2020 Concealed Carry Expo. Presented by USCCA

OCT. 1-3, 2021 | FORT WORTH, TX

All Concealed Firearms Are Welcome

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The USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Expo is a three-day consumer show dedicated to opening the world of protection to empowered Americans who want to be prepared as their families' first lines of defense. Here’s a first look at what you can expect:

Experience safe and practical seminars and courses on a variety of topics with trusted subject matter experts.

Try out new guns and sharpen your shooting skills at the FREE live-fire range.

Test out female-specific carry options and products in the Women’s Concealed Carry Showroom. 

Explore hundreds of products like guns, holsters, knives and more from industry-leading vendors.

All Concealed Firearms Are Welcome

Exhibit Hall Dates & Hours

Location: Fort Worth Convention Center | Fort Worth, TX

Day 1

October 1, 2021

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Day 2

October 2, 2021

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Day 3

October 3, 2021

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Please Note: Exhibit hall hours are different from seminar hours.

Pricing

USCCA Member

General Admission – FREE
Digital Ticket – FREE

Non-USCCA Member

General Admission – $25.00
Digital Ticket – $15.00

Day 1 - The USCCA Presents

Proving Ground Live

Friday Only! 7:00-8:30PM

Experience training as real as possible to prepare YOU for the unthinkable…​

Experience training as real as possible to prepare 
YOU for the unthinkable…

  • Three LIVE self-defense scenarios
  • Meet some of the industry’s best
  • Complimentary snacks & beverages
  • VIP members receive a special gift

YOUR CONCEALED CARRY EXPO AGENDA

Learn From The Best Minds In Self-Defense & Train Side By Side With Industry Experts…

Limited seating: Pre-register now to secure your spot at our industry-leading training courses and seminars.

Main Seminar Room Schedule

Seminars begin at 9:00 AM daily

Please note: Some seminars may be earlier than exhibit hall hours. Paid courses require registration.

Beth Alcazar

Beth Alcazar

Women’s Introduction To Handguns

Beth Alcazar

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About the presentation:
“Women's Intro. to Handguns” is designed by women for women as a welcoming and engaging learning environment for new shooters, especially those who are brand new to firearms (and maybe have never even picked up or used a gun before). This course is ideal for demystifying firearms and for helping new shooters overcome fear and uncertainty with knowledge and empowerment. All the necessary basics and fundamentals of shooting will be introduced, explained and reinforced, along with the universal safety rules, basic firearms nomenclature, basic firearms functions and reasons to train/carry.


About the speaker:
Author of Women's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals, associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and creator of the Pacifiers & Peacemakers blog, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW, I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth also received the NRA's prestigious Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for 2019.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 202-D

paid course

Donna Anthony

Donna Anthony

Intruder Awareness & Church Security Reality-Based Training 2 in 1

Donna Anthony

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About the presentation:
This hands-on class consists of two distinct 1.5-hour reality-based training sessions that will help students sharpen their gun-handling skills in a variety of simulated, real-world situations. Course sessions will cover firearms handling, proper tactical movement, appropriate decision-making, a shooting simulator and force-on-force training using T4E-converted handguns that employ non-lethal marking rounds. These converted handguns allow scenario participants to safely fight “attackers” in lethal-force scenarios, followed by a debriefing and assessment of the drill. Participants will be able to determine what works and what doesn't when it comes to their equipment, decision-making capabilities and levels of training. The session is considered to be the highest level of evaluation and application of skills available without having to engage in a real fight.

*NOTE: All attendees are required to bring gloves and long sleeves/hooded sweatshirts. No weapons of any kind are allowed in this course. Attendees are subject to a weapons check before class and will have access to storage units if necessary.


About the speaker:
Donna Anthony has more than 20 years of experience in security and law enforcement. She has served as a sworn police officer in Alaska, an undercover investigator for the Alaska State Trooper Statewide Drug Task Force Unit and an Ohio deputy sheriff. She has collaborated with such federal law enforcement agencies as the U.S. Marshals, DEA, ATF and FBI.

After retiring from the Palmer Police Department, Donna founded the Alaska Investigation Agency, LLC in 2012, and is the owner of Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense Training, LLC. Her passion for self-defense drove her to become a member of the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. She is also the national training coordinator for The Well Armed Woman (TWAW), a non-profit organization that educates, equips and empowers women shooters.

Donna has extensive law enforcement training, from hostage negotiation to tactical operations planning, including Rapid Response to an Active Shooter, Undercover Techniques and Anti-Terrorism Training.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 201-A

paid course

Dave Young

Dave Young

Handgun Protection & Retention: Keeping Your Firearm in YOUR Control

Dave Young

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About the presentation:
Led by self-defense expert Dave Young, this hands-on course will guide you through various drills and exercises to prepare you for some of the most common deadly force scenarios you may encounter when carrying concealed.

Topics covered include: situational awareness, the 10/5/2-foot rule, understanding the five basic safety indicators, how to manage distance and control positioning, strategies for shielding your firearm, escalation options when everything else fails and much more. Get the skills and knowledge to carry with confidence, train better and survive a deadly encounter.


About the speaker:
Dave Young is a nationally recognized defensive tactics instructor with a 30-year history in military and civilian law enforcement. As the founder and director of ARMA Training and U.S. Fighting Systems, Dave has dedicated his life to defensive training instruction. Specializing in personal and officer survival, crowd management, and non-lethal weaponry, he has been featured on the National Geographic channel and sits on the boards of PoliceOne.com and Police Magazine.

Dave is an active member of several organizations, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Rifle Association (NRA) and Georgia International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI).

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 202-A

paid course

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Countering the Mass Shooter Threat

Michael Martin

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About the presentation:
In this course, Countering the Mass Shooter Threat author Michael Martin reviews data gathered from 48 mass shootings that have occurred since Columbine to determine what can be learned from these terrible tragedies. Questions analyzed include whether a reduction in magazine capacity or any kind of firearms ban could have changed the outcome of these events. Michael also looks at whether so-called “gun-free” zones impact the planning of these mass murderers, whether victim response at any mass shooting has made a difference and whether “universal background checks” or other proposals by gun-control advocates stand a chance of stemming the current trajectory of these shootings. Michael summarizes this data with a comprehensive plan designed to eliminate the scourge of these shooters once and for all.


About the speaker:
Michael Martin is the researcher and author behind the USCCA textbooks, Countering the Mass Shooter Threat, Emergency First-Aid Fundamentals and Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals. In addition to his work with the USCCA, Michael is also certified as a CIRAS (Collaborative Incident Response, Active Shooter) instructor. He teaches police, fire and EMS agencies how to respond to the aftermath of mass shooting events in order to minimize the loss of life. Martin's textbooks and other training materials are currently in use by thousands of USCCA instructors across the U.S., and he is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts in mass shootings. Martin also serves as a full-time firefighter and paramedic in the Twin Cities and is a U.S. Army veteran, with service time in South Korea; Augsburg, Germany; and Washington, D.C.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: 203

free

Don Gulla

Don Gulla

Calm and Confident: Self De-Escalation When Things Get Rough

Don Gulla

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How do you remain calm and confident during a crisis, especially if it involves deciding whether or not to use a firearm? Sgt. Don Gulla spent more than three decades as a law enforcement officer before retirement, working as a SWAT Operator for 12-plus years and completing roughly 600 missions. During this course, he’ll provide students with tips, tactics and training examples on how to remain calm and confident in both low-stress and high-stress situations. He will also cover self de-escalation techniques, how to add stress to training to improve performance, pre-attack indicators, factors of fear and how to apply all of these different pieces to firearms training.


About the speaker:
Sgt. Don Gulla is a veteran of the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington State and the founder of the police and public safety training organization Gulla’s Arrestling. His comprehensive law enforcement career includes 12 years of full-time SWAT Team experience and seven years of service as an Academy Instructor. Additionally, Don holds certifications as a Chief SIRT Pistol Instructor, Master Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor, and Senior Master Taser Instructor. Don is also a five-time gold medalist of the World Police and Fire Games in Karate. After more than 45 years practicing the sport, Don was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: 202-C

free

Kevin Dixie

Kevin Dixie

Freedom: The Underlying Reason We Carry

Kevin Dixie

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In this discussion, Kevin Dixie will cover the history of the U.S. and why the right to carry a firearm is so significant to all Americans. Once a person has decided to act on the human right to defend himself or herself, one must appreciate the responsibility that comes with it and what this choice signifies. It’s much more than simply carrying a gun. How has the person subconsciously decided to make the community safer? Kevin will help you answer that and other related questions during this presentation.

Kevin will also address the biases individuals have formed. What does the bad guy look like when someone imagines a self-defense scenario? Does the bad guy always look, dress and speak the same? As protectors, we must exclude these biases. How do we subdue those thoughts and think outside these confines?

Having worked 10 years in law enforcement, Kevin has been exposed to people making rash decisions based on what their conscious has come to believe was a threat. This has cost many people their freedom and the ability to protect what they love. Kevin’s job was to apprehend some of the most ruthless human beings imaginable … and now he wants to prevent good people from being misidentified as criminals.


About the speaker:
Kevin Dixie is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri, and married father of two. He has served for 10 years with the Saint Louis City Police Department in the Prisoner Processing Division and 15 years as a private security professional.
Kevin is the owner and operator of No Other Choice Firearms Training (NOC) — a professional firearms and self-defense company — and the founder of Aiming for the Truth — a six-step program to help heal broken families, strengthen the community bonds of neighbors and improve the lives of people nationwide. Aiming for the Truth is focused on getting to the root of the factors that are driving violence in our communities.
Kevin has spent 20 years as a civil rights advocate. He has presented on community building and civil rights throughout the U.S. He has been featured on NRATV, CarbonTV, Gun Freedom Radio, Firearms Network, Tom Woods Show and dozens of podcasts.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Room: 203

free

Robert Metz

Robert Metz

DART: Dynamic Action Response Training

Robert Metz

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About the presentation:
Dynamic Action Response Training (DART) was created to address the reality of a sudden, violent assault. The course utilizes facts provided by sources like the DOJ and FBI. Identifying these statistical realities helps set the stage for the logic and fundamental basis of the program’s training methodology. Topics will include the number of armed vs. unarmed assaults, the weapons most likely used during an assault and statistics addressing effective use of firearms during close-quarter encounters.
There is an emphasis during the course on tactical objectives over techniques, so that a practitioner can understand the “why.” ​DART users are taught using systematic frameworks that bring all skill sets into an instinctive response that is sustainable under high-stress and high-intensity situations.
Instinctive Response Training (IRT) vs. Pre-Conditioned Response Training (CRT): We have built our training based on biologically instinctive responses. In our extensive and varied experience, it is the only way to ensure reliability under pressure of learned skills. We reveal why pre-conditioned responses fail, what natural instinctive responses are and how they are the hidden basis for all combative methodology, how to use the instinctive reflex response as a basis for training, and how to effectively index and deploy a knife or handgun under duress.


About the speaker:
Robert Metz is the former Senior TAC NCOIC of the U.S. Army Ranger School, having retired as a Sergeant Major after 22 years of military experience. He was one of the founders of the U.S. Army’s “Gun Truck Alley” training course – a 9-mile stretch of abandoned highway near Breezewood, Pennsylvania – that prepares Army reserve soldiers for convoy survivability operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Robert has more than 35 years of experience in myriad martial arts styles.

In addition, he has 20-plus years of experience in law enforcement, serving in all three uniform patrol districts of a large, regional police department, as well as a detective. He has taught as a subject matter expert in various educational settings, such as academia, private-sector, military and police venues.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Room: 203

free

George Harris

George Harris

In the Beginning: What You Need to Know About Concealed Carry Firearms

George Harris

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To master any skill, you must have a solid foundation — carrying concealed is no different. In this course, renowned firearms instructor George Harris provides answers to many of the questions that new and prospective firearms owners may have. Practical topics that are covered include: revolver versus pistol use, caliber selection for personal protection, methods of concealed carry, concealed carry education and training, and so much more.


About the speaker:
George Harris has been a leading firearms educator and trainer for more than 40 years. He is the co-founder of SIGARMS Academy, now known as SIG SAUER Academy, an internationally recognized and highly sought-after training institution for armed professionals and responsible citizens. He was awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished badges for both Service Pistol and Service Rifle and served as a coach and team member of the World Champion U.S. Army Reserve International Combat Team. George currently serves as the CEO of International Firearms Consultants, LLC, a “one-stop shop” for all personal and professional firearms-related needs.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Room: 204

free

Don Gulla & Gary Drake

Don Gulla & Gary Drake

Advanced Concealed Carry: Close-Quarters Shooting & Weapons Retention

Don Gulla & Gary Drake

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This three-hour course is designed to deliver crucial advanced concealed carry training skills. Taught by Gary Drake and Sgt. Don Gulla, the curriculum focuses on combining hand-to-hand tactics with firearms training. Topics include: shooting from a seated position, developing a flinch draw, weapon retention, close-quarter shooting and small-joint manipulation.


About the speaker:
Don Gulla:
Sgt. Don Gulla is a veteran of the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington State and the founder of the police and public safety training organization Gulla’s Arrestling. His comprehensive law enforcement career includes 12 years of full-time SWAT Team experience and seven years of service as an Academy Instructor. Additionally, Don holds certifications as a Chief SIRT Pistol Instructor, Master Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor, and Senior Master Taser Instructor. Don is also a five-time gold medalist of the World Police and Fire Games in Karate. After more than 45 years practicing the sport, Don was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016.

Gary Drake:
Gary Drake is a veteran of law enforcement, law enforcement training, military training, tactical training and the United States Marine Corps. His certifications and awards include SIRT Pistol Instructor, Level 4 Arrestling Instructor and induction into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Gary currently serves as an instructor of firearms and defensive tactics for basic academy recruits at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center.

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Room: 202-A

paid course

Donna Anthony

Donna Anthony

Intruder Awareness & Church Security Reality-Based Training 2 in 1

Donna Anthony

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About the presentation:
This hands-on class consists of two distinct 1.5-hour reality-based training sessions that will help students sharpen their gun-handling skills in a variety of simulated, real-world situations. Course sessions will cover firearms handling, proper tactical movement, appropriate decision-making, a shooting simulator and force-on-force training using T4E-converted handguns that employ non-lethal marking rounds. These converted handguns allow scenario participants to safely fight “attackers” in lethal-force scenarios, followed by a debriefing and assessment of the drill. Participants will be able to determine what works and what doesn't when it comes to their equipment, decision-making capabilities and levels of training. The session is considered to be the highest level of evaluation and application of skills available without having to engage in a real fight.

