The below information is from the 2021 Guardian Conference. The final list of instructors, classes, and other details for the 2022 Conference are still being finalized.

While we anticipate a lot of changes in terms of the participating instructors and classes offered, we include the below information from 2021 as a reference. The rough event agenda will likely be very similar.

Please note that the early bird pricing will go away when the final class schedule is announced.

Event Schedule

Thursday, September 16th

  • 6:00p - 8:30p @ The Barn - Attendee Check-In, grab goodie bags, enjoy some pizza and meet/greet fellow attendees
  • 7:30p - 8:30p @ Saloon - Instructors & Staff Meeting

Friday, September 17th

  • 6:30a - 7:15a @ The Barn - Attendee Check-In, grab goodie bags, continental breakfast (pastries, fruit, coffee, etc.)
  • 7:15a - 7:45a @ The Barn - Welcome and opening remarks, mandatory safety briefing for all attendees
  • 8:00a - 12:00p @ Various - Training Day 1 begins!
  • 12:00p - 1:15p @ The Barn - Lunch is served (Firehouse Subs)
  • 1:30p - 5:30p @ Various - Training Day 1, Afternoon
  • 6:00p - 8:30p @ The Barn - Guardian Nation VIP & Staff Dinner (All current active Guardian Nation members, instructors, sponsors and staff invited)

Saturday, September 18th

  • 7:00a - 7:45a @ The Barn - Continental Breakfast (pastries, fruit, coffee, etc.)
  • 8:00a - 12:00p @ Various - Training Day 2, Morning
  • 12:00p - 1:15p @ The Barn - Lunch is served (Chick-Fil-A)
  • 1:30p - 5:30p @ Various - Training Day 2, Afternoon
  • 6:30p - 11:30p @ Various - Low-Light Courses with Chuck Haggard & Matt Little
  • 7:00p - 9:30p @ TBD - CCW Safe Open House (Food will be served, burgers, hot dogs, etc. Location will be announced Friday morning.)

Sunday, September 19th

  • 7:00a - 7:45a @ The Barn - Continental Breakfast (pastries, fruit, coffee, etc.)
  • 8:00a - 12:00p @ Various - Training Day 3, Morning
  • 12:00p - 1:15p @ The Barn - Lunch is served (Firehouse Subs)
  • 1:30p - 5:30p @ Various - Training Day 3, Afternoon

2021 Class Schedule

2021 Class Schedule Matrix

Course Info

*Below are course descriptions and information organized alphabetically by instructor's last name. Also listed are approximate course length and round counts. If no round count is listed, it is because the course is more of a seminar style. Course options may change at any time due to availability and interest.

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Riley Bowman

Course Title

Pistol Intelligence: 3 Keys to Unlocking Your Own Shooting Secrets

Length

4 hrs

Est. Round Count

200

Brief Description

Many classes spend time teaching grip, sights, trigger, and other fundamentals. This is a "fundamental" course that takes a different approach. During these 4 hours, you will learn 3 key principles that must be understood and managed to have success at high-performance shooting. You will also be introduced to the single biggest difference-maker to guarantee hits on target even while under stress.

Competitive Shooting Primer

4 hrs

150

Have you wondered about competitive shooting? Does competing have defensive shooting benefits? This 4-hour course will be the perfect intro to the competitive shooting world. We will cover the basic rules, gear, how the matches work, and what to expect at your first match. Plus we will shoot an actual USPSA stage and provide some tips to help you hit the ground running.

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Attorney Andrew F. Branca

Law of Self Defense LLC - lawofselfdefense.com

Course Title

The 5 Elements of Self-Defense

Length

2 hrs

Est. Round Count

N/A

Brief Description

A plain-English, law-based explanation of the five key legal elements that make or break any self-defense court case in any jurisdiction. Understand how these five legal elements apply, how they are attacked by prosecutors, how well-intentioned but poorly-informed defenders accidentally violate them and lose self-defense as a result—and how not to do that yourself. Make better informed, more confident, more decisive, legally-sound self-defense decisions by understanding the Law of Self Defense.

Defense of Others & Property, and Interacting with Police

2 hrs

N/A

A plain-English, law-based explanation of the legal boundaries for defense of others—including family, friends, strangers, and active-shooter events—and defense of property—including highly-defensible property such as a home or business as well as personal property. We’ll also discuss in-depth the legal dynamics, risks, and benefits of interacting with law enforcement in the aftermath of a use-of-force event.

