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.


Jon Antrim

Jon Antrim is a well acclaimed competition shooter in USPSA, Multi-gun (3 gun) and IDPA as well as a certified Safety Officer in IDPA. He comes from a family of firearm instructors and has been one himself for 15 years. This as well as being a life long hunter allows him to bring a great amount of respect and understanding to what he teaches. Having taught with such diverse groups, from law enforcement and civilian to even The Boy Scouts of America, he understands the importance of nurturing new and established students in proper shooting fundamentals, safety and the application of advanced tactics.

His curriculum spans Introduction to firearms, Intro to competitive shooting, Competitive principles, Defensive shooting skills, Home defense 1 & 2, Intermediate range and tactical rifle, Tactical pistol and Tactical shotgun as well as Sport shotgun shooting. Jon is a NRA certified instructor in pistol, shotgun and personal protection and is also one of our certified Shoot House instructors for Home defense. 

Dan Schmelzer


Dan Schmelzer

Dan Schmelzer has been a life long hunting and shooting enthusiast who has been involved as a volunteer in the law enforcement community for past 12 years. As an AZPOST Firearms Instructor for the last 6 years, Dan has developed a thorough understanding of marksmanship fundamentals. His experience with beginning as well as accomplished shooters gives him insight into getting great results in limited time. His passion for shooting is demonstrated in his approach to instructing and how he encourages the shooter to excel in their shooting skills while paying the utmost attention to safety.

Dan is a NRA Certified Instructor in Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, and Home Firearm Safety. He is also an AZPOST Firearms Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, MCSO General Instructor, and Qualified Judgmental shooting Instructor. To schedule an evening or weekend lesson, contact Dan at

Ben Carney


Ben Carney

Ben Carney Is a proud Army Veteran that got introduced to firearms during his years in the service, eventually becoming a small arms instructor. During his army days Ben got “hooked” and so started a lifetime enthusiasm for the shooting sports. After leaving the Army, Ben continued serving his country, working as a civilian for the Navy, Air Force, and finishing his career at the Veterans Administration.

Ben has many interests that include; founding and serving as an officer in a local Corvette Club where he enjoys sharing his passion for Corvettes with others, 4 wheeling in the desert where he is an avid “Rock Hounder” collecting minerals and semi-precious stones; and spending time with his wife Mary of 20 years.

His teaching philosophy is safety first followed by ensuring the student is relaxed and enjoying the training. “It is about the students learning new skills, demonstrating improvement, and taking home a skills foundation that can lead to continuing improvement.”

Whatever your skill level, Ben can provide a safe and friendly learning environment that can take you from firing your first shots to more advanced skill levels that meet your individual goals and expectations. Ben is a former SGC Range Safety Officer, and an NRA Certified Instructor in Basic Pistol and Personal Defense in the Home.

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.notepad