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Thank you for your interest in our courses. Defense Associates is the only organization that has ever been authorized to conduct firearms training for both Chuck Taylor's American Small Arms Academy and the Massad Ayoob Group. The "Overview and Staff " page provides a short explanation as to who we are and why we believe the training we offer is both more appropriate and effective than the vast majority of courses available. Additional information in this area can also be found on the "Reference Material" page. Course descriptions and their cost can be found on the "Courses by Chuck Taylor (ASAA)" and "Courses by Massad Ayoob (MAG)" pages - at this time space is available in all courses. Information on the location of the range, required equipment, etc. can be found on the "Frequently Asked Questions" page.

We are conducting a full four day ASAA Advanced Defensive Handgun Course in August followed by a Combat Master Course in 2017 – both to be taught by Chuck Taylor. Advanced is a substantial step up from the 3 Day / Intermediate levels with the Master’s being an even larger step above that. Pass rates for those attending the Master’s is very low making doing so a great accomplishment. Even those who did not graduate from past classes will acknowledge they had never shot as well as they did by the end of the class.

To date we have had 4 people from Connecticut, 2 from New York and 1 from Ohio pass the Combat Master at courses held here. If you would like to join those who have successfully passed this test the time to start training is now and 2017 could be the last opportunity to attend a class in CT. A lot of people talk about how good they are, passing the Master's shows if it's fact or brag.

To enroll in a course simply follow the instructions on the "Course Enrollment Form" page. When we receive your application we will forward information on local hotels, specific equipment requirements, directions to the range, etc. If you need additional information on classes feel free to call between 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Monday through Thursday. While here take a minute to look over our Special Savings below.

FYI - Connecticut has passed legislation which places severe restrictions on the ownership of firearms and magazines. Students from out of state can, usually, still bring their handguns to CT to attend our courses but magazines with more than a 10 round capacity can no longer be brought into the state. We have a limited number of loaner magazines available for Glock 17 & 19, M&P 9, XD 9 & 45 and/or these handguns available as loaners. AR-15s and most other semi-auto rifles are also banned from entering the state so we have limited our classes in 2015 to those dealing with handguns.

As we choose not to live where our rights have been so shredded, we are looking to relocate to a more gun friendly state in the future. This does not mean we are abandoning the cliental or range that have supported us over the past two decades and a selective number of courses will always be offered in the coming years. If you live in the southeast (KY, TN, GA, NC, SC, etc.) and think your area would be a good place to relocate to tell us why, we are open to suggestions. Obviously there needs to be a rentable (at a reasonable rate) range available that allows the type of shooting we teach and has a classroom, restrooms and a covered shooting area. The range must be within an hour's drive of a population center large enough to provide students but a little on the rural side. Tornados sort of scare us so if they are common in your area don't call. Obviously there are other considerations, such as how restrictive the gun Á carry laws are but those are easy for us to research.


Military Discounts - All individual active duty members of the Military and National Guard receive a 25% discount on all training classes in Connecticut.

ASAA/MAG Discount - We firmly believe that anyone who owns a handgun for self-defense needs the training provided by both ASAA's 3 Day Defensive Handgun Course and MAG/40. As attending these two classes in the same season is not inexpensive, if you do we will deduct $100 from the total tuition. We also offer a special 7 day version of the two at an even greater savings. Details are on the Ayoob page.

Refresher Courses - ASAA, LFI and MAG graduates who would like to brush up their current skills can repeat a class they have graduated from (classes must be 2 or more days and Tactical Handgun Seminars are excluded) for half price. The catch is we may put you to work helping out in target changes and/or helping a class member learn a specific technique and no certificate is issued


ASAA instructors are available for private or group instruction. If you would like to organize an ASAA class in your area (a good way to finance your own training) contact us for rates and available dates.


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