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Address: 11 Spectrum Pointe Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630-2242
Phone Number:
+1 949-305-6586
10:00 - 21:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Once only available to law enforcement and military agencies, the Artemis...

Once only available to law enforcement and military agencies, the Artemis Defense Institute (ADI) has partnered with VirTra to be the first in Southern CA to offer the most advanced simulator firearms training available to civilians. Although, nothing replaces live fire practice, use of the best judgemental-use-of-force training tools; the Virtra 100, VirTra 180 and the VirTra 300 along with the curriculum developed specifically for ADI, individual training is as real as it gets! Training is available to the beginner as well as the most seasoned shooter. Presence of mind, mental agility, verbal skills and less than lethal options in addition to deadly force training are available. Artemis Defense Institute is open to the general public with a great deal of flexibility and programming available to suit any training need and budget. Whether you are interested in just seeing what we have available or committing to a long term training program, there is something here for everyone. Take a look at the various programs available for you!

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Good introduction to guns

I attended Ladies' Night event with other ladies from a Meetup group. They had some refreshments (chips, cookies, veggie sticks, etc.) to enjoy before it started. The guest... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Irvine, CA
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Irvine, CA
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I attended Ladies' Night event with other ladies from a Meetup group. They had some refreshments (chips, cookies, veggie sticks, etc.) to enjoy before it started. The guest speaker that night was a female officer who shared her stories which were very intriguing. We then learned how you are supposed to hold a gun and where your trigger finger needs... More 

Thank mamayafa
Irvine, California
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

This is a great place to come if you want to gain better insight into your shooting and firearm handling skills. The instructors are attentive and non-judgemental, they give you great recommended advice based on what they are seeing you do. I just took a class there and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking to improve their firearms skills.

Thank Tomer K
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

Took the 1,2,3 Pistol training course and also a one on one private training on the VirTra 300. Both excellent courses conducted by trained professionals with years of experience. This is definitely a must for someone that is serious about defense training.

Thank adrianausa
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Reviewed 29 May 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

First time my husband and I visited this place was through a deal from Groupon. We are totally hooked on it. The trainers are top notch and training environment is superb.

Thank adrianausa
San Clemente, California
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245 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Artemis is a great place to come to and train in simulated scenarios as well as work on fundamentals of shooting and marksmanship. Been coming here for a couple months now and its a great experience everytime. training is critical if you plan on defending yourself in a deadly situation and Artemis provides this for you in a fun safe... More 

Thank Dooz85
Lake Forest
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Great place to learn how to handle a weapon and how to prepare for a gun fight. Much much better than I expected. An eye-opener.

Thank JimBothwell
Santa Ana
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 3 October 2015

This was an awesome experience and I would do it again (and again)! If you get the opportunity to get "wired up" so you know when you are hit, it adds more realism to the situations. Great place to have a party as well!

Thank Patricia S
Corona, California
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

If you own a firearm this training is for you. This was some of the most fun I've had shooting in a while.The Artemis staff are freindly and knowledgeable. Scenarios are challenging, thought provoking and tailored to your skill level.You will be place in a simulation were you must make decisions on when and how to use your firearm to... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Beginners, experienced, advanced, this place offers something for every level. "Shooting" a modified .22 Glock pistol with CO2 at targets and hostage scenarios. Training is very thorough and complete, staff is very experienced, and the costs are not to high for the level of training you receive.

Thank Donald R
Buckeye, Arizona
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

If you like shooting handguns, or ever wanted to be a police officer and you wonder what it would be like, this is the place for you. Safe environment, great staff and lots of fun (challenging). You are put in real life scenarios and have to make split second life or death decisions. Professional staff and great facility. We went... More 

Thank Robert D

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