We are committed to excellence and safety: All instructors have obtained National Rifle Association Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer certifications in addition to being certified through Dark Angel Medical’s Direct Action Response Training (D.A.R.T), and the Department of Defense “Stop The Bleed” program.
Tony Stallone — Owner / Instructor
A lifetime Alaskan, an engineer, a backcountry pilot, and an outdoorsman, Tony is committed to encouraging the accomplishments of students as they learn gun safety and function for the first time, or master advanced skill and technique. He believes that everyone should learn safe firearm fundamentals if only to better understand the tools and options allowing safe adventure in Alaska. One of his favorite saying is, “It’s just math!” training precision and process, he coaches and encourages students to surpass their expected skill levels finding confidence in competence.
Additional training: NRA Certified Instructor and RSO, Alaska Tactical 2014, 2017, Phalanx Academy 2019, Dark Angel Medical 2018, 2019, Frank Proctor 2020.
Sarah Stallone — Lead Firearms Instructor / Owner
With a purpose of promoting firearm safety and platform mastery, Sarah encourages process and repeatability within each skillset. With over 25 years of firearms experience she has been a licensed instructor since 2007. With 12 years in the hunting / guiding industry, her love of the outdoors manifests in training for all applications: home, bear and personal defense, ethical hunting, competition and league advancement, precision rifle, and more.
Additional training: NRA Certified Instructor and RSO, CO State Patrol & Rocky Mountain Shooters 2007, H.I.T Program Instructor since 2005, Thunder Ranch 2016, Alaska Tactical 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, Employed 2014-2016, Phalanx Academy 2019, Dark Angel Medical 2018, 2019. Leupold Optics Academy 2015, 2019, Leupold Optics Territory Manager 2015-Present.
Robby Gunther — Instructor
Also a lifetime Alaskan, Robby is a husband, father, and committed advocate of mastery. With a diverse international background of skill and experience Robby encourages the defensive mindset and skillsets that keep you safe in both urban and backcountry environments with or without the availability of a firearm. Robby’s goal is to see everyone pursue their defensive options mastering the skills and techniques that save lives.
Additional training: NRA Certified Instructor and RSO, EMT 2, 2000-2010, Alaska Tactical Pistol and Rifle- 2004, 2006, 2016, Sage Dynamics 2011, Sentinel Concepts 2014, 2015, Accurate Advantage 2017, 2019, Phalanx Academy 2019, Dark Angel Medical, 2018, 2019, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner at Anchorage BJJ.
John Whipple - Instructor
John is a Publications Specialist for the State of Alaska drawing on over 12 years of adventure filmography and professional photography. Growing up in Alaska fostered his love of the wilderness which gives validity to his pursuits as a big game guide, prolific outdoor writer, and commercial photographer for several well known firearms and equipment brands. John has taught bear safety and bear defense for over 17 years and is passionate about helping people have safe encounters and adventures in the backcountry. In all his spare time John manages to be a master of the bolt rifle and defensive shotgun platforms and maintains handgun proficiency through leagues and competitive shooting. He brings a wealth of personal experience, knowledge, and skill to our training family sharing his commitment to excellence in every class.
Additional training: NRA Certified Instructor and RSO, AK Bear Defense Instructor 2005-Present, Accurate Advantage 2017, 2018, Dark Angel Medical 2019,