Fitness and Firearms 18

Crossfire Defense Academy & Range and Crossfit Patriot Way Teach Students Self-Defense

More than 20 years ago, David Vaught had a vision of creating a technologically advanced gun range like no other. Last fall, that dream became a reality.   

In November, David opened Crossfire Defense Academy & Range and Crossfit Patriot Way, two businesses under the same roof with a common goal – empowering individuals to protect themselves. 

As a former Navy Gunner’s Mate and a graduate of the police academy, he is no stranger to firearms and self-defense. 

“I’ve always been a firearms person,” he says.

But David believes a gun should not be a person’s first line of defense, so he created Crossfit Patriot Way to complement Crossfire. 

“The reason we combine it all is that many times people think, ‘I’ll just get a gun, and I’ll be safe.’ But my personal philosophy is that a gun is your absolute last option. Your physical fitness is your first and most important tool,” he says. 

“If your goal is to survive a potentially dangerous encounter, and you can run and get away, that is what you should do,” he says. “If you can’t run, you have to know how to mitigate the circumstances with soft, empty hands.” 

David says if using a gun is the only option, individuals must know how to use a firearm under duress. Crossfit Patriot Way and Crossfire offer a class to teach individuals how to operate firearms under high-stress scenarios. 

“We teach two classes every day,” David says. “You shoot five rounds, and then we take you to the gym and you do five different high-intensity exercises. Then you go back to the range and address the target. Then we repeat the process. Every time you go into the range, you are under physical exertion.” 

David’s Crossfire range is one of the most technologically advanced shooting ranges in the country, he says. It has attracted many knowledgeable firearm enthusiasts, including members of law enforcement, who regularly train there, and veterans, such as retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West.

Though many firearm experts visit Crossfire, David says he hopes his establishment appeals to all individuals. Crossfit Patriot Way and Crossfire operate as two different businesses, and clients are not required to purchase a membership. 

“Everything we do here, you can do by the day, month or year,” he says. 

For more information, visit CrossFitPatriotWay.com and CrossfireDefense.com

"…my personal philosophy is that a gun is your absolute last option. Your physical fitness is your first and most important tool.”