Responsible Defense 1

Responsible Defense 1 is the initial, one-day Handgun course for current LTC Holders.

This course is specifically designed to provide a base foundation for responsible handgun self defense for the licensed citizen carrier and is a prerequisite for our level 2 and 3 courses.

A Valid Texas license-to-carry a handgun or other state-issued handgun license is required to take this course.

Responsible Defense 1 includes expert handgun training and advice in basic defensive shooting techniques and will significantly promote confidence in your ability to responsibly carry and use a handgun to defend yourself and your family.

Course Cost - $275


ATLAS DEFENSE IS CURRENTLY OFFERING CIVILIAN CLASSES TO GROUPS OF 8 OR MORE. IF YOU HAVE A GROUP AND WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE TRAINING, PLEASE CALL SCOTT CALVIN AT 512-694-3266

The course includes critical classroom training modules that cover:

  • Comprehensive Handgun Safety for Live Fire Scenarios
  • Combat Shooting Techniques and Drills
  • Verbal Command and Control
  • How to Interact with Police Officers while Armed
  • Post-Use of Deadly Force Procedures
  • Introduction to the Troysgate VIKN System for Live Scenarios

Classroom training is followed by both combat handgun range skill development and the Troysgate VIKN system engagement scenarios using live role players and actual self-defense scenarios encountered in the real world.

Like all Atlas Defense training courses, Responsible Defense 1 is led by a Master Certified Instructor assisted by a Safety Director, highly-experience tactical instructors, and live role players to maximize safety and the realism of the experience.

Immediately following each VIKN system engagement participants will benefit from an improvement critique by tactical instructors.


What to bring:

  • Belt Slide Hip Holster or handgun belt with holster
  • Your unloaded handgun
  • If you carry a semi-automatic pistol, bring at least two spare magazines for reloading and a magazine pouch
  • State firearms license & government-issued identification
  • 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Bring your own eye and hearing protection if you have it - Atlas Defense will provide eye and ear protection for the training course if you do not have it.
  • Bring a signed copy of the release form

Check-in and classroom at Best of the West Shooting Sports headquarters then we will proceed to the Atlas Defense tactical bay.