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Fortress is a proud sponsor of The Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko!

Fortress hosts John & Vicki Farnam!

May 2/3 Armed Citizen’s Response to Terrorist Attack
May 2/3 Women’s Handgun
May 8/9/10 DTI Instructor Course

Rochester, IN

Chck our calendar for details!

An interview with John Farnam

Friends of Fortress

DTI For Women

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Recents Posts

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The Camera As A Witness?

April 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

“We each only get a piece of the elephant” – Massad Ayoob

Ask anyone who works in the judicial system and they’ll tell you that witness testimony is completely unreliable. People […]

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The Conspiracy Behind Government Ammunition Purchases (re-post)

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments


(Originally appeared Feb 13, 2014 on Monderno.com . Interesting how time has proven this to be true. Read the comments after the article on Monderno for a more detailed numbers break down.)

Like anyone, I love […]

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Support-side? Do it now!

March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

In the above photo, a Fortress student stops by our recent open house to show the Staff Instructors his gratitude for prepping him for emergency support-side carry. He made the transition instantly after surgery, and […]

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Flashlights To Full Potential – By Matt Ellison

February 25th, 2015|0 Comments


“I’m not a violent criminal, but I do play one in Force-On-Force scenarios.”  – Matt Ellison

I recently assisted instructing a Fortress Defense Force-On-Force training class, and portrayed a violent criminal numerous times throughout the day. One interesting thing about scenario-based training […]

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
05/02/2015 - 05/03/2015
All Day
Armed Response to Terrorist Attack w/John Farnam
Sand Burr Gun Ranch, Rochester IN
05/02/2015 - 05/03/2015
12:00 am
Women's Defensive Handgun w/Vicki Farnam
Sand Burr Gun Ranch, Rochester IN
05/08/2015 - 05/10/2015
12:00 am
DTI Instructor Course w/John & Vicki Farnam
Sand Burr Gun Ranch, Rochester IN
05/23/2015 - 05/24/2015
All Day
Level I Rifle
Sand Burr Gun Ranch, Rochester IN
05/30/2015 - 05/31/2015
All Day
Level I Handgun
Aurora Sportsman’s Club, Waterman IL
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Fortress Quote of the Week

“He was an All-American boy murdering All-American girls” - James Sewell, Asst. Chief of Campus Police, FSU, regarding Ted Bundy.
…I’m in awe of you and your staff’s dedication, professionalism and knowledge. I’m still comprehending the ramifications of this training in improving my handgun self defense skills as well as character building. It is difficult to adequately describe my gratitude so I’ll leave it at that.
Benjamin G., Indiana
I’ve had my eyes open as a gun owner and one who choses to carry constantly.
Tom R., Ohio
The class was definitely more than I expected and know I’ll be able to put the lessons to good use. After all our drills, I feel more confident in my ability to run my rifle at longer distances and even at night. I have a huge amount to absorb and hope I’ll be able to get it written down before it escapes me.

Thanks again for all your efforts during a very hot weekend. I look forward to training with you again in the future.

Howard V., IL
Again, thank you! You and your team are true professionals. I know it is tiring and stressful handling all us inexperienced students especially with ammo! I was impressed with your attentiveness to safety and patience to guide us thru the training.
Ann S.
Today was the very first time i shot a gun, a Glock 19 to be exact. Thank you to Fortress for offering a defensive shooting class for newbies like me and making it one of the best experiences of my life! …you guys are absolutely amazing!
Sandra L, Michigan
…another round of excellent guidance! I feel privileged to be included in your schedule-you are a tremendous resource. As always, the training is fun, practical and most of all, provides life-long skills (with vigilant practice, of course).
Karl W, Texas
…Thank you again for an experience I will take with me forever!
Paula M, Illinois
I just wanted to thank all of you at Fortress again for an opportunity of a lifetime!! I was very blessed and honored to have instruction by you! …I cannot even put into words how [the class] has changed my life!! It’s very surreal.

I am looking forward to furthering my journey and have the opportunity to learn (and grow) from the great people at Fortress again.

Hanna A., Indiana
…Again, THANK YOU!! It somehow doesn’t seem enough to say. Looking forward to more Fortress opportunities!
Gregory J., WI