Paul has over ten years of experience as a successful small business owner in Columbia, Maryland. He has had his concealed carry permit in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Utah for over 10 years and is a strong supporter of Marylanders right to own and carry firearms. Along with Frank Duffy, he formed Spartan Firearms Training Group to support others in securing this right as well.
Paul began acquiring his firearms training and skills at the Academi training center in Moyock, NC ten years ago. Paul is currently certified as an NRA basic pistol and rifle instructor. He is certified by the Maryland State Police as a Maryland handgun instructor, and he is certified by the Utah Department of Public Safety as a Utah Concealed Carry Instructor. Paul also holds a Range Safety Officer designation through the NRA and is continuously looking for ways to expand the footprint of Spartan Firearms Training Group in Maryland.
Francis (Frank) Duffy is a veteran of the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group (the Green Berets). He served as his A-team’s Medical Sergeant with a cross-training in weapons. He also graduated from the Army Special Forces combat diver school and earned the coveted U.S. Army Ranger tab. Frank is also a certified Executive Protection Specialist through the Executive Protection Institute (http://www.personalprotection.com/), a member of the Nine Lives Association ( http://www.personalprotection.com/Home/NLA), a 2017 graduate of the Gunsite Academy Defensive Shooting course, and a Washington, DC certified firearms instructor. He is also a graduate of the Executive Protection Institute’s Protectors Firearms Course. Frank is also a life member of Maryland Shall Issue (https://www.marylandshallissue.org), a non-profit group advocating for 2nd Amendment rights in Maryland.
Frank also has more than a quarter century of experience as an instructor and creator of training programs and courses based on principles of adult learning. He can be contacted at Frank@SpartanFirearmsTrainingGroup.com.
Paul and Frank hold NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications, they are certified by the Maryland State Police as a firearms instructors, and by Utah as a concealed firearms instructors. Frank is certified by Washington, DC as a firearms instructor. Both Paul and Frank also have Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Utah concealed carry permits since 2010. They also participate annually in intensive firearms training at the Academi firearms training facility in Moyock, North Carolina. Both of them are also graduates of the ALiCE Institute’s active shooters trainer certification course.
Sergeant Ryan Thomas teaches the Spartan Firearms Training Group’s (SFTG) Emergency Casualty Care Course (E-Triple C), which has been offered since 2016. He also assists with the