Who we are…
Armed Personal Defense™ is the premier firearms training organization in the Phoenix Metro area. The company was founded in 2003 to address the need for quality Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit (AZ CCW) training and the highest quality handgun training for new firearms owners. Since that time we substantially broadened our training options to include intermediate and advanced training in Combat Pistol, Combat Rifle/Carbine, Precision Rifle, Defensive Shotgun and Defensive Knife.
Our mission is to provide a safe, encouraging environment that will allow students to learn effective marksmanship and gun handling skills whether they are a beginner or a highly skilled shooter. Our professional training techniques provide our students with a strong foundation that will allow them to progress to more advanced skills as they continue their training.
You will not find a better choice for quality firearms training in the Phoenix metro area, period.
Why Our Courses Are Different…
Our training takes a completely different approach. We don't believe in "gun camp" type courses. We believe in "reality-based" training. We teach you what you need to know to be safe. We teach you how to shoot. We teach you how to handle yourself during a potentially violent encounter with a criminal. Most importantly, we also teach you how to avoid becoming a victim of violent crime. Our courses teach you what you need to know to survive real-world encounters and insure that you have the skill to use your firearm under the stress of combat.
In short, we teach you the skills you need to survive the gunfight and defeat your attacker.
Armed Personal Defense™ Intermediate and Advanced Training...
We offer training for all skill levels. If you a complete beginners or an intermediate shooter, we can help you hone your fundamentals until they become automatic. If you are more advanced, we can teach you some of the most cutting edge tactics and techniques available anywhere. Not sure what course you need? We can do a skills assessment and recommend which course is right for you. Don't see any course that addesses your needs? We can build custom programs and curriculums that will give you exact what you want.
Why Our Instructors Are Better…
When selecting an instructor for your training, credentials and experience are certainly important factors to consider. Be sure you are getting your training from a qualified instructor. In addition to qualifications, you also need to take a look at their skills. Can they actually demonstrate, "on demand", the skill they are teaching you. If you take a course from an instructor and never see them shoot, how do you know they are just telling you something they learned from a book.
Does your firearms instructor simply "talk the talk" or can they "walk the walk" on demand?
Doug Little has personally chosen his instructors based on their firearms experience and skill, their professional attitude and their passion for safety and quality firearms education. Many come from military and law enforcement backgrounds. All of our instructors are NRA and AZ DPS Certified Instructors.
Doug Little, Owner and Director of Training…
Doug Little is a lifelong shooter and has been teaching firearms courses in Arizona since 2003. He provides expert instruction in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Defensive Knife and Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit training. His instructor credentials include the following certifications:
• DPS Certified Arizona CCW Instructor
• CA DOJ Certified Firearms Instructor
• NRA Training Counselor
• NRA Instructor
• Staff Instructor for Suarez International
• Certified Crime Prevention Specialist
Doug has a detailed understanding of Arizona law relating to firearms, concealed carry and the legal implications using lethal force in self defense. In addition to having instructed literally thousands of students in his Arizona CCW courses, he has also certified hundreds of NRA instructors in Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home disciplines.
Doug is also a Staff Instructor for Suarez International, the world's largest independent firearms training organization. Doug joined the Suarez Instructor Team in June 2007 and teaches the bulk of the Suarez Intermediate and Advanced training curriculum in Arizona, Utah and Idaho. His expertise for Suarez lies principally in Combat Pistol, Close Range Gunfighting, Rifle Gunfighting, Kalashnikov and M4 Rifle Gunfighting and Advanced Kalashnikov and M4 Rifle Gunfighting.
He is also the author of the Arizona CCW Guide, the premier online guide to Arizona CCW Law and Concealed Carry techniques.
Doug Little's complete firearms instruction resume can be found here.
Our Commitment to You…A "No Compromise" Guarantee
If you take one of our courses and don't feel that you got your money's worth and then some, we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.
There are too many instructors out there that 'talk the talk' but cannot 'walk the walk'.
You also have my personal guarantee that I will never teach you any skill that I cannot demonstrate to you on demand. That is a 'no compromise' guarantee.