Custom Training


Custom individual or small group instruction is available in the 4 markets that we serve: SF bay area, southern California, Houston, Tampa. Depending on the economics and logistics, it is also quite possible to bring our classes or seminars to other parts of the country, but for those inquiries, please speak with Brian at info@monarchdefense.org or 408-892-5460.

We have updated pricing for private classes for the 2019-2020 season. The base rate is now $395 per day + range fee for small group custom classes during the week (this is a $100 price reduction from last season).

A day of training is typically 6 hours long, or about the time between dropping the kids off at school, and having to leave to pick the kids back up. Typical class times start at 9am and end when you are tired and starving, or about 3pm. We define “small group” as ideally 2-4 students, but we are happy to work with individuals and with larger groups.

Range fees are typically $20 per person at most of the ranges that we teach at, although in some instances ranges are priced per day instead of per person, and we may need to discuss those details depending on the size of your group, your target schedule, your location, and what type of training you want to do.

For custom classes of more than 6 shooters, and for anything on Saturday or Sunday, we charge $1195 per day, plus range fees.

You do not need to pay the instructor’s travel costs as long as the private classes can be coordinated along with regularly scheduled open enrollment training. Otherwise, let us discuss this on a case by case basis.

For returning students only, we offer 1-on-1 refresher classes and skills maintenance coaching at $195 for one person for a half day, subject to scheduling and range availability. A half day is defined as approximately 3 hours of training, plus set up time, totaling roughly 4 hours. We do not offer training which is less than half day in duration.

Scheduling, pricing, location, catered lunch, equipment and ammunition are all open for discussion. If you have a special need or circumstance, please do not hesitate to call or email info@monarchdefense.org.


All firearms and accessory equipment can be provided to you free of charge. This includes modern service handguns such as the Glock 17 in 9mm, common rifles such as the AR15 in 5.56mm NATO, and common defensive use shotguns such as the 12 gauge and 20 gauge Remington 870. If you are looking to purchase a firearm, we recommend you train first with what we have, to gain experience before making an investment.


We purchase and stock common calibers of ammunition in bulk quantities. If you would like to include ammunition when arranging your class, please contact us to make arrangements ahead of time.


Typically weekends are reserved for open enrollment classes, whereas weekdays Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are open to private classes. Scheduling lead time for private 1 on 1 classes is typically 1-2 weeks. Lead time for a weekend private group may be 1-2 months, so plan on booking early and committing to the date.


Classes typically start at 9:10am and finish before 5pm, although hours of operation vary greatly from facility to facility. In the summer time we often hold daylight classes later in the afternoon/evening to avoid the hottest part of the day, and in the wintertime we frequently will train low light defensive shooting after nightfall.


In the bay area, private live fire training is typically conducted on a wonderful private outdoor live fire range in Morgan Hill called Coyote Valley Sporting Clays. It is easy to find, only 30 minutes south from downtown San Jose, and has many amenities for your comfort. In southern California we most frequently use Lytle Creek Firing Line. In Arizona we use Rio Salado Sportsmans Club or Cowtown Range. In the Houston area, most classes are taught at The Impactzone Range on the western outskirts of town. In Florida we frequent Gun Craft Inc. in Ruskin, and Manatee Gun and Archery Club in Myakka, depending on what type of training you need. In general, facilities can be a logistical concern when arranging custom training, but in most regions we are able to accommodate your desired type of training.


Unless there are specific safety hazards due to lightning, flooding, or other extreme weather conditions, we train rain or shine.

Available Topics:

  • Firearm safety and basic operation (pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun)
  • Self-defense psychology, victim selection process, situational awareness
  • Oleoresin Capsicum “pepper spray” and improvised self defense weapons
  • Role of the firearm in society and in the household
  • Teaching kids about guns
  • Safe storage habits
  • Understanding burglaries, home invasions, and other crimes.
  • Deadly force rules and laws regarding when it is legal to shoot someone


  • Choosing an appropriate firearm for your needs
  • Shooting range etiquette
  • Basics of shooting technique
  • Firearm maintenance, accessory selection
  • Ammunition selection and ballistic theory


  • Drawing from the holster
  • Shooting fast on the move
  • Shooting from inside a car and other improvised positions
  • Training in realistic self defense scenarios
  • Practicing shooting exercises as a team
  • Long gun to handgun transitions
  • Zeroing rifles and calibrating optical sights
  • Patterning buckshot with your shotgun
  • Tactical reloads and speed reloads for pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun
  • Non diagnostic malfunction clearing drills.
  • Handgun anatomy, nomenclature and function
  • Marksmanship under stress


  • Rapid fire recoil management
  • Low light considerations and flashlight techniques
  • One handed pistol marksmanship
  • Emergency one handed weapon manipulations (reload/malfunction)
  • Stress inoculation and tactical decision making
  • Psychology of combat stress
  • Instinctive point shooting


  • Utilizing cover, concealment, and angles
  • Shooting while moving
  • Grappling in the weapon environment
  • Shooting and weapon retention at contact distance
  • Engaging multiple threats simultaneously
  • Using the handgun as a “cold” impact weapon”
  • Repetition and review with increased speed and stress

Barricade training

  • Col. John Boyd’s OODA Loop and the speed of decision processing.
  • Force-on-Force training (sparring with non lethal bullets)
  • The Tueller drill aka 21 foot principle
  • Dynamic movement and sprinting to live
  • Evading and counter-attacking assailants armed with guns and knife

Dynamic traning

  • Self-coaching in the face of Fear
  • The Hunter’s mindset
  • Navigating in dark, dangerous environments
  • Negotiating corners and angles
  • Room clearing and building search techniques
  • Force-on-force training in a confined spaces and vehicles
  • Flashlight and handgun techniques
  • Night time live fire

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  • Legalities of carrying a firearm for self defense
  • Overview of US legal and court system
  • The six options for self-defense: Fight, flight, freeze, parlay, posture, submit
  • Self-Defense case studies
  • Considerations regarding law enforcement and witnesses
  • Recommendations for books, classes, and self study

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  • What is a shotgun and why choose it for home defense?
  • Shotgun action types, loading and unloading procedures
  • High and low ready positions
  • Basic stance, aiming, firing
  • Pellets, patterns, and chokes
  • Proper loading for safe and ready storage


  • Shotgun rapid fire and recoil control
  • Combat reload/port load
  • High tuck position and point shooting
  • Slings, safeties, and shotgun setup
  • What is a rifle, its advantages and limitations, and its place in society
  • Loading and unloading procedures
  • Standards for rifle accuracy
  • Clearing malfunctions under stress


  • Trading speed for precision and visa versa
  • Instinctive rifle snap shooting
  • Positions of cover
  • Moving and shooting on the move
  • Slings, optics, and weapon setup.


  • Precision Rifle Private Instruction
  • Precision marksmanship fundamentals
  • Perfecting technique through consistent practice with a .22
  • Internal and external ballistics theory
  • Minutes of angle, Mils, and Clicks
  • Calculating distance and holdover
  • Judging wind direction, velocity, and effects on bullet trajectory
  • Rifle setup, ergonomics, accessories
  • Choosing magnified optics for your purpose
  • Using slings and bipods to aid in shooting
  • Gathering DOPE (data on prior engagements) at various distances
  • Efficient spotter communication
  • 4 Conventional shooting positions
  • Shooting from unconventional positions
  • Making a field expedient tripod
  • Camouflage, stalking, creating hides to shoot from
  • Choosing or making your own ammunition for utmost precision
  •  Unknown distance target ranging and engagement