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Welcome to the most up-to-date defensive training association in the country!  Welcome to N.A.P.S.I.!

Be sure to read through the N.A.P.S.I. Instructor Code of Ethics that all N.A.P.S.I. Approved Coaches and Instructors must agree to uphold. 

In January 2015, a small group of dedicated professional defensive shooting instructors teamed up to collaborate on the development of a new regional organization that would be dedicated to the betterment of defensive training available to people in the Midwest and throughout the United States. After growing increasingly disenchanted with the lack of leadership and direction from other national organizations, as well being frustrated with the outdated nature of the coursework being offered by these entities, the team agreed that it was time to develop a structure that was more capable of meeting the very real and serious training requirements and needs of today’s armed citizen.

Initial work began in earnest in January 2015. Two months later, and after hundreds of hours of meetings, conference calls, and online collaboration, the team officially formed an Association called the National Association of Professional Shooting Instructors, or N.A.P.S.I. for short.

There are a total of 6 founding members of N.A.P.S.I. They have diverse backgrounds, skillsets, and areas of expertise in various aspects of self-defense, both armed and unarmed. Together, they represent the culmination of thousands of hours of training from some of the best trainers in the country including specialized training in our armed forces, law enforcement training, and through private training organizations and instructors.

As an organization, N.A.P.S.I. is focused on delivering the highest quality training experience possible.  N.A.P.S.I. Approved instructors are required to complete one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive instructor development programs in the country. We demand excellence from those who have earned N.A.P.S.I. Approved Trainer status and we refuse to sacrifice quality for quantity or notoriety.

N.A.P.S.I. has a simple formula for program development; not a single piece of coursework is released for public consumption before it has been beta tested, subjected to peer review, refined, tested again, subjected to more peer review, and finally tweaked to a completed, proven final product.  This means you can be confident that, should you decide to attend any N.A.P.S.I. training course, you won’t be coming in as a “guinea pig” or be exposed to curriculum that hasn’t already been fully vetted by professionals in civil defense, law enforcement, military, and armed citizens just like yourself.

As we move forward and continue to develop and grow as an association, we have plans to add more coursework to our training program including courses that cover advanced defensive pistol skills, defensive shotgun and carbine skills, vehicle combatives, as well as force-on-force gunfighting skills. And like the current N.A.P.S.I. course offerings, you can expect this coursework will be fully vetted, peer-reviewed, and tested prior to its release for public consumption. We invite you to follow along as we embark on this journey and encourage you to avail yourself of the training courses that we have available now.















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