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Real Guns. Real Bullets. Real People.

The only firearm training where students confront living, breathing assailants with duty/carry weapons and live ammunition.

The Evolution of Force-On-Force Training

Located near Austin, Texas, Atlas Defense provides the most realistic live-fire tactical firearm training available to law enforcement professionals and licensed civilians.

Our exclusive system utilizes Troysgate patent-pending reflective targets to simulate a direct threat by one or more active aggressors. Because students perceive an immediate and real deadly threat in front of them, the psychological impact and stress introduced is intense and significant. These factors combine to deliver experiences that simulate real-life deadly encounters like no other system in the world. We call it "Stress Inoculation" - as students experience scenarios, they become more capable of controlling physiological responses to the stress, and become better able to perform consistently under stress. This includes tactical decision-making, de-escilation and verbal commands in addition to weapon manipulation and shot control.

Students utilize duty/carry weapons and ammunition, and engage with live role player adversaries instead of per-programmed video. There is no special apparel required, there are no external "cues" that the student is in a training environment. Atlas Defense training is as real as it gets.

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Live-Fire Simulator
Live-Fire Simulator

Civilian Training

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A state-issued license to carry a handgun is required for all Atlas Defense Civilian Courses

License To Carry (LTC) Certification Class

This class delivers the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) required classroom training and firearm qualification students need to obtain a Texas License to Carry (LTC).

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Defensive Handgun 1

This course is specifically designed to provide a base foundation for handgun safety and self defensee, and is a great transition course for more advanced training.

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Active Shooter 1

The dynamic scenarios for Active Shooter 1 are focused on real active shooter events and will significantly promote confidence in your ability to engage an Active Shooter.

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Responsible Defense 1

Introductory course focused on basic weapon handling skills and critical decision making in the simulator.

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Responsible Defense 2

Intermediate course focused on weapon handling skills and more complex critical decision making in the simulator.

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Responsible Defense 3

Advanced course focused on tactical weapon handling skills and very complex critical decision making in the simulator.

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Atlas Defense provides beginner to advanced handgun training to licensed citizens that will expand your capabilities, increase confidence through real scenario experience, test your weapon under calculated stress and develop the enhanced skills you cannot gain shooting at paper or steel targets.

Law Enforcement Sales

Atlas Defense can tailor a training solution for your agency or department that includes all reflective target systems for handgun and rifle training, all necessary hardware, software, and video equipment, in addition to Atlas Defense Master Instructor (ADMI) and Range Safety Officer (RSO) training. Our team of highly experienced curriculum developers can create custom scenarios that are specific to your particular needs, and develop all related documentation describing role player actions so each scenario is repeatable yet highly customizable.

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Law Enforcement Training

De-Escalation / Verbal Judo

The realism of the Atlas Defense training program enables officers to gain valuable experience making decisions under stress. Our scenario force-on-force training has proven to amp up even the most experienced officers to levels never realized under current training environments. Atlas Defense role-player adversaries deliver intense experiences that enable officers to test and perfect verbal de-escalation techniques. Training under these high levels of stress raises confidence and awareness, allowing for a more methodical decision to apply de-escalation techniques leading to a non-lethal outcome to an encounter.

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Sniper Training
Sniper Training
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Hostage Rescue Training
Hostage Rescue Training
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Building Entry Training
Building Entry Training
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Vehicle Stop Training
Vehicle Stop Training
Atlas Defense utilizes the incredible flexibility of the patent-pending reflective target system to provide sophisticated tactical training to law enforcement officers. We deliver multiple complex scenarios including traffic stop, sniper, hostage rescue, arrest warrant, domestic disturbance and many others. We can develop custom scenarios for your department, and can configure our system to present complex shoot and no-shoot scenarios. Atlas Defense Law Enforcement training delivers intense psychological experiences under stress that prepare your officers for the street.

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  • "The most realistic weapons training concept I have ever experienced, both in and out of the military, is Troysgate VIKN training system. The system takes an experienced shooter to new levels of realism and proficiency for preparedness required for real-life situations. It is the final exercise for those learning how to shoot to culminate their training for self-defense."

    — Dave Grange, Brigadier General (Ret) US Army | President, Osprey Global Solutions
  • "This is the graduate level training device that will change the way we train for combat and deadly engagements. Troysgate's unique VIKN reflective target technology, when coupled with a thinking role player, presents the ultimate training/preparation situation short of actual ground combat. This device will save lives."

