Defense Training International, Inc./Pittsburgh Area
Coordinator Ray Schuerger (DTI-PGH)
4211 Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh PA 15205

Dear Friends and Fellow Shooters:

This is our 2008 training schedule. All courses will be held at the Forest Grove Sportsmen’s Association, Inc. in Coraopolis, PA

Please include a deposit of $200.00 for each course upon registration. The remainder of the tuition is due at the start of the course. Endorse your checks to "DTI, Inc." and mail them to the address above. As space is limited, please register early to avoid disappointment. We hope that you will mark your calendars and that we will be able to train together. The best way to contact us is via e-mail at USPS correspondence may be directed to the address above. Details about location, equipment, etc., can be obtained by contacting the above.

Ray Schuerger

Basic & Intermediate Defensive Handgun. John Farnam
Sat/Sun. May 24-25, 2008. Tuition $495.00
A copy of the applicant’s CCW, LEO credentials, or a letter from the Registrant's Chief of Police is required for registration. 600 rounds of jacketed factory ammunition.

This is a Basic and Intermediate level course for the serious student of defensive handgunning. More than just a course on the defensive deployment of a handgun, it covers the basis of the Farnam Philosophy of the Warrior: Capturing your Warrior Heritage, situational awareness, legal justification and ramifications concerning the use of deadly force, administrative and tactical manipulation of the handgun, weapon and load selection, movement, cover and low-light shooting are but a portion of the curriculum.

Who is John Farnam?

John Farnam is a weapons and tactics instructor who will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. He will guide you in deciding what preparations you should make in advance, if any. He will help make sure you fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions. The thrust of his training programs is the encouragement of safe, responsible, and effective use of modern firearms in self-defense.

John has written articles about defensive shooting and defensive tactics for several magazines, including Police Marksman, American Handgunner, Combat Handguns, Guns and Ammo Soldier of Fortune. He has also written three books: The Street-Smart Gun Book, The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning, and The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting.

John Farnam was awarded the prestigious "Tactical Advocate of the Year" title by the American Tactical Shooting Association (ATSA) in June, 1996

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 (SPLLATMASI; Manodnock PR-24 Instructor; Glock Pistol Armorer; Colorado State Board Private Occupational Credential for Security Services.

Who is Vickie Farnam?

Vicki Farnam has ten years experience teaching law enforcement and civilian students all across the country with her husband, John. She is a Colorado POST certified firearms instructor, a NRA certified instructor and a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Instructors.. As the Senior Handgun Instructor for the Women's Shooting Sports Foundation, she developed the curriculum for instructor certification courses. She has contributed articles to "Police Marksman" and other firearms publications. She is a co-author of “Teaching Women to Shoot.”

Why take a John Farnam course?

Lots of instructors teach shooting.
Some instructors teach “combat” shooting.
John Farnam teaches combative shooting.
John Farnam teaches how to avoid confrontations.
John Farnam teaches how to win confrontations.
John Farnam teaches what to do after confrontations.
John Farnam will help you to be a warrior.

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Willingness is a state of mind. READINESS is a statement of fact!