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Hands-On Training


Indoor Range

Outdoor Range


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Our classes introduce gun safety that
teaches pistol safety fundamentals.
We offer firearm training that will qualify
you to apply for your concealed
carry permits in many states.

Apex Critical Defense is dedicated to providing professional firearms instruction to responsible individuals and promoting the safe use and handling of firearms.

Whether you are interested in getting your Carry Permit, recreational shooting, competition, home safety, or personal protection, we can help!

We offer NRA Certified Firearms Training Courses to help you stay safe. You will learn and develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude that are needed to successfully pursue your interests and goals.

All courses are taught by NRA certified Instructors/Range Safety Officers. Our instructors are Nebraska State Patrol Concealed Handgun Permit Certified Instructors.

Our Team

Joseph Fowler

NRA Certified Instructor/Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO)

Authorized to teach and certify students in the following courses:

NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation

NRA Basic Pistol

NRA Personal Protection Inside Home

NRA Personal Protection Outside Home

Nebraska State Patrol
Certified Instructor

*Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP)

Attorney General State of Kansas

*Certified Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor

Apex Critical Defense
*Intermediate Tactical Pistol

*Note: This is not an NRA-approved course

  • Defensive Firearm Specialists

    Apex Critical Defense teaches you gun handling, marksmanship and tactical training courses, taught by personable, real-world instructors who will dramatically elevate your skills and bring out the best in you.

  • Concealed Carry Course

    Persons planning to obtain a concealed carry permit will require training and certification prior to making application for a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

  • Intermediate Pistol

    Designed for shooters who are ready to take the next step in handgun fundamentals and prepare themselves for defensive situations either at home or in public.

  • Certified Instructors

    All courses are taught by certified Instructors/Range Safety Officers.

  • Classroom Training

    Learn safety techniques before you ever step onto a range

Hands-On Training

Apex Critical Defense instructors teach essential safety, responsibility and mindset while helping you quickly develop fundamental skills needed for personal protection. Courses are taught by personable, real-world instructors who will dramatically elevate your skills and bring out the best in you. You will learn the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a firearm for self-defense.

  • Classroom Training
  • Indoor Shooting Range
  • Outdoor Shooting Range.
  • One-on-One Training

What others say about us

Just a note to Thank both Mike and Joe for conducting the above class…We believe gun owners are being attacked from many sources and many legislative bodies every day and our right to bear arms is given to each of us from our forefathers, and taking a Class that teaches gun safety and personal protection seems fundamental to these rights…We would recommend this Class to everyone interested in either of these subjects…It was very interesting and Professionally conducted…Thank you also for spending extra time with my wife through her qualifications.

Melinda and Terry, Lincoln, 2012Former Students

I am so pleased with your concealed carry class, The class itself was very informative; and my experience on the shooting range was outstanding; but what most impressed me was today I went to file for my CCW Permit, and while waiting for fingerprinting and Photo’s, other people were coming in from different classes from other trainers, they were all being turned away because their paperwork was not filled out or it wasn’t notarized, or they weren’t told they needed a birth certificate. When I was there it was smooth sailing the entire way because thanks to my instructors I was fully prepared; Thank you!!!

Louis, Lincoln, 2012Former Student

I was in the Navy for many years and have attended many training classes. You guys are the best I’ve ever seen at keeping a class on track and moving forward. Great class!

Glen, LincolnFormer Student

I attended your training course with my sister last month and sent off my paperwork to Utah a couple of weeks ago. I have had nothing but positive things to tell people about when they ask about your course. Some of my family attended a different class a couple of months ago and it was very uninformative. Some of the things that I learned from your course they should have also learned as well, but did not. Thanks for all the good information. I am hoping that I will never need the practical knowledge I attained but know that I can now protect myself in a bad situation – I am practicing weekly.

John, Niobrara, 2013Former Student
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