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About Jim Wilcox and Fearless Defense

Why Teach?

Many years ago, I felt a significant personal physical threat and realized I really did not have any training to defend myself. I decided to pursue significant handgun training and education to become a safe/responsible and effective armed citizen. I have 3 daughters who told me that they have many friends who feel vulnerable and some have handguns but no idea how to use them. Daughters suggested I begin teaching others in need of my instruction.
I became certified with USCCA and have been teaching others to indeed become safe, responsible and effective armed self defenders.
I really enjoy seeing students, who begin classes with some anxiety, walk away expressing more confidence regarding firearms safety and they’re excited to begin and continue the process with me toward becoming educated and trained armed citizens.

Located in Ashland KY, and a USCCA Certified Instructor allows me to educate and train men and women towards becoming safer, and more effective defenders of loved ones and self. Offering Classes like Concealed Carry Firearms Training, Women’s Basic Pistol Fundamentals, Women’s Intermediate Pistol, and Handgun Beginner’s Fundamentals for Men and Women.


Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals – Certified Instructor

Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals

Countering The Mass Shooter Threat

Emergency First Aid Fundamentals

Check out what some of my students have said!

Nov 15, 2022 by Lori C.
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Perfect beginners class and I recommend to all
Nov 15, 2022 by Benjamin C.
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Class was just what I needed to ease my mind
Nov 8, 2022 by Darrell H.
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Jim did a great job. I learned a lot about the legal implications of conceal carry I didn't know. Made the class fun and informative. Would highly recommend to others. Looking forward to continuing to expand my knowledge and keep my family safe.
Nov 8, 2022 by Brooke F.
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Great class interaction. Trainer is very thorough and has a high emphasis on safety. The course had terrific structure and integrity. Highly recommended.
Nov 15, 2022 by Michael D.
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This class provided an opportunity to learn about firearms, firearm safety, and the legal responsibilities of gun ownership. It was a chance to ask basic questions without feeling embarrassed about my low level of knowledge with regard to guns, how they work, proper handling and storage, and what to do in case I should ever need to use one. I highly recommend this course to anyone who either owns a gun, lives in a house or apartment with someone who owns a gun, or is considering purchasing a gun.
Nov 8, 2022 by Julia F.
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I have been around guns my entire life; however, in the past couple of years, I have not had the opportunity to shoot on a regular basis and I wanted to not only get my conceal carry but I wanted to get some extra hands-on training. I have known Jim Wilcox for years. I recently moved back to Kentucky and when I saw he had Concealed Carry Firearms training, I contacted him immediately. I wanted someone I knew and trusted to walk me through this. His class is very thorough and easy to understand. He made sure to ask if there were questions during the entire class. When we went outside, he made sure to encourage me with each shot letting me know if it qualified. He has a passion for excellence, teaching, and seeing individuals learn how to protect themselves, their families, and the responsibility that comes with it. Thank you Jim!
Jun 5, 2022 by Matthew G.
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I highly recommend Mr. Jim Wilcox and Fearless Defense! He is very knowledgeable, accommodating and gives his students confidence in their ability to learn bout firearms and safety. Great experience!
Aug 23, 2022 by Paige C.
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I learned so much from this experience/class with Jim Wilcox. My first time ever shooting (let alone) touching a firearm before. He was so patient and walked me through each step. I’m looking forward to taking another class.
May 2, 2022 by Christina A.
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Excellent course! Very patient and informative! I liked the fact that Jim came from a moral and ethical stance on the course. 10/10 would recommend.
Aug 29, 2022 by Darris D.
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Jim was extremely thorough and lent a personal touch with his teaching technique.
Mar 30, 2021 by Jenny P.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Mr Wilcox was very knowledgeable and took the time to make sure we (as a class) were comfortable and safe. I look forward to taking his intermediate and (hopefully) advanced courses!
Nov 14, 2021 by Angela L.
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Great class. Took it in KY and our instructor Jim had excellent knowledge of Ohio safety laws. Was fun and informative!!
Apr 19, 2022 by Patricia G.
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Jim does a thorough job of explaining and demonstrating everything. He is tuned in to what you are or are not doing and is great at showing you again. It was a very good experience.
Apr 24, 2022 by Melissa W.
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Jim made this class so fun. I was nervous going in, as a new gun owner, with my lack of experience. He put us all at ease, teaching in a knowledgeable, fast pace, and making sure we all retained the information by including us in the discussions, welcoming any and every question. I had so much fun, and feel like I know so much more about gun safety. I’m excited to learn more, I’ll definitely be signing up for future classes with Jim. He has such a passion for for teaching, it really suits him and shines through.