Civilian Background

Civilian Shooting

Sometimes it is hard to delineate my military shooting accomplishments from my civilian as most of them occurred while I was on active duty. In some cases they were a by product of my military duties, and in other cases they were because of my competition shooting and pistolsmithing activities on my off time. Because of this I have categorized them into different areas:

Industry certifications and awards:

  • FBI certified firearms instructor
  • Secret Service certified firearms instructor – high shooter award in my class
  • NRA certified firearms instructor
  • National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) 2003 Carlos Hathcock award recipient – this award is given for excellence in the end user community for outstanding contributions in small arms training and weapons development. I am proud to be the first special operations community recipient of the award.

Competition arena accomplishments:

I have had the privilege to train with several of the best competition shooters in the US including Rob Leatham, Jerry Barnhart, Mike Voight, and John Shaw. I consider many of them friends and want to publicly thank them for their contributions for helping me become a better shooter. I shot competitively as a hobby for several years. I have many state and regional awards and championships. I will only list some of the highlights:

  • Top Ten finisher at USPSA Limited Nationals in 1993 & 1994
  • Two time top CDP shooter at IDPA Winter Nationals
  • Two time top 5 finisher in my class at IDPA Nationals
  • Founding member of International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
  • IDPA Vickers Count scoring system is named after me -I did not originate it however; I learned it from Rob Leatham (an interesting story in itself)
  • Master Class USPSA Limited Shooter
  • Master Class IDPA shooter in CDP, ESP, and SSP