forensic Center
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
  • American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
  • National Rifle Association

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