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Fortress Defense is a cadre of Professional Instructors intent on providing customized training for individual needs. Drawing upon decades of experience, Fortress will assemble a team of Staff Instructors hand-picked to address the specific security issues you require.

Fortress is not just about firearms – we employ a broad spectrum of instruction and consultation in a multitude of subjects that may be combined to provide the best client value.


Frank Sharpe Jr. has been a firearms instructor for over 15 years. As a senior staff instructor for Defense Training International (DTI), he has trained thousands of citizens, police, and military in the art of defensive firearms, and is the author of the DTI Instructors’ Standards Manual. Frank specializes in the effective instruction of female students and regularly speaks on defensive issues for women’s groups and community watch organizations.

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Pistol Courses

Fortress Defense offers four levels of pistol training.  Introduction to Defensive Pistol is a hands-on classroom-only course for those with little to no experience handling a handgun.  Level I is two-day live-fire courses "that will take the student from novice to competent gunman, capable of drawing a concealed pistol and consistently hitting moving targets in a defensive situation."  Level II and Level III are each two-day live-fire courses that expand on the skills developed in Level I, increasing the difficulty and stress.

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Women's Self Defense

Fortress Defense offers three levels of defensive training, designed specifically for women.  Women's Self Defense introduces women to fundamentals, techniques, and equipment that women can use defend themselves without a firearm.  Women's Basic Firearm Safety is a short course to familiarize the client with proper gun safety and handling procedures.  Level I and Level II are designed to take the beginner - who has never fired a shot before - to the level of skilled markswoman, capable of defending herself with a firearm in a defensive situation.

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Long Gun Courses

Defensive Rifle Level I and Level II will give the user the practical knowledge to run a modern, semi-automatic carbine or rifle.   Fortress Defense also offers Defensive Shotgun and Long-Range Rifle courses.

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Emergency Treatment of Gunshot Wounds

ETGW is designed to instruct non- medical personnel the basics of immediately treating and stabilizing gunshot wounds and other life threatening injury during the time it takes to get the victim proper medical care. This is a live- fire class and focuses on neutralizing threats and treating wounds on scene.

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Force On Force

Using quality Airsoft equipment and role players, students are run through a series of scenarios designed to challenge the decision making process during potential lethal force situations. Courses may be customized to the individual clients needs; we will travel to you and design scenarios based on your homes layout. If desired, training may include all members of the family.

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Updated Feb 2017