*NOTE: All attendees are required to bring gloves and long sleeves/hooded sweatshirts. No weapons of any kind are allowed in this course. Attendees are subject to a weapons check before class and will have access to storage units if necessary.


About the speaker:
Donna Anthony has more than 20 years of experience in security and law enforcement. She has served as a sworn police officer in Alaska, an undercover investigator for the Alaska State Trooper Statewide Drug Task Force Unit and an Ohio deputy sheriff. She has collaborated with such federal law enforcement agencies as the U.S. Marshals, DEA, ATF and FBI.

After retiring from the Palmer Police Department, Donna founded the Alaska Investigation Agency, LLC in 2012, and is the owner of Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense Training, LLC. Her passion for self-defense drove her to become a member of the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. She is also the national training coordinator for The Well Armed Woman (TWAW), a non-profit organization that educates, equips and empowers women shooters.

Donna has extensive law enforcement training, from hostage negotiation to tactical operations planning, including Rapid Response to an Active Shooter, Undercover Techniques and Anti-Terrorism Training.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room: 201-A

paid course

Dave Young

Dave Young

Active Shooter Survival Workshop

Dave Young

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During this 90-minute workshop, Dave Young will cover the most common indicators and threats that occur before and during active-shooter attacks. Attendees will learn about everything from common traits of active shooters to becoming a tactical leader during an active-shooter event. This crucial workshop is fast-paced and hands-on and will arm you with field-proven strategies to manage the safety of yourself and your family.


About the speaker:
Dave Young is a nationally recognized defensive tactics instructor with a 30-year history in military and civilian law enforcement. As the founder and director of ARMA Training and U.S. Fighting Systems, Dave has dedicated his life to defensive training instruction. Specializing in personal and officer survival, crowd management, and non-lethal weaponry, he has been featured on the National Geographic channel and sits on the boards of PoliceOne.com and Police Magazine.

Dave is an active member of several organizations, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Rifle Association (NRA) and Georgia International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI).

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Room: 202-D

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Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Emergency First-Aid Fundamentals

Michael Martin

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Beyond performing CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, do you know how to save a life before the paramedics arrive or, worse, when help isn’t accessible? Become your family's first responder by attending this course! Attendees will learn how to assess a patient’s condition and properly treat life-threatening conditions, including broken bones, spinal injuries, serious bleeding, shock and more. Learn how to help when minutes count.


About the speaker:
Michael Martin is the researcher and author behind the USCCA textbooks, Countering the Mass Shooter Threat, Emergency First-Aid Fundamentals and Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals. In addition to his work with the USCCA, Michael is also certified as a CIRAS (Collaborative Incident Response, Active Shooter) instructor. He teaches police, fire and EMS agencies how to respond to the aftermath of mass shooting events in order to minimize the loss of life. Martin's textbooks and other training materials are currently in use by thousands of USCCA instructors across the U.S., and he is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts in mass shootings. Martin also serves as a full-time firefighter and paramedic in the Twin Cities and is a U.S. Army veteran, with service time in South Korea; Augsburg, Germany; and Washington, D.C.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Room: 204

free

Beth Alcazar

Beth Alcazar

How to Speak to The Anti-Gun Crowd

Beth Alcazar

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About the presentation:
We all know someone from the anti-gun crowd — perhaps at work, at church, in our circle of friends or even within the walls of our own homes. How do you reach such a person? Or what should you do if (and when) you encounter an anti-gun individual in person or online? Undoubtedly, there's no right answer for every person or every situation. But there are some tips to keep in mind when interacting with someone who may be unsure about — or even completely against — our right to keep and bear arms.


About the speaker:
Author of Women's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals, associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and creator of the Pacifiers & Peacemakers blog, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW, I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth also received the NRA's prestigious Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for 2019.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room: 203

free

Tom Grieve and Kevin Michalowski

Tom Grieve and Kevin Michalowski

Ask an Attorney

Tom Grieve and Kevin Michalowski

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Self-defense laws are convoluted. You can easily end up in jail if you don’t know when and how to legally stop a threat. Join Concealed Carry Magazine Executive Editor Kevin Michalowski and Attorney Tom Grieve as they answer some of your most critical self-defense and legal questions live.

Their discussion will cover some of the most popular questions on topics like self-defense misconceptions and unexpected legal ramifications. This session is normally a benefit available ONLY to Platinum and Elite USCCA Members, so be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity.


About the speaker:
Tom Grieve:
Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former state prosecutor who started Grieve Law, LLC — now one of the largest criminal defense firms in Wisconsin. He is respected as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the state and has developed a nuanced understanding of Wisconsin firearms laws throughout his years of experience. Although Tom’s legal background speaks for itself, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, receiving his certification as a firearms instructor and participating as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos. He also serves as a speaker and analyst on numerous radio stations, television stations and both college and law school campuses.

Kevin Michalowski:
Kevin Michalowski is executive editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and a fully certified law enforcement officer working part time in rural Wisconsin. He is a USCCA and NRA Certified Trainer. Kevin has participated in training across the U.S. as both a student and an instructor in multiple disciplines. These specialties include pistol, rifle, shotgun, empty-hand defense and rapid response to the active shooter. Kevin is passionate about the concealed carry lifestyle, studying the legal, ethical and moral aspects of the use of force in self-defense. He is a graduate of the Force Science Institute Certification Course and has worked as a professional witness and consultant on matters concerning the judicious use of deadly force and deadly force decision-making.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room: 204

free

George Harris

George Harris

The Essentials of Marksmanship

George Harris

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This interactive lecture will provide a comprehensive overview of the forthcoming USCCA book and training program authored by the speaker. While it looks easy to master, properly and effectively shooting a gun is actually quite challenging. Fortunately, there are multiple methods and techniques that can be implemented to make shooting safe, simple and successful. The importance of muzzle management and trigger finger discipline are critical to achieve both safety and success. This presentation will include unconventional training and communicating methods to achieve shooting objectives in less time with minimal exertion. Human vision, bio-mechanics and reprogramming the brain will be covered during the presentation to help improve mechanics and accuracy. If time permits, methods of self-diagnosis will also be offered to attendees.


About the speaker:
George Harris has been a leading firearms educator and trainer for more than 40 years. He is the co-founder of SIGARMS Academy, now known as SIG SAUER Academy, an internationally recognized and highly sought-after training institution for armed professionals and responsible citizens. He was awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished badges for both Service Pistol and Service Rifle and served as a coach and team member of the World Champion U.S. Army Reserve International Combat Team. George currently serves as the CEO of International Firearms Consultants, LLC, a “one-stop shop” for all personal and professional firearms-related needs.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Room: 202-B

free

Demonstration & Women's Concealed Carry Showroom Schedule

Demonstrations are held on demo stages inside the exhibit hall.