    — Les Fuller, Brigadier General (Ret) US Army | President, L2F Strategies and Solutions
  • "The maxim that "we fight like we train" is only too true in real life, and the Troysgate training and conditioning system, based on their unique VIKN reflective target technology, is like no other available anywhere, at any price. This is not basic marksmanship or a drill with automated dummies in a shoot house. This is a "graduate level" live fire close combat involving a real and responsive opponent in a realistic scenario tailored to what the trainee is most likely to encounter on the street or on the battlefield. I believe this training experience should be required for every military member, especially those in Special Operations, and for all law enforcement officers, intelligence service operatives and any others whose duties might lead them into a one-on-one close combat encounter. With the Troysgate experience they will be truly "combat ready" - mentally conditioned to survive a deadly encounter. Nothing else is quite like Troysgate VIKN System."

    — J. Peter McIllwain, Colonel (Ret) US Army | Independent International Intelligence and Security Consultant Former Senior Operations Officer, CIA National Clandestine Service
  • “I am deeply impressed with the approach used in the Troysgate VIKN training system. The level of realism attained is a perfect fit for what our research and authoring team learned during our yearlong research project to develop the book and free companion training videos "Staying Alive – How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters". This training approach is in harmony with what top experts like Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Gavin de Becker, Amanda Ripley and Dr. Gary Klein and others have taught us about preparing people for high-stakes decision-making. Having survived numerous life and death encounters in my two decades as a law enforcement officer, I have seen first-hand how important evidence-based use of force training approaches can be. I am delighted to see this superb approach available to train those who must make one of the most difficult decisions any human being can be called upon to make –whether or not to take a human life in defense of self and others.”

    — Michael Dorn, Executive Director of Safe Havens International & Author of Staying Alive – How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters
  • "In combat we don't rise to the occasion we sink to our level of training, and Troysgate's VIKN System is another tool for Law Enforcement to prepare for the worst. Our SWAT Team has been through this system several times and it is the closest training to actual combat that we have ever experienced. This training not only improves the reaction time and decision making for SWAT members but also for any officer or civilian. I would recommend this training for the most experienced SWAT Officer down to the civilian that only shoots their weapon a few times a year. This is by far the best training I have seen."

    — Sheriff Coy Reid | Team Leader, Special Tactics and Response Team, Catawba County Sheriff's Office, NC
  • "The Troysgate VIKN training system is an absolute game-changer for law enforcement combat training. Never before have we been able to put our Officers through force-on-force training scenarios with such realism. Cops learn from their mistakes and their accomplishments, just like all human beings, and this system readily produces both. Because of Randy Martin's never-say-die attitude and commitment to saving the lives of the good guys, our people are better prepared for what we all know will happen."

    — R. Scott Brown | Chief of Police, Lenoir Police Department - Lenoir, NC
The only way to experience this level of realism in a completely safe and controlled environment is with Atlas Defense.

Stress Impacts Performance

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Multiple Role Player Aggressors Engaging An Atlas Defense Student
Multiple Role Player Aggressors Engaging An Atlas Defense Student

In a violent encounter your ability to manage extreme stress, make good decisions and place rounds on target can save your life.

Based near Austin Texas, Atlas Defense offers the only live fire handgun training available anywhere that puts you face-to-face with a live adversary and gives you the experience necessary to react when fractions of a second can mean life or death.

We train law enforcement agencies and responsible citizens who have a license to carry a handgun. Our revolutionary system is the only one of its kind in the world. Combined with our instructor and role player adversary team, Atlas Defense provides the experience and psychological advantage you need to survive a deadly encounter.

Atlas Defense firearm instructors are former Secret Service Agents, Federal Air Marshals and Marine Combat Assault Instructors. The experience of our instructors is critical in providing real-world training and insights to our students.

Our instructors intimately understand the dynamics of gunfights because they have been in them for real.

Stress Inoculation

Atlas Defense training is a fully immerse live-fire training system that triggers the psychological and physiological conditions of stress, allowing you to condition and improve your situational awareness and decision making responses.

It is a well documented fact that under extreme duress experienced in a dangerous encounter, you will fall back to your level of training. Don't rely on simply shooting paper and steel on the range.

Atlas Defense offers the only training program that enables you to experience and train for a potentially deadly live-fire encounter before it ever happens to you on the street or in your home.

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Role Player Aggressor Engaging An Atlas Defense Student
Role Player Aggressor Engaging An Atlas Defense Student

Atlas Defense Partners

KLP Maman

KLP MAMAN helps its clients PREVENT risks before they occur. The company utilizes techniques adapted from the leading security agencies in Israel and the U.S., combined with many years of experience in the field.

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Troysgte

The Troysgate VIKN Combat Training System begins where traditional and virtual training systems end. The revolutionary, patent-pending system offers new approaches for efficient, effective live-fire and live engagement close quarter training.

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Best of the West Shooting Sports

Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill, Texas provides an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere for all shooting disciplines. From beginners to the experienced, individuals, families, and groups are welcome.

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Atlas Defense is a certified US Federal Contractor.

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Atlas Defense sponsors the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas.