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This is a combination of both Firearm Safety and Self Defense, and a live fire orientation on all of the common firearms: Pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun.

If you are brand new to firearms, and you are interested in learning the right way, the safe way, from the beginning, this is the appropriate class for you.

If you have some experience handling firearms, but never had a comprehensive overview of Use of Force doctrine, and are looking to build a broad and varied foundation in self defense and gun knowledge, in order to succeed in our more advanced programs, then this is the prerequisite for you.

If you are aspiring to be a successful firearm or self-defense trainer, and you wish to gather ideas for curriculum, learn about teaching methodology, and watch an experienced and skilled orator present before students, this is the class for you.

The role of the personal firearm in modern society
Defining the legal and moral framework of self-defense
What is conflict, what is crime, and how do you prevent or avoid it?
Introduction to the modern pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun
Universal principles of gun safety
Safe procedures for loading, unloading, and storage
Choosing an appropriate gun for your needs
The process of purchasing or building your first firearm explained
How to hold, aim, and shoot a pistol, rifle, and shotgun
Shooting range etiquette and live fire experience


Due to Covid 19 restrictions at our normal classroom and ranges, we have moved many of our programs to a private property located in the Diablo mountain range near Mt Hamilton and San Antonio Valley. It is one and a half hours east of downtown San Jose, or one hour and twenty minutes south from Livermore. The website will email detailed driving instructions to you automatically when you sign up. It is 2wd accessible by paved county road.


Held in an open air classroom and private outdoor shooting area.

In general, ask detailed questions, learn, explore, and play with all the show and tell things we’re preparing for you. You don’t need any equipment.

We will train all day, taking breaks to rest and eat as necessary. We have lots of material to cover, and everyone learns at a different pace. Plan for a long,  full and tiring day. We finish when you finish. The class goes at the student’s pace. Typical classes with live fire run 9am to 9pm. If you are not joining for live fire, you can expect to finish around 5pm.

All firearms, equipment, ammunition, and hearing protection are provided.


Required Equipment
Note taking material, pen and paper
Water, snacks and bag lunch
Dress comfortably for outdoor activity, especially a hat and sunscreen and sturdy shoes.

Bring a pair of glasses. Any kind is fine as long as they cover your eyes.

We will provide the necessary firearms for you to train with, but if you own your own pistol, revolver, rifle, or shotgun, and you wish to learn more about it, you are welcome to bring it. Please bring your own ammo if you want to shoot your own gun at the end of class.


As we do not rent space to teach this class currently, you will not need to pay any additional facility fees. We also will not need to collect any additional range fees from you at this time.

Ammo prices are extremely volatile and high right now. The cost of consumable goods in order to run this class is $80 per person. That cost is already reflected in the price.

If you do not wish to shoot, that is perfectly acceptable. Shooting is an optional addition to the class, and not important. If so, your cost will only be $75 tuition.

This class was formerly known as “Interim Introduction to Armed Self Defense”.

If you have 2 people, choose ticket quantity 2. This sounds obvious, but clearly some folks aren’t that bright.

We will attempt to offer the FSSD program as often as feasible to meet the recent demand. Currently we are booked in advance by about 6 weeks, and we have packed 25 person classes every 3 weeks.

During the wet season, when the days are shorter, we conduct live fire at night. It is a good idea to bring clear safety glasses.

We are at 2500 feet above sea level. In the winter months, it can be cold up here, so bring warm clothes and be a big boy/girl/non binary child about it. In the summer months it is very hot, but by staying in the shade, and drinking water you can stay cool.

If you have third party promotional coupons or vouchers, email those to admin@monarchdefense.org to redeem.

More questions? Call Brian at 408-892-5460 or email info@monarchdefense.org.

Additional information


Friday March 5th, 2021 at 9am, Saturday March 27th, 2021 at 9am, Sunday April 11th, 2021 at 9am, Friday April 30th, 2021 at 9am, Saturday May 22nd, 2021 at 9am, Saturday June 12th , 2021 at 9am, Sunday July 4th, 2021 at 9am, Friday July 23rd, 2021 at 9am, Sunday August 8th, 2021 at 9am, Sunday August 29th, 2021 at 9am, Saturday September 18th, 2021 at 9am, Sunday October 10th, 2021 at 9am, Saturday October 30th, 2021 at 9am, Saturday November 20th, 2021 at 9am, Saturday December 11th, 2021 at 9am, Sunday January 2nd, 2022 at 9am


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