Defensive Tactics Institute

Little Rock

Based in Central Arkansas, Defensive Tactics Institute is a leading home and personal defense training facility complete with a climate controlled classroom, onsite outdoor dynamic shooting range and a pro shop for your self defense needs.

Think First, Shoot Second

Defensive Tactic Institute’s Basic Guide to Gun Safety
Inspired by Tips From the NRA

Our mission at Defensive Tactics Institute is educating others about self-defense, and a key part of defending oneself is being properly armed with physical tools and a cognitive understanding of how best to use them.


Safety is at the heart of all of this.

If you choose to own a gun for the protection of yourself and your family, you must be proactive in educating yourself and those around you about gun safety. We found a helpful listing of gun safety rules from the National Rifle Association, which inspired our tips below:

1) Always Keep Your Gun Pointed in a Safe Direction
A 'safe direction' is a place that would not cause damage or injury if the gun were to go off. This is completely within your realm of control - simply be mindful of where the muzzle of the barrel is pointed at all times (whether it's resting in a secure place or in the hands of a user) 

PRO TIP - Trust your common sense to tell you where the safest direction is – it will, of course, vary depending on different circumstances.

2)   Always Keep Your Finger Off of the Trigger Until Ready to Shoot
The trigger guard, or along the side of the gun, is the perfect place for your finger to rest until you’re ready to fire.

3)   Always Keep Your Gun Unloaded Until Ready to Use
The first thing you need to do when picking up a gun is engage the safety device if possible, then, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and making sure the chambers are clear of ammunition.

4)   Always Know Your Target Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt
You need to be equally sure of your target and what is beyond before shooting.

PRO TIP - Observe your shooting area before firing and never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. As the NRA says, “Think first. Shoot second.”

5)   Always Be Sure Your Gun is Safe to Operate
Guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage is key to keeping your gun safe and ready for use.

PRO TIP - Regular cleaning and general care for your gun will prolong its life and maintain its value. Clean your gun every time you use it, and make sure it is unloaded prior to cleaning.

6)   Always Make Sure You Are in a Good State for Operating a Gun
Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting. You need to be fully present when operating a firearm, and if your awareness is impaired, you will risk injuring yourself and others.

You can never be too cautious when it comes to gun safety.




PREPARE for the Unforeseen

  “According to Gun Owners of America, the governments of the world slaughtered more than 170 million of their own people during the 20th century. The vast majority of those people had been disarmed by their own government prior to being slaughtered.” –





Do you fear that something like this would happen in our great country?


What can you do?


Prepare so that no matter what happens, you feel comfortable

Ready yourself & your family for the unforeseen

Educate yourself by learning to use a gun correctly & effectively

Pull the trigger in self-defense

Arm yourself with knowledge & skill

Remember that a disarmed nation is a defeated nation

Empower yourself!


Bernard Major’s Online Pistol Fundamentals Course is an effective way to PREPARE yourself and your family for whatever may come.


Why is the course imperative?


1.   You do not have to spend money on ammo

2.   You will learn both beginner and expert tips for using a pistol correctly

3.   You will be able to practice in the comfort of your own home

4.   Your instructor, Bernard Major, CPS, takes safety very seriously, so you will learn how to defend yourself in the safest manner possible

5.   You can’t afford to not be prepared should the unthinkable occur


Protecting the next generation

Our children will become the next doctors, lawyers, accountants, members of Congress and presidents. It is imperative that we provide them with a sound foundation and moral guidelines for them to develop into solid pillars of society. As the new chairman of the capital city friends of NRA, my responsibility is to facilitate and organize fund-raising activities for children shooting sports in Arkansas.

 Children that are involved in organized shooting sports, learned safety and responsibility with firearms, learn to respect and protect their second amendment rights, and develop a conservative mindset. The friends of NRA is a grass roots organization that has 501(c)(3) status so all donations are tax deductible. Through the years we have had several fund raising activities such as firearm  raffles, yearly banquets, and other fun events such as our annual second amendment freedom ride motorcycle rally.

