4 Reasons You Should Attend the Guardian Conference

Continuous learning and skill development are paramount is important in the realm of firearms training and self defense. I encourage you to attend training when your budget and schedule allow. Deciding on where and with which instructor to train can be difficult.

The Guardian Conference is Unique—

The Annual Guardian Conference offers a complete self-defense lifestyle training experience.

It's held annually over three days in September at the fantastic Oklahoma City Gun Club, in Oklahoma City.

A few reasons the Guardian Conference is unique are, first, the curriculum is diverse. There are plenty of live-fire classes focused on proper defensive handgun use. However, you can also attend classes on the legal use of force, less-lethal, trauma medicine, unarmed combatives and what to do post shooting.

Another way the Guardian Conference differs from other similar events is that it's designed with the family in mind. Attendees of all skill levels can find ample classes where instructors will challenge and encourage them to perform their best. Attendees can also mix up the type of classes they take to regulate how active they will be over the 3 days. The previous two years, we've seen several husband and wife combos and father and daughter pairs attend the conference.

4 Reasons You Should Attend the Guardian Conference—

Below are 4 reasons I think underscore the importance of attending the Annual Guardian Conference.

  • Expanding Knowledge and Expertise:

The Annual Guardian Conference brings together industry experts, instructors, and enthusiasts, creating a unique environment for knowledge exchange. From seminars to live-fire classes, the conference covers a wide range of topics, such as unarmed self-defense tactics, marksmanship fundamentals, situational awareness, emergency trauma training, and legal considerations. You'll be exposed to new perspectives, cutting-edge techniques, and the latest advancements in firearm technology. This invaluable knowledge empowers you to stay up-to-date with industry trends and best practices.

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  • Skill Refinement and Training Opportunities:

You'll get a hands-on experience that allows you to refine your skills under the guidance of experienced instructors. You'll have the chance to participate in live-fire drills, scenario-based training, and even competitive shooting opportunities that you might not be able to at your local range. The practical exercises and real-life simulations enable you to test your abilities, identify areas for improvement, and receive personalized feedback from experts. By participating in these training sessions, you can enhance your marksmanship, speed, accuracy, and decision-making skills, ultimately becoming a more competent and confident shooter. The great thing about the Guardian Conference is that you can learn from a variety of instructors with different personalities, teaching styles, and approaches.

  • Networking and Community Building:

One of the significant advantages of attending the Guardian Conference is the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals within the firearms community. You can foster a sense of camaraderie, allowing you to meet fellow enthusiasts, instructors, industry professionals, and even potential mentors. These connections can lead to valuable friendships, collaborative learning opportunities, and access to a network of resources. By engaging in conversations, sharing experiences, and building relationships, you can expand your support system, gain diverse perspectives, and further your growth as a responsible gun owner.

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  • Stay Updated on Legal and Safety Considerations:

Firearm laws and regulations are continually evolving, and attending a training conference ensures you stay informed about the latest legal requirements and safety protocols. Past attendees have learned from legal experts like Don West and Andrew Branca. This knowledge equips you with the information needed to navigate legal complexities, make informed decisions, and prioritize safety, avoidance and understand the aftermath of a deadly force incident.

What's Next—

Attending a firearm training conference is a valuable investment in your growth as a responsible gun owner. The opportunity to expand your knowledge, refine your skills, network with peers, and stay updated on legal and safety considerations is indispensable. Embrace the chance to attend these conferences, as they hold the key to unlocking your true potential. Consider attending the Annual Guardian Conference individually, with friends or family.

Listen to what one of the past instructors, A.J. Zito, thinks about the Guardian Conference.


About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. matt on May 26, 2023 at 9:06 am

    I’m really hoping my schedule will allow me to attend this year. Looks like a great opportunity!

  2. Chris on June 1, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    I hope to attend this year’s Guardian Conference. Great lineup with knowledgeable instructors. I am, however, surprised you would have one instructor participating due to his constant vulgar language. Riley and Matthew, I wish you both the best. God bless.

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