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Who Are You With A Gun?

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Defensive Elements "Who Are You With A Gun" is a comprehensive class designed to help individuals carrying a gun enhance their skills and confidence in a safe and controlled environment. The class provides scenario-based learning, enabling students to practice decision-making, critical thinking, and prioritization of tasks. It also emphasizes the importance of verbal skills and pressure testing existing skills and procedures. The course is suitable for individuals of all experience levels, and a supportive learning environment encourages students to challenge themselves and learn from their mistakes.

Safety is of utmost importance in the class, which uses UTM for safe simulation of real-world scenarios. The Defensive Elements staff ensures that all students adhere to strict safety procedures, and dedicated role players provide the most beneficial scenarios for discussion.

By the end of the course, students will gain valuable experience and skills to handle potentially dangerous scenarios in a safe and effective manner, becoming more confident and capable concealed carriers. The class focuses on answering essential questions, including understanding the use of force, decision-making, critical thinking, task versus priority, verbal skills, and pressure testing existing skills and procedures.

Join "Who Are You With A Gun" to find out who you are with a gun and take the next step in becoming a responsibly armed citizen.


Want to read about the Class? Check out this AAR by Civilian Gunfighter:


UTM Handgun Rental & Ammo: Included In Cost of Class

Range Fee: Included In Cost Of Class


Class Gear Requirements:

  • Quality Eye Protection (wrap-around style or no gap between face and glasses highly recommended)
  • Handheld Light
  • IFAK
  • Appropriate clothing for Force on Force Scenarios (long sleeve clothing, gloves, neck gaiter, athletic cup, and gloves. All bare skin must be covered)
  • Full face Mask or Half Face Mask & Goggles (Loaners Available)

Handgun Gear Requirements:

  • Holster That Supports Glock (Loaners Available)
  • 2 Magazine Pouches
  • Weapon Mounted Light (Recommended)

Recommended Gear But Not Required:

  • Trainer Blade 
  • Training Cell Phone
  • If you concealed carry, we advise using that gear in class
  • Water/Snacks
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Cooler



Class Prerequisites:

  1. Know, Understand, And Be Able To Apply The 4 Firearms Safety Rules At All Times
  2. Fundamental Knowledge Of Firearms Platform Student Will Be Using
  3. US Citizen or ITAR-approved person
  4. Student must have their state of residence Concealed Carry Permit/FOID Card


Class Guidelines:

There will be an intensive cleanse of all live firearms, ammo, weapons, etc.

Students will need to bring their drinks, snacks, and all meals to class with them.


By signing up for the class, you accept and agree to follow the refund policy.



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  • 5
    Don’t fool yourself

    Posted by Grinch on 19th Jun 2023

    I have made a deliberate effort to donate a significant amount of money to those who make it their business to offer the general public opportunities to prepare themselves as capable of being their own first responders. I’ve spent over a decade taking classes and devoting what I truly believed was adequate or at least responsible amounts of time to attempting to ensure my skills and abilities with the firearms I owned were responsible and continuously improving and never degrading. But to be honest, although I was competent, I was almost NEVER the best shot or the best student in any class. Despite the decade plus of time and the 35 plus formal courses of firearms and medical training classes I have enrolled in and completed, after completing WHO ARE YOU WITH A GUN, I realized the presence of a undeniably gargantuan gap in my training between things like classes, flat range drills and dry fire to having the ability to appropriately and accurately handle a real life situation that could or does merit the use of lethal (or non-lethal) force. This is my conclusion in regards to those of us who see ourselves as our own first responders and likely carry some form of ability to use lethal force should it ever be necessary to ensure we or those we love her to celebrate our next birthday: if you are involved in and appropriately navigate some type of actual or perceived lethal force situation without having been enrolled in this or a similar class, consider yourself possibly the luckiest person on earth. NO amount of flat range training will EVER prepare you to know how to recognize, address and utilize the processing (thinking/decision making) skills required of you in one of these situations. Although I didn’t believe I needed it, I took the class on the advice and input from friends and instructors who have my absolute respect. I walked away a changed man. This is not a shooting class, although you will pull a trigger at times. What you will be doing is experiencing situations you would likely say you could handle…until you’re trying and realize it’s wholly overwhelming. This is absolutely a thinking and decision making class. The atmosphere and culture of the class is NOT about angles and problem solving for a shot. It’s about matching your inner voice with an appropriate response to safely extricate yourself from situations your pray never to encounter except on the news or in works of fiction. Deft or “John Wick” shooting skills and knowledge or NOT required. Being an aggressive or “gun solution” oriented person is also not required. You are promoted, encouraged and presented with the opportunity to navigate these scenarios according to your own personal chosen response level and shown the pros and cons of those responses. As I discovered quickly, a one response level mentality is apt to backfire on you at some point. This class will help you discover who you are in any real world conflict and confrontation. The scenarios used in class were 100% realistic…sometimes to the point it was challenging to not momentarily forget it was training. If you carry a weapon and you don’t take this class or something similar, you are leaving a gap in you’re preparedness that’s bigger then the gap between carrying a weapon and not carrying a weapon. If you wear a seatbelt, have auto insurance, lock your car doors, or carry a weapon, you have a desire to be prepared for things you hope won’t happen to you. So expose yourself to the rest of the equation and get yourself in this class or a class like it or you are more likely to be part of the problem than you are the correct solution to a high stress conflict.