Rangemaster Tactical Conference

Presenters

Tac-Con is famous for its amazing slate of renowned trainers from all over the country. Below is a partial list of our confirmed presenters so far. Please check back here often, as the list will be updated as more information is available. To see the schedule matrix and learn more about the different training blocks, please visit our Course Descriptions page.

William Aprill is a licensed mental health professional with over 15 years experience across the continuum of 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. William 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 locally and nationally, including at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), the Rangemaster Tactical Conference, Tactical Response Alumni Weekend, and Paul-E-Palooza, the memorial fundraiser for the family of the late Paul Gomez.

Massad Ayoob has been the handgun editor of Guns magazine and the law enforcement editor of American Handgunner since the 1970s. He has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals. He is the author of more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme,” widely considered to be the authoritative text on the topic of the use of lethal force. The winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner of the Year Award in 1998, Mas has won several state and regional handgun shooting championships. Ayoob is one of approximately ten Five-Gun Masters among the 10,000-member International Defensive Pistol Association, he and was the first to earn that title. He served 19 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and several years as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. In addition to teaching for those groups, he has also taught for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and the International Homicide Investigators seminars. Mas has received judicial recognition as an expert witness for the courts in weapons and shooting cases since 1979, and has been a fully sworn and empowered, part time police officer for over three decades. Ayoob founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009, and now trains through Massad Ayoob Group. He has appeared on CLE-TV delivering continuing legal education for attorneys through the American Law Institute and American Bar Association and has been retained to train attorneys to handle deadly force cases through the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. Ayoob served for two years as co-vice chair of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also appeared in each episode of Personal Defense TV (Sportsman’s Channel).

Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is one of the foremost experts in U.S. self-defense law across all 50 states.  His groundbreaking book, The Law of Self-Defense, is now in its third edition. His expertise has been sought by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, numerous other media organizations, and many private, state, and federal agencies. Andrew is a Massachusetts lawyer, Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), and adjunct instructor on the Law of Self-Defense at the Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, NH. He regularly lectures and speaks throughout the country on how to protect yourself against both a violent attack and the legal machine that descends upon you afterwards.

Darryl Bolke teaches with Hardwired Tactical Shooting (HiTS) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He retired from a Southern California police department as a Sr. Corporal after 19.5 years as a full time officer due to injuries sustained during a violent on-duty confrontation. He was a Firearms Instructor and Armorer for the Special Weapons and Tactics Team for 17 years, and the primary instructor for all firearms systems used by his agency. He also provided mandatory firearms training for the fire department Bomb Squad and Arson investigators.

Darryl assisted on the investigation of over 75 officer involved shootings assisting the administrative investigation team with the firearms portion of these investigations. He provided expert testimony in regards to firearms usage and police tactics in numerous court cases. Bolke also developed and implemented a nationally recognized edged weapons policy and training program for law enforcement. His past assignments have included 3.5 years in a full time bicycle unit and 4 years as a Tactical Flight Officer in the Air Support Unit, as well as 10 years as a Field Training Officer and a year assignment primarily working vice. A majority of his career was working at night in a patrol environment.

Darryl also spent several years as a licensed Private Investigator specializing in high level corporate cases and worked high level executive/VIP protection and high threat protection details in the private sector. He has been on staff with several organizations providing firearms and edged weapons instruction. Darryl Bolke is also the Unconventional Weapons editor for Surefire’s Combat Tactics magazine and has had numerous published magazine articles in both the U.S. and Japan on firearms, edged weapons, and related equipment. He has also authored numerous California P.O.S.T. certified classes.

Cecil Burch has been a firearms enthusiast since age 12 and a martial artist since age 16. He now has over 35 years of experience in Martial Arts and Combative methods, and he is a first-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Cecil has traveled extensively and conducted seminars across the U.S. and internationally. He has been a featured presenter at the Mid-Atlantic Training Conference, the New England Shooter’s Summit, the Rangemaster Tactical Conference, and several other venues. He has worked extensively with law enforcement officers, federal air marshals, military special operation troops, and private citizens on the functional utilization of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, and clinch-fighting in close quarters combat.

Caleb Causey (owner and director of training for Lone Star Medics) has been involved with field and tactical medicine for over 20 years. Caleb is a former US Army Combat Medic with multiple deployments. Following the military, he spent six years with the fire department where he was a member of the engine, ladder companies, and dive team. During those six years, he was also assigned to the SWAT team as the team medic. He has earned several state, national, and international certifications at both the provider and instructor level. Causey attended an accelerated paramedic program and became an adjunct instructor shortly thereafter. In 2009 Caleb started Lone Star Medics with the help of several close friends and began teaching across the US. Caleb and LSM have been featured in several media outlets over the years, and Caleb has written several articles himself. He has presented at multiple conferences, trade shows, and schools, and he is proud to have been a presenter for several years at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference.

