If you’re new to my work, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Grant Cunningham, and I’m a renowned author and teacher in the areas of self defense, personal safety, home and family defense, and instructor development. (As well as being a nationally known — but retired — gunsmith.)
I’ve written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting for Gun Digest Books, including The Book of the Revolver, Shooter’s Guide To Handguns, Defensive Revolver Fundamentals, Defensive Pistol Fundamentals, and Handgun Training: Practice Drills For Defensive Shooting. In addition to my print books, I’m the author of the Gun Digest e-book 12 Commandments of Concealed Carry. I’ve also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors (ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website.
I’ve been featured or profiled in the Complete Book of Handguns, The Accurate Rifle magazine, and Custom Combat Handguns magazine. I’m also the host of the Defensive Revolver Fundamentals DVD (from the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series; currently sold out) and of the upcoming PDN production Using the Bullpup Rifle for Home and Personal Defense.
I’ve trained with many nationally known instructors including Massad Ayoob, Rob Pincus, Marty Hayes, Andy Stanford, Clyde Caceres, Gila Hayes, as well regionally famous instructors like Georges Rahbani. I’m a certified instructor for Combat Focus Shooting, Combat Focus Carbine and Home Defense Handgun through I.C.E. Training. I hold an NRA Instructor certificate and am an Affiliated Instructor with the Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network (ACLDN). In addition, I was a founding member of the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors (ADSI).
I’ve been fortunate to have the endorsement of some prominent members of the defensive training community and the firearms industry, such as:
“…you can take Grant’s advice to the bank.” — Massad Ayoob
“Grant is an established expert, and has been for many years. […] he can distill the essence of a concept from a cumbersome explanation and efficiently get a student to grasp the important principles.” — Rob Pincus
“…a gifted educator…an unpretentious and accessible delivery of handgun training. His approach offers a unique/refreshing alternative for the less “tactical-minded” segment of the potential self defense training market.” — Corrina Peterson, Editor, Gun Digest
Notice something different about this site?
Someone once referred to me as belonging to the “thoughtful” part of the self defense training field. I believe that your life is precious, not only to you but to your loved ones — the people who depend on you for friendship, support, companionship, and guidance. I take the role of helping you protect your life, and the lives of those who care about you, very seriously.
Because of this you’re not going to find me playing fast and loose with the information I gve you. I pride myself on my research and analytical abilities, and I look for the information which is valuable to you and the life you lead. I focus on highlighting real skills, for real people, living real lives.
If you came here looking for the latest “tactical” techniques or out of a desire to play Special Forces for a weekend, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I focus on skills to protect lives in the private sector, at home and at work, whether at the playground or out to a nice dinner. Camoflage and army boots aren’t part of what I do, because I really doubt they’re a part of what you do every day!
I hope that you’ll feel free to ask questions of anything you see here. If there’s information you can’t find, please ask that question too. One of the things I pride myself on is supplying honest answers to honest questions; you’ll never get a throwaway answer like “well, that’s the way the Navy SEALS do it!” I’ll always try to give you facts and logic for anything I teach or endorse.
Speaking of endorsements, you’ll notice that there are no outside ads on my site. This is intentional, and I take no end of ribbing from other people in the industry who constantly ask “do you know how much money you’re losing?!?” Yes, I certainly do! But if you see a product here, or if I talk about a product, it’s because it’s one that I use or want to use myself. I endorse those products because I’ve purchased them with my own money after a long period to find the best for whatever application I have. You can trust that if you hear about it here, I either use it myself or have spent my own money to buy it.
If I ever get a product from the manufacturer to test, I’ll disclose that — and then give you an honest review of how it performed and what I think about it. That’s my pledge: honest, authoritative information that you can trust!
-=[ Grant Cunningham ]=-
Disclosure: some product links on this site go to affiliates, from whom I make a small commission. I choose the products to link, and they’re all products that I would and/or do use myself.