About Fortress

Fortress Defense is a cadre of professional self-defense instructors intent on providing personal security training custom-tailored to the needs of the individual client. From basic gun safety for children, to Police, Military, and Executive protection training, Fortress will create the program you need for victory!

Effective instruction of female students is our specialty!

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

Fortress hosts John & Vicki Farnam!

May 2/3 Urban Rifle
May 2/3 Women’s Handgun
May 8/9/10 DTI Instructor Course

Rochester, IN

Chck our calendar for details!

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Shot Show 2015 – Miscellaneous

January 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Monday we attended one of three range events, and the highlight was getting our hands on the new Robar PolymAR rifle. The PolymAR is and AR15-style platform with the upper and lower receivers, as well […]

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Choosing a Handgun for Defense

January 28th, 2015|0 Comments

We are often asked by clients what handgun should be bought for personal protection. This can’t be properly answered without investigating further into the person’s […]

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DKX Armor SHOT Show 2015

January 26th, 2015|0 Comments

SHOT Show is always a whirlwind of meetings and rushing from vendor to vendor – there’s never enough time to see everything or everyone you wish. However, we made a special point of making our way to […]

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Hoffner Knives at SHOT 2015

January 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Having used a number of his holsters over the years it was a great honor to finally meet Brian Hoffner at this years SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV!

Brian is a 33-year veteran of the Huston […]

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Level 1 Defensive Blade
02/07/2015 - 02/08/2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Force-on-Force / Scenario Based Training
All Day
IL CCW Class Day 1
American Legion Hall, Lockport IL
All Day
IL CCW Permit Class, Day II
American Legion Hall, Lockport IL
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tractical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds
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  • Store Clerk Takes On FOUR Armed Robbers, Kills Two Click Here
  • Papa John’s Stands By Employee Who Shot Armed Robber In Self Defense Click Here

Fortress Quote of the Week

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. - Louisa May Alcott
…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