Chris is a 28 year veteran of law enforcement and founder of Cerino Consulting and Training Group in Ohio. He has been a SWAT member, Federal Agent and more, but mostly he has always been a trainer. He trains internationally, competes regularly and works in the firearms industry in a wide variety of positions.

Over the past 17 years, Tim Chandler has had the opportunity to learn from the best instructors in the military, law enforcement, citizen defense, combatives, and competitive shooting worlds. Tim has earned three instructor certifications from Rangemaster (pistol, shotgun, and advanced instructor), and he currently teaches with Justified Defensive Concepts, FPF Training, and 360 Performance Shooting. He has taught with Tom Givens, John Murphy, Green Ops, and the late Todd Green.

Wayne teaches with Hardwired Tactical Shooting (HiTS) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He retired from the Richardson, TX Police Department after a 25-year career with service in Patrol, Deployment (covert tactical/crimes specific unit), SWAT, Narcotics/Intelligence, the FBI-Dallas Organized Crime Task Force, and Major Crimes/CID. For nearly 10 years, Wayne directed and managed his department’s firearms training program. He received his FBI Police Firearms Instructor certification in 1980 and has continually been involved in firearms training for police, private citizens and government contractors since that time. Wayne has trained continuously for many years under the top names in the industry: Ken Hackathorn, Larry Vickers, Pat Rogers, Paul Howe, Clint Smith, Jerry Miculek, John Farnam, Tom Givens, and others.

Craig Douglas (a/k/a “SouthNarc”) is the founder of ShivWorks, a consortium of like-minded professionals devoted to training and product development in the emerging field of interdisciplinary problem-solving for self-defense. Craig retired from law enforcement after 21 years of service with the bulk of his career spent in narcotics and SWAT. Since 2003, Craig has been teaching globally under the ShivWorks brand and has conducted coursework on entangled shooting skills in nearly 40 states and nine foreign countries. He has taught for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and to three branches of the U.S. military.

Greg Ellifritz owns Active Response Training. Greg has been a police officer since 1995 and spent 13 years as the full time tactical training officer for his central Ohio agency. In that position, he was responsible for developing and instructing all of the in-service training for a 54-officer police department. In addition to his training position, he has served as patrol officer, armorer, bike patrol officer, bike patrol coordinator, sniper, and field training officer for his agency. Greg holds instructor, master instructor, or armorer certifications in more than 75 different weapons systems, defensive tactics programs, and law enforcement specialty areas. He has taught classes nationwide for The Tactical Defense Institute, Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, and The American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers. 

John S. Farnam is a prolific author and the founder and president of Defense Training International. He is presently a fully commissioned deputy sheriff (Training Officer) for the Park County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office. With years of experience as a law enforcement trainer and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, John is one of the top defensive firearms instructors in the nation. He has personally trained thousands of federal, state, and local law enforcement agency personnel, many private security agencies, foreign governments, and hundreds of civilians in safe gun handling and the tactical use of the defensive firearms.

Chris Fry is the Director of Training at Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts and the owner and lead Instructor of Modern Defensive Training Systems. He has earned instructor certifications in multiple martial arts, NRA disciplines, and tactical firearms training programs. Chris has worked in the executive protection industry as a Protection Agent for PFC Safeguards since 2006. At PFC Training, he trains law enforcement, military, and select government agencies. A lifelong student, Chris has studied with dozens of industry experts in several defensive disciplines (including handgun, shotgun, carbine, and tactics) to amass thousands of hours of training. Chris contributes to various online firearms-related websites and podcasts, and he is a frequent presenter at personal protection and small arms training conferences for both civilians and law enforcement. Working with 1000+ clients per year for nearly 20 years, Chris has unique experience presenting information in an easy-to-learn, practical manner. Clients can expect to improve during a class and have the knowledge to continue improving on their own. 

Fletch is a highly-trained and experienced law enforcement trainer with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. He is the lead use-of-force trainer for a department with 900 sworn personnel, where he has also served in the patrol and gang units. He is the founder and lead trainer for ReadyUp Tactical, which offers functional and practical use-of-force and firearms training and consultation for police, military, and responsible citizens. 

