USCCA Instructor
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The goal of the United States Concealed Carry Association Instructor Program is to enable our instructors to effectively teach the responsible, safe, and effective use of self-defense firearms in accordance with state and federal law.

The United States Concealed Carry Association Instructor Program trains, certifies, and equips instructors in the discipline of carrying defensive firearms. Our instructors receive quality training and support and must demonstrate their competence and ability to teach others in a classroom environment.

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USCCA Instructors
Steven Fischer, Program Director
Steve Fischer started training in the Martial Arts about the same time that his father and grandfather started having him tag along with them to the range and on hunting trips. This early introduction to firearms and personal defense became a lifelong journey.

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USCCA Instructors
Michael Martin, Chief Instructor
After a stint in the Army and a childhood growing up around firearms, Michael Martin’s interest in firearms began to turn from sporting to personal protection, after the birth of his first son Jack, in 2003. With that major event in his life, Michael began to see himself as his family’s first responder, and he made what became not only a life changing decision, but a career changing decision as well, as he applied for his Minnesota permit to carry a firearm.

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Kevin Michalowski, Executive Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine
Kevin Michalowski has spent nearly 25 years in the firearms publishing business as writer and editor in the newspaper, magazine and book publishing industries. Prior to taking the helm of Concealed Carry Magazine, Kevin most recently served as the senior editor at Gun Digest publications where, during his 15 years there, he developed and edited more than 100 book titles on topics ranging from collectible firearms to gunsmithing to combat pistolcraft. His move to the “magazine side” of Gun Digest had him working on a bi-monthly magazine and several single-issue publications, meaning he maintained as many as 40 deadlines each year.

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Mark Critchlow, Training Counselor
Mark Critchlow’s love of firearms began as a child. He began shooting when he was 8 and grew to love tactical weapons. He spent four years in the U.S. Army as an M1 Abrams Armored Crewmember and deployed to Iraq twice.While in Iraq he conducted mounted and dismounted patrols along with heliborn operations and was a member of a personal security detachment . Mark qualified Expert with the M9 pistol, Sharpshooter with the M16 rifle and was qualified to operate the M2 heavy machine gun and the M240 machine gun.

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Brandon King, Training Counselor
Brandon King has had a love for firearms since he was old enough to load his own muzzleloader and compete in primitive shoots. He’s served in the U.S. Army for over 13 years including two tours in Iraq, during which he led both combat and humanitarian operations. He is an expert marksman who prides himself on passing on his knowledge to others, and safety is his number one rule. In addition to his work with the USCCA, Brandon is a Master Gunner Instructor and a Squad Designated Marksman as well as an Expert in the M4, M9, M249, M240, and M2 weapon systems.

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Heather Borland, Training Counselor
Heather Borland became a Certified Instructor to better flourish at the USCCA and to be able to provide anyone looking to carry a firearm with the knowledge to do so responsibly. She wanted to be able to help people empower themselves to take control of their own safety and self-defense.

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USCCA Instructors
Mike Brickner, State Compliance and Business Development
Mike has over 30 years of firearms experience and is an avid sportsman. He is a graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Mike was a U.S. Department of Defense Contractor in Iraq and supported the Iraq Reconstruction Program from 2005-2011. As a Program Manager with Stanley Baker Hill, he led teams of U.S. and International personnel who facilitated the recognition and transfer of assets to the Iraq ministries. In addition, Mike helped build relationships between local nationals, military/political personnel, contractors, and coalition forces to ensure mission success.

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