Our mission is to improve the skills, tactics and mindset of anyone who seeks to protect themselves, loved ones or clients in life-threatening situations.

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The staff and instructors at Ohio Strategic Defense Academy have received many letters and testimonials over the years from both consumers and commercial clients. The following are just a few that illustrate the strong relationships that develops between our instructors and clients – we enjoy a job well done!

We thank our customers for taking the time to write to us, and for their many referrals. —Doug Dean, President

Very knowledgeable and very well presented. All excellent. Great Instructor. Kept my attention the whole time!

Larry K.

Vast knowledge and experience, good personality for instruction, application and takes time with students! All was top notch!

Greg M.

I feel Doug Dean went above and beyond with this course! Doug Dean is a great instructor.

Joe F.

Very good training! Excellent Instructor! Lots of tips on hop to do my job better!

Timothy J.

Doug is an amazing instructor, very informative!

Ron K.

All information provided in the course was new to me. I’ve learned so much by taking this class. Doug was amazing! He is so passionate in what he does! It shows in the way he teaches this course! Great job!

Tyran E.

Was really pleased with the presentation and knowledge that Mr. Dean provided me. Looking forward to gaining more knowledge from him!

Shane E.

Very well done and taught! I learned more in twenty hours about weapons handling than 13 years in law enforcement! Instructor was extremely knowledgeable!

Matt F.

Excellent communication and adaptation to every individual! Very patient with everyone!

Curtese P.

Shared prudent knowledge to help in the field and well beyond the basic course!

Kyle B.

Everything was very thorough and well exceeded previous experiences! Incredibly professional and knowledgeable! First time I’ve actually learned anything of value in OPOTA course!

Justin B.

Excellent instructor! Very patient with students! Explained everything in detail!

Lauren S.

Wood definitely recommend course to anyone looking! Top-notch instruction!

Matt F.

Extremely prepared and an expert on the material!

Brittney F.

Outstanding service and instructor with knowledgeable staff eager to teach!

Lance R.

The instructor knows what he’s talking about! Don’t ever retire!

Andrew R.

Doug was very disciplined and stayed on course during the two-day training! He was very helpful and worked with those that needed help and stayed with them until they passed!

Ken C.

As an OPOTA instructor with over 20 years experience I came with an open mind and walked away learning something new. Thank you.

Jack A.

The material was explained very well. If I could understand it anyone can. Instructor very good at teaching and being very patient with the students.

Antonio P.

Awesome! It was a pleasure to attend this course! Thank you!

Shawn S.

I am recommending to multiple people to take this course! Very good instructor!

Amber A.

Instructor Dean went above and beyond his duties to provide us with the necessary training!

Jared N.

Could have been boring and just talked a lot a feel like hunter education, but instead got us active, taught us valuable skills and over all made it fun!

Chris E.

Mr. Dean is an excellent instructor! He kept the class interesting, yet fun! He is also extremely patient and willing to work with me when I struggled with some of the concepts. Thanks to Mr. Dean I feel better equipped to deal with situations that may be encountered in the field!

Luis R.

Loved all of the class!

Ashley I.

The instructor’s knowledge and his willingness to explain was the most valuable part of the class!

Chris A.

Very knowledgeable and thorough. I felt like I was taught to do well, not just what was required!

Stephen H.

Serving the Columbus Ohio firearms training needs including:

Dublin, Gahanna, Grove City, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Reynoldsburg, Worthington, Downtown, Westerville, Whitehall, Canal Winchester, Clintonville, Bexley, German Village, Grandview Heights, New Albany, Short North and Powell.


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3971 Hoover Road #235 Grove City, OH 43123

614.582.5472 Phone

614.675.2808 Fax



3971 Hoover Road #235 Grove City, OH 43123


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