Lynn is the matriarch of the Rangemaster family. She started out as what we call a “motivated student.” Earlier in her life she was stalked and threatened by a mentally ill person who made a number of credible death threats against Lynn and others, including her son. She began taking self-defense shooting courses and was immediately hooked. Within seven months she became a Tennessee State Certified Instructor, going on to attend several hundred hours of training over the next few years. Because of her experiences with a stalker, Lynn has worked extensively with women facing similar problems, and she was recognized for this work with a plaque from the local Attorney General’s office. Lynn was featured on the cover of Concealed Carry magazine and written about in At Home Tennessee magazine. Lynn assists with Rangemaster‘s advanced classes conducted all over the United States. She has trained extensively, studying with some of the most highly respected and renowned experts in the country.

After completing a 25-year career in law enforcement and specialized security work, Tom opened his own pistol range in Memphis, TN in 1996. For 18 years, it was the primary source of handgun carry permit certification for the greater Memphis area. Soon joined by his wife Lynn, the training duo formed Rangemaster Firearms Training Services to share their expertise with a much broader audience. They now travel across the country and around the world to arm responsible citizens with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively protect themselves and their families. 

Gary has over 35 years as a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and has served or traveled extensively on six of the seven continents. He currently resides part of the year in Tuscany, Italy. These experiences have allowed him to develop a unique set of training philosophies in the areas of weapons/combatives techniques and security awareness. As a trainer, he has worked to convert some of these specialized skills and knowledge for private citizens.

Chuck Haggard has been active in private defensive training throughout his long career in urban law enforcement. After nearly thirty years of steady upward progression through the ranks of the Topeka Police Department, he ventured out on his own and founded Agile Training and Consulting. Chuck is certified as a civilian and law enforcement trainer on various weapon systems, including pistol, shotgun, rifle, carbine, oleoresin capsicum (O.C.), baton, and Taser. He is also skilled and experienced at teaching weapon retention, disarming, and other empty-hand techniques. Chuck maintains his POST certification and stays active in the law enforcement community, but he now devotes even more time to training other police officers, military personnel, security forces, and private citizens on the art and science of personal defense.

John has been a federal law enforcement officer since 1992, serving primarily in uniform patrol. He currently serves as an instructor (firearms, tactics, active shooter, & use of force), an armorer, and a field training officer for his agency. John has earned firearms instructor certifications from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) (Pistol, Revolver, Shotgun, Rifle, Select-Fire), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Rifle Association (NRA), and Rangemaster (Advanced Instructor Certification), among other organizations. John has been a Rangemaster instructor since 2001 and has helped teach armed citizens, law enforcement officers, and military personnel across the country. He is also a noted public speaker and has been engaged for speeches and research presentations on armed defense and use of force at a variety of national and international venues since 2005.

Brian Hill is the founder of the Complete Combatant, which focuses exclusively on training armed citizens to meet the challenges of defending themselves. Brian operates out of two locations: The Complete Combatant/Fusion Mixed Martial Arts is located in Kennesaw, GA; and he owns a private range in Dahlonega, GA. Brian offers force-on-force courses, mixed martial arts classes, proactive mindset lectures, and firearms training. He has been a full-time coach for 35 years and excels in helping people of all levels reach their goals by teaching them HOW to practice, HOW to measure their skills, and HOW to test themselves.

John has many years of service in the US Special Operations community as an operator and a trainer. As a civilian trainer he has worked to convert his specialized skills in the areas of weapons and combative techniques into useful defensive curricula for private citizens. John has placed among the top participants in the “National Tactical Invitational” (NTI) multiple times and has been recognized as a “Master Instructor” and “Master Tactician” by the American Tactical Shooters Association.

Scott Jedlinski (aka “Jedi”) is a lifelong martial artist (TKD, Muay Thai, BJJ) and accomplished marksman with hundreds of hours of training from some of the best instructors in the industry, ranging from tactical/self-defense to competition.

Scott is a Master-class shooter in USPSA and the 16th recipient of the F.A.S.T. Drill (#15) coin. He is also a three-stripe Purple Belt under Tony Passos. He’s also had the honor of instructing members of Pentagon ERT, Fairfax County K9, NYPD Instructor Cadre, Chicago SWAT, Ohio Tactical Officers Association, Texas Tactical Police Officers Association, George Mason University Police, Santa Ana CA PD, the FBI National Tactical Training Unit and many more.

While Scott can teach many aspects of the successful implementation of a pistol, his main focus is the instruction of the red dot equipped pistol. On these foundations, Scott founded The Modern Samurai Project in Northern Virginia, where he offers private and small group instruction on basic self defense and firearms.

