Black Iron Gunner
Paul Bellitto at the age of 17 enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as a Machine Gunner with 1st battalion 6th marines deploying to Sangin and Kajaki Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Easter Storm. Paul now tests and evaluates equipment for numerous companies within the firearms industry. he also owns and operates Blackiron Performance LLC with a focus of providing hands on training with rifle and pistol to students of all types.
With over 50 years of combat Military, Law Enforcement, and Firearms Education experience, SpecTrain has established itself as one of the premier civilian firearms training groups in North Carolina.
SpecTrain was founded on the basis of bringing experience based tactics and firearm training to the everyday civilian in addition to evolving law enforcement and military training.
Amy has been a certified law enforcement firearms instructor for 13 years. She is the owner of 556 Training Lab, an armorer, and an avid 3-gunner. Amy lives and trains year round in Alaska. Inventor of several pistol, rifle and shotguns drills, Amy develops standards and encourages shooters to train regardless of the weather.
After producing videos for over 10 years, Talon has created his video series known as “Stuff & Things” to educate, inform, and entertain online. This "side project" has turned into something way bigger than ever imagined, involving collaborations with large reputable companies across all different industries. The main vision of Stuff & Things is solely to entertain yet also help provide a voice to companies and others in the video and marketing space.
Garett Schwindel is the Owner / Operator at Kägwerks. Garett served in the elite 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He has a total of 14 deployments to both Iraq, and Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, PSD Operator, US. State Department Lead Firearms Instructor, and Shift leader for a Helo CSAR team. During his time as a lead State Department firearms instructor, he has trained thousands of US military and private contractors, as well as hundreds of foreign military and police. Over the last 3 years, he has trained US Special Operations Units, various SWAT teams and civilians. He served as vice president of a weapons design company, and is currently the President of a military solutions design company.
James has a diverse background that includes 8 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. Serving in a range of positions from Personnel Security Detachments to Intelligence Chief allowed him to interface with some of the best and brightest the United States Military has to offer. Following his enlisted service James spent time as a defense contractor both abroad and domestically until he broke away to specialize in athletics and rehabilitation. While simultaneously pursuing his doctorate in Chiropractic and a master’s in Sports Medicine James founded Mayhem Syndicate (@mayhem_syndicate) to develop and manufacture hard and soft goods solutions for low visibility and concealed carry applications. Currently James owns and operates MS Athletics and Rehabilitation (@msathletics) in addition to Mayhem Syndicate and his instructor duties with Kagwerks. He’s excited to bring a unique blend of clinical expertise, performance athletics, and firearms mastery to the shooting community.
Real Dirty Harry
Chris Polack has had an enduring devotion to firearms, shooting, and the 2A lifestyle for over 26 years. He is an avid shooter and a perpetual student of the gun. Chris is also a pioneer in the realm of cultivating and sharing gun culture media since 2014, which has led to the avalanche of 2A focused media we all enjoy today. He brings insight, zeal, and beautifully captures the zeitgeist of the younger 2A community.
Las Vegas Police Officer turned small business owner operating QVO Tactical with his close friends. Roger took his passion for art, video and photography and paired that with the skills he learned as a police officer to form QVO Tactical in 2013 creating quality Kydex holsters, providing firearms instruction and producing media content within the industry.
Shooting photography and guns have been hobbies of Danny’s for years. Back in 2015, he combined the two and now does photography both professionally and personally with some of the top brands in the firearms industry.