Meet the Instructors
Jeff comes to the Wisconsin Firearms Training Center following his retirement as a Captain from 32 years of service with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, where he rose through the ranks of Deputy, Detective and Lieutenant. His service included 22 years on the Tactical Enforcement Unit (SWAT team), comprising leadership positions as a Squad Leader, Team Supervisor and Operations Commander.
The depth of Jeff’s instructional experience encompasses 26 years on the Sheriff’s Department’s Firearms Training Unit (including as a Department Firearms Coordinator and Unit Commander), 20 years as an National Rifle Association (NRA) instructor in pistol and law enforcement carbine, and 20 as a Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. He has also served as an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association, Illinois Tactical Officers Association, the Association of Tactical Personnel-Wisconsin, the Waukesha County Technical College and for many law enforcement agencies across the Midwest. His training and instructor certifications include Sigarms Academy, H&K Academy, Smith and Wesson Academy, Benelli, Glock, the FBI, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and military special operations units.
Jeff is extremely happy to have the opportunity to work with Wisconsin’s citizens, helping them to become well-prepared, well-trained, confident gun owners.
Kent R. Jones
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.