Beth Alcazar

Beth Alcazar

Selecting a Firearm: It’s More Than Just ‘Fit’

Beth Alcazar

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Have you ever heard that the best gun for you is the one that will fit your hand? You certainly want a gun that feels good in your hand and that seems to nestle perfectly into the natural curves and contours of your fingers and palm, but there’s much more to it than that. Learn what to look for so that you can find the right firearm for you.


About the speaker:
Author of Women's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals, associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and creator of the Pacifiers & Peacemakers blog, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW, I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth also received the NRA's prestigious Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for 2019.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Room: Women's Concealed Carry Showroom Demo Stage

free

Main Seminar Room Schedule

Seminars begin at 9:00 AM daily

Please note: Some seminars may be earlier than exhibit hall hours. Paid courses require registration.

Beth Alcazar

Beth Alcazar

Women’s Intermediate Handguns

Beth Alcazar

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“Women's Intermediate Handguns” is ideal for ladies who are ready to take the next step with their firearms skills, tools and mindset. Basics and fundamentals of shooting will be reviewed, while exploring situational awareness, popular types of handguns, ammunition types and storage and concealed carry options. Recognizing and clearing malfunctions, understanding range etiquette and commands, and using the dominant and non-dominant hand and reloading will also be covered.


About the speaker:
Author of Women's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals, associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and creator of the Pacifiers & Peacemakers blog, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW, I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth also received the NRA's prestigious Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for 2019.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 202-D

paid course

Donna Anthony

Donna Anthony

Intruder Awareness & Church Security Reality-Based Training 2 in 1

Donna Anthony

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About the presentation:
This hands-on class consists of two distinct 1.5-hour reality-based training sessions that will help students sharpen their gun-handling skills in a variety of simulated, real-world situations. Course sessions will cover firearms handling, proper tactical movement, appropriate decision-making, a shooting simulator and force-on-force training using T4E-converted handguns that employ non-lethal marking rounds. These converted handguns allow scenario participants to safely fight “attackers” in lethal-force scenarios, followed by a debriefing and assessment of the drill. Participants will be able to determine what works and what doesn't when it comes to their equipment, decision-making capabilities and levels of training. The session is considered to be the highest level of evaluation and application of skills available without having to engage in a real fight.

*NOTE: All attendees are required to bring gloves and long sleeves/hooded sweatshirts. No weapons of any kind are allowed in this course. Attendees are subject to a weapons check before class and will have access to storage units if necessary.


About the speaker:
Donna Anthony has more than 20 years of experience in security and law enforcement. She has served as a sworn police officer in Alaska, an undercover investigator for the Alaska State Trooper Statewide Drug Task Force Unit and an Ohio deputy sheriff. She has collaborated with such federal law enforcement agencies as the U.S. Marshals, DEA, ATF and FBI.

After retiring from the Palmer Police Department, Donna founded the Alaska Investigation Agency, LLC in 2012, and is the owner of Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense Training, LLC. Her passion for self-defense drove her to become a member of the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. She is also the national training coordinator for The Well Armed Woman (TWAW), a non-profit organization that educates, equips and empowers women shooters.

Donna has extensive law enforcement training, from hostage negotiation to tactical operations planning, including Rapid Response to an Active Shooter, Undercover Techniques and Anti-Terrorism Training.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 201-A

paid course

Dave Young

Dave Young

Skills Building: Preparing for a Gunfight

Dave Young

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Learn from self-defense expert Dave Young as he reveals the truth about real-life gunfights and discusses the knowledge, skills and gear you need to survive one. During this primarily hands-on course, Dave will walk you through the drills and exercises that will give you the gunfighting skills you need to overcome a deadly threat. Topics include: moving with your firearm, drawing your firearm, hand-eye coordination, different angles of fire and much more.

This course will also cover topics such as how to select the right holster and firearm for your unique needs, different ammo types, the advantage of carrying concealed and the tactics you need to know to protect yourself and your loved ones anytime, anywhere.


About the speaker:
Dave Young is a nationally recognized defensive tactics instructor with a 30-year history in military and civilian law enforcement. As the founder and director of ARMA Training and U.S. Fighting Systems, Dave has dedicated his life to defensive training instruction. Specializing in personal and officer survival, crowd management, and non-lethal weaponry, he has been featured on the National Geographic channel and sits on the boards of PoliceOne.com and Police Magazine.

Dave is an active member of several organizations, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Rifle Association (NRA) and Georgia International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI).

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 202-A

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Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

Practical and Legal Reality of Self-Defense

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

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This presentation explores several of the critical issues confronting anyone who finds himself or herself required to use force — especially deadly force — in self-defense. It will focus on the practical realities of the encounter as well as what happens with the arrival of law enforcement. A 30-plus-year veteran law enforcement officer will address the myths, misinformation and misunderstandings that have become commonplace in discussions of interactions with responding officers. Lessons include how to deal with responses from the media, safely handling the arrival of law enforcement and more.


About the speaker:
Anthony Gregory:
Tony Gregory is the chief instructor at Indy Arms, where he and senior instructor Joel Nadler co-develop the curriculum. He has spent the last 30 years as a law enforcement officer and trainer and is a nationally known, award-winning instructor. Prior to entering law enforcement at the age of 40, Tony spent 20 years in the private sector as the CEO of a mid-sized corporation, a business consultant and a trainer. After retiring from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 as captain and assistant director of the training academy, he became a part-time captain and training director for the Homecroft Police Department. He also does contract instruction for law enforcement agencies. Tony holds 75 instructor and armorer certificates in firearms, defensive tactics, secondary weapons, use-of-force and related areas.

Joel T. Nadler:
Joel T. Nadler is a senior instructor and instruction program director at Indy Arms and coordinates the Indy Arms’ Glock GSSF, IDPA, Bowling Pins and House shooting leagues/events. He is an avid collector of firearms and a proponent of the right to self-defense. Joel has been extensively trained in defensive firearms use and holds multiple certifications as a defensive firearms instructor (NRA, USCCA, TTA). He co-wrote and has instructed all of the live-fire courses offered at Indy Arms and is an NRA, USCCA and IDPA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO). When not training at Indy Arms, Joel uses his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology as a tenured professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is also the co-founder of Alpha Omega Associates, a consulting firm focusing on helping organizations and designing corporate training programs. Additionally, Joel is a freelance writer, with articles on self-defense and competition shooting regularly published in Concealed Carry Magazine and The Glock Annual.

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Room: 202-C

free

Robert Metz

Robert Metz

DART: Dynamic Action Response Training

Robert Metz

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Dynamic Action Response Training (DART) was created to address the reality of a sudden, violent assault. The course utilizes facts provided by sources like the DOJ and FBI. Identifying these statistical realities helps set the stage for the logic and fundamental basis of the program’s training methodology. Topics will include the number of armed vs. unarmed assaults, the weapons most likely used during an assault and statistics addressing effective use of firearms during close-quarter encounters.
There is an emphasis during the course on tactical objectives over techniques, so that a practitioner can understand the “why.” ​DART users are taught using systematic frameworks that bring all skill sets into an instinctive response that is sustainable under high-stress and high-intensity situations.
Instinctive Response Training (IRT) vs. Pre-Conditioned Response Training (CRT): We have built our training based on biologically instinctive responses. In our extensive and varied experience, it is the only way to ensure reliability under pressure of learned skills. We reveal why pre-conditioned responses fail, what natural instinctive responses are and how they are the hidden basis for all combative methodology, how to use the instinctive reflex response as a basis for training, and how to effectively index and deploy a knife or handgun under duress.


