Self-defense and firearms training for Jonathan Low --
Instructor Development, Front Sight
Instructor Development, Rangemaster
Instructor Development, Defensive Training International
Advanced Pistol Instructor, National Rifle Association
(also Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection, and CCW)
Tennessee Handgun Instructor
South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor
Riflery Coach Level 3 NRA / CMP / USA Shooting
Tennessee Armed Security Guard
Tennessee Armed Security Guard
1981 – 1985 U.S. Marine Corps (active duty)
Expert Rifle Badge (4th award), Expert Pistol Badge (2nd award), Battalion Armorer (1st Radio Battalion, Fleet Marine Force Pacific).
1985 – 2014 U.S. Marine Corps (reserve)
2002 Military Police, Provost Marshal’s Office, New River Marine Corps Air Station, qualified in pistol, shotgun, submachinegun, baton, pepper spray, hand to hand defensive tactics (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program). 2006 Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, taught a basic pistol class while in intel school.
1997 – Present, Front Sight Firearms Institute, Pahrump, NV
Graduated from the following classes: 4-day Defensive Handgun (5 times), 4-day Practical Rifle, 2-Day Uzi Submachinegun, 4-day Select Fire M-16, 2-day Edged Weapons, 4-Day Front Sight Instructor Development. Assisted teaching the 4-day Defensive Handgun class as a line coach.
2006 – 2011 Chief Instructor at the Palmetto Gun Club.
2014 Tactical Response, Fighting Pistol.
2015 December 6th, ASSERT, Rapid Assault Tactics.
Sheepdog Seminar, 1/3/2016, Chattanooga, TN
2016 Tactical Conference, Memphis, TN.
Hebrew Hogger Training Conference, 31 July 2016, Nashville, TN.
The Law of Self Defense Seminar, 20 August 2016, by Andrew F. Branca at the Nashville Armory.
Home Defense given by Bob Allen and Don Barnes at Royal Range in Nashville, TN. 1/14/2017
ALICE training, online, 1/22/2017
Law of Self Defense Level 2: Tennessee and Kentucky, 2/26/2017
by Andrew Branca
Tactical Conference 2017, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Developing Force-on-Force Training Programs by Erik Pakieser et al
Active Killers by Tom Givens
Street Encounter Skills by John Murphy
Terrorist Bombers by Greg Ellifritz
Multiple Opponents by Paul Sharp
Use of Force Lessons / Cases by Emanuel Kapelsohn
Law of Self Defense by Andrew Branca
Problems 1 and 2 (legal justification) by Skip Gochenour
Training for the Fight by Kevin Davis
The Firearms Instructor as Expert Witness by Hayes and Ayoob
Coach Code of Conduct (online required course), USA Shooting, 12 June 2017
Krav Maga, Gordon Jewish Community Center, Nashville, TN
24 August 2017 to 14 September 2017
Law of Self Defense, Simulator module, by Andrew Branca at the
Nashville Armory in Nashville, TN on 16 September 2017
Tennessee State Armed Guard (16 hour class) by Kent Harville
20 – 21 September 2017
Instructor Development course (3 days), Rangemaster
by Tom Givens, 29 September 2017 to 1 October 2017
in Bethel, TN.
MAG-20 by Massad Ayoob, Summerville, SC, 27-28 January 2018 A.D.
2018 Tactical Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas
Ladies Panel, led by Vicki Farnam
Pistol Skill Builder by Lee Weems
Defining the Threat by Tom Givens
Unconventional Wisdom by Massad Ayoob
Concealed Carry and the Modern Woman by Tatiana Whitlock
Between Harsh Word and Gun by Chuck Haggard
Officer Involved Shootings by Kevin Davis
Keep Your Piece by Fletch Fuller
1986 Miami Shoot-Out by Tom Givens
Violent Criminals, Justification Models, and Your Training by Skip Gochenour
"Active Shooter Threats" by
Brink Fidler of Defend Systems, DefendSystems.com, at the
Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN.
27 September 2018 A.D.
"Home Defense" by Ken Alexandrow of Agape Tactical,
AgapeTactical.com, at the 5.11 store in Nashville, TN.
