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God created man, Samuel Colt made them equal. – Old West Adage


Before I ever heard of THE GAME, before I ever learned how to use a knife, I was shooting guns and teaching others FULL TIME as a firearms instructor.

Back in 1999, I walked into the local gun range with my older brother who was looking to buy a gun, and was overwhelmed by all the choices. “Assault rifles”, lever actions, bolt actions, shotguns, single shot, muzzle loaders, semi-auto, full-auto, revolvers, single action, double action, single AND double action, sniper rifles, hunting rifles, self defense models, police models, military models, female models, 1911’s, Sigs, H&Ks, Styers, Colts, Bushmasters, and Glocks….well you get the pictures.

We both only knew what we had read about in some gun mags (big mistakes). Fortunately he was buddies with the Director of Training/Manager of this giant facility who took us out to the range and taught us how to shoot with his own gun. Within 30 mins of instruction we were putting all of our bullets through a single hole.

I thought that this was normal, that everyone could could easily accomplish what we just did, after only my third time shooting. As I walked past everyone else out on the range to leave, I saw that most of them had trouble even just getting their rounds somewhere on the entire man sized target, at 1/2 the distance we were shooting at!

At that moment, I instantly fell in love with shooting. Learning how to control something that is so scary to so many, learning how to focus, learning how to control my body and what it does, and most importantly, understanding the way the brain works in learning and how it reacts under stress, were some of the most beneficial lessons I have ever received.

The skills I learned from firearms training have carried over into every other aspect of my teaching and anyone who has ever learned anything from me has benefited from those skills.

The confidence I have KNOWING that I can protect myself and my loved ones= PRICELESS!


When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away. -Clint Smith


A firearm is the ultimate force multiplier, it is the MOST important tool you need to have to keep you and your family safe, from a break it, a carjacking, or worse…

As a 19 year old kid I knew the BEST way to learn something was to immerse yourself in it, find great mentors, and make it your job.

So as we walked off that range I asked if they were hiring. I didn’t even know someone under 21 could work at a gun store/range but learning this skill was a new obsession, and I got the job!

5  years later, multiple classes, certifications, instructor rankings and learning from TOP LEVEL firearms instructors, I was promoted to Director of Training/Manager where I wrote and taught all the advanced classes. Guys who were in the EXECUTIVE/VIP PROTECTION course know what happened next, I left to go work at a contracting company and took all of my training to the next level. Then my divorce and my self help journey began….


Last year in our special Wilderness Survival course we taught you how to survive in the outdoors, how to make fire from rubbing 2 sticks together, how to signal for help, and how to look for tracks + how to hide your own tracks.



The year before, we taught you how to take away a bad guy’s handgun/rifle/knife, how to kill someone with a pen, and how to be a real life bodyguard so you can protect your loved ones.





For 2017, we are taking things to the next level in our-


Here is a quick vid of the April course, right now I am accepting applications for one I am running in Nov. (already 3/6 spots taken)

While the WILDERNESS COURSE was amazing (and you can read some of the feedback HERE), most of you don’t live out in the wild!

Guys in the class and guys throughout the years keep asking me what gun they should buy, what gear should they get to go along with it, how to shoot it, and the advanced tactics they ever needed to defend themselves or their family.

I’ve always done my best to answer those questions, and even with my lecture from the 21 Convention in the forum, I keep getting asked for more advice. The bottom line is nothing can replace HANDS ON TRAINING.

Trying to make a class like this happen has been almost impossible, a dream class where we teach you as much of the coolest and most helpful skills we can in 4 days, so I called in a few favors and was able to rent out a classroom & an entire shooting bay at my old range JUST FOR US!!!

To make this class even more awesome, I am bringing in an expert to teach everyone more than just the shooting skills, he will cover the MINDSET, PLANNING and GEAR that you need to survive if the GRID GOES DOWN. It’s great to have the gear, but if you don’t have the proper training, planning or mindset, you probably won’t make it if the SHTF.
(or if there is a Zombie Apocalypse)


Tony Nester (his school ANCIENT PATHWAYS is the primary provider of survival training for the Military Special Operations community) is again available to help us make this event EPIC!

One of the best parts of this course is even though it isn’t until NOVEMBER, your training starts NOW!

I made a special Facebook group just for those who are attending, where you can ask anything you want and get feedback/advice before the class. I also will be doing LIVE VIDEO STREAMS, where I will start teaching you guys MONTHS before the class even starts, I will demo, lecture, and give direct advice to each of you. This also helps you save $$ by not wasting your money on gear that you don’t need for the class.

So what will the course cover?

The first 2 days are going to be 100% firearms related spending only as much time as needed in the classroom, and then hitting our PRIVATE RANGE.

I will PERSONALLY teach you the very best of what I learned in the last 17 years of training.