About the speaker:
Robert Metz is the former Senior TAC NCOIC of the U.S. Army Ranger School, having retired as a Sergeant Major after 22 years of military experience. He was one of the founders of the U.S. Army’s “Gun Truck Alley” training course – a 9-mile stretch of abandoned highway near Breezewood, Pennsylvania – that prepares Army reserve soldiers for convoy survivability operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Robert has more than 35 years of experience in myriad martial arts styles.

In addition, he has 20-plus years of experience in law enforcement, serving in all three uniform patrol districts of a large, regional police department, as well as a detective. He has taught as a subject matter expert in various educational settings, such as academia, private-sector, military and police venues.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Room: 204

free

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Emergency First-Aid Fundamentals

Michael Martin

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Beyond performing CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, do you know how to save a life before the paramedics arrive or, worse, when help isn’t accessible? Become your family's first responder by attending this course! Attendees will learn how to assess a patient’s condition and properly treat life-threatening conditions, including broken bones, spinal injuries, serious bleeding, shock and more. Learn how to help when minutes count.


About the speaker:
Michael Martin is the researcher and author behind the USCCA textbooks, Countering the Mass Shooter Threat, Emergency First-Aid Fundamentals and Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals. In addition to his work with the USCCA, Michael is also certified as a CIRAS (Collaborative Incident Response, Active Shooter) instructor. He teaches police, fire and EMS agencies how to respond to the aftermath of mass shooting events in order to minimize the loss of life. Martin's textbooks and other training materials are currently in use by thousands of USCCA instructors across the U.S., and he is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts in mass shootings. Martin also serves as a full-time firefighter and paramedic in the Twin Cities and is a U.S. Army veteran, with service time in South Korea; Augsburg, Germany; and Washington, D.C.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 204

free

George Harris

George Harris

Firearms Modifications: Dos and Don'ts

George Harris

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Every gun enthusiast knows that the number of modifications his or her firearm needs is “just one more.” But in the wide world of customization, some changes might add nothing to performance — and can even limit it. In this course, George Harris, firearms trainer and CEO of International Firearms Consultants, LLC, will review a list of popular modifications used for concealed carry and home defense, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.


About the speaker:
George Harris has been a leading firearms educator and trainer for more than 40 years. He is the co-founder of SIGARMS Academy, now known as SIG SAUER Academy, an internationally recognized and highly sought-after training institution for armed professionals and responsible citizens. He was awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished badges for both Service Pistol and Service Rifle and served as a coach and team member of the World Champion U.S. Army Reserve International Combat Team. George currently serves as the CEO of International Firearms Consultants, LLC, a “one-stop shop” for all personal and professional firearms-related needs.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Room: 202-B

free

Don Gulla & Gary Drake

Don Gulla & Gary Drake

Advanced Concealed Carry: Close-Quarters Shooting & Weapons Retention

Don Gulla & Gary Drake

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This three-hour course is designed to deliver crucial advanced concealed carry training skills. Taught by Gary Drake and Sgt. Don Gulla, the curriculum focuses on combining hand-to-hand tactics with firearms training. Topics include: shooting from a seated position, developing a flinch draw, weapon retention, close-quarter shooting and small-joint manipulation.


About the speaker:
Don Gulla:
Sgt. Don Gulla is a veteran of the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington State and the founder of the police and public safety training organization Gulla’s Arrestling. His comprehensive law enforcement career includes 12 years of full-time SWAT Team experience and seven years of service as an Academy Instructor. Additionally, Don holds certifications as a Chief SIRT Pistol Instructor, Master Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor, and Senior Master Taser Instructor. Don is also a five-time gold medalist of the World Police and Fire Games in Karate. After more than 45 years practicing the sport, Don was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016.

Gary Drake:
Gary Drake is a veteran of law enforcement, law enforcement training, military training, tactical training and the United States Marine Corps. His certifications and awards include SIRT Pistol Instructor, Level 4 Arrestling Instructor and induction into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Gary currently serves as an instructor of firearms and defensive tactics for basic academy recruits at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center.

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Room: 202-A

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Kevin Dixie

Kevin Dixie

Freedom: The Underlying Reason We Carry

Kevin Dixie

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In this discussion, Kevin Dixie will cover the history of the U.S. and why the right to carry a firearm is so significant to all Americans. Once a person has decided to act on the human right to defend himself or herself, one must appreciate the responsibility that comes with it and what this choice signifies. It’s much more than simply carrying a gun. How has the person subconsciously decided to make the community safer? Kevin will help you answer that and other related questions during this presentation.

Kevin will also address the biases individuals have formed. What does the bad guy look like when someone imagines a self-defense scenario? Does the bad guy always look, dress and speak the same? As protectors, we must exclude these biases. How do we subdue those thoughts and think outside these confines?

Having worked 10 years in law enforcement, Kevin has been exposed to people making rash decisions based on what their conscious has come to believe was a threat. This has cost many people their freedom and the ability to protect what they love. Kevin’s job was to apprehend some of the most ruthless human beings imaginable … and now he wants to prevent good people from being misidentified as criminals.


About the speaker:
Kevin Dixie is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri, and married father of two. He has served for 10 years with the Saint Louis City Police Department in the Prisoner Processing Division and 15 years as a private security professional.
Kevin is the owner and operator of No Other Choice Firearms Training (NOC) — a professional firearms and self-defense company — and the founder of Aiming for the Truth — a six-step program to help heal broken families, strengthen the community bonds of neighbors and improve the lives of people nationwide. Aiming for the Truth is focused on getting to the root of the factors that are driving violence in our communities.
Kevin has spent 20 years as a civil rights advocate. He has presented on community building and civil rights throughout the U.S. He has been featured on NRATV, CarbonTV, Gun Freedom Radio, Firearms Network, Tom Woods Show and dozens of podcasts.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Room: 203

free

Donna Anthony

Donna Anthony

Intruder Awareness & Church Security Reality-Based Training 2 in 1

Donna Anthony

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This hands-on class consists of two distinct 1.5-hour reality-based training sessions that will help students sharpen their gun-handling skills in a variety of simulated, real-world situations. Course sessions will cover firearms handling, proper tactical movement, appropriate decision-making, a shooting simulator and force-on-force training using T4E-converted handguns that employ non-lethal marking rounds. These converted handguns allow scenario participants to safely fight “attackers” in lethal-force scenarios, followed by a debriefing and assessment of the drill. Participants will be able to determine what works and what doesn't when it comes to their equipment, decision-making capabilities and levels of training. The session is considered to be the highest level of evaluation and application of skills available without having to engage in a real fight.

*NOTE: All attendees are required to bring gloves and long sleeves/hooded sweatshirts. No weapons of any kind are allowed in this course. Attendees are subject to a weapons check before class and will have access to storage units if necessary.


About the speaker:
Donna Anthony has more than 20 years of experience in security and law enforcement. She has served as a sworn police officer in Alaska, an undercover investigator for the Alaska State Trooper Statewide Drug Task Force Unit and an Ohio deputy sheriff. She has collaborated with such federal law enforcement agencies as the U.S. Marshals, DEA, ATF and FBI.

