Buckeye Firearms Association


Angela Armstrong 
Buckeye Firearms Association 


Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST


Makoy Center 
5462 Center Street
Hilliard, OH 43026

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Unthinkable: Concepts and Techniques for the Gravest Extreme - February 23 

Dr. William Aprill's "Unthinkable" takes you on a tour of the dark side of violence. In one day, you will discover how dangerous aggressors think, how they interpret your body language and behavior, and how they choose their victims. Will it be YOU or someone else? You may be surprised to learn that being a "good guy" could make you a more likely target.

Plus you will learn how to create an effective and adaptive survival mindset and participate in (optional) hands-on defensive training.

Full 6-hour seminar description below.

This is an indoor, classroom-style seminar in a comfortable setting. There will be no live-fire at this event.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Check in
9:00 a.m. - Noon - Seminar
Noon - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch (eat off-site or bring your own)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Seminar

$59 per attendee (Discount for BFA members. Not a member? Click here to join.)

If you wish to participate in the hands-on portion of the seminar to learn disarming techniques, bring an inert training pistol (red gun, blue gun, SIRT, etc.) and your carry gear.

Children under the age of 12 are not permitted.

Register Now! Proceeds benefit Buckeye Firearms Association.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: For most of our events, you may cancel and receive a refund (less a $10 processing fee) up to 3 weeks before an event. No refunds within 3 weeks of an event.


How do violent criminals think of us, and how do they target us?
How are human monsters made and born?
What do we do when faced with a drawn gun?

All these questions suggest threats reasonable people would avoid at any cost. So why would anyone want to spend a day immersed in the exploration of those threats and more?

Simply put, there is no way to develop an effective and adaptive defensive mindset without spending time in some very dark places. This seminar will explore the inner workings of the criminal mind and guide you to the next step in developing your ability to protect yourself and those you love.

Dr. William Aprill will take a systematic approach as he helps you enhance your personal safety in an engaging, fast-paced, full-day seminar.

You will be presented with hard truths about our world and challenged to make serious, personal changes in your everyday life.

Fatal Choices: Understanding "Violent Criminal Actors" and How They Identify Victims

You will be led through contemporary theories and current data on the process by which violent criminal actors select their targets for violent aggression.

Particular attention will be paid to the internal mechanisms in play within the criminal mind, the universe of signifiers around "good guy" behavior, demeanor, and attributes which may actually make selection for attack more likely, as well as considerations for responsible armed citizens to reduce this risk.

Previous versions of this material have been presented to LE agencies and private citizen groups across the U.S. as well as international LE educational events.

The 5 W's of Risk: Constructing an Effective Pre-Need Defense Paradigm

Many instructors present material on surviving physical attack while others address the aftermath of that defensive violence. However the preparation for being attacked, what Craig Douglas of ShivWorks has referred to as the pre-kinetic phase, is given limited, if any, attention by the vast majority of trainers and even fewer students.

This unique seminar will review common mental and philosophical errors you are likely to make as you plan for what you hope will never happen: a determined attack by a violent criminal intent on killing you and those you love.

You will learn a practical method for making critical decision in advance, which is necessary for a sound self-defense and survival mindset, and will provide increased awareness and a clear path to maximize your capacity for self-protection and survival.

Open-Source Retention/Disarming

The seminar will also include hands-on instruction in the art and science of maintaining control of your defensive handgun and how to take one away from an assailant when necessary. No prior experience or training in defensive tactics is required and no special physical gifts are necessary. 

If you wish to participate, pease bring an inert training pistol (red gun, blue gun, SIRT, etc.) and your carry gear.

If you do not wish to participate, you are welcome to observe the instruction as part of the seminar.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Dr. William Aprill

William Aprill is a licensed mental health professional with over 19 years’ experience across the continuum of clinical care. He presently maintains a private practice and consultancy specializing in post-traumatic interventions and other disciplines.

William is a former deputy sheriff (Orleans Parish, LA, Criminal Sheriff’s Office) and Special Deputy US Marshal (Eastern District of Louisiana). He is a decorated competitive shooter and has taught civilian, law enforcement, and military personnel in various fighting skills since 1990. He maintains an active schedule both as student and teacher, having been instructor-rated by several top-tier trainers and studying under many of the most influential members of the combative arts community.

Through his company, Aprill Risk Consulting, William has presented his material on violent criminals and their decision-making, defensive incident aftermath, mindset development and defensive preparedness nationally, including at the Illinois Homicide Investigators Association, the Annual Conference of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), the Annual Conference of the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI), Rangemaster Tactical Conference, Tactical Response Alumni Weekend, and the Louisiana Homicide Investigators Association. He is a co-founder and the Training Director of Paul-E-Palooza, the memorial conference and fundraiser for the family of the late Paul Gomez.

Collaborative presentations have been conducted across the country with Craig Doug-las/Shivworks, Modern Defensive Training Systems, Immediate Action Combatives, Point-Driven Training, Sharp Defense, Lethal Force Institute, Rangemaster, Active Response Training, Tactical Response, Safety Solutions Academy, Defense Training International, Armed Dynamics, and others.

William was one of two expert contributors included in the highly-acclaimed Best Defense: Mass Casualty Event broadcast on Outdoor Network, is a contributing author to the forthcoming text by Massad Ayoob, and is the subject of two Personal Defense Network DVDs of his original training material on defensive decision-making and mindset development.

He has been referenced in publications including RECOIL magazine, The Tactical Wire and The Journal of the Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network, and has been a regular guest in firearms/training industry media, including popular appearances on radio shows and podcasts around the country.

Register Now! Proceeds benefit Buckeye Firearms Association.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: For most of our events, you may cancel and receive a refund (less a $10 processing fee) up to 3 weeks before an event. No refunds within 3 weeks of an event.