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Welcome to the new ADTA

48 Events a Year • 36 Shooting Events • New "Fun Shoots" • New Training Programs

ADTA builds practical self-defense skills

We help you learn practical self-defense skills in a safe and supportive social environment.

We offer defensive handgun training that helps you protect yourself and your family from life-threatening situations.

In addition, our training helps you learn non-lethal self-defense skills that help protect you legally.

What makes us unique?

Not only do we offer defensive handgun training, more importantly we provide the opportunity to maintain those skills through regular practice at fun-filled events.

Our Fast-Track Training Program lets beginners start with non-firing pistols, then progress at their own pace to defensive handguns.

We are a member-led and member-instructed non-profit community organization

We believe in the beneficial values of community service and personal growth through helping others.

Firearms training for beginners

Our New Shooter 101 Fast-Track Training Program is designed for beginners with no previous firearms knowledge.  You are welcome even if you have never fired a gun.

Our Core Concept Videos help you learn the basics of handgun safety and operation.

ADTA offers four levels of handgun Shooter Certifications.  New shooters advance their shooting skills by getting signed off on specific skills, much like earning scouting merit badges.

Live-Fire training events

Our Live-fire Training Events focus on basic shooting skills you need for home defense—getting off the X, hitting your target accurately, and shooting from cover, to name a few.

Our Fast-Track Training Program lets you begin participating in live-fire events immediately.  You'll start shooting right away using a laser training pistol.  Then when you're ready, you'll graduate to an actual handgun.

What is a FUN SHOOT?

How often do you get together and go shooting with friends?  Our Fun Shoots give you a good reason to include more live-fire practice in your busy schedule.  Membership is not required to attend.  This is a great way to find out more about ADTA.

To shoot or not to shoot?

We believe that using a firearm for self-defense should be your last resort, after all other methods have failed.

Besides helping you learn how to shoot, ADTA also trains you how to AVOID shooting.  Our Layers of Safety training helps you learn non-lethal self-defense skills that help protect you legally.

Get to know us

If you're a beginner, the best way to learn more about ADTA is by attending one of our FREE Defensive Training Workshops.

If you're an experienced shooter, we invite you to join us at one of our Fun Shoots at the range.

Check out our Upcoming Events.  We're looking forward to meeting you.  Hope to see you soon at the range!

Instructors, Mentors, and Range Safety Officers are present at every event

Experience live-fire shooting you cannot get on your own at the range

Voice defense is one of ADTA's Layers of Safety

Get to know us by attending our FREE Public Workshops

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ADTA Defensive Training Events

Live-fire practice:
Tueller Drill with moving target

Sergeant Dennis Tueller of the Salt Lake City PD established that an attacker with a knife 21 feet away can reach you in 1.5 seconds.  Additional measurements with average people show that 1.5 – 2 seconds is typical.  This exercise with a moving target gives our trainees hands-on experience with this life-threatening situation. 

Live-fire practice:
Shooting on the move

Real-life defensive situations present themselves under pressure and without warning.  This live-fire practice session led by instructor Wu Chin gets you accustomed to reacting swiftly and accurately.  This type of training is one of the unique benefits of ADTA membership!  

Live-fire practice:
Shooting in low light

Many real-life defensive situations occur in low light.  But how often do you get to practice that?  In ADTA's low-light practice scenario you learn how to hold a flashlight while shooting accurately.  Led by instructor Chad Hiatt, this is one of our most popular events!  

Beginner's training:
New Shooter 101

Do you want to learn to shoot?  Find out what ADTA has to offer by attending our FREE defensive training workshops.  They all include an introduction to our New Shooter 101 handgun training program.  By attending you can find out how to participate in our live-fire practice events.

Hands-on workshop:
Pepper spray

Pepper spray is one of ADTA's Layers of Safety.  Our pepper spray workshop gives trainees exposure to the basic types of pepper spray, using inert practice canisters.  Pepper spray can be an effective defensive option when using deadly force is not warranted by the situation. 

Hands-on workshop:
Voice defense

Voice defense is another of ADTA's Layers of Safety.  Our demeanor, our fighting spirit, and our face, are the most empowering tools we have. Every serial rapist, every serial killer, is looking for a passive victim. They don’t want to take on somebody that looks they’re going to fight back. 



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A 501(c)7 non-profit organization, founded in 2011
Federal Way, Washington, USA
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