After retiring from the Palmer Police Department, Donna founded the Alaska Investigation Agency, LLC in 2012, and is the owner of Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense Training, LLC. Her passion for self-defense drove her to become a member of the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. She is also the national training coordinator for The Well Armed Woman (TWAW), a non-profit organization that educates, equips and empowers women shooters.

Donna has extensive law enforcement training, from hostage negotiation to tactical operations planning, including Rapid Response to an Active Shooter, Undercover Techniques and Anti-Terrorism Training.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room: 201-A

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Dave Young

Dave Young

Family Firearms Education

Dave Young

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Get the lifesaving education and safety information you and your family need to prevent gun mishandling, serious accidents and even death. Join firearms expert Dave Young as he shares valuable lessons on teaching your children about guns. Topics include proper firearms storage, the four key safety rules, how to properly handle a firearm, how to safely remove a firearm from a child, emergency first aid for gunshot wounds and much more.

Many in-home firearms deaths and accidents that involve children are preventable with proper education and supervision. Dave will show you the successful methods he has used as a Marine Corps veteran, tactical firearms instructor and father of six to keep his kids safe and his guns secure.


About the speaker:
Dave Young is a nationally recognized defensive tactics instructor with a 30-year history in military and civilian law enforcement. As the founder and director of ARMA Training and U.S. Fighting Systems, Dave has dedicated his life to defensive training instruction. Specializing in personal and officer survival, crowd management, and non-lethal weaponry, he has been featured on the National Geographic channel and sits on the boards of PoliceOne.com and Police Magazine.

Dave is an active member of several organizations, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Rifle Association (NRA) and Georgia International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI).

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: 202-D

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Beth Alcazar

Beth Alcazar

Living Safely With Kids & Guns

Beth Alcazar

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There’s no doubt that kids need guidance, protection and education … and it’s up to us as responsible gun owners to provide that for them. Since we can’t just lock them up or “baby proof” the entire world, we must consider firearms education for children, safe firearms storage options and home preparedness and planning for the entire household. Learn important — and possibly life saving — information about how you can be more comfortable, confident and safe with children and guns.


About the speaker:
Author of Women's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals, associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and creator of the Pacifiers & Peacemakers blog, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW, I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth also received the NRA's prestigious Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for 2019.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Room: 204

free

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

Low-Light Encounters

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

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Many real-life self-defense encounters occur at night and/or in low-light conditions. This course will focus on techniques and skills necessary to successfully use flashlights in such conditions. Anthony and Joel will examine legal and practical issues of self-defense in less than optimal lighting as well as the pros and cons of various techniques of using a flashlight in a defensive situation. Learn the pros and cons of various techniques, plus the legality of defending your occupied home.


About the speaker:
Anthony Gregory:
Tony Gregory is the chief instructor at Indy Arms, where he and senior instructor Joel Nadler co-develop the curriculum. He has spent the last 30 years as a law enforcement officer and trainer and is a nationally known, award-winning instructor. Prior to entering law enforcement at the age of 40, Tony spent 20 years in the private sector as the CEO of a mid-sized corporation, a business consultant and a trainer. After retiring from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 as captain and assistant director of the training academy, he became a part-time captain and training director for the Homecroft Police Department. He also does contract instruction for law enforcement agencies. Tony holds 75 instructor and armorer certificates in firearms, defensive tactics, secondary weapons, use-of-force and related areas.

Joel T. Nadler:
Joel T. Nadler is a senior instructor and instruction program director at Indy Arms and coordinates the Indy Arms’ Glock GSSF, IDPA, Bowling Pins and House shooting leagues/events. He is an avid collector of firearms and a proponent of the right to self-defense. Joel has been extensively trained in defensive firearms use and holds multiple certifications as a defensive firearms instructor (NRA, USCCA, TTA). He co-wrote and has instructed all of the live-fire courses offered at Indy Arms and is an NRA, USCCA and IDPA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO). When not training at Indy Arms, Joel uses his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology as a tenured professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is also the co-founder of Alpha Omega Associates, a consulting firm focusing on helping organizations and designing corporate training programs. Additionally, Joel is a freelance writer, with articles on self-defense and competition shooting regularly published in Concealed Carry Magazine and The Glock Annual.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Room: 202-C

free

Tom Grieve

Tom Grieve

Should I Shoot?

Tom Grieve

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About the presentation:
“Should I shoot?” is the most important self-defense question. It can have life-changing implications. Join USCCA Attorney Network member and Ask an Attorney webinar host Tom Grieve as he walks through several different defense scenarios and their outcomes, some of which were real-life cases. During this course, attendees will learn about the processes surrounding arrest, interrogation and court proceedings. They will also discover how their split-second defense decisions could be scrutinized and criticized by law enforcement.


About the speaker:
Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former state prosecutor who started Grieve Law, LLC — now one of the largest criminal defense firms in Wisconsin. He is respected as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the state and has developed a nuanced understanding of Wisconsin firearms laws throughout his years of experience. Although Tom’s legal background speaks for itself, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, receiving his certification as a firearms instructor and participating as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos. He also serves as a speaker and analyst on numerous radio stations, television stations and both college and law school campuses.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Room: 202-B

free

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Countering the Mass Shooter Threat

Michael Martin

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In this course, Countering the Mass Shooter Threat author Michael Martin reviews data gathered from 48 mass shootings that have occurred since Columbine to determine what can be learned from these terrible tragedies. Questions analyzed include whether a reduction in magazine capacity or any kind of firearms ban could have changed the outcome of these events. Michael also looks at whether so-called “gun-free” zones impact the planning of these mass murderers, whether victim response at any mass shooting has made a difference and whether “universal background checks” or other proposals by gun-control advocates stand a chance of stemming the current trajectory of these shootings. Michael summarizes this data with a comprehensive plan designed to eliminate the scourge of these shooters once and for all.


About the speaker:
Michael Martin is the researcher and author behind the USCCA textbooks, Countering the Mass Shooter Threat, Emergency First-Aid Fundamentals and Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals. In addition to his work with the USCCA, Michael is also certified as a CIRAS (Collaborative Incident Response, Active Shooter) instructor. He teaches police, fire and EMS agencies how to respond to the aftermath of mass shooting events in order to minimize the loss of life. Martin's textbooks and other training materials are currently in use by thousands of USCCA instructors across the U.S., and he is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts in mass shootings. Martin also serves as a full-time firefighter and paramedic in the Twin Cities and is a U.S. Army veteran, with service time in South Korea; Augsburg, Germany; and Washington, D.C.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Room: 203

free

Demonstration & Women's Concealed Carry Showroom Schedule

Demonstrations are held on demo stages inside the exhibit hall.

Tim Schmidt

Tim Schmidt

Make America Safe Again

Tim Schmidt

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USCCA President and Founder Tim Schmidt will be sharing how to protect your family and freedom as violent crime and anti-gun legislation explode across America. He’ll also announce new USCCA upgrades that will help every USCCA Member, that member’s loved ones, and even that member’s community to be better prepared for what’s coming next. (Don’t miss this, as Tim will be giving away two guns during this presentation!)


