Training Classes

Training with Scottsdale Gun Club is one of the best decisions you can make toward bettering yourself. What other amenities could you ask for? We have a Defensive Tactics Center for crystal clear instruction and fully-equipped classrooms. Our expert instructors can train individuals as well as departments and teams. SGC’s state-of-the-art facilities are available for private use as well.


Our classrooms complete the training experience as a whole. You can expect spacious, comfortable, and state-of-the-art classrooms from SGC. The classrooms offer the latest in audio-visual equipment and can comfortably accommodate 36 students while smaller groups also have appropriate rooms. All of SGC’s classes are taught by experienced and certified professional instructors.

Defensive Tactics Center

The Defensive Tactics Center is a respected training room amongst civilians and professionals alike. We provide first class training for a variety of needs. Locker rooms and showers are connected to the DT Center and offer clean, private facilities for men and women to freshen up after a training session.

Private Instruction

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Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel for a full refund if you are canceling more than 72 hours in advance of the class, or you may reschedule for a $10 fee between 72 and 24 hours in advance of the class. Classes are non-refundable within 24 hours of the class.  The 72 hour window gives SGC the opportunity to contact customers that have been placed on a waitlist for the courses.

Private Instruction

Private Instruction is available from these skilled instructors in a variety of topics. Private Instruction is available for $95 per hour in as little as 15 minute increments. 

Dan Schmelzer



Dan Schmelzer

Dan Schmelzer has been a lifelong hunting and shooting enthusiast. With 16 years of experience in the law enforcement community, 10 of those as a Maricopa County Sheriffs firearms instructor. Currently he is the Lead Instructor and Range Master at Scottsdale Gun Club, Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and a thorough understanding of marksmanship fundamentals. His experience with the novice as well as the accomplished shooters gives him insight into getting excellent results in a short amount of time. His passion for shooting is demonstrated in his approach to instructing and how he encourages the student to excel in their shooting skills while paying the upmost attention to safety.

Dan is an NRA Certified Instructor in Pistol, Rifle, and Personal Protection. He is also an AZPOST Firearms Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, MCSO General Instructor, Qualified Judgmental Shooting Instructor, certified USCCA handgun and personal protection Instructor, and an AZDPS Armed Guard Firearms Instructor.

For an appointment, please call or text 480-510-1328 or email

Brad Battaglia



Brad Battaglia

Brad Battaglia has an extensive background with over 16 years of real world experience using firearms. Brad’s professional use of firearms started as a U.S. Army Paratrooper serving as a machine gunner where he deployed to Iraq. Upon returning from deployment Brad became a Sniper and Sniper Team Leader. After leaving the military Brad returned to Iraq where he worked as a private military contractor providing close personal protection to U.S. Government Officials. Brad then returned to Arizona where he began his career in law enforcement. As a Police Officer Brad worked Patrol as well as serving as a SWAT Sniper, Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor.

Brad is both an NRA and USCCA certified instructor as well as an AZPOST Firearms Instructor. Brad has a passion for teaching new shooters and helping them build skills in shooting and personal protection.

For an appointment, please call or text 623-363-0180 or email


Trisha Dennett

Trisha Dennett is a Computer Forensics Engineer. She discovered shooting sports in 2001 when she was introduced to USPSA competition shooting. She developed her skills by attending training classes from several national and world class female champion shooters. This resulted in a passion for competition and a zeal to introduce more women to the shooting sports. Trisha is NRA certified in Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, Refuse to Be a Victim and Range Safety Officer as well as USCCA certified. She was asked to join our staff at SGC to provide a Ladies perspective in all handgun classes which led to our Ladies ONLY program which includes Ladies of Liberty, Defensive Handgun for Ladies and Concealed with Curves.

Tim Forshey


Tim Forshey

Timothy A. Forshey is a firearms law and criminal defense attorney. He is also a Judge pro tem who handles primarily criminal cases and Orders of Protection.

With over 25 years of experience in firearms law, personal injury law and criminal law, Tim is a member of the State Bars of Arizona, Colorado and Illinois and a member of numerous professional organizations. He has been featured in several prominent magazines, including Time, Money, Phoenix, and Guns and Guns of Weapons for Law Enforcement. A member of Mensa, Tim also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association.

Tim has been a National Rifle Association-certified instructor since 1997 and has served as the lead concealed carry instructor at the elite Scottsdale Gun Club since it opened in 2002. He is certified by the U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) as an A class shooter, the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) as an Expert class shooter and by the Glock Sport Shooting Federation (GSSF) as a Master class shooter. He is also an active and successful 3 Gun competitor. He has won numerous state and national shooting competitions in his class. He is a Certified Range/Safety Officer and an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association.