Tiffany Johnson is a practicing attorney and teaches legal studies at the University of Memphis. After years of fearing guns, she started taking classes and changed her views. She now blogs about law, race, and modern (mis)perceptions on firearms through her website, Front Sight Press. Tiffany holds instructor certifications from the NRA (Training Counselor), Massad Ayoob Group (Deadly Force Instructor), and Rangemaster (Advanced Instructor Certification). Tiffany teaches firearms classes with Citizens Safety Academy in Tennessee, and she assists Tom and Lynn Givens with Rangemaster classes as well.

 

Spencer Keepers is the founder of Awareness Defense Training, LLC and Keepers Concealment, LLC. He is a nationally-renowned competitive and defensive shooter, an experienced trainer, and a custom holster-maker. He also teaches at the BDC Gun Room in Oklahoma. He has trained extensively with Tom Givens, Craig Douglas, Rob Pincus, Will Andrews, Claude Werner, John Farnam, and many others. Spencer is also one of only a handful of people to earn a ranking of “Expert” on Todd Louis Green’s coveted F.A.S.T. Wall of Fame. 

Eve Kulcsar established Roka Arms Training to bring best-in-class defensive firearms training to responsibly armed citizens. She is an experienced firearms instructor who has trained with industry leaders such as Tom and Lynn Givens of Rangemaster Firearms Training Services; Craig Douglas (a.k.a. Southnarc) of Shivworks; William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting; and Paul Sharp of Sharp Defense. She has also successfully completed training at Rogers Shooting School in Ellijay, Georgia. Eve is now a full-time law enforcement officer in Illinois, but she seeks out private training throughout the year to be certain that her skills as both an instructor and shooter remain sharp and developed.

Larry Lindenman retired from the Illinois State Police after 26 years of service. After patrolling the interstates for four years, Larry spent the remainder of his career in Investigations, SWAT, and narcotics investigations. Larry has an extensive background in Filipino martial arts (beginning his training in 1980), and he is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Larry was a SWAT instructor and range officer, and he authored the Defensive Tactics manual for the Illinois State Police. He currently serves as the training coordinator for The Range at 355 in Bolingbrook, Illinois; and he is the owner and founder of Point Driven Training, a tactical training company.

Hany Mahmoud is a career law enforcement trainer, an amazing shooter, and the latest addition to Palisade Training Group’s instructor cadre in Texas.  Some of Hany’s credentials include:

  • Full-time law enforcement firearms instructor in a large county police academy teaching basic, intermediate, advanced, and instructor classes in use of handguns and carbine
  • Reserve Deputy Constable
  • Former Chief Deputy Constable and Team Commander of multi-precinct Special Response Team
  • Master Peace Officer
  • Certified Police Sniper
  • TCOLE-Licensed Firearms Instructor (Semi-Auto Pistol and Revolver)
    FBI-Certified Firearms Instructor (Field School)
  • Master Degree in Criminal Justice
  • 3rd Place finisher in 2019 Tactical Conference handgun competition
  • Palisade Training Group Small-Frame and Large-Frame Revolver Instructor

Allan McBee and Steve Moses are co-owners of Palisade Training Group, LLC. Allan’s credentials include:

  • Rangemaster certified Advanced Handgun Instructor​
  • Red Zone Threat Management certified Adaptive Striking Instructor
  • NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
  • Former Texas Level 4 Personal Protection Officer
  • Former Agent in charge of a 9-person plainclothes protection detail at a D-FW mega-church
  • Martial arts background including the study of both empty hands disciplines and edged weapons
  • Completed 40-hour SWAT certification course
  • Certified PSD driver​
    UTM (Ultimate Training Munitions) Certified
  • International Defensive Pistol Association range safety officer with expert rating
  • Certifiable training junkie having completed an obsessive number of private sector weapons and tactics courses

With experience as a law enforcement officer, school teacher, firearms trainer, and Army officer, Ed Monk has been researching, analyzing, and providing training on the Active Killer threat for over ten years. He has given presentations on the topic to universities, schools, churches, law enforcement agencies, and other audiences in several states, and he currently trains an Arkansas school district with armed school staff. Ed is co-owner and instructor at Last Resort Firearms Training in White Hall, AR, where he trains students on the defensive use of handguns and other firearms.

Steve Moses has taught defensive firearms and tactics classes to hundreds of men and women in six states since 1994. He is a reserve deputy, former member of a multi-precinct large county Special Response Team, Licensed Level 4 Personal Protection Officer Instructor, and holds an International Defensive Pistol Association Expert rating. Moses has completed over 80 law enforcement and civilian-sector weapons and tactics classes, and recently completed the Rangemaster Advanced Handgun Instructor Course. Steve was shift-lead on a mega-church security team for seven years, and has been teaching church security classes for over five years. He started martial arts training in 1974, and holds a brown belt in Bushikan Jiu Jitsu, black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and studied Filipino Knife Fighting and Krav Maga. Steve also has a brown belt in Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu and is currently an instructor at Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Krav Maga in Tyler, Texas. Steve Moses and Allan McBee are co-owners of Palisade Training Group, LLC.

