SAF Training Division's Regional Officers

DawnMarieWilson2Dawn M Wilson / Regional Master Instructor

Dawn M. Wilson is a Regional Master Instructor covering NJ, NY, Conn, Pennsylvania, DE, Maryland and Guam. Dawn is an NRA Training Counselor certified in all NRA Disciplines, an NRA Shooting Coach, a CMP Master Instructor and an SAFTD Master Instructor. Dawn’s home base is New Jersey where she works with her husband Chet Wilson, at Shoot NJ for over a decade.

  • SAF Training Division Regional Master Instructor

    • SAFTD Methods of Instruction (MOI) (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • SAFTD Defensive Handgun Master Instructor (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • SAFTD Defensive Carbine Master Instructor (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • SAFTD Defensive Shotgun Master Instructor (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • SAFTD Precision Rifle Master Instructor (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • SAFTD Range Master Development Course (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • SAFTD Range Officer (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • SAFTD S.A.F.E. Situational Alertness for Everyone Instructor Development Course
    • SAFTD AR Armorer
    • SAFTD AR Platform Technician

  • NRA Training Counselor

    • NRA Basic Pistol (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Basic Rifle (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Basic Shotgun (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Home Firearm Safety (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Refuse to be a Victim Regional Counselor
    • NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Personal Protection in the Home (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Personal Protection Outside of the Home (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Shotgun Shell Reloading (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Range Safety Officer (Student and Instructor Levels)
    • NRA Muzzleloading Rifle
    • NRA Muzzleloading Pistol
    • NRA Muzzleloading Shotgun
    • NRA Shooting Coach
    • NRA Women On Target© Clinic Director

  • Civilian Marksmanship Program

    • CMP Master Instructor
    • CMP Basic Pistol
    • CMP Basic Rifle
    • CMP Basic Shotgun

AqilQadirAqil Qadir / Regional Master Instructor

Aqil Qadir’s background as a firearms instructor started at age 12, teaching urban youth in his father’s gun club. He followed in the footsteps of his father becoming a NRA Certified Instructor at age 22. Together they have been teaching Handgun Carry Permit classes since 1993. He went on become a Police Officer/Detective, Private Investigator and a Police Firearms Instructor. Although he trains Police and Armed Guards, he remains passionate about teaching armed civilians the mindset and skills needed to defend themselves and their families.

Instructor Certifications  

  • SAFTD Regional Master Instructor
  • NRA Training Counselor
  • NRA Certified in Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified in Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Certified in Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified in Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  • NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
  • NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Law Enforcement Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Law Enforcement Shotgun Instructor
  • Rangemaster Pistol Instructor
  • Yavapai Firearms Academy Certified Pistol Instructor
  • New York Certified Police Instructor
  • New York Certified Armed Guard Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Handgun Carry Permit Instructor
  • Tennessee Certified Armed Guard/Baton/OC Instructor
  • Federal Protective Service/DHS Approved Instructor
  • Simunitions Instructor
  • Glock Armorer
  • American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor

Mr. Qadir has trained and completed courses with:

  • Tactical Defense Institute (John Benner)
  • Greg Ellifritz
  • Tom Givens
  • Louis Awerbuck
  • Ken Hackathorn
  • Paul Gomez
  • Tactical Response
  • Massad Ayoob
  • Erik Lund
  • Dark Angel Medical
  • Craig Douglas (Southnarc)
  • William Aprill
  • Hardwired Tactical Shooting
  • Suarez International

Professional Associations

  • NRA Life Member
  • Second Amendment Foundation Member
  • Gun Owners of America
  • United States Concealed Carry Association Member

JMGSAFTDJohn-Michael Gillaspy / Texas Regional Master Instructor

John-Michael's experience with self defense training began at a very young age, beginning a life of training in several martial arts disciplines. From Taekwondo to wrestling (folkstyle, freestyle, and greco roman) and several disciplines of Jiu Jitsu, martial arts became a life long habit.

At 22 he became an NRA certified instructor and began a career in security as well as teaching professionals and the public life saving self defense skills in several disciplines. He is now the owner of G2 Security Solutions, Inc, a state licensed security agency and training school, the president and founder of Security Officer's Brotherhood,a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of the security profession, and a board member with Texas Carry, an organization that was integral to the passing of open carry in Texas.

