Our Story…

Aequaliter Favet Paraverunt” : Chance Favors the Prepared….We believe that through excellent training and relevant education you can become better prepared for an ever increasing chaotic world.

Crucible Defensive Training is about education, pure and simple… Whether it’s firearms, gear, first-aid, or just everyday safety, we rely on proven methods, years of training experience, scientific research, and realistic training context to help you become prepared for the Critical Incident you hope never comes.

  • Founded in 2013 by former US Marines Gabe Atchison and Tom Dillon, CDT was brought forth to offer the best training and information available to fill a gap between what we saw as a deficiency in proper firearms skills development and the current offerings available to the citizens of NE Ohio. In the Spring of 2016, we added Instructor Adam Litke, of Shield and Sword Academy, to our roster to greatly improve our ability to provide the best training content and instruction possible. We not only strive to be the best at what we do, but to offer the latest and most efficient firearms and safety curriculum available.

Gabe Atchison (pictured above)

Thomas Dillon (pictured above)

Adam Litke (pictured above)


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