Instructors

Heather – Majority Owner, Chief Self-Defense Instructor

Heather, co-owner of AZO Civil Services and Tactical Advantage Guns (Gun store), grew up hunting with her father, Guy. This experience, combined with her being a CPL Holder and Hunter Safety Instructor, led to her desire to start the company with Brent. While still in college, Heather became a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and used this experience to become AZO’s Chief Self-Defense Instructor. She also is a certified instructor in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety, and Personal Protection (Both inside and outside the home).

In addition to managing and running a training company and gun store, she also teaches High School Bio-Medical Science and Math. Heather also runs a Women’s Only Shooting Group called “Gun Powder Gals” with Angel. If she’s not teaching, running a class, or working with the ‘Gals’ Heather can be found behind the counter assisting customers at the gun store.

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Brent – Co-owner, Chief Firearms Instructor, NRA Training Counselor, MCRGO Instructor, AHA Instructor

Brent is the Co-owner of AZO Civil Services and Tactical Advantage Guns (Gun Store). In 2009 Brent attended the United State Border Patrol Academy where he learned about the combative application of the pistol in self-defense. After returning from the academy Brent and Heather decided to start a business where they could bring life-saving training to law abiding citizens.

Currently, Brent is an NRA Training Counselor and Instructor in the disciplines of pistol, rifle, shotgun, home firearm safety, and personal protection (both inside and outside the home). He is also the Chief Firearms Instructor and in charge of our Advanced Firearms Classes.

A proud lifetime member of the NRA and MCRGO, Brent also stays active in helping to maintain the citizens right to self-defense. In addition to his NRA credentials Brent is an Instructor for the MCRGO, and an active American Heart Association instructor for BLS and Heartsaver CPR and First Aid.

When he isn’t busy with the store or teaching, Brent can be found re-enacting either the Civil War or World War II, and enjoying time hunting, scuba diving, or shooting competitively.

Rick – Instructor

Rick has always enjoyed (Bow, Shotgun, Crossbow) hunting and clay pigeon shooting since a fairly early age.

Being Brent’s father, he has worked with AZO Civil Services since its inception in 2010. He thought when he retired from over 35 years in the sheet metal industry he would have all the free time in the world, but he soon found out he would be busier than ever. As one of AZO’s lead CPR/AED Instructors, Rick brings over 30 years of experience in that discipline alone.

Upon Brent’s return from the Border Patrol, Rick started shooting handguns with him and instantly became hooked. Shortly thereafter Rick became Instructor Certified in the disciplines of Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Home Firearms Safety, and Personal Protection (Both in the home and outside the home).

When he’s not busy with teaching or helping in the store on occasion, Rick enjoys Fishing, Hunting, Camping and spending time with his family.

Guy – Instructor

Guy cannot remember a time when he didn’t have a gun in his hand growing up. As part of a family active in shooting sports, mainly hunting, he was able to enjoy the firearms from a young age. He has had a Michigan CPL since 2001 when the law changed to a “shall-issue” standard, and firmly believes those with the ability to carry, should!

Certified through the NRA, Guy actively instructs in the disciplines of pistol, rifle, shotgun, home firearm safety, and personal protection (both inside and outside the home). He is a certified re-loader and spends much of his time reloading for training courses and recreational shooting.

When he isn’t instructing, or reloading, he can be found farming his 200-acre family farm in Northern Michigan & spending quality time with his wife and other family.

Corey – Instructor, Sales Associate

A 10-year Army veteran with combat experience, Corey has been around many different types of firearms and loves everything to do with them. During the week, Corey can be found staffing the gun store and meeting our customers’ needs. He joined the training staff of AZO Civil Services in 2015 and became RSO Certified shortly thereafter. In 2016, he continued his training by becoming a Certified Instructor in the disciplines of Pistol and Personal Protection in The Home. His burning desire is to one day become a Training Counselor so he will be able to train others as certified firearms instructors.

When not working at the gun store or training students in the safe & efficient use of gun handling, Corey can be found honing his own skills with his personal handguns and rifles, as well as spending quality time with his family.

Joseph – Range Safety Officer, Part-Time Sales Associate

Joe, a veteran of the US Army, started hanging around the gun store shortly after it opened. He became acquainted with the owners and showed interest in wanting to teach others to safely use a firearms and bring his previous experience as a retail sales associate to the gun store. He can be found in the store behind the counter or out on the sales floor eagerly helping customers find the perfect firearm or accessory to meet their needs.

A certified Range Safety Officer, Joe loves to help out on the range during the practical portions of our shooting courses. He desires to one day become a certified instructor and help AZO and TAG out as much as possible.

Angel – Instructor, Part-Time Sales Associate

Angel began her shooting career in 2007 when she met her husband Ben who got her into blackpowder shooting. Her passion for guns has only grown stronger since that day. She met the owners of AZO during her CPL class she took from them and after some discussion, she and Ben joined their staff.  Angel is certified by the NRA to instruct in the disciplines of Pistol, and Personal Protection in the Home.

Angel spends most Saturdays helping behind the counter of the gun store or instructing during our many CPL Classes. When she’s not doing that, she’s working with the “Gun Powder Gals” or instructing new shooters during private one on one training.

When not working with AZO or TAG, Angel is a Medical Assistant and owns her own business selling health & wellness products.

Ben – Instructor

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps as a Machine Gunner, Ben became a great asset to AZO’s training staff in 2015. An avid shooter in all types of firearms, Ben especially loves Blackpowder Rifles. He shoots those type of rifles competitively alongside his wife Angel and strives to rise through the ranks of blackpowder competition.

Ben is certified in the disciplines of Pistol and Personal Protection in The Home. He enjoys teaching others how to safely and effectively use a firearm and loves instructing new shooters during our one on one private instruction.

Jeff – Instructor, Part-time Sales Associate

Jeff was a member of the United States Navy and served on a submarine. He was also a pistol instructor while stationed in New Jersey. Once Jeff moved to Michigan, he found AZO during his search for his Concealed Pistol License. Once he began talking to owners Brent and Heather, he came on board as an instructor.

Jeff has a passion for teaching and loves seeing a new shooter come to enjoying the sport and self-defense applications of firearms.  Jeff is certified by the NRA to teach Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, and is soon to be an MCRGO Instructor as well.