(650) 670-7179

P.O. Box 2848, Redwood City, CA 94064

 

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NICK PERNA

                 Nick is currently a full time Police Officer with a Bay Area Law enforcement agency where his additional duties include being a POST Certified Firearms Instructor. Nick currently served as a Team Leader on a multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team and was also the Sniper Team Leader. He has competed in the Best In The West and Urban Shield SWAT competitions.  He has served in numerous high risk assignments investigating gang and narcotics crimes and has been a member of multiple gang and fugitive Task Forces.

                 In addition to his Law Enforcement experience, Nick served 13 years in the United States Army. He was a paratrooper and a platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division and served in Iraq in 2003 with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Arabian Peninsula. His awards include Airborne wings, Air Assault Wings and Combat Action Badge.

                 He has a Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University and a Master’s Degree from the University Of San Francisco.

BRAD JOHNSON

                Brad has been a California POST certified Firearms Instructor since 1997. He is currently a retired Police Officer from a Bay Area Agency in which he served as a department firearms instructor. Brad is a member of the NRA. One of his notable instructors is Bennie Cooley. Brad is also a certified AR platform and Glock Armorer.

                Brad has competed in the California Police Olympics and has received a medal in the pistol and action pistol competition.

                Brad is also a recreational shooter and enjoys sporting clays and has a solid background in shot gun shooting. He also enjoys long range rifle shooting and often spends his off duty time practicing rifle and shotgun. Brad also enjoys reloading his own ammunition.

STEVE SYSUM

                 Steve has been a California POST certified Firearms Instructor since 1992. He recently retired as a full time Police Officer from a San Francisco Bay Area Agency with 35 years’ service. After retirement Steve remained on with the agency as a Level I Reserve Police Officer and continues to serve as a Firearms Instructor.

                  Besides his Firearms Instructor assignment, Steve has worked in numerous high risk gang, narcotics and fugitive apprehension details while assigned to the department’s Street Crimes Suppression Team. Additionally Steve served on the Departments SWAT team, and worked ten years as a Field Training Officer.  Steve is a certified Heckler and Koch (HK) MP-5 and GLOCK Armorer.

 

 

RICHARD MEURE

                Rick has been a California POST certified Firearms Instructor since 1993. He recently retired after a 28 year career from a Bay Area Police Agency in which he served has a primary firearms instructor. Along with being one of the Snipers for that agencies tactical team he was also a member of a county-wide counter terrorism team. Rick provided firearms and tactical training to both of those groups on a regular basis. Along with his POST certification he is also a NRA Certified Instructor and a NRA Life Member. Rick is a Heckler and Koch (HK) MP-5 Instructor, HK Shoothouse Instructor, Urban Tactical Rifle Instructor and a POST Certified Patrol Rifle Instructor. Two of his notable instructors are Bennie Cooley and Phil Singleton. Rick is also a certified HK, Colt, Remington and Glock Armorer.

                Rick has competed regularly in the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office Best in the West SWAT Competition, finishing in 2nd place overall out of 150 SWAT operators in 2002. In 2007, along with his spotter Nick Perna, he won the Best in the West Sniper Competition.

                Besides firearms instruction, he is a POST certified Defensive Tactics Instructor. He currently trains recruits at the South Bay Police Academy in firearms and defensive tactics. He currently holds a Brown Belt in Krav Maga and is a certified Krav Maga instructor.

                Prior to his law enforcement career, Rick spent three years in the late 1980’s in the United States Army where was assigned to the 3rd US Infantry – The President’s Honor Guard. While there he earned his Expert Infantryman’s Badge and a set of Air Assault wings.

 

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