Firearms training for civilians advertised as "Self-Defense" is generally creative marksmanship. Most programs are driven by profit. Profits guide their priorities to safely put as many paying customers in a class as possible. This results in their clients positioned shoulder to shoulder on a firing line, standing erect, not moving firing at a stationary paper target. Nothing could be more dangerous to mimic in an armed encounter.
We teach civilian tactics, only six guests per course, training in two-person teams. Tactics enabled us to survive hundreds of high-risk combat operations in Afghanistan with the US Army Special Operations (Green Beret / Psychological Operations). Our training emphasizes the use of cover, concealment and shooting while moving: on, in and around structures and vehicles using 9 different ranges. ATAC ranges replicate the environment where Americans will most likely experience an armed encounter, not in front of a dirt berm with paper targets. We are providing first-hand experience from being shot at, and having to shoot back.
Designed for WOMEN:
Women and men are different. Women learn differently and have different comfort zones. We recognize these differences and modified our approach toward women guests to accommodate those needs. Many women are tired of being ignored when it comes to firearms and firearms training. We understand that some women are uncomfortable or intimidated around loud firearms and instructors! We understand that some women can feel nervous shooting for the first time. Most women aren't raised to be the"protector" like men are. So, having a natural attraction to shooting isn't always common. We believe women are looking for a firearms course to better themselves and prefer to train with family, friends or as a group. We also acknowledge that women are book/ list oriented which is why we provide an outline for our guests, to decrease frustration preventing a situation in which they think they are forgetting something on "their list". Our intent is to remove all frustration and replace it with a low stress, not physically demanding, fun-firearms-educational-environment. Our goal is to one day re-brand ATAC as the first tactical training company for women only!
Traditional Training: The primary objective is to shoot the target
ATAC Training: The primary objective is NOT to be shot by the target
...this perception changes the personal protection paradigm
We have you covered. There’s no need to make an expensive investment in guns, gear, and ammunition to be able to take part in our training courses. We provide you with all the guns, gear and ammunition you will need during your training. All weapons, silencers, equipment and ammunition are included in each of our courses. A.T.A.C. supplies everything you need to train with for NO additional fees! You will not even need to wear hearing protection. We use tactical .22 caliber pistols and rifles with silencers. Just show up wearing comfortable clothing, and you'll go home with new options for using your firearm to increase your odds of surviving a armed encounter.Shop Courses Now
In the United States, a concealed handgun carry permit class provides you with the minimum firearm handling and safety skill set required by law. Beyond the concealed carry class shooting at paper targets does not teach you the skills you will need to be able to defend yourself and family members in the event of an armed encounter. Paper targets are for marksmanship, and competitions...not for realistic defensive training.
We understand the desire to incorporate your weapon into the training. However ATAC's focus is on the choreography of tactics, or rather everything that goes on behind the firearm. So using your firearm for the training is a zero sum gain. The emphasis of the training is on the guest not the gun. This is why we provide everyone the same training firearm selected to be light weight, no recoil, and no hearing protection required (i.e. suppressed).
Our training is best suited for those who learn better in a relaxed environment with a low guest to instructor ratio. Everything we do is entry level, basic and fundamental. Most training courses teach offensive vs pure defensive techniques. Most training courses intentionally increase your stress and anxiety level as part of their training. ATAC does just the opposite. We provide basic defensive tactics in a stress free, non judgmental setting. We don't expect you to get everything right every time. Learning is identifying those things that you need to practice more than others. We remove the atmosphere of awkwardness by creating a private setting for your training environment. One instructor and one two person team will train in three rotating stages. This personalized training is designed to help you achieve your fullest potential. We don't judge you, gauge you, or compare you to other guests. It is ok to mess up at ATAC, we expect it, because we messed up too the first time too.
You will go home feeling confident in your handling of your firearm defensively, but most importantly you'll have a good time.
Meet the Instructors
A.T.A.C.’s tactical training program is fused with experiences from US Army Special Forces tactical shooting schools, Combat, Counter-Terrorism Operations, International Narcotics Interdiction, teaching Foreign Internal Defense to include the Military and Police of developing countries. These experiences blended with two decades studying Counter-Insurgency Warfare and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Security Studies led to the concept of A.T.A.C.; a hybrid personal protection tactical training methodology we call a Mixed Tactical Art (MTA).
ATACs maximum class size is six guests per course with two instructors. We provide our guests with real world experience in how
tactics are used to reduce your risk of being shot. We are able to bring you first hand experience from being shot at and having to shoot back. We provide experience from multiple rotations in Afghanistan engaged in high risk combat operations with the Army Special Forces.
We bring real world experiences to the range, providing you with the very best in training, education, and a love of country. Veteran owned by two retired military officers, A.T.A.C. instructors bring to the table 46 years of combined experience in US Army Special Operations.
As an American, carrying a concealed weapon allows you the option to defend yourself during a emergency situation. When you choose to carry a firearm, you will need to decide what actions you are willing to take; including the use of lethal force. This is an especially important aspect of civilian tactical training in different scenarios.
Tactical training is reality based. Shooting stationary at paper targets does not effectively prepare you to defend yourself in a real-life situation. It is crucial to train your body to MOVE while firing in either a fight or flight armed response. A.T.A.C.'s defensive tactical training is an entry level training program designed specifically to lower a guests level of anxiety, anticipation and stress. We focus on using cover, concealment and movement techniques when firing. With training, your body will not react to the adrenaline rush, but respond in a proportional capacity. The course targets are 3D, life size, fully clothed, human forms with built in bullet traps...NOT PAPER TARGETS.