ANTARES DEFENSE LLC, located in the lush Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia (WV), specializes in firearms and tactics, as well as extensive security training. Our services range from individual one-on-one training to training of specialized groups. We can conduct tailored training at your location or at our private training facility. Our facility is located near Lewisburg, West Virginia (WV), approximately four hours from the Washington DC area.

What we teach: In each one of our classes, we stress techniques necessary for the safe and sustained operation of your pistol, to include concealed carry, pistol presentation, reloading, and malfunction drills. Our instructors coach the student on target acquisition, sight picture and trigger manipulation. Students will engage targets, fire from varying distances and angles, as well as learn to use cover and concealment. Our training doctrine focuses equally on developing the Gun Handling, Marksmanship, Mindset, and Tactical skills required to survive and win in defensive firearm encounters.


Antares Defense has a spotless safety record and diligently imparts safe handling and use of firearms to it’s students. We have a highly experienced instructor staff who insure students will be safe, responsible and effective firearms users and owners.

Reality Based Instruction

Students are taught with modern techniques and training scenarios to simulate real life situations. The Antares Defense training facility is full featured and can handle any firearms training requirement.

Smaller Class Size

There are never more than eight students in a class which means there can be more 1-on-1 instruction when required and the training tempo is easier for students.


The tuition of an Antares Defense course reflects a significant amount of classroom, range, and scenario training for the money spent. Students who have attended other schools have remarked on the amount of training one gets at Antares Defense for the money.


We could not have asked for a more positive introduction to handguns and self defense.

Medical student at State Osteopathic School

We thought we knew how to handle and fire our handguns for self-defense, home intrusion purposes. Boy, were we wrong…. From thoughtful insights to practical, realistic firing drills, we learned a lot, and more.


Corporate President

If you own handguns for self-defense purposes, and for your own safety, I strongly recommend that you consider taking one of the reality based courses at the Antares Defense facility in Alderson, WV.


Thank you, Mike! We learned a lot, and are much more confident when handling our firearms!

Married Couple from Texas

...that was some of the best training I have had in years, we should have had this same training before we deployed to Iraq

US Navy Chief

The training in the 'shoot house' was pretty intense; my heart was pounding the entire time.


Now I feel comfortable enough that if something should happen, I won't have a reason to panic, I'll just respond like we were taught.


It was an absolute Blast! ...Thanks again..