In this course you will learn-

  • How to choose a firearm that is right for YOU
  • Caliber selection
  • Safe and correct handling of handguns
  • The 5 gun safety rules
  • How to properly load and unload your firearm
  • How to clear it and make sure it is safe
  • How to store it so it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands
  • How to hit what you are aiming at (even 25 yards away)
  • Proper trigger control (1 of 2 biggest issues shooters have)
  • Reloading your firearm under stress
  • 1 handed reloads in case one of your hands is injured
  • Clearing the 3 types of malfunctions (what people mistakenly call “jam”)
  • 1 handed malfunction clearances
  • How to choose the right holster(s)
  • Where you should carry your gun (especially for MAX concealability)
  • Drawing from your holster/ Weapon presentation
  • Low-Light shooting (80% of crime happens at night!)
  • Whether you should have a weapon mounted light or a handheld
  • Target identification, and shoot/no-shoot scenarios
  • Shooting up close and far away, and the limits of your firearm
  • How to shoot multiple different firearms and calibers
  • Shooting qualifications more challenging than most police depts (and passing)
  • How to clean and maintain your firearm
  • Which accessories you should buy for it (hint- you only need a couple)
  • Ammunition selection
  • The DO’s & DON’Ts of stockpiling
  • and MORE…

The 2nd part of our course will cover the URBAN skills-

  • What you NEED to know to survive
  • Common mistakes others have made (and died from)
  • Keeping your family and loved ones safe
  • Movement (the ways to move and not be noticed)
  • Countermovement (how to catch others who are trying to get the drop on you)
  • Home food and water storage
  • Water sources and purification in URBAN areas
  • When you should BUG OUT & when you should BUG IN
  •  5 key areas of home preparation
  •  Pre-disaster planning and establishing rendezvous points with family members
  •  Local, regional, and statewide evacuation strategies
  • Pre-Trip Planning for Domestic & International Travel/Safety Concerns
  • Travel Bug out gear you should always buy first thing in a new city (this one was a HUGE eye opener for me!)
  • Coping with disaster abroad
  • How to construct a personal Bail-Out Bag (BOB) for the home & office
  • Off-grid medical issues
  • Urban survivor’s first-aid kit
  • Sanitation & hygiene issues
  • Traps and tools for feeding yourself when the grocery shelves empty
  • Communication methods and tips for getting in touch with separated family members
  • Equipping your vehicle for roadside survival
  • Caches- pros & cons of different storage devices, long-term issues, and realistic storage methods.
  • Improvised Tools
  • Supplies you will NEED to make it
  • AND MORE (guys in previous classes know what I am talking about, there will be things you are taught that we can not publicly discuss!)

And maybe the best part, on the last day of the course, you will have a Field Training Exercise, where you will have to go out into the real world, run missions we give you and monitor, and employ the skills you learned during the class to survive!


WHEN: November 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th 2017

WHERE: Phoenix, Az (more info once you are in)


What you will need to bring-

  • A quality firearm
  • A quality outside the waistband holster
  • 3 magazines
  • Single or double magazine pouch
  • Eye and ear protection for gun range (highly recommend electronic earmuffs)
  • Notebook, 2 pens, and a sharpie marker
  • Gun cleaning kit for your firearm
  • Tactical flashlight
  • Dummy rounds in your caliber
  • Training knife (optional)
  • Electrolyte tablets
  • Water bottle
  • Dress for indoor/outdoor training in Arizona, plan for heat & weather changes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • GOOD walking/hiking shoes and quality socks
  • Smart phone and any charging needs

And like all of my other classes, you will make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime, you will be on your way of DOING DOPE SHIT for 2017, and you will have DHV pics and stories to share!

This course is a PRIVATE event. Each person who wants to attend will have to be interviewed personally by me, you must be at least 21 years old to attend this class, and may be subject to a background check

Only 2 spots still available!!!

email me Survive@StephenGrosch.com if you have any questions and want to register.


-updated 8/11/17



“Knowing how to feed yourself in the wilds is empowering since it is not dependent on ‘the system.’ Hunting and gathering is also your birthright as a member of the human race. Somewhere in your heritage, your forbearers tracked, hunted, foraged, and lived fulltime with the natural world. It is deep in our being.” -Tony Nester

THIS….this hit me like a hammer.

I’ve taught skills to men for over 16 years, skills that can keep them alive and safe, or help them take control of the relationships in their lives.

But I didn’t know basic knowledge that our ancestors did, and the skills that kept them alive and safe. Skills that have almost been lost through time.

I didn’t know what to do if the water in our town became undrinkable (already predicting Lake Erie and Florida is going to be dealing with this year) and we all have heard about the FLINT water crisis.

What if there was a natural disaster like an earthquake, a volcano eruption, a tsunami, or even just your run of the mill emergency flooding from storms (TEXAS) or tornados? Which happen every year.

What if there was a food shortage, like right now in Venezuela.

What if from a giant list of other reasons you either had to get off the grid, or  just got lost?




I didn’t.

I have LOTS of cool man skills, but I didn’t even have a water stockpile at my house (FEMA says to have at least 2 weeks worth, you have that RIGHT???).