Current Instructor Ratings:

  • SAFTD Regional Master Instructor
  • SAFTD Methods of Instruction (MOI) (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Defensive Handgun 1 (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Range Master (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Range Officer (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • TX Level III Commissioned Security Officer Instructor
  • TX Level IV Personal Protection Officer Instructor
  • TEEX Certified TCOLE Personal Defense Spray Instructor
  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • PhaZZer CEW Instructor
  • ASP Tactical Baton Instructor
  • ASP Tactical Handcuff Instructor
  • Texas Law Shield Instructor GSW First Aid certified

Professional Licensing:

  • Texas Licensed Private Investigator
  • Texas Commissioned Security Officer
  • Texas Licensed Personal Protection Officer (PPO)
  • Texas Licensed Security Agency and Training School Owner

Martial Arts:

  • Taekwondo Black Belt
  • JuJitsu Black Belt

Professional Affiliations:

  • Security Officer's Brotherhood
  • Texas Carry
  • NRA
  • SAFTD
  • Texas Law Shield

editdoChristian J. Rodriguez Montalvo / Regional Master Instructor

The Inst. Rodriguez is the Founder and Instructor in charge to train evaluate and certify anyone who wishes to become an instructor in Tactical Factory, (www.tacticalfactory.net). His experience ranges from law enforcement to military training and overseas high threat areas under U.S Diplomatic Protective Service. He graduated from the Police Academy in 2004; he also has a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences with Concentration in Criminal Justice from Eastern University of Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez has the following certifications:

  • SAF Training Division Regional Master Instructor
  • SAFTD Methods of Instruction (MOI) (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Defensive Handgun 1 (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Defensive Handgun 2 (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Defensive Carbine 1 (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Defensive Carbine 2 (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Defensive Shotgun 1 (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Defensive Shotgun 2 (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Precision Rifle (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Range Master Development Course (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD Range Officer (Student and Instructor Levels)
  • SAFTD S.A.F.E. Situational Alertness for Everyone Instructor Development Course
  • Regional Master Firearms Instructor ( Second Amendment Foundation Training Division ) ( www.saftd.org )
  • Worldwide Protective Service, Diplomatic Security Service (WPS) Supervisory Training Course, US Department of Stat (Crawfordsville, AR)
  • Worldwide Protective Service, Diplomatic Security Service (WPS) Security Forces School, US. Department Of State (Crawfordsville, AR)
  • Law Enforcement and Security Officer Firearms Instructor (Arizona State)
  • Certified Executive Protection Specialist
  • Counter Improvised Explosive Device Seminar ( Magnosec,Orlando FL)
  • TCCC – Tactical Combat Medical Care, USASOC, Fort Bragg, NC
  • MIRA- Medicine in remote areas, USASOC, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Security Officer Instructor "DI" (licensed by State of Florida)
  • Hornandy Law Enforcement Ballistics Seminar (Carrollton Police Dept,GA)
  • Trijicon Law Enforcement ART Aiming Systems (Carrollton Police Dept, GA)
  • Shooting at Distance Course (Carrollton Police Dept, GA)
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Pistol Armorer School (Carrollton Police Dept, GA)
  • NRA Law Enforcement Handgun/Shotgun Instructor School (Deland,FL)
  • Jail Evacuation & Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction Course (Columbia Southern University)
  • Tactical Officer Survival School, (Barrow County SHERIFF Office, GA)
  • Anti-Terrorism Basic Course (Magnosec, Guynabo,PR)
  • Vehicle Stop Instructor (Magnosec, Guaynabo,PR)
  • Defensive Tactics (Barrow County SHERIFF Office,GA)
  • OC Cap-Stun & Vexor Certified Instructor
  • Certified S.W.A.T School ( Barrow County SHERIFF, GA)
  • NRA Regional Counselor in Refuse to be a Victim (Train the Trainer)
  • Graduated from Leader's Training Course ( US Army, Fort Knox, Kentucky)
  • Combat Water Survival Training, U.S. Army at Fort Knox, KY
  • Master Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (IALEFI)(Clayton County Police Dept GA)
  • NRA Appointed Training Counselor (Fairbanks, Alaska)(Train the Trainer)
  • Certified Firearms Instructor By Rhode Island State
  • Certified Firearms Instructor By Wisconsin State
  • Shootnj Firearms Instructor ( www.shootnj.com)
  • Methodology and Techniques to Train Course - C.I.T.P.R
  • NRA Recruiter
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection In The Home Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Out The Home Instructor
  • NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor
  • NRA Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor
  • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Seminar
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety Instructor
  • NRA White Tail Deer Hunter Clinic Instructor
  • NRA Western Big Game Hunter Clinic Instructor
  • Glock Certified Firearms Instructor ( Chatham Sheriff County GA )
  • Glock Certified Armor ( Chatham Sheriff County GA )
  • Law Enforcement Armor (AGI)
  • Basic Gunsmith Course, C.I.T.P.R.
  • NIMS 700 Emergency Course – FEMA
  • International Human Trafficking Course - ST Petersburg College
  • CPR & First AID Certification - P.R.T.S
  • Use & Handling of Firearms (9mm Smith & Wesson and M-16), Puerto Rico Police Dept.
  • Defensive Tactical Shooting and Techniques – Puerto Rico Police Dept.
  • Basic Principles of Tactical Operations – Puerto Rico Police Dept.
  • 1st degree Black Belt in Kyokushinkai Karate - T.A.L.I

