While serving in the US Air Force, Tom earned two marksmanship ribbons with the M16A1 rifle and became quite a terror to deer with his Marlin 30-30 lever-action deer rifle. His handgun skills came later when he moved to Texas and decided to get his Concealed Carry License, as it was referred to then. Two years later, and after several handgun training classes, he decided to become a certified NRA Pistol Instructor, followed by attaining a Texas CCL instructor certificate, which later became the Texas LTC (License To Carry) Instructor certificate. Tom is a lifetime Endowment member of the NRA and, like pretty much every American firearm instructor, Tom has a strong passion for the Second Amendment and defends his position at every opportunity. His other passion is seeing students grow in the safe and proper use of firearms in defense of them self, their family and anyone else. Tom is also a member of the Fort Worth police Department’s Clergy And Police Alliance (CAPA) and a member of the Texas Concealed Handgun Association (TCHA). Living in Fort Worth Texas with his wife of 48 years, Tom and Mary enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren and are pretty involved with their church. Tom also has a single-engine private pilots license.