Our Instructors

Current NACOP-endorsed Instructor List:


Royce Bartlett – Radio personality – host of Shooting Straight on iHeart Radio, firearms authority, gun writer, tactical instructor and public speaker/lecturer on the 2nd Amendment and gun rights. Royce is an NRA and USCCA certified instructor who specializes in defensive pistol instruction. He has studied multiple martial arts including Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, Shorin Ryu, and Jiu Jitsu. Royceradio2014@gmail.com


John Falldorf – Long-time law enforcement firearms trainer, competitive law enforcement shooter, civilian and LE range manager, gun shop manager with extensive firearms knowledge, 27 years as a law enforcement patrol deputy, forensic technician, detective, and more. USCCA/NRA certified and FDLE certified in General Instruction and High Liability training. JohnF@aphf.org


Tara Dixon Engel – Author of “The Handgun Guide for Women,” national gun writer for various magazines, NRA certified in pistol, rifle, shotgun, Refuse to be a victim, range safety officer & USCCA certified for concealed carry, home defense & active shooter defense, former competitive shooter, gun counter sales, public speaker and VP of Training & Strategic Development for The National Association of Chiefs of Police. Tarae@aphf.org

Gretchen Laiuppa – Gretchen is assistant range master at The Shooting

Center at the American Police Hall of Fame. She oversees the Ladies Only
training on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Gretchen has eight
years of shooting experience and is a certified NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
and in NRA Basic Pistol and Rifle, and Protection in the Home. She is also a
USCCA certified instructor and a facilitator for A Girl & A Gun, as well as a
3-gun competitor. She is passionate about helping women gain confidence
and skill in the shooting area. Gretchen is also a fluent Spanish speaker and

instructor.  Cinccasa@aol.com

Michael J. Lazarus – A 25-year veteran of the Trinidad and Tobago Police
Service, Michael Lazarus has accumulated a wealth of experience and
knowledge as a Patrol Officer, Shift Operator, Field Training Officer,
Investigator and Public Speaker. He graduated as a Drill, Firearms, Defense
Tactics, Crowd Control and Riot Suppression Instructor. In the United States, he graduated from esteemed institutions such as the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC); the Law Enforcement Officers Training School / Federal Bureau of Investigations (LEOTS/FBI); the United States Government Joint Training Center (USGJTC), the National Rifle Association (NRA), the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF/C-IED), and the International Criminal Investigative Training Assessment Program as a Master Instructor (ICTAP/DOJ) in Wardak, Afghanistan to name a few. He is the founder of Combative Systems International, Inc (CSI) Florida, with programs available in Law Enforcement, Military, Executive Protection, Private Security, Airline Crew, and civilian defensive studies. michael.lazarus9738@gmail.com

 

Paul Pawela – Paul has over 30 years of military and Law Enforcement. He is a certified NRA Police firearms instructor and a member of the International Close Combat Association. He is a nationally known expert in hand-to-hand combat, a prolific magazine writer, has been trained by experts in defensive firearms and martial arts and is Director of Law Enforcement Training for the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He has been inducted into four national martial arts halls of fame. Paul is also FDLE certified in General Instruction and High Liability Training. PaulP@aphf.org

 

Kenny Rivera – Kenny is bilingual and has over 27 years military and public service. His qualifications include PADI Master Diver, Certified EMT, NRA Range Safety Officer and Certified Pistol Instructor.  Kenny is also certified by the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) as a Concealed Carry and Home Defense instructor and Countering the Mass Shooter Threat instructor. Kenny travels nationally conducting security and privacy reviews of our nation's health institutions.  Kenny conducts many of his classes in Spanish. kenny.riveraitc@gmail.com

Ken Corley - Ken is a former Corrections Officer with 40+ years of martial arts and firearm instructor experience and is a certified Black Belt, Instructor, and practitioner of multiple martial arts systems including Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, and Krav Maga. Certified NAUI Openwater/EANX Diver and Advanced C Licensed Skydiver and Freefall Photographer. He was the recipient of The American Society Of Law Enforcement Trainings (ASLET) 2001 Law Enforcement Skills World Champion in Threat Recognition representing Osceola County Fl. in the World Competition. He is USCCA and NRA certified in a variety of disciplines. kencorleyuscca@gmail.com

 

Brian Smith – A law enforcement Captain with 30 years of service, including as Rangemaster, Director of Training, and Commander of Special Operations. Brian is Vice President of the National Association of Chiefs of Police . He founded the Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute in order to teach defensive tactics to police agencies. He has been named Law Enforcement Instructor of the year by the NRA, among many other honors. He offers national training, primarily in the Metro Chicago area through the Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute. brownhornet525@yahoo.com


Gary Weeks – Gary is an NRA certified pistol instructor and Assistant Range Master at The Shooting Center. He coordinates the “Tactical/Practical” match each Friday and participates in competition shooting in 3-Gun, Action Steel and any competition allowing Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC). judsas@aol.com

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