TedSimpsonTed Simpson / State Master Instructor / SAFTD TRS

Ted Simpson is from Tyrone, Pa. and is the Pennsylvania SAFTD State Master Instructor. Ted is the SAFTD Traveling Road Show. By request Ted Simpson will travel to any location in the US to conduct special SAFTD Defensive classes with at least 10 Students.  Ted’s extensive training and experience has included Law Enforcement Officer, US Military, Contractor, FLETC, FEMA, ILEETA, NRALE, IALEFI, SAFTD and more.

  • Taught Police AR-15 Armorer/Builder and Weapons Retention and Disarm Defensive Tactics Courses –
  • IALEFI  Annual Training Conference - IALEFI, FL
  • Ruger Armorer Certification - IALEFI, FLBeretta Armorer Certification - IALEFI, TX
  • Glock Armorer Certification - IALEFI, TX
  • Long Range Rifle Sniper Certification - IALEFI, TX
  • LE and Prosecutor Training Seminar - Pros Atty Institute / WV
  • Searches Electronic Media/Computers - VCPI / WV
  • Ballistic Breaching Instructor - OPOTCC & Atty Gen / OH
  • SAR Line Officer Training - Dept Homeland Sec / FLETC / PA
  • Tactical Medicine In-Service - Dept Homeland Sec / FLETC / PA
  • SLLETS-301 Maritime Policing - Dept Homeland Sec / FLETC / SC
  • Regional Training Conference - PA / IALEFI RTC
  • Emergency Response to Terrorism  - FEMA
  • Radiological Emergency Management  - FEMA
  • Soviet SpetzNaz Winter (Cold Weather) Sniper Course - Mark Vorobiev / BTL
  • Hazardous and Energetic Material - US Fire Academy
  • Emergency Support Functions – Mass Care - FEMA
  • Special Instructor – Firearms – Police  - MPOETC / PA
  • Emergency Support Functions – Search and Rescue - FEMA
  • Soviet Small Unit Tactics  - Mark Vorobiev / BTL
  • AKM  Armorer Course  - Mark Vorobiev / BTL
  • Emergency Support Function – Nuclear Radiological Support Functions - FEMA
  • Active Shooter - FEMA
  • Emergency Management for Senior Officials - FEMA
  • Goloni Trench Fighting – Krav Maga - Rob Hamic / FL
  • Perceptual Driving Instructor Course - IUP / PA
  • Springfield Armory 1911 Armorer - IALEFI / TN
  • Remington Bushmaster DPMS AR15 Armorer - IALEFI / TN
  • Speed Enforcement/Radar Training - Monongalia Co. Sheriff / WV
  • Body Armor - LETN / Acadis
  • Mobile Meth Labs - LETN / Acadis
  • Responding to Snipers/Mass Shootings - LETN / Acadis
  • Booby Traps - LETN / Acadis
  • PBI1: Intro to Explosive Theory & Effects - LETN / Acadis
  • Instructor Development Course  - SMTC / WV
  • Advanced LE CQB - Orland Hills PD / IL
  • Master Pistol Instructor Certification - Orland Hills PD / IL
  • Master Rifle Instructor Certification - Orland Hills PD / IL
  • PSD Designated Defensive Marksman Course - SMTC / WV
  • Stress Fire Instructor Skill Set - Masad Ayoob / ILEETA / IL
  • Weapon Retention & Disarm Instructor - ILEETA / IL
  • Reduced Light Instructor Certification - Bank Miller / ILEETA / IL
  • Tactical Trauma Care / Emergency Trauma Management - State of IL / IL
  • Emergency Trauma Management Instructor Development Course - Spartan / ILEETA / IL
  • Glock Armorer Certification - Glock / IL
  • Handgun Target Analysis - FBI Chicago / ILEETA / IL
  • Response to Terrorism, Terrorism Bombings Mumbi India Incidents  - ILEETA / IL
  • Wilderness Tracking and Wilderness Search and Rescue  - FLETC Rural Policing Institute
  • Sig Sauer Armorer Certification - Sig / FL
  • Robertson Armorer Certification - Robertson / FL
  • Police Ground Fighting - Chicago PD / IL
  • Instructor Certification for Weapons Retention - Marion Co. Sheriff's Dept. / IN
  • Weapon Retention and Disarm Instructor Certification Course - Tactical Training Assoc. / IL
  • Shoot House Instructor Pro-Active - Phoenix PD / FL
  • Police Knife Defense - IALEFI / FL
  • Comprehensive Handgun Course – USDOS Bureau of Diplomatic Security - SMTC / WV
  • NIMS for Operational First Responders - FEMA
  • Medical Command and Control for Multiple Alarm Incidents - FEMA
  • Master Instructor Development Program - IALEFI / PA
  • Instructor Development Class – Method of Instruction - Temple University / PA
