MARK runs DISCOVER SHOOTING (with help from his wife, Deborah), and serves as the company's primary instructor. Mark and Deborah rely on their different backgrounds and strengths to provide comprehensive concealed carry training classes and other firearms instruction. Both are well-versed in firearms laws, and they strongly believe in exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Their goal is to help you do likewise. As committed Second Amendment advocates, Mark and Deborah also are members of several organizations that help to preserve and maintain Second Amendment rights for all law-abiding citizens.
MARK is a certified NRA Pistol and Rifle instructor, a certified Utah instructor, and a Maryland qualified instructor. In addition to teaching concealed carry training classes, Mark also does other firearms training, including: handgun, rifle and shotgun training (including AR-15 training), laser training and more. As a survivor of several attempted crimes, including a handgun assault, home burglaries and carjackings, Mark is particularly passionate about the ability of all law-abiding citizens being able to defend themselves from a criminal attack. A professional and thorough trainer, Mark particularly is patient and sensitive to the concerns of new shooters, but he relates well to shooters of all levels of experience. Whether you're a brand new or experienced shooter, a competitor, or even a military or law enforcement professional, Mark will be able to bring valuable, real-world insight and knowledge to your training experience. Aside from running DISCOVER SHOOTING on a part-time basis, Mark also runs his own business consulting practice.
DEBORAH was raised in a very rural area, in the northern mid-west area of the U.S. As a young girl, she gained familiarity with both rifles and shotguns, but she never had fired a semi-automatic handgun until she met Mark. One of their first few dates included a trip to the range, where Mark then conducted Deborah's first handgun training session. After her first experience firing a semi-automatic handgun, Deborah was hooked! Thus, she continued to receive further firearms training. Fast forward to the present, and Deborah has become a certified NRA Pistol Instructor and also is a certified Utah Instructor. After having spent more than 20 years in the classroom as a public school teacher, Deborah prefers to stay out of the classroom and help with administrative tasks for DISCOVER SHOOTING, but she could assist with classes and other training, if needed.
NOTE: We also host guest instructors. The bios for any guest instructors, who teach specialized classes sponsored by DISCOVER SHOOTING, will appear along with the course description and class schedule for those classes (e.g., AR-15 classes, Self-defense classes, LEOSA Qualifications, DC legal classes, etc.), but we'll also highlight some of the folks who help out, regularly (see below).
Chuck (“Sneakers”) owns his own firearms training business, but also helps with our classes. In addition, Chuck handles all our requests for those needing to complete a LEOSA range qualification. Chuck loves to shoot and has shot pistol and rifle competitively for many years. He served a three year term as Vice President for the Quantico Shooting Club. He is an active member in various veteran service organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion. Chuck is a strong Second Amendment advocate for organizations such as the NRA, GOA, USCCA and other advocacy organizations. Every January, Chuck rounds up other gun enthusiasts and heads down to Richmond, Virginia to participate in “Lobby Day”, where they and other members of the Virginia Citizens’ Defense League (VCDL) to meet with VA legislators (delegates and senators) to petition for gun rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Following are Chuck’s certifications, as well as some of his other experience: NRA Certified Range Safety Officer; NRA Certified Instructor Pistol; NRA Advanced Certified Pistol; NRA Certified Instructor Refuse To Be A Victim; NRA Certified Instructor Personal Protection in the Home; NRA Certified Instructor Rifle; NRA Certified Shotgun; NRA Certified Hunter Safety and Clinic Instructor; NRA Certified Home Firearm Safety; NRA Certified Instructor Personal Protection Outside the Home; Utah Certified Concealed Carry Firearm Permit Instructor; President/CEO Key Strategies Group, LLC – 2005 to Present (8 years); Assistant Secretary to the Department of Veterans Affairs (Retired).
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