About the speaker:
Tim Schmidt is the president and founder of the United States Concealed Carry Association. As the founder of one of America’s fastest-growing companies, Tim forged the USCCA into the nation’s leading organization focused solely on empowering those who want to protect the people they love.
Tim founded the USCCA in 2003 when he launched Concealed Carry Magazine during his own self-defense awakening. His company Delta Defense, the service provider of the USCCA, has since been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies every year from 2012 to 2020.
The USCCA now has more than 600,000 active members and Delta Defense, LLC employs over 500 individuals.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Room: SIG SAUER Academy Demo Stage

free

Main Seminar Room Schedule

Seminars begin at 9:00 AM daily

Please note: Some seminars may be earlier than exhibit hall hours. Paid courses require registration.

Dave Young

Dave Young

Firearms Survival Tactics: When Your Life Depends on Your Performance

Dave Young

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Uncover the firearms tactics relied on by elite military and law enforcement personnel with expert firearms trainer Dave Young. Learn what to do when someone is pointing a gun at you, how to work as a team with a family member or bystander, how to control your angles of fire, the strategies you need to know in order to win against all odds and much more.

This is a hands-on course that will help you build the skills and knowledge necessary to save your life and the lives of those around you in a variety of life-threatening scenarios.


About the speaker:
Dave Young is a nationally recognized defensive tactics instructor with a 30-year history in military and civilian law enforcement. As the founder and director of ARMA Training and U.S. Fighting Systems, Dave has dedicated his life to defensive training instruction. Specializing in personal and officer survival, crowd management, and non-lethal weaponry, he has been featured on the National Geographic channel and sits on the boards of PoliceOne.com and Police Magazine.

Dave is an active member of several organizations, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Rifle Association (NRA) and Georgia International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI).

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 202-A

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Donna Anthony

Donna Anthony

Intruder Awareness & Church Security Reality-Based Training 2 in 1

Donna Anthony

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About the presentation:
This hands-on class consists of two distinct 1.5-hour reality-based training sessions that will help students sharpen their gun-handling skills in a variety of simulated, real-world situations. Course sessions will cover firearms handling, proper tactical movement, appropriate decision-making, a shooting simulator and force-on-force training using T4E-converted handguns that employ non-lethal marking rounds. These converted handguns allow scenario participants to safely fight “attackers” in lethal-force scenarios, followed by a debriefing and assessment of the drill. Participants will be able to determine what works and what doesn't when it comes to their equipment, decision-making capabilities and levels of training. The session is considered to be the highest level of evaluation and application of skills available without having to engage in a real fight.

*NOTE: All attendees are required to bring gloves and long sleeves/hooded sweatshirts. No weapons of any kind are allowed in this course. Attendees are subject to a weapons check before class and will have access to storage units if necessary.


About the speaker:
Donna Anthony has more than 20 years of experience in security and law enforcement. She has served as a sworn police officer in Alaska, an undercover investigator for the Alaska State Trooper Statewide Drug Task Force Unit and an Ohio deputy sheriff. She has collaborated with such federal law enforcement agencies as the U.S. Marshals, DEA, ATF and FBI.

After retiring from the Palmer Police Department, Donna founded the Alaska Investigation Agency, LLC in 2012, and is the owner of Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense Training, LLC. Her passion for self-defense drove her to become a member of the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. She is also the national training coordinator for The Well Armed Woman (TWAW), a non-profit organization that educates, equips and empowers women shooters.

Donna has extensive law enforcement training, from hostage negotiation to tactical operations planning, including Rapid Response to an Active Shooter, Undercover Techniques and Anti-Terrorism Training.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: 201-A

paid course

Robert Metz

Robert Metz

DART: Dynamic Action Response Training

Robert Metz

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About the presentation:
Dynamic Action Response Training (DART) was created to address the reality of a sudden, violent assault. The course utilizes facts provided by sources like the DOJ and FBI. Identifying these statistical realities helps set the stage for the logic and fundamental basis of the program’s training methodology. Topics will include the number of armed vs. unarmed assaults, the weapons most likely used during an assault and statistics addressing effective use of firearms during close-quarter encounters.
There is an emphasis during the course on tactical objectives over techniques, so that a practitioner can understand the “why.” ​DART users are taught using systematic frameworks that bring all skill sets into an instinctive response that is sustainable under high-stress and high-intensity situations.
Instinctive Response Training (IRT) vs. Pre-Conditioned Response Training (CRT): We have built our training based on biologically instinctive responses. In our extensive and varied experience, it is the only way to ensure reliability under pressure of learned skills. We reveal why pre-conditioned responses fail, what natural instinctive responses are and how they are the hidden basis for all combative methodology, how to use the instinctive reflex response as a basis for training, and how to effectively index and deploy a knife or handgun under duress.


About the speaker:
Robert Metz is the former Senior TAC NCOIC of the U.S. Army Ranger School, having retired as a Sergeant Major after 22 years of military experience. He was one of the founders of the U.S. Army’s “Gun Truck Alley” training course – a 9-mile stretch of abandoned highway near Breezewood, Pennsylvania – that prepares Army reserve soldiers for convoy survivability operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Robert has more than 35 years of experience in myriad martial arts styles.

In addition, he has 20-plus years of experience in law enforcement, serving in all three uniform patrol districts of a large, regional police department, as well as a detective. He has taught as a subject matter expert in various educational settings, such as academia, private-sector, military and police venues.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Room: 202-B

free

Beth Alcazar

Beth Alcazar

How to Speak to The Anti-Gun Crowd

Beth Alcazar

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We all know someone from the anti-gun crowd — perhaps at work, at church, in our circle of friends or even within the walls of our own homes. How do you reach such a person? Or what should you do if (and when) you encounter an anti-gun individual in person or online? Undoubtedly, there's no right answer for every person or every situation. But there are some tips to keep in mind when interacting with someone who may be unsure about — or even completely against — our right to keep and bear arms.


About the speaker:
Author of Women's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals, associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and creator of the Pacifiers & Peacemakers blog, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW, I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth also received the NRA's prestigious Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for 2019.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: 203

free

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

Practical and Legal Reality of Self-Defense

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

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About the presentation:
This presentation explores several of the critical issues confronting anyone who finds himself or herself required to use force — especially deadly force — in self-defense. It will focus on the practical realities of the encounter as well as what happens with the arrival of law enforcement. A 30-plus-year veteran law enforcement officer will address the myths, misinformation and misunderstandings that have become commonplace in discussions of interactions with responding officers. Lessons include how to deal with responses from the media, safely handling the arrival of law enforcement and more.


About the speaker:
Anthony Gregory:
Tony Gregory is the chief instructor at Indy Arms, where he and senior instructor Joel Nadler co-develop the curriculum. He has spent the last 30 years as a law enforcement officer and trainer and is a nationally known, award-winning instructor. Prior to entering law enforcement at the age of 40, Tony spent 20 years in the private sector as the CEO of a mid-sized corporation, a business consultant and a trainer. After retiring from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 as captain and assistant director of the training academy, he became a part-time captain and training director for the Homecroft Police Department. He also does contract instruction for law enforcement agencies. Tony holds 75 instructor and armorer certificates in firearms, defensive tactics, secondary weapons, use-of-force and related areas.

