I am a motivated individual on a mission to spread knowledge and skills to help you get home to your loved ones safely.

I seek to educate the general populace, making the firearms community a more responsible place and creating exemplary ambassadors of the 2nd Amendment.

I will source all my materials and training through my experiences with my personal instructors. I will make sure the training environment is safe and that any accommodations are made to create a comfortable experience .

Evil, although rare, does exist in this world and you should be prepared for the possibility and not the probability of a violent defensive encounter.

You are your own first responder…

Stay safe

Stay sharp,

Gerald Coates
Owner/Primary Instructor

Teaching a class


Total of 859 Formal Training Hours

  • 624 Hours of Law Enforcement Training, Including 48 Hours of Law Enforcement Firearms Training
  • NRA Pistol, Rifle, Range Safety Officer (NRA Training Page)
  • NC CCH (Concealed Carry Handgun) Instructor
  • CPR Certified, and severe trauma treatment medical training from Fieldcraft Survival
  • Over 2,300 students trained; including local Wilmington and Federal Officers
  • 2x Graduate of TMACS Inc.
  • T.A.P.S. (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting)
  • Pat “Patmac” McNamara Instructor
  • Graduate of Massad Ayoob Group, MAG-20 Class “on the user of deadly force in self-defense”
  • Massad Ayoob Instructor
  • Three time Graduate of SHIV Works E.C.Q.C. (Extreme Close Quarters Concepts)
  • Craig Douglas Instructor