First Step Safety & Defense Training, LLC

First Step Safety & Defense Training, LLC

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Take the “First Step” toward learning firearm and personal safety to help you prepare for and confidently handle threatening situations.

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Store – Defense Training International 04/04/2024

Fellow shooting instructors, if you'd like to add "Flex" (off body) concealed carry to your Instructor toolkit. Vicki Farnam is teaching the Instructor certification class in Virginia this October.

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Thank you Colonel Katz for doing the right thing for Chesterfield County!

Every jurisdiction makes decisions with respect to how resources will be allocated in their community. Those decisions are informed by an array of variables including, but not limited to: community expectations, staffing, budget priorities…etc. Each community exercises autonomy in this regard.

We have been asked repeatedly today if CCPD is changing our response protocols. I want to make it clear that we are absolutely not changing our criteria for police response. If you request our assistance, we are going to send help to you in the same manner we always have.

So there is no confusion, we are open for business!

Chesterfield County Police
Chesterfield County Virginia Government


Spent an amazing 3 days training with Brian Hill of The Complete Combatant in his Deliberate Coaching class. This class includes a lot of shooting but it's really more about stretching your perspectives to be a better version of yourself and in turn pass that knowledge onto others. We talked a lot about gratitude this weekend, and this post popped up in my Facebook feed last night. I know our phones are always listening but I like to think that God also has a hand in sending us these powerful messages.

Photos from First Step Safety & Defense Training, LLC's post 03/04/2024

We had a wonderful photo shoot with Kristen Murray Photography at Orapax Hunting Preserve. Kristin captured Bode in his element - pointing and retrieving birds. If you have a chance to book a session with her - she's worth it!

Photos from First Step Safety & Defense Training, LLC's post 03/02/2024

Assisted Vicki Farnam last weekend with the "Flex" Concealed Carry Instructor class in Lufkin, Texas. After much consideration, Vicki realized that Off Body Concealed Carry is really a misnomer - carrying in a bag offers even more concealablity than carrying on your waist, hence the change to Flex Concealed Carry. After all, when you take your holster off your belt - the gun is instantly visible. If you take a bag off your body, the gun remains concealed. You still have to maintain control over both - you shouldn't leave either unattended.

Congratulations to the newest instructors! Ironically, two of the instructors had two different opportunities the day after the class to help women who were carrying their guns in their bags without using a holster or dedicated holster pocket. As instructors we should support these women with a viable means to protect themselves - because they're going to do it anyway and they're too embarrassed to ask for help because Flex Carry is vilified. Let's take our head out of the sand and be helpful!


I saw the Stop Box at Shot Show and thought it was a good option to biometric and key lock safes. It does cost a little more but it's light weight, comes a cord lock to attach the box to the seat of your car or your bedframe, bigger than other boxes that I have and has other safety features. Plus it's on sale!!!

Photos from First Step Safety & Defense Training, LLC's post 01/26/2024

I spent a lot of time at the Gun Tote'n Mama's booth at Shot Show and didn't take a single picture of the bags! So I stole a few from Rhonda Sego Moore! They have a few new designs and old favorites in new colors like the beautiful blue ocean! The sling bag (a favorite for men and women) is now in gray - perfect! You can find the new styles and colors soon in your local retail store like Bass Pro, Cabelas, and Sportsman Warehouse. They are always available online at


You run into some great women at Shot Show!


Great start to Day 1 at Shot Show at the Gun Tote'n Mama's booth! Check out their new colors and models!

We saw a lot of interesting products today and only covered a fraction of the booths! More to share tomorrow!

Gun-control bills to be heard in House subcommittee on Thursday afternoon! 01/18/2024

The Virginia legislature is gearing up to attack our gun rights this session. A number of bills are scheduled for review Thursday afternoon. Please contact your house representative using the link below and ask them to vote no on these bills.

Gun-control bills to be heard in House subcommittee on Thursday afternoon! Urgent Action Item!  We need to contact our delegates to oppose gun control measures coming up fast!Eight gun-control bills are going to be heard in the House Public Safety Fi****ms Subcommittee this Thursday at 4 pm in Room 200 of the General...


Happy Thanksgiving to all of our family and friends!


If you're looking for a concealed carry bag - now is the time to buy one! The discount is amazing AND a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Military Women's Memorial!

A portion of our sales will support the Military Women's Memorial this Veteran's Day. Use code: HONOR and receive 20% off your purchase.

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Military Women's Memorial

Preparation for Future “Days of Jihad” 10/18/2023

The middle east turmoil could be played out on a smaller scale in the US. We're hearing reports of unreported terrorists crossing the borders which could set us up for a number of similar attacks that Hamas is perpetrating on Israel. Greg Elifritz recaps what we could see in the USA and how we should prepare for the worst yet expect the best.

Preparation for Future “Days of Jihad” Last Friday, the terrorist organization HAMAS declared a “Worldwide Day of Jihad.”  While not too much happened, I think it’s prudent to be prepared for additional threats fr…


Day 2 - sunshine and chilly morning for the Green Top Expo! We're in tent 6 next to the seminar stage! Stop by to see us! Register to win a free off body concealed carry class!


Come see us in booth 607 at the Green Top Expo today and tomorrow! You can sign up for a free off body concealed carry class too!


Had a great day yesterday at the Virginia Police K9 Association charity sporting clays event!


Where am I?


This is why we train and have a plan. This active shooter incident was less than a mile from my home. You have to be ready for anything.

First Step Safety and Defense Training, LLC 09/05/2023

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