Joel T. Nadler:
Joel T. Nadler is a senior instructor and instruction program director at Indy Arms and coordinates the Indy Arms’ Glock GSSF, IDPA, Bowling Pins and House shooting leagues/events. He is an avid collector of firearms and a proponent of the right to self-defense. Joel has been extensively trained in defensive firearms use and holds multiple certifications as a defensive firearms instructor (NRA, USCCA, TTA). He co-wrote and has instructed all of the live-fire courses offered at Indy Arms and is an NRA, USCCA and IDPA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO). When not training at Indy Arms, Joel uses his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology as a tenured professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is also the co-founder of Alpha Omega Associates, a consulting firm focusing on helping organizations and designing corporate training programs. Additionally, Joel is a freelance writer, with articles on self-defense and competition shooting regularly published in Concealed Carry Magazine and The Glock Annual.

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Room: 203

free

Beth Alcazar

Beth Alcazar

Living Safely With Kids & Guns

Beth Alcazar

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About the presentation:
There’s no doubt that kids need guidance, protection and education … and it’s up to us as responsible gun owners to provide that for them. Since we can’t just lock them up or “baby proof” the entire world, we must consider firearms education for children, safe firearms storage options and home preparedness and planning for the entire household. Learn important — and possibly life saving — information about how you can be more comfortable, confident and safe with children and guns.


About the speaker:
Author of Women's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals, associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and creator of the Pacifiers & Peacemakers blog, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW, I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth also received the NRA's prestigious Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for 2019.

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Room: 204

free

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

Low-Light Encounters

Anthony Gregory & Joel T. Nadler

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About the presentation:
Many real-life self-defense encounters occur at night and/or in low-light conditions. This course will focus on techniques and skills necessary to successfully use flashlights in such conditions. Anthony and Joel will examine legal and practical issues of self-defense in less than optimal lighting as well as the pros and cons of various techniques of using a flashlight in a defensive situation. Learn the pros and cons of various techniques, plus the legality of defending your occupied home.


About the speaker:
Anthony Gregory:
Tony Gregory is the chief instructor at Indy Arms, where he and senior instructor Joel Nadler co-develop the curriculum. He has spent the last 30 years as a law enforcement officer and trainer and is a nationally known, award-winning instructor. Prior to entering law enforcement at the age of 40, Tony spent 20 years in the private sector as the CEO of a mid-sized corporation, a business consultant and a trainer. After retiring from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 as captain and assistant director of the training academy, he became a part-time captain and training director for the Homecroft Police Department. He also does contract instruction for law enforcement agencies. Tony holds 75 instructor and armorer certificates in firearms, defensive tactics, secondary weapons, use-of-force and related areas.

Joel T. Nadler:
Joel T. Nadler is a senior instructor and instruction program director at Indy Arms and coordinates the Indy Arms’ Glock GSSF, IDPA, Bowling Pins and House shooting leagues/events. He is an avid collector of firearms and a proponent of the right to self-defense. Joel has been extensively trained in defensive firearms use and holds multiple certifications as a defensive firearms instructor (NRA, USCCA, TTA). He co-wrote and has instructed all of the live-fire courses offered at Indy Arms and is an NRA, USCCA and IDPA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO). When not training at Indy Arms, Joel uses his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology as a tenured professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is also the co-founder of Alpha Omega Associates, a consulting firm focusing on helping organizations and designing corporate training programs. Additionally, Joel is a freelance writer, with articles on self-defense and competition shooting regularly published in Concealed Carry Magazine and The Glock Annual.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Room: 202-C

free

Demonstration & Women's Concealed Carry Showroom Schedule

Demonstrations are held on demo stages inside the exhibit hall.

Beth Alcazar

Beth Alcazar

On-Body & Off-Body Carry: I Do Both

Beth Alcazar

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About the presentation:
If you’ve ever struggled with the choice between on-body and off-body carry, why not consider both … even simultaneously? We’ll cover the good and the bad (along with some dos and don’ts) for these varied concealed carry holster options.


About the speaker:
Author of Women's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals, associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and creator of the Pacifiers & Peacemakers blog, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW, I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor. Beth also received the NRA's prestigious Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award for 2019.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Room: Women's Concealed Carry Showroom Demo Stage

free

Call For Presenters

We are now accepting applications from firearms trainers for seminar presentations and demonstrations to be offered at the 2021 Concealed Carry & Home Defense Expo. Presenters are encouraged to explore the many aspects of concealed carry, self-defense, home defense, firearms training, etc.

Please apply by completing the application linked below. Speakers will be evaluated upon receipt of application, and selected speakers will be notified by March, 2021.

WHAT MAKES THE EXPO SO GREAT?

Hear It For Yourself, Straight From Our Attendees

1

Get hands-on experience shooting new firearms in the USCCA’s Live-Fire Range.

2

Arm yourself with training courses, classes and educational tools you need to become the best responsibly armed version of yourself.

3

Discover the newest guns and gear the concealed carry world has to offer as first hand as you make your way through hundreds of industry-leading vendor booths.

4

Learn more about how your USCCA Membership can bring your family the ultimate peace of mind in the event of a self-defense incident.

5

Uncover the answers to the most-asked questions about women’s concealed carry and try the top women’s products in the industry in the Women’s Concealed Carry Showroom.

USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense EXPO

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EXPERIENCE LIFESAVING SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING at the live-fire range

  • Sharpen your skills with unlimited free rounds of ammo at the Live-Fire Shooting Range.
  • Shoot new guns you’ve been dying to get your hands on from brands like: Ruger, SIG Sauer, Kahr, Lone Wolf, Springfield Armory and Charter Arms.
  • Learn helpful training tips like target identification, isolation and how to react under stress.

Safety First

Concealed Carry & Home Defense Expo Firearms Policy

Defensive sidearms are welcome inside this show. All state laws will apply, and all guests must abide by the following rules:

1

Your personal defensive sidearm WILL REMAIN HOLSTERED at all times unless you are reacting to an imminent deadly threat. In the unlikely event you need to use your firearm in defense of life, remember the rules: Target Acquisition, Target Identification and Target Isolation.

2

You are specifically prohibited from drawing your firearm to check holster fit, “show” the gun to anyone or otherwise conduct ANY administrative handling of your defensive firearm. This includes but is not limited to loading, unloading, clearing, cleaning or any other activity that does not involve reaction to an imminent deadly threat.

3

ANYONE observed violating any of the above-mentioned rules will be immediately escorted from the premises and barred from returning. No refund of your admission fee will be given.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

EXPO LOCATION

Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

HOTEL INFORMATION

OPTION 1:
Hilton Fort Worth

  • Rate: $159 Per Night
  • Discounted Reservation Link
  • Or call 817.870.2100 and mention the Group Name US Concealed Carry Association to secure the discounted rate. 

OPTION 2:
Fairfield Marriott

  • Rate: $149 to $169 Per Night
  • Discounted Reservation Link
  • Or call 817.529.9200 and mention the Group Name Concealed Carry Expo to secure the discounted rate.

Become An Exhibitor At The
USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Expo

Handgun products display at USCCA Expo Exhibit

Showcase your products or services in front of thousands of responsible gun owners and trusted industry partners. Join us at the 2021 Concealed Carry & Home Defense Expo, connect with like-minded individuals, initiate potential business relationships and experience the thrill of showcasing your company.