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CPR & First Aid Training

The Importance of Proper CPR and First Aid Techniques on the Job

The Importance of Proper CPR/First Aid Techniques on the Job Photo courtesy of Rama   It can sometimes be easy to overlook just how important CPR and first aid can be, especially in a workplace setting. Although the majority of the time these techniques will not be required, which can lull you into a false […]

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How should you carry a gun while hiking?

How should you carry a gun while hiking?

The following is an email response I sent to a student who asked me about carrying a handgun while hiking. In the state in which she hikes carrying a gun without a permit is legal.  If you opt to carry a firearm while hiking, this advice may be helpful.  Just make sure that carrying a […]

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Private Lessons

Practical Defense Systems offers private lessons with experienced, knowledgeable and helpful instructors. Shooting lessons include: handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting. Self-defense lessons include: defense with or without weapons such as knives, sticks and/or common objects. Scroll down to find the lessons you’re looking for. Learn to shoot with a private lesson You can have one […]

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BSIS Firearms Requals

Re-qualify for your BSIS firearms permit with Practical Defense Systems IMPORTANT PLEASE READ THIS: This is a Hybrid course (Refresher online / Live-fire at the range). You must complete the online 2 hour refresher course before registering for your range day. Click the “Sign-up Now” button below to begin.  You will be given a promo […]

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How can a security guard make more money?

The title of this article echoes the number one question I get from my security guard students every month.  It typically comes in the form of, “I’ve got a wife and kids to feed. How can I make more money?”  Fortunately, the answer is simple.  But, before I lay out the “how to” perhaps I […]

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Practical Defense Systems Co-Founder Interviewed by NBC News!

Practical Defense Systems Co-Founder Interviewed by NBC News!

On the morning of April 4, 2011, a Security Guard stationed in the Apple Store at the Otay Ranch Towne Center mall in Chula Vista California, was forced to shoot one of three armed burglary suspects as they broke into the business.  That afternoon, NBC 7/39 interviewed Practical Defense Systems Co-founder, regarding Security Officer training. […]

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California State Senate Certificate of Excellence

Senator Joel Anderson Awards PDS a Senate Certificate for Excellence!

California State Senator Joel Anderson, on April 13, 2011, presented Practical Defense Systems with a California Senator Certificate recognizing the “Outstanding training… and excellent public-safety and self-defense courses…” provided by PDS to residents of San Diego’s East County. We are very grateful for Senator Anderson’s commitment to the citizens of San Diego’s East County and […]

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Are TASERs The Right Tool For Security Guards?

In the days leading up to the TASER International “Law Enforcement Instructor Course” this week, I was unconvinced that TASERs are a viable self-defense tool for security guards.  However, having completed the course two days later, fired several TASERs during the training, spoken to line officers who carry them every day and seen countless examples […]

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Which Security Guard Courses Should I Take?

In California, Security guards are required to have a minimum of 40 hours of training.  Beyond the first 8 hours (the guard card class), there are another 4 classes (16 hrs) that are required.  The remaining 16 hours are elective courses.   There are many courses to pick from, but we suggest you take the classes […]

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How do I get a California Security Guard Card?

How do I get a California Security Guard Card?

BSIS State License Numbers: TFF1296 & TFB1197 In California, security guards are licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS).  In order to get a security guard license (guard card), you must first complete a pre-licensing course, often referred to as a “guard card class”.   The guard card class is 8 hours long […]

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Which gun is best for home defense?

Which gun is best for home defense? By Joel Persinger

It is an indisputable fact that long before guns were invented, someone invented opinions. And since the invention of the gun, opinions about guns have been popping up all over the place. So much so, that while not everyone owns a gun, just about everyone has an opinion about them. So, it’s no surprise that opinions fly in every direction when someone asks the age old question, “Which gun should I buy for home defense?”

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Security Guard Training

Security Guard Training

Security Guard Training: Get your Guard Card and much more and Save MONEY! Guard Card (only $45); Exposed Firearm Permit; Chemical Agent – OC/Pepper Spray; Baton; Handcuffing; Defensive Tactics; CPR and more. You won’t find better security officer training at better prices anywhere.

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Shooting Classes

Shooting Classes

Firearms training for sport, self-defense, security officers & law enforcement. PDS offers beginning through advance shooting courses for security officers, law enforcement and civilians. Training is available for handguns (Revolvers and Autoloaders), shotguns (for defense and hunting) and rifles/carbines (AR 15, M4, SCAR, M14, Mini 14, Mini 30, AK 47, etc), including low light courses.

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Concealed Weapons Permit “CCW” Courses

Concealed Weapons Permit “CCW” Courses

Carry a gun for self defense in over 30 states. Get your concealed carry permit from Utah, Arizona or Florida and carry your handgun when you travel. Get your California CCW permit to carry a gun in California. PDS offers the courses required to obtain a CCW permit from California, Utah, Florida and Arizona.

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Self-Defense and Combatives

Self-Defense and Combatives

Learn how to protect and defend yourself and those you love at home or away. The world is a beautiful, but sometimes dangerous place and police can’t be everywhere. Your personal safety is your responsibility. PDS provides basic through advanced self-defense training for civilians as well as defensive tactics training for security officers and law enforcement.

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CPR, First Aid & Emergency Preparedness

CPR, First Aid & Emergency Preparedness

Learn American Heart Association Basic First Aid, CPR and how to use an AED. PDS offers the American Heart Association family of courses in CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) for adults, children and infants and the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), as well as Basic First Aid and BLS for Health Care Providers.

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Security Guard Training

Security Guard Training

BSIS Security Guard Trainig

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Job Opportunities in Security

Job Opportunities in Security

Disclaimer: Job opportunities are posted as a courtesy to our students.  We do not receive fees for posting job opportunities.  Practical Defense Systems does not screen postings, verify the accuracy of postings, investigate job opportunities or endorse any specific security company or job posting.  Likewise, we do not provide recommendations, advice or consulting regarding jobs posted to this page.  Job postings […]

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