  • EMS Operations at Multi Casualty Incidents  - FEMA
  • Advanced Sniper / Observer Course - International Training Inc / TX
  • Emergency Support Functions – Communications - FEMA
  • Hazard Mitigation - FEMA
  • Fight System Krav Maga - Bryan Stewart
  • JLFS Yellow Belt - Joe Lewis Fighting Systems
  • Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor for Patrol Rifle - NRA / TN
  • Certificate in Terrorism Studies - Lloyd Maritime Academy
  • LE Handgun Instructor - NRA & Gulf Coast / FL
  • LE Shotgun Instructor - NRA & Gulf Coast / FL
  • LE Patrol Rifle Instructor - NRA & Memphis PD / TN
  • Blue Belt Brazilian Jujitsu - Diego Coloma / Brazil
  • CBRNE – Instructor Certification - 550 LLC / NC
  • Team Tactics Course - SMTC / WV
  • Homeland Security Advanced Defensive Tactics Instructor Certification - SARK / FL
  • Police Krav Maga - Moti Horeinstein
  • IDF Tactics Armed & Unarmed - Moti Horeinstein
  • ILEA 40-Hour Mandatory Annual Training Update - LETB / INMeth Awareness - NCA / NV
  • Legal Aspects of Interdiction - NCA / NV
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods - NCA / NV
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction - NCA / NV
  • Gang Taskforce - NCA / NV
  • Identity Theft - NCA / NV
  • Cambria County Sate Course of Fire - MPOETC / PA
  • In-Service Deputy Training - Boone County / IN
  • Basic Special Weapons and Tactics Course (SWAT) - SMTC / WV
  • High Risk Personnel Course - SMTC / WV
  • Reid Technique of Interview Interrogation
  • EVOC - Perry Township / IN
  • Officer Spanish Immersion
  • Compliance and Control Holds - MCSD
  • Kosciusko County K-9 Handler Program for dual-purpose K-9 - Kosciusko County / IN
  • US Coast Guard Reserve
  • US Coast Guard Costal Search and Rescue
  • GPS Usage and Familiarization - Audio Arts Incorporated / NC
  • US Coast Guard Small Vessel Captain Certification – Water Search and Rescue - US Coast Guard
  • Approved and Insured Race Team driver or throttle for American Power Boat Association Sanctioning Board  - APBA
  • Certified First Responder / First Aid - Red Cross / PA
  • Taser, Inc. Instructor Certification - Taser, Inc.
  • ASP Instructor Certification
  • OC Instructor Certification
  • Certification Breath Test / Field Sobriety Test - PTCO / IN
  • ILEA P Basic - IN
  • Indiana Town Marshals Program - INIPTT Level 1 – 3, Combat Shooting Certification - Philadelphia / PA
  • SCUBA Certification
  • Radio Antenna Design and Theory
  • Harris Electronics Certified RF Technician
  • Life Guard CertificationAmerican Red Cross / NJ
  • Vehicle and Machinery Search and Rescue , Civil Air Patrol, Small Plane - Jacobs Air / PA
  • Grid Searching for Downed Planes; Off Road and ATV
  • Technical Rescue, Civil Air Patrol, Search and Rescue - Jacobs Air / PA
  • Federal Communications Commission First Class Radio Telephone Operators' License - FCC / DC

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS and Licenses

  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)
  • International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)
  • National tactical officers association (NTOA)
  • Federal Firearms Licensed Dealer, other than destructive devices
  • National Rifle Association (Life Member, Law Enforcement Instructor)
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)
  • International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)
  • Federal Firearms Licensed manufacturer
  • Emergency Trauma Management Instructor (Chicago PD)
  • PA Act 120 Certified Municipal Police Officer Pistol Instructor
  • PA Act 120 Certified Municipal Police Officer Rifle Instructor
  • PA Act 120 Certified Municipal Police Officer Shotgun Instructor
  • LESO
  • National Rifle Association (Life)
  • Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) Retired Law Enforcement Officers Conceal Carry Instructor
  • Lead Selected Instructor - Pennsylvania State University Criminal Justice Organization Field Activities
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