Introducing Our Instructors
We believe that quality training begins with quality instructors. Our instructors have a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, which add value to our client’s experience.
Parabellum Firearms and Range is extremely proud of our cadre of world-class instructors. All of our Senior Instructor staff have trained extensively at renowned training academies and hold multiple instructor certifications from organizations including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).
We are also proud of our staff instructors who currently teach our Level 1 Classes, Gun Cleaning for Beginning, Gun Safety, Concealed Carry Seminar, Introduction to Firearms, and NRA Basic Pistol courses. These courses have been designed to provide the highest quality information in a safe and welcoming environment and serve as the doorway to all of our more advanced classes.
All of our instructors can shoot accurately. And they know how to teach, share knowledge, are safety aware at all times, and are personable and approachable for questions. The instructors strive to understand each student’s needs and answer specific questions.
All staff instructors are certified with at least an NRA instructor certification and are dedicated to providing excellence in firearms education.
Any instructor teaching above a Level I Introduction course holds at least one additional certification from a nationally recognized organization such as Rangemaster, NRA or USCCA.
Some instructors are further state qualified for various state certifications including Illinois State Police certification for the Illinois Concealed Carry Permits and by the State of Utah for the Utah Concealed Firearms Permit.
These instructors have decades of experience in all aspects of firearms training. Many are Police officers, SWAT Team training officers, and military veterans. Others compete in IPSIC, IDPA, and other events.
All instructors carry professional liability insurance.
Our instructors have the experience and knowledge to teach you how to develop the shooting skills to make you a better shooter.
They can also teach you when to shoot and when not to shoot. This knowledge will keep you from making a mistake that could change your life forever.
William "Joe" Sellmer
Owner, Parabellum Firearms
Chief Firearms/Academy Instructor
People have asked how we came up with the idea to open a range. The truth is, it was my wife’s idea.
I have shot all my life, even having an FFL from 1981 thru 1996 during which time I was shooting competitively quite a lot. I had always said that I wanted to have a small gun shop once I retired. What changed all that is all the current interest in guns.
Trevor J Maloney
Manager, Parabellum Firearms
Trevor served 5 years active duty Air Force as a Security Forces Member doing Nuclear Weapons Security.
He is certified on all weapons systems and specialized in Crew Served Weapons including the MK19 grenade launcher. He also specialized in fire team and squad tactics.
Eric has been a police officer since 1993 and a firearms instructor since 1998.
He has over 10,000 hours of instructing of police and civilians. He has taught a variety of things including: pistol, shotgun, carbine, physical tactics, ground fighting, and defensive knife training, as well as being a S.T.O.P.S instructor.
Martial Arts Instructor
Kevin served 25 years in the US Army, serving in the Active Duty and Reserve as a Military Policemen and a Cavalry Scout.
While as a Cavalry Scout, Kevin served as a Drill Sergeant and a First Sergeant, running numerous light and heavy weapon ranges during his career. He has been active in the shooting sports since 2014.
Adam has served 21 years in the Army Reserves. For six (6) of those years, he served in a training battalion, training reserve units on squad tactics, perimeter security, convoy operations and Tactical Combat Casualty Care.
He has also served as a rifle and pistol instructor for his unit for over 10 years.
Bruce A Mayo
Illinois/Utah CFP Instructor
Bruce is certified as an NRA Instructor and Range Safety Officer, as well as being a Utah and Illinois Concealed Carry instructor.
He is also a USCCA Certified Instructor in Concealed Carry, Stop the Bleed, Countering the Mass Shooter, and Emergency First Aid. He has trained at Frontsight in Parumph, NV.
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