John Murphy has been instructing civilian concealed carry classes for fifteen years and has trained under some of the most respected firearms instructors in the country, incorporating the best and most practical methods and techniques into his courses. While he has extensive military and civilian Department of Defense experience, he has learned much more about shooting and self-defense for citizens in these venues than he has during his service. John founded FPF Training in northern Virginia and is increasing the number of courses he offers around the country.

Aqil Qadir is a former police officer, a government security contractor, and the founder and lead instructor of Citizens Safety Academy in Murfreesboro, TN. He is an NRA Training Counselor and has earned instructor credentials from several organizations, including the NRA, Rangemaster, Yavapai Firearms Academy, Sabre Red, IALEFI, and Defense Training International. Aqil is a longtime member of the Rangemaster family, having studied extensively under Tom and Lynn Givens.

Ashton Ray is a U.S. Navy veteran and owner of 360 Performance Shooting in Pittsburgh, PA. As part of his commitment to continuing education, Ashton Ray has trained with some of the best instructors in the industry, including Benjamin DeWalt, Todd Louis Green, Tom Givens, Pat Goodale, Ken Hackathorn, “Super-Dave” Harrington, Rob Haught, Patrick McNamara, Robert Vogel. Larry Vickers, and many others.

Karl Rehn is owner and lead instructor of KR Training, offering classes at his A-Zone facility for the past 26 years. He has over 2000 hours of training from the nation’s top tactical schools and multiple national and world champion competitors. He is a multi-division Grand Master in USPSA, an NRA Training Counselor, a Texas law enforcement and carry permit instructor, and a graduate of the Rangemaster Advanced Instructor class. For the past 15 years, KR Training has placed at least one instructor or student in the top 10 of the Rangemaster Tactical Conference shooting match. In 2016, Karl transitioned to full time with KR Training, retiring after 10 years at Texas A&M managing the DHS-funded Threat and Risk Assessment national training program and 23 years doing Navy-funded R&D in physical security systems at UT-Austin.

Paul Sharp is the owner and head coach of the Straight Blast Gym Illinois, a Combat Base BJJ Blackbelt, and 1/6 of the ShivWorks Collective. He is also a retired police officer with nearly 20 years of experience. Current and past assignments have included patrol, SWAT, officer training, resident officer, undercover narcotics detective, and neighborhood response officer. Paul holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and instructor ratings in Filipino Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do concepts, and Mixed Martial Arts, and he has competed at a professional level in Mixed Martial Arts and boxing. He now teaches, blogs, and publishes training videos through his company, Sharp Defense.

 

Lee Weems has been a peace officer since January of 1999 and currently serves as the Chief Deputy of the Oconee County Georgia Sheriff’s Office. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI) and holds the GALEFI Master Instructor Certification. He is the owner and operator of First Person Safety and holds numerous instructor certifications from Rangemaster, the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and others.

Gabriel White is a defensive handgun instructor and competitive shooter in the Pacific Northwest. He comes from a pure private citizen background and seeks to develop students’ technical and tactical excellence. As the founder of Gabe White Training, Gabe stands apart by living a deep commitment to competing and training with his actual concealed carry gear at a high technical level and to adhering to safe and effective tactics and self-defense practices. Gabe is the Chief Instructor of the Public Range FTU and the public defensive handgun training program for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon. Gabe is FAST Challenge Coin-holder No. 9; he’s one of only four people worldwide to shoot the Rogers Shooting School Test clean; and he’s the only person worldwide to clean it from concealment.

Tatiana Whitlock is a firearms instructor and hunter residing in the majestic state of Maine. As a mother of two, she takes her family’s safety seriously and knows that in a worst-case scenario, she will always be the first responder on the scene. Tatiana is an NRA-certified instructor; the Director of Training at Howell’s Indoor Range and Shooting Academy; and the Director of Training for the national women’s shooting league, A Girl and A Gun. She is a featured host & instructor on Trigger Time TV and a contributing author for numerous industry publications and the NRA Women’s Network. She also serves as the Creative Director and COO for a Michigan-based firearms marketing agency, GAT Marketing.

The list of presenters for the next Tactical Conference is still being finalized. Please check back here often for updates as we add more trainers to the line-up.