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About Us.

The Personal Security Institute is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon, and we hold classes around the Pacific Northwest as well as specially scheduled flagship classes around the United States.


GX7_1000097 copyGrant Cunningham

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher as well as being a nationally known gunsmith. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including The Book of the Revolver, Shooter’s Guide To Handguns, Defensive Revolver Fundamentals,  Defensive Pistol Fundamentals, and Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting (Fall 2015.)

In addition to his print books, Grant is the author of the Gun Digest e-book 12 Commandments of Concealed Carry, and has written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He has been featured in the Complete Book of Handguns, The Accurate Rifle magazine, and Custom Combat Handguns magazine. He’s also featured on the Defensive Revolver Fundamentals DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series.

Grant has trained with many nationally known instructors including Massad Ayoob, Rob Pincus, Marty Hayes, Andy Stanford, Clyde Caceres, Gila Hayes, as well as local and regional instructors. He is a certified instructor for Combat Focus Shooting, Combat Focus Carbine and Home Defense Handgun through I.C.E. Training. He also holds an NRA Instructor certificate and is an Affiliated Instructor with the Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network (ACLDN), as well as being a founding member of the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors (ADSI).

“…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


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Chris teaches our Oregon Concealed License Course, which she’s been doing for over a decade. Chris teaches hundreds of students each year the things they need to know to be a conscientious, law abiding concealed carrier.

Chris holds instructor certification from the National Rifle Association (NRA), as well a a Judicious Use Of Force Instructor certificate from the Lethal Force Institute (LFI). She’s trained with Massad Ayoob, Marty Hayes, Champion Shooter Judy Woolley, Gila Hayes, and others.