Decades of instructional firearm training and real world application of their philosophies
Rick Newstrom has 24 years of experience in night club security, private security, private investigation, close personal protection and fugitive recovery. He has been a NRA Pistol Instructor for 19 years and taught thousands of individuals in the state carry classes of Florida and Minnesota before recently moving to Tennessee.
Rick has taken numerous security related classes from Mid-Florida Technical School in Orlando. He has trained extensively with U.S. Special Forces operators in close quarter combat techniques. He has been an accomplished student in several forms of martial arts. Rick has been an avid shooter, hunter, and MN Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Instructor.
Rick spent 17 years as a public school teacher at the Robbinsdale Area Schools in Minnesota. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies and a Masters Degree in Economic Education from St. Cloud State University
Rick has won curriculum writing contests on the state and national levels. He also served as the Robbinsdale Area Schools Energy Manager and Director of Security. There he was in charge of 28 buildings and wrote the district's emergency procedures manual.
You will find Rick to be very knowledgeable, earnest and easy to relate to in the classroom. He will keep things interesting and well paced with a variety of teaching techniques.
Eric L. Matson
Eric L. Matson is a retired Wisconsin law enforcement officer and currently a Special Deputy in Tennessee with over 25 years of experience in Corrections, Patrol, Investigations, Narcotics Investigator and Tactical Team Leader. He also served as a tactics instructor and department range master/firearms instructor and has taught courses for several colleges. He teaches basic marksmanship, Multiple NRA Courses, Tactical Handgun, Security Guard Armed and Un-armed, Basic and Advanced SWAT, Response to Active Shooter, Tennessee Carry Permit Course, Patrol Tactics, Train the Trainer Courses in addition to designing and implementing a SWAT Instructor Course. He is a Wisconsin certified Police Instructor, NRA Certified Instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer, Simunitions/Air-soft Instructor, Tactical Instructor and his curriculums have been POST certified in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Eric is founder and president of Tactical Advantage Corp. and TAC Training Academy. He is member of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Association, NRA and founder of the Midwest Tactical Officers Association. Eric is a specialist with a handgun and close quarters tactics and room clearing