Evan Carson is the President of Innovative Defensive Solutions, llc (IDS) and IDS Security Training Academy, LLC, a full service personal defense, safety and security training company. At IDS we specialize in providing our clients with Concealed Carry Courses, Defensive Firearm Training, and Instructor Development. We also provide OC spray, knife, carbine, combatives and armed professional training opportunities

Evan has been a defensive firearm practitioner, gun enthusiast, student and teacher for more than 10 years. He worked at the NRA HQ for 9 years as an instructor and range safety officer where he applied his teaching and communication skills to tens of thousands of people at one of the nation’s top ranges. During this time he competed in USPSA/IDPA/GSSF and continued on his path as a professional student all while continuing to grow IDS. In 2013 he moved on from the NRA Range to focus on IDS and his personal journey in defensive firearm instruction.

Evan and IDS have been featured in Combat Handgun Magazine, Complete Book of Auto Pistols, Modern DC Business Magazine as well as the TV show Breakthroughs with Martin Sheen. Evan has also been a part of the hit TV shot Top Shot and Triggers. Evan is a training consultant and has worked as an expert witness on a few gun related cases. Evan is an adjunct instructor for I.C.E. Training as well.

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Evan is a Life Member of the NRA and is also a BSA Eagle Scout and carries One Eagle Palm.

Please visit the Innovative Defensive Solutions website (www.InnovativeDefensiveSolutions.com) to learn more about our training opportunities.

Evan currently holds certifications in the following disciplines in addition to being an Certified and Active Combat Focus® Shooting Instructor:

  • Active Combat Focus® Shooting Instructor
  • Certified Defensive Firearm Coach (…to teach Intro to Home Defense Handgun Course)
  • Certified Fundamentals of Concealed Carry Instructor through I.C.E. Training
  • Certified FitShot Coach
  • Top Shot Season 3 Finalist
  • DCJS Private Investigator #99-257395
  • Utah BCI Concealed Firearm Instructor #I102953
  • VA Notary Public
  • Sabre Red CSAP OC (Pepper Spray) Instructor
  • National Range Officer Institute Level One RSO
  • American Professional Firearms Instructors Association / VA State Coordinator
  • Glock Armorer
  • Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout and Eagle Palm Recipient
  • NRA Life Member / Recruiter
  • Affiliated Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network Instructor
  • Associate Member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors (IALEFI)
  • National Crime Prevention Council Member
  • United States Practical Shooting Association Member
  • International Defensive Pistol Association Member
  • Glock Shooting Sports Foundation (GSSF) Member
  • Past Certifications/Credentials
    • NRA Appointed Training Counselor (Instructor Trainer)
    • NRA Certified Pistol and Rifle Instructor
    • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
    • NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor
    • NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor & Regional Training Counselor
    • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer


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