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Bryan Eastridge

Eastridge Training & Consulting

Course Title

Skillbuilder 50 - Mythbusting the Fundamentals

Length

4 hrs

Est. Round Count

150

Brief Description

Think you understand the fundamentals of shooting? Or do you? Bryan Eastridge breaks down the fundamentals in an eye-opening way, busting some commonly held myths along the way that will have you building skill in a right hurry!

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Todd Fossey

Integrative Defense Solutions - thisisIDS.com

Course Title

Defending in Confined Spaces - Weapons-based Wall Work

Length

2 hrs

Est. Round Count

N/A

Brief Description

It’s not uncommon for spontaneous attacks to occur in confined spaces and up against walls and barriers. In these cases, the wall or barrier is either your strongest asset or your biggest liability. When concealed weapons are in the mix, there are extraordinary variables to take into serious consideration. Don’t miss this opportunity to acquire these unique skills from one of the top weapons-based combatives experts in the business. *This is a HANDS-ON course, so expect to be physically engaged practicing the taught skills. All attendees may sit-in this course and observe if unable physically to participate directly.*

In Holster & Out of Holster Weapon Retention

2 hrs

N/A

Most armed guardians dramatically underestimate just how important it is to possess effective skills in weapon retention. The violence that ensues when fighting for your gun and the equipment failure that commonly occurs is ignored by most concealed carriers. Todd Fossey is considered one of the industry’s top leaders in weapon retention. Years of research and development with the trade’s top minds have led to this innovative and highly effective retention system. *This is a HANDS-ON course, so expect to be physically engaged practicing the taught skills. All attendees may sit-in this course and observe if unable physically to participate directly.*

Weapons Based Clinch Fighting

2 hrs

N/A

When you consider the fact that a large percentage of violent crimes happen at contact distance and include some type of physical entanglement, the harsh reality begins to set in – your shooting skills alone aren’t enough. Having the ability to handle all levels and types of extreme close quarters attacks with a level of measure and skill must work interdependently with marksmanship. This adaptable, principle-based approach will offer you the skills you need if faced with these potentially disastrous circumstances. *This is a HANDS-ON course, so expect to be physically engaged practicing the taught skills. All attendees may sit-in this course and observe if unable physically to participate directly.*

Defending Against Edged Weapons for Armed Guardians

2 hrs

N/A

A determined edged weapon attack vs a handgun – who has the advantage? What are the most common types of edged weapon attacks and what are the most effective ways to respond to them? Knowing how to successfully navigate such an attack might just mean the difference between a positive outcome and catastrophe. This compelling training experience will give you the fundamental skills you need to survive the daunting task of fending off the knife-wielding psychopath. *This is a HANDS-ON course, so expect to be physically engaged practicing the taught skills. All attendees may sit-in this course and observe if unable physically to participate directly.*

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Jeff Gonzales

Trident Concepts - tridentconcepts.com

Course Title

Subcompact Shooting Techniques

Length

4 hrs

Est. Round Count

225

Brief Description

In this intermediate-level course, students will gain a greater familiarity for the pro’s & con’s of subcompact pistols from the 3-25 yard line. Close range shooting will focus on how to shoot the subcompact pistol faster with improved recoil management. Long range shooting will focus on how to shoot the subcompact pistol accurately with improved trigger control. Students are exposed to a battery of drills designed to improve subcompact shooting technique.

Subcompact Carry Methods

4 hrs

175

In this intermediate-level Subcompact Carry Methods workshop, students will work with three different carry methods; ankle carry, pocket carry and deep carry options. Each method will be reviewed, demonstrated and then practiced with both dry fire and live drills. The goal of the workshop is to discover through an experiential approach; which method works best for your needs. Students are not required to have each of the methods of carry, but it is strongly suggested.

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Chuck Haggard

Agile Training & Consulting - agiletactical.com

Course Title

Managing Unknown Contacts

2 hrs

2 hrs

Est. Round Count

N/A

Brief Description

Managing Unknown Contacts is a critical, yet underappreciated skill, that any Concealed Carrier should work on developing. This training will introduce the student to the concept as a method to detect pre assault behavior and prevent criminal assault.

OC Spray and Less Lethal Options

2 hrs

N/A

We should have options between "a harsh word and a gun". This course will cover the subject of less than deadly force defensive tools and tactics, with an emphasis on OC spray as a defensive tool.

Low-light Fundamentals
(Saturday Afternoon only)

4 hrs

300

This seminar is the introductory course required to attend the live-fire shooting course held in the evening of the same day. We will cover the skill sets needed to effectively utilize a pistol in a low light environment in conjunction with white light. Subjects covered: Equipment choices, including what handgun, sights, flashlights, holsters; Utilizing a pistol in conjunction with a hand held light in a search scenario; Safely and effectively utilizing a handgun with a weapon mounted light; Utilizing a light as a force multiplier tool in a street or home defense scenario.