6 October 2018 A.D.
“Point of Injury Trauma Care” by Kevin Hunt of
Prepared Medical Response, at
Military Systems Group in Nashville, TN on
16 October 2018 A.D.
“Basic Tactical Trauma Care” (5.5 hours)
by Josh Black and Jason Rader, at the Goodlettsville Church in
Goodlettsville, TN on
8 December 2018 A.D.
Tactical Conference 2019, New Orleans, LA; March 15 - 17, 2019
MacGyver School of Medicine by Dr. Sherman House
Controversial Acquittals by Massad Ayoob
Surviving the Extreme Event by John Holschen
Domestic Defensive Handgunning by John Farnam
Street Encounter Shooting Skills by John Murphy
Self Defense Ammunition by Dr. Martin Topper
Police-Citizen Contacts by Chief Lee Weems
Technical Skills for Tactical Success by Gabe White
"Use of Force" class by attorney Marcos M. Garza, 7 June 2019
sponsored by U.S. Law Shield,
Stop The Bleed class sponsored by the American College of Surgeons
Committee on Trauma. 16 July 2019
Law of Self Defense, live online class by Andrew Branca
10:00 to 17:00, 24 August 2019.
NRA CCW class, Citizens Safety Academy, Murfreesboro, TN
6 September 2019.
NRA CCW Instructor certification class, Citizens Safety Academy, Murfreesboro, TN
7 - 8 September 2019.
DTI Instructor Development
Royal Range, Nashville, TN
5-6 October 2019.
Must-Know Law for Gun Owners 101
Nashville Gun Club hosted by Tennessee Firearms Association, Nashville, TN
8 October 2019.
Active Shooter seminar
presented by Brink Fidler of Defend Systems
held at Ramsey Solutions in Franklin, TN
21 January 2020
Carry with Confidence (online webinar due to the virus)
by Tatiana Whitlock
13 April 2020
by Jonathan Leverette, Strategic Edge Gun Range
14 November 2020
Emergency Trauma Response
by Brian McLaughlin
December 28, 2020
Tactical Conference 2021
Armed Movement in Crowds by Moses, McBee, and Schnizler
Safe Travel in Dangerous Places by Greg Ellifritz
Lessons from Recent Self Defense Shooting Cases by Massad Ayoob
Practical Concealed Carry by John Murphy
Performance Under Fire (Part 2) by John Hearne
Diagnostic Skills for Instructors by Tim Herron
Moving and Shooting by John Holschen
Defensive Ammunition: A Systems Approach by Chuck Haggard
Avoiding Range Accidents by Jeff Gonzales
Principles Of Performance For The Armed Citizen by Brian Hill
26 to 28 March 2021
Michael Mann's class on "Protecting Soft Targets".
(8 hours of continuing education credit, ASIS certified,
American Society for Industrial Security)
6 April 2021
Counterterrorism for Private Security
given by Michael Mann Security Services
Mondays, August 9, 16, 23, 30 of 2021 A.D.
6:00 PM to 7:30PM (CDT)
6 hours total
Tennessee Armed Guard Renewal
given by Warren Smith at Royal Range
12 September 2021
Counter Terrorism for Security Professionals
given by Michael Mann Security Services
30 August 2021
Instructor Camp conducted by Lee Weems of First Person Safety
October 23-24, 2021
Books that I have read and would recommend:
"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, written about 2400 years ago.
"The Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi, 1644.
"On War" by General Carl von Clausewitz, unfinished at his death in 1831.
“Principles of Personal Defense” by Jeff Cooper, 1972.
"Dry Practice Guide" by Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, 2002.
"The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning", 2nd Edition by John S. Farnam, 2005.
"Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers"
by Diane Nicholl and Vicki Farnam, 2006.
"Combat Shooting" by Massad Ayoob, 2011.
"How to Shoot Like a Navy Seal" by Chris Sajnog, 2013.
“Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right To Self Defense” by Massad Ayoob, 2014.
"In the Name of Self-Defense" by Marc MacYoung, 2014.
"Teaching Women To Shoot A Law Enforcement Instructor's Guide" Second Edition
by Vicki Farnam & Diane Nicholl, 2015.
"Fighting Smarter" by Tom Givens, 2015.
"Gunfight" by Richard Nance, 2016.
"Defensive Handgun Training Skills and Drills" by Michael R. Seeklander, 2016.
"The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting" by Robert K. Campbell, 2016.
“The Law of Self Defense” 3rd Edition by Andrew Branca, 2016.
"Three-Day Firearms Instructor Development & Certification Course"
by Tom Givens, (I don't know the publication date. I took the course in 2017.)
"Concealed Carry Class" by Tom Givens, 2019.
"Strategies and Standards for Defensive Handgun Training"
by Karl Rehn and John Daub, 2019.