This year we have come out of the dark ages and began using the Internet to help us market what we do. We opened up Facebook page that I hope you'll visit, like and support our efforts by purchasing a raffle ticket or making a  tax deductible donation.  currently, we are gearing up for our annual banquet August 17 in Little Rock. We are currently conducting a prevent raffle for a beautiful Sig semiautomatic rifle. The tickets are only $20 or three for $50 and we are only selling 300 tickets. To get your tickets PM us on our Facebook page and we will get back to you.

 Our second amendment rights are being eroded help our next generation to solidify a stance and teach them to have a voice and continue the values that we work so hard to keep.

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Strike Spike, the Most Effective Counter-Attack Tool

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Saved From a Terrifying Attack

A woman in her mid-twenties was walking to her car when she was grabbed from behind.  The attacker put one hand over her mouth and wrapped his other arm around her waist.  Unable to scream and nearly paralyzed by the shock of being grabbed, the woman lost her train of thought; she went into survival mode, doing everything she could to wriggle free.  She managed to jam her head backwards toward the perpetrator’s face and he immediately let go.  This created a window of time for her to jump into her car and get away.  She looked back to see the man’s bloodied face and then she remembered the Strike Spike attached to the back of her cap.  In her attempt to loose herself from the terrifying man’s grip, she head-butted him with a spiky blow to the mouth.  If it wasn’t for the Strike Spike attached to the back of her hat, the woman might have experienced a very different outcome.

Are You Prepared?

Do you ever find yourself walking alone through a dimly lit parking garage, or are you jogging outside now that the weather is nice?  Have you considered the possibility of being approached in a threatening manner?  What would you do?  Are you prepared?  The Strike Spike is a small metal disc with spikes protruding outward.  It is a cutting-edge counter-attack tool, and when used correctly, can save you from the terror of an attack – or at the very least, create a window of opportunity for you to either get away or get to another tool of self-defense.  Just think about it, one of your first reactions to a threatening confrontation is to protect your face.  If your hand is already up, you can easily use your Strike Spike as a force-multiplier in your defense.  It’s lightweight and easy to attach to your watch, so a quick strike to your opponent with the back of your wrist will do a lot more damage with a spiky metal tool attached than your bare arm would.

Why Buy a Strike Spike

Bernie Major, the creator of the Strike Spike says, “There are flaws in every kind of less-lethal self-defense product on the market because you either have to undo a snap or manipulate it in some way in order to get it to work, but the Strike Spike has absolutely the fastest reaction of any tool that I know. It’s already there if it’s on a wristband or a watch, or on the back of your cap.  It’s easy to deploy.”  Pepper spray, for example, can be an effective counter-attack tool, but you have to know what direction the wind is blowing before spraying so as not to pepper your own face.  You also have to undo a snap to get to the spray, and you oftentimes don’t have the luxury of time to do that.  

Lightweight – Inexpensive – Easy To Carry

Purchase your Strike Spike today- 3 come in a package for just $19.95. Place one with your cap, one with your purse or briefcase and carry one on your watch – and you will always have easy protection with you.

Latest Article

How much do you prepare before a big event?

     A violent attack can be a life changing experience, mentally, physically and emotionally. The decisions you make can affect the rest of your life. The decisions you make could end your life. The only thing many folks go by is TV or movies. But the sterile, scripted fight scenes, perfect camera angles and super human feats that are portrayed on the screen pail in comparison to real life. Most people gravitate to purchasing a firearm as the answer to their self defense needs. They go get a concealed carry class and poof! Instant self defense. It’s not that easy. Oh, you may get lucky, but I’d rather be skilled. How much will you prepare for a life changing  event? Especially when you may be responsible for others like your family.

If you own a gun, you need to take my online basic pistol course to either learn to shoot well or to re-enforce solid skills that will work even under the stress of saving your life.



Online Basic Pistol Fundamentals Course

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