Ken Dodd

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Ken Dodd, Captain (ret.) Wake County Sheriff Dept., has a breadth of experience that spans 30 years in law enforcement.

Ken is a NRA Certified Pistol and Rifle Instructor, a NC Specialized Police Firearms Instructor, a certified law enforcement firearms instructor, a certified armorer, and well versed in non-lethal, self-defense techniques.

An expert in all aspects of firearms training Ken has, since FTA’s founding in 1995, instructed thousands of students in the safe & effective use of defensive firearms. Ken is a Lifetime NRA Member and the inventor of the patented “HRT Handgun Mount.”

Greg Kirkman

Greg Kirkman, retired Wake County Sheriff Dept., is a veteran of three decades in law enforcement. He has been a patrol officer, a member of SWAT, and has worked and trained closely with the FBI and Secret Service.

Greg has, since FTA’s co-founding in 1995, instructed thousands of students. Greg has firearms instructor certifications from the FBI, the NC Criminal Justice Training & Standards and the NRA. His expertise includes handguns, rifles, shotguns, and submachine guns. Greg has developed special weapons training programs for numerous police agencies in North Carolina.

A former competitive shooter, Greg is also a Lifetime NRA Member.

Merrick Buffaloe

Merrick Buffaloe is a Raleigh native and private business owner who has an interest and a respect for guns as well as a passion for the 2nd Amendment.

He is a NRA Certified Handgun Instructor and a North Carolina Certified Concealed Carry Instructor. Merrick has been involved with FTA, Inc. from its start in December of 1995 and has been a key member in the operation of the company.

Dave McAleer

Dave McAleer, Special Agent (ret.) BATFE, had a law enforcement career that stretched more than 30 years and covered nearly everything from a small town police department to a major federal agency.

Dave is an NRA Certified Handgun Instructor, an NC Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, a veteran of the US Navy, and a graduate of Ole Miss. He enjoys teaching and welcoming new shooters of all ages to the experience.

Edmond Chin

Edmond Chin obtained his North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun permit in 2000. In 2009 he earned his North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor Certification as well as his NRA Handgun Instructor Certification.

Ed holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Economics from NC State and currently works for the Federal Government. A transplant from New York City, Ed has been been living in Wake Forest since 1992.

Fields Lewis

Fields Lewis has been with FTA, Inc. for 10 years. Fields serves as the Range Safety Officer insuring that all FTA students have a safe and enjoyable shooting experience.

Larry Wegman

Larry Wegman has been with FTA, Inc. since May 2010 and is an NRA certified Range Safety Officer, an NRA certified Pistol Instructor and has earned his NC Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor certification. A television producer/director for more than 30 years Larry is a shooting enthusiast with an interest in military history, and enjoys working with students to ensure a fun and safe shooting experience.

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