Matt Mallory

Founder and Lead Instructor, Matthew J. Mallory is a U.S. Army veteran and a highly experienced firearms instructor whose passion for weapons and self-defense began at a very young age. Currently, Matt works as a sworn New York State Law Enforcement Officer, firearms instructor (USCCA, NRA, UTM, Utah, and New York), self-defense instructor (NY, TASER, ASP, Safariland, and Sabre Red), and gun store owner, and is a co-host of the IMDb listed talk-show Meet The Pressers. He teaches more than 90 different firearms and self-defense courses, over 300 times each year, to many thousands of civilian and law enforcement students, all over the country. He is a public speaker/presenter, and has traveled the county working as a brand ambassador and pro staff for many companies (Mantis, USCCA, Shooter’s Technology Group, Laser Ammo, and Angel Armor). His over 35 years of vast experience and passion for teaching ensures that his courses are educational and highly entertaining.

Fun Facts: Matt applied to be on both the TV shows Top Shot and The Apprentice and was the creator of the Top Shots at OCC event. As a side note, Matt was the first USCCA Training Counselor (Train-the-Trainer) as well as the first TASER Civilian Instructor to be certified in New York State. Matt is also one of a handful of SABRE Master Instructors who can certify instructors in the SABRE Pepper Spray Civilian Instructor Certification, and he is the first and currently only Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) Civilian Master Instructor who can certify instructors in the UTM Force on Force Civilian Instructor Certification.

Matt’s experience with weapons and personal protection began at a very young age while growing up in the small Village of Cayuga, NY. He started honing his skills with BB/pellet guns/pistols, re-curve bows and arrows, blowguns, knives, hatchets, machetes, sling shots and even spears while frog gigging.

Another Fun Fact: One of his dates with his wife Kristy was gigging frogs.

Experiences and Positions

  • United States Army Veteran
  • Currently sworn New York State Law Enforcement Officer
  • NY Law Enforcement Instructor teaching at LE academies for new recruits and providing annual in-service training for currently sworn officers
  • Region 4 Director of the NY State Constable Association
  • Promoting brands and working national booths as Pro Staff/Brand Ambassador for the USCCA, Laser Ammo, Shooter’s Technology Group, Angel Armor, MantisX, and others.
  • Pistol License Safety Course instructor for over 24 New York Counties
  • Founder and Lead Instructor of Public Safety and Education (PS&Ed)
  • Major in the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol
    • Former Central New York Group Deputy Commander and Syracuse Cadet Squadron Commander
    • Founder and Commander of the annual Rifles and Ropes Bivouac
    • Flight Crew Mission Observer for Emergency Services and Counter Drug Missions
  • Founder and former Director of his Neighborhood Watch
  • Former Boy Scouts of America Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Merit Badge Counselor and Range Safety Officer

Licenses and Certifications

  • New York State DCJS Certified Instructor in Firearms (Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun), Defensive Tactics (DT), General Topics (GT), and ASR/Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)
  • Axon TASER Civilian Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) Course Instructor
  • Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) Level 2 (Train-the-Trainer) Instructor for Force-on-Force Reality-Based-Training (RBT)
  • Armament Systems and Procedures, Inc. (ASP)
    • Certified Expandable Baton Instructor
    • Certified Handcuffing Instructor
    • Certified Flashlight Instructor
  • Safariland Training Group
    • Certified OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) Instructor
    • Certified Haitt Tactical Handcuffing Instructor
  • Sabre/Security Equipment Corporation (SEC)
    • Certified Personal Safety Academy Instructor (pepper spray)
  • Utah State Certified Concealed Firearms Instructor
  • National Rifle Association (NRA)
    • Appointed Training Counselor (Train the Trainer)
    • Appointed Regional Counselor for RTBAV (Train the Trainer)
    • Certified Instructor in the disciplines of
      • Pistol Shooting
      • Rifle Shooting
      • Shotgun Shooting
      • Personal Protection in the Home (PPITH)
      • Personal Protection outside the Home (PPOTH)
      • Refuse To Be A Victim (RTBAV)
      • Home Firearm Safety
      • Metallic Cartridge Reloading
      • Shotgun Shell Reloading
      • Muzzleloading
    • Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
    • Recruiter
  • United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)
  • Utah State Certified Concealed Firearms Instructor
  • United States Air National Guard Chief Range Officer and Range Safety Officer
  • LSU Site Protection through Observational Techniques (SPOT) Instructor
  • TSU Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Train-the-Trainer
  • New York State
  • Glock Certified Advanced Armorer
  • Federal Communications Commission Certified Technician Class Amateur Radio (HAM) Operator
  • American Red Cross, Adult and Pediatrics First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
  • 24-Hour HAZWOPER/ERT Certification
  • New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, and Utah Full Carry Pistol Permit Holder
  • United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, Certified Radio Operator, Mission Radio Operator, Communications Unit Leader and former CNY Group Communications Officer