If the SHTF and I wasn’t able to keep my loved ones safe….I have failed them as a man.

I knew I had to level up in this area, but it was so hard trying to find someone who is LEGIT in the survival world, and the amount of information out there was just overwhelming. Then I heard about Tony Nester through my martial arts instructor who has signed up for one of his classes.Tony

Tony is one of those guys who likes to go out into the wild and can live off the land. He is so good at doing and teaching this, that guys come to him from all over the world to learn, even some pretty badass military guys.

I signed up for the same one day course of his with my GF and we both loved it….and wanted more.

Later we drove up to Flagstaff and took a 3 day course from him, it was even better and it left me wanting even more.

Since then Tony and I have become friends and I’ve been fortunate enough to train with him quite a bit and am already signed up for more of his classes!

*The Deadfall I made that will get me food in the wild*

Like always, I share stories with my Bravohood brothers about cool new things I am into, and guys started asking me about which class of his should they take. I would always respond back with “ALL OF THEM!!!”

Unfortunately, not everyone has the ability to take off weeks/months from work, can afford multiple trips, and can unplug from the rat race like I can, to learn this skills. But this got me thinking…

*I made fire by rubbing 2 sticks together!*

Last year I put on an EPIC tactical class, what if this year we put on an even MORE EPIC survival class?
I talked to my coaches and the attendees from the previous class, I sat down with Tony and planned out what we thought the absolute most important skills you need to have are, and after many months of planning, I can now officially announce that we have put together the absolute best class on wilderness and urban survival that I have ever seen!

Normally to cover just some of the skills you will learn here, you would have to go to MULTIPLE classes, from different instructors, some that last 1-2 weeks EACH, and would cost 10’s of thousands of dollars in total. Some of the ADVANCED skills you will learn in this class and then put into practice…you might not even be able to learn unless you are connected (Fortunately because of me, you now are!)

You might even be worried about all the survival gear you will need go find and buy for THIS class and how much that will cost…

But like I said, we planned out the BEST CLASS WE COULD!

And the best part, virtually every piece of gear you will need for this class, WE WILL PROVIDE!

Well actually that is the 2nd best part, the best part is THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS COURSE!

  • “The Big 5” Survival Priorities
  • Survival Psychology
  • Survival Gear & Kits
  • Proper and Effective Knife use and carving
  • Shelter construction
  • Everything you need to know about FIRE from one-match, spark, and optics
  • Survival firelays & coal beds
  • Evasion fires
  • Bow-drill & hand-drill methodsBow drill
  • Flint & Steel
  • Improvised containers
  • Lessons on Apache warfare and evasion methods in the Southwest
  • Wilderness Hazards
  • Dangerous & toxic plants
  • Flash floods
  • Cougars/Bears/Coyotes
  • Venomous creature
  • Improvised tools & weapons
  • Water location & purification methods
  • Signaling devices
  • The most essential tools for living off the land: modern survival firearms, snares, fishing implements and practical strategies for procuring wild game
  • Carving deadfall traps
  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Carving your own throwing stick for hunting
  • Animal tracking
  • Overview of barehanded and celestial navigation methods
  • Skinning and cleaning wild game
  • Making jerky and off-grid food preservation
  • Escape and Evasion
  • Mantracking 101
  • Counter-tracking maneuvers
  • Mantraps & deterrentsPrimitive food
  • Group exercises employing counter-tracking techniques
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Wilderness trauma and remote medicine considerations
  • Heat-related injuries
  • Hypothermia and cold-related injuries
  • Venomous snakes, scorpions, spiders, Africanized bees
  • Weaving rope with natural fibers
  • The top 5 practical bush-knots
  • Weaving a netted container using 550 cord
  • Primitive dinner- how to skewer and roast fish/small game, bake trout in clay, and tips for using a Dutch-Oven
  • Map & Compass Skills
  • Practical land nav field exercises
  • Final culmination exercise involving the students on an evasion scenario with the instructors tracking them
  • Sight see prehistoric ruins
  • Gathering edible plants and examining medicinal plant uses
  • and more!


Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it?

All you need to bring with you is the clothes you will wear, a few personal items, and a tent and sleeping bag. Actually the tent and sleeping bag you can ditch if you REALLY want to be one with nature during this course…but I would still bring in case there is rain.

If you do need to get a few pieces of gear, there is an REI in town which you can order and have gear sent to, or just pick up. I will email you the official list of what you need when you sign up, and Tony and I will be happy to help you if you have any questions.

The class will be in Flagstaff Arizona, Sept 1-4 (which we specifically picked because the weather should be great and the edible plants will be in season).
The price of the class is only $1,550

Included in this course is hundreds of dollars worth of gear, you will be able to use and take home with you after!
If you want to register for this class, or have any questions, please email me at

Survive@StephenGrosch {dot} com

and I will get back to you ASAP


-email me to get put on waiting list