Low-light Shooting and Tactics
(Saturday Evening only)

4 hrs

150

This course is the live-fire shooting portion conducted at night that requires attendees to attend the seminar held a few hours earlier on the same day. We will cover the skill sets needed to effectively utilize a pistol in a low light environment in conjunction with white light. Subjects covered: Equipment choices, including what handgun, sights, flashlights, holsters; Utilizing a pistol in conjunction with a hand held light in a search scenario; Safely and effectively utilizing a handgun with a weapon mounted light; Utilizing a light as a force multiplier tool in a street or home defense scenario.

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Spencer Keepers

Keepers Concealment - keepersconcealment.com

Course Title

The Appendix Equation

Length

2 hrs

Est. Round Count

N/A

Brief Description

Want to understand the principles involved in how to better conceal your pistol? Want to understand how holster design affects concealability? Want to learn more about Appendix Carry and how to do it properly, safely, and COMFORTABLY? This is the course for you.

AIWB Mastery

4 hrs

200

This course is the perfect opportunity to learn from the "High Priest of Appendix Carry," Spencer Keepers. How to do it correctly, safely, and how to draw and deploy your pistol in the most efficient manner possible, are just some of the topics that will be covered in this live-fire course.

Critical Handgun Skills

4 hrs

200

Spencer Keepers has spent his adult life studying deadly encounters and the factors that can be the difference in prevailing over lethal human threats. This course will teach you the essential skills and cover the standards that every gun carrying American should be able to achieve to maximize your effectiveness in a fight with a gun.

The Sub-Second Draw

2 hrs

100

Has the sub-second draw eluded you? Do you feel like you've put in a ton of effort to achieve it, but yet you're plateaued at your current level of performance? Spencer Keepers has a unique knack for unlocking shooter performance. He will show you how to "crack the code" of the sub-second draw quickly in this 2-hour course.

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Matt Little

Greybeard Actual - greybeardactual.com

Course Title

Pistol Skill Application

Length

4 hrs

Est. Round Count

225

Brief Description

This four-hour live-fire block covers the application of pistol skill in an armed confrontation. The focus will be on applying your shooting under stress and in conflict. Your skill at shooting drives your tactics, but there is more to fighting with a firearm than pure shooting skill. Our goal is for every student to leave this course with a deeper understanding of how to apply their hard earned shooting skill in a fighting context.

Low-Light Pistol

4 hrs

200

There is far more to low light shooting and the effective use of light than simply mounting a light to your pistol. This block will offer a concise overview of pistol and weapon-mounted light employment in low light. Required Equipment: Pistol, minimum 3 magazines. Magazine pouches. Handheld light. Strongly encouraged: Weapon-mounted light

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Hany Mahmoud

Palisade Training Group, LLC - ptgtrainingllc.com

Course Title

The Dangers Walking Among Us

Length

4 hrs

Est. Round Count

N/A

Brief Description

This 4-hour seminar taught by anti-terrorism expert, Hany Mahmoud, will open your eyes to the active terror threats in our modern world. He will break down characteristics, warning signs, and practices used by current and emerging domestic terror threats--information you can use to keep you and your family safe from mass killers.

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Brian McLaughlin

Mountain Man Medical - mountainmanmedical.com

Course Title

Emergency Trauma Response For The Concealed Carrier

Length

4 hrs

Est. Round Count

25

Brief Description

Tourniquets, chest seals, and bandages OH MY! Students will receive training that includes hands-on exercises and reality based scenarios certain to build a foundation of knowledge and confidence for modern medical emergencies.

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Matthew Maruster

Course Title

Concealed Carry Essentials

Length

4 hrs

Est. Round Count

150

Brief Description

This is one class you do not want to miss. Samuel Middlebrook is one of the most passionate instructors in the industry today and will have you leaving the course with increased confidence and a greater understanding of your own personal "mission." In this course, he uniquely connects with each student at their own level to help them advance their skill in "Concealed Carry Essentials."

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Steve Moses & Allan McBee

Palisade Training Group, LLC - ptgtrainingllc.com

Course Title

Managing Don't Shoot/Shoot Encounters in Transitional Areas

Length

4 hrs

Est. Round Count

100

Brief Description

This four-hour course was designed for concealed carriers who might find themselves dealing with potentially dangerous contacts outside of the home or business whose criminal intent may not always be financially driven. The objective is to take immediate actions and make statements that can force potential attackers to decide to break contact or reveal their criminal intent, and various immediate-action responses to unarmed and armed attacks.