AAA Defense Concepts

AAA Defense Concepts

5.0 (2)
1 hire on
2 employees
12 years in business

About this pro

We focus on training gun owners of all ages, genders and objectives. We focus our approach on the skills of the individual and can move from basic gun safety (loading, unloading, presenting from concealment, etc.) all the way to running tactical scenarios in their home, office or school to ensure everyone in their circle of family or friends can be safe in potentially deadly situations. In 2005 we ran a full Beslan style take-over of Utah Valley University to train police and SWAT teams how to respond in a college environment.  We tailor that training to the home or office.  Active shooter drills are another area that we focus on to ensure you have the tools to survive. We also have training that focuses on effective use of lights, lasers, night vision and cover/concealment. Precision rifle shooting is another specialty if you'd like to hit a target at 600+ yards. Choosing the best defense weapon and round type is included in most courses. 

It is really exciting to see people start out literally shaking as they try to hold their firearm, and see them progress to the point where they come out of the holster clean, put rounds on target, get to cover/concealment, check their environment, etc.  This develops a confidence that is hard to generate in any other way.  You learn you can do hard things.  I also love teaching couples where the dominant person in the relationship has shot for years and their partner hasn't.  It's heart warming to see the non-shooter outperform the shooter because they don't start with decades of bad habits we have to unwind.  I had the bad habits, too.  The point is, we may be teachers on occasion but we are always students.

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Jameson, MO 64647
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2 Reviews


  • Ryan Sherry

    Mike is an exceptional instructor with an unmatched attention to detail and a wide array of tactical experience. He is also very nice and easy to work with. I highly recommend Mike!

  • Javier Sahagun Reyna

    Michael, was amazing, very patient and very knowledgeable , made me feel very safe and comfortable, I'm a first time. shooter


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I do mostly customized training.  I have pieces of training that have worked in the past and I use that as a base to ensure I'm connecting the training to the specific needs of a potential customer.  Once we understand what the goals and objectives are, we set up a time and place for the training.  Payment is expected before or on the day of the event.

All trainings I do come with a free 4 day class at Front Sight with the option to upgrade to a lifetime membership.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

McMillan sniper school

Key Group executive protection training

Front Sight Line Coach

Distinguished graduate in rifle, handgun and shotgun weapon systems

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Generally, it's $100 for the basic classes (firearms basics, weapons safety/selection, etc.) and then $75 for the next 2 hours of live fire or other training.  Night vision training requires more time and more risk of tripping and hurting ourselves so it's more.  Home group tactics is a fun class that the whole family can enjoy (it's always fun trying to get muzzle in front of flesh when you have 6 kids running around - which they are sure to do if there was a threat in the home).  Precision rifle characteristics is $200 for a full day of instruction and then $150 per day for each day after (2 days shooting for skill development and then scenarios).

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching at Arizona State University in physics.  I did my PhD in medical physics and moved on to working at Logicon Advanced Tech and training new team members was a natural thing for me to pick up.  In my various positions, performing corporate training at several levels was always expected.   

I've developed and performed training on weapons systems starting in 2009.  I bring a non-military, non-police view to the subject so that normal people can feel comfortable engaging in a very fun skill that can also save their life.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with all kinds of students.  I've taught 6 year olds how to hold and fire full-auto Uzis.  I helped a 90 year old woman with arthritis and warped knuckles in both hands, to get a good firing grip and then put rounds on target.  I've coach over a thousand students and always enjoy the things all of us learn as we take this journey.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my favorite training we performed was for UVU where we simulated the take over of the campus in a Beslan style terrorist event.  We had actual college students involved and we put little bits of blood on their cheeks and clothing.  It was all fun and games up until we starting actually shooting blanks and sims at the police that were trying to retake the buildings.  The students didn't need acting lessons at that point to look and behave terrified.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The most important thing is to find someone you're comfortable with.  It's got to be fun.  There aren't any Alpha Operators on this site looking to upskill.  This is us normal types who just want to make sure we aren't going to hurt our loved ones as we try to protect them.  We're the lawyers, accountants, construction workers, grocery clerks and IT nerds (like me) that want to get good at something that could potentially save our lives.  It's fun.  It's difficult enough to require some serious attention but it's a very fulfilling endeavor to put time into.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

First know what you're trying to do.  If you want to know how to kill a thousand zombies that have decided inexplicably to attack your home, then lay that scenario out (and expect to be using some Tannerite).

Second, get a feel for your comfortable pace.  Don't rush through.  Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

Third, expect to have a lot of fun and find a new level of joy that can only come through a bit of mild stress and work while developing a confidence in knowing you can defend yourself.

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