About Our Training

Arizona Defensive Firearms Training has been training students in CCW and firearms in Arizona since 1992. We are one of the longest running CCW and training companies in the State of Arizona. Our company trains thousands of students each year.

The company was originally started by Rick Barkett, a former LAPD officer. It is now Co-Owned by James Smith a full time Phoenix Police Sergeant. Our instructors are full time Police Officers or Retired now but still serving as Reserve Police Officers with decades of experience.

We offer basic through advanced training on operation of your personal self-defense handgun. We have been training armed civilians for over 23 years. Most people don’t want to come to a class to learn how to be Navy Seal, and we get that. We will provide you training that will be practical and easy to use, and geared towards our average students who are mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, husbands and wives. We have taught students from their 20’s to their late 80’s. Everyone deserves to learn how to protect themselves.

We highly recommend taking training from someone who has carried a gun for a living, has operated in high risk situations, and has been teaching for many years. When you choose a training company choose wisely, we have decades of experience in teaching, and our instructors are seasoned professionals who have been involved in many critical incidents.

ADFT Instructors:

Sergeant James Smith (owner and head Instructor)
Phoenix Police since 1988, 26 years as a first responder to include high risk assignments. currently a Sergeant assigned full time representing police officers involved in critical incidents as well as labor issues.

Current and past instructor certifications:

  • AZPOST Defensive Tactics
  • AZPOST Impact weapons
  • AZPOST chemical weapons (OC and Mace)
  • Taser M26. X26
  • Surefire Low Light Instructor
  • Force On Force
  • Force Science Institute graduate
  • NRA Police Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Police shotgun instructor
  • NRA Police Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • AZ Post Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • AZ Post Police Firearms Instructor
  • NRA Tactical Shooting Instructor
  • NRA basic pistol Instructor

Officer Ken Crane
Phoenix Police since 1989, spent over 7 years assigned to the Tactical Support Bureau as a K-9 handler. Currently assigned full time as the President of the Officers Association representing officers in critical incidents and labor issues. Prior to his police experience Ken served in the United States Army.

Ken has attended SWAT certification as well as holding instructor certificates in the following:

  • AZPOST Police Firearms Instructor in Handgun and Shotgun
  • NRA pistol instructor
  • NRA Home Defense instructor
  • AZPOST impact weapons instructor
  • AZPOST Chemical Weapons Instructor
  • AZPOST Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • College Professor Teaching Police Related courses
  • Education:
    Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University
    Master’s degree in Education (MA Ed) from Northern Arizona University

Retired Sgt. Stephen Wamsley -Phoenix Police Department

  • City of Phoenix Police Department (35 Years)
  • Patrol Bureau (4 Years)
  • Solo Motor Officer assigned to Traffic Division (8 Years)
  • Police Supervisor (23 Years)
    • Supervised:
      • Narcotics
  • Prostitution Enforcement
  • DPS Auto Theft State Task Force
  • Search Warrant Tactical Teams
  • Dignitary Protection
  • Property Crimes
  • Tactical Response Team
  • Community Based Policing Action Teams
  • General AZPOST Instructor
    • NRA Firearms Instructor
    • CCW Permit Instructor
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Team (25 Years)
    • Specializing in Stress Management
    • The Path to Healing From a Critical Incident
  • Phoenix Police Reserve Bureau (Current)
    • Assigned to Employee Assistance Unit
  • CIPS Instructor for the US Military to instruct PTSD and Peer Counseling
  • Education:
  • Bachelors Labor Management
  • Masters Educational Leadership

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