Meet the Instructors
Our resident instructors bring wide-ranging experiences and competencies using modern firearms and accessories to directly benefit our guests. All instructors are from the local community and take great pride in working with our friends and neighbors to develop safe handling practices, increase their confidence level, and develop demonstrated proficiency with their firearms. We are honored to promote responsible gun ownership and to celebrate our American Heritage.
Kent R. Jones, Training Coordinator
Kent R. Jones has more than 39 years of combined US military and federal government service across the globe. He is a veteran US Army Green Beret and an accomplished instructor/trainer sharing his years of firsthand experience regarding personal security and survival strategies to executive business travelers, federal government employees, university faculty members, as well as undergraduate students.
In addition, Mr. Jones continues his consulting relationship with the US Special Operations community and effectively contributes to the professional development of veteran service members safeguarding our nation.
Mr. Jones is a graduate of the Regional Security Officer Course administered by U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous advanced special operations schools and target interdiction courses. He is an NRA certified instructor for Basic Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home. He also is a Utah Concealed Carry instructor and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Steve comes from a 5-year background of armed private security including vehicle and stationary patrols, personnel escorts, active shooter and emergency response training, and working closely with law enforcement to ensure the overall protection of clients.
Steve has been teaching basic, defensive, and competitive handgun, shotgun, and rifle shooting for over 5 years. Along with years of armed defensive tactics training, he has been a practicing martial artist most of his life.
Steve’s primary focus on training is on performance rather than outcome. He believes in a system of subjective, individual standards and is constantly applying new methods of skill development with his students.
His certifications include NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA RSO, Concealed Carry (WI, FL), Smith and Wesson M&P Armorer, and Combat Focus Shooting Instructor.
For the last 4 years, Steve has been the owner/operator of a media-based shooting sports show, Tactiholics. In this business, he and his team work closely with firearm and defensive gear manufacturers to assist with product development and feedback, and provide educational opportunities to consumers and students in the shooting/tactical/self-defense community.
Steve says he is proud to be part of Wisconsin Firearms Training Center and looks forward to responsibly preparing students through their journey of shooting sports and self-defense.
Tom comes to WFTC with a military, law enforcement, and private security background. As a member of both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army National Guard, he served as a field artilleryman and Infantry squad leader and was qualified as an expert with rifle.
Tom began his law enforcement career in 1980 with Los Angeles County, earning a distinguished expert firearms designation and was a member of a tactical team. While serving as a police officer in the local community, Tom’s duties included patrol officer, K-9 officer, community relations, and field training officer.
Tom has also worked in private security assignments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, armed prisoner transportation, and in corporate security. He holds NRA certifications as a Range Safety Officer, Handgun, Rifle, and Shotgun instructor, as well as Personal Protection Inside the Home. Tom has used these skills as a private instructor over last five years, teaching courses such as the Wisconsin Concealed Carry course.
Tom is proud to part of the WFTC team where he uses his knowledge and experience to teach both basic and advanced skills, helping his students to become proficient shooters. Tom strives to instill the confidence and expertise necessary to be comfortable using firearms for both personal and family protection.