Education and Training

  • New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
    • Firearms Instructor Certification (FIC) Course
    • Patrol Rifle Operator (PRO) Course
    • Tactical Shotgun Course
    • CED (Conducted Electrical Device) TASER User Course
    • Law Enforcement Firearms Training
    • Peace Officer Academy
  • New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO)
    • Initial Response to Active Shooters (IRAS) Course
    • Emergency Vehicle Defensive Driving (EVDD) Operators Course (EVOC)
    • Site Protection through Observational Techniques (SPOT), Student Course
    • ICS-300 Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Department of State
    • 47 hour armed guard initial firearms course
    • Numerous eight hour security guard courses over many years
    • 16 hour on-the-job security guard training
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    • IS-00100.LEb – Introduction to the Incident Command System for Law Enforcement (ICS-100)
    • IS-00100.a – Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS-100)
    • IS-00200.a – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    • IS-00700.a – National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
    • IS-00800.B – National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    • Basic Wildland Search Skills Course
  • Investigating Animal Cruelty – New York State Humane Association and Broome County Sheriff’s Office
  • Many Civil Air Patrol courses in search and rescue both on a ground team and flight crew along with graduating from the CAP Ranger Survival School in Pennsylvania
  • Active Shooter, TASER, OC, Baton, Riot Control, and Handcuff Training as end user
  • Training in the US Army in Hand-to-Hand Combat
  • Krav Maga, Karate, Taekwondo, and Wrestling
  • New York State Boating Safety Certification

Qualifications and Competitions

  • Law Enforcement Distinguished Expert with Pistol
  • United States Army Expert Certifications in Rifle and Grenade
  • International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
  • Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF)
  • United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) competitor
  • National Rifle Association Marksman Certification in Rifle
  • National Rifle Association Sharpshooter Certification in Shotgun
  • Project Appleseed Qualified as Sharpshooter

Affiliations and Memberships

  • National Rifle Association Life Member
  • NY State Constable Association Director & Secretary
  • Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) Member
  • Syracuse Pistol Club former Board Member
  • Nedrow Sportsmen’s Club Member
  • And a handful of other ranges in the CNY area

Matt wrestled in high school and took years of martial arts classes in his youth and early adulthood. He learned how to use his body and weapons to defend against guns, throwing stars, tomahawks, knives, swords, the Bo staff, Kama, Sais and Nunchakus. He organized and participated in BB-gun, laser tag and paint ball competitions quite frequently over many years. Over the years he expanded his skills using a variety of pistols, rifles, shotguns, flintlock and percussion cap guns, crossbows and compound bows while target shooting and hunting small and large game. Being an avid bow, shotgun and rifle hunter and bow fisherman just furthered his skills as a well rounded and proficient sportsman.

While in the United States Army Matt qualified as expert with the hand grenade and continually re-qualified expert with the M16A2 rifle. This earned him the Army Marksmanship Qualification Badge for Rifle and Grenade. Matt had hand to hand combat training part of which was with a bayonet and he went through a tear gas chamber with and without an M40 Field Protective Mask. He was his Unit Armorer in charge of the management, maintenance and control of over 400 weapons. Over his years in the military he maintained and shot a variety of weapons to include the M16A2 5.56x45mm rifle, M203 40x46mm grenade launcher, M60 7.62x51mm machine gun, Beretta M9 9x19mm pistol and Hand Grenades.

Matt’s Law Enforcement career includes many hours of classroom time with training on the law, training on handcuffs, OC (pepper spray) and hands on experience with situations that called for him to put that training to use on many occasions. To further his experience and fill the never ending desire for learning, Matt has taken many firearms, emergency services and survival courses from SEMO, FEMA and many other notable organizations.

A God loving and fearing family man who believes in the right to protect yourself and your family by whatever means necessary. To include survival and firearms training Matt also owns and runs two other companies:, a farm with award winning honey, chickens, worms and Maple Syrup and, a tech company providing electronics sales and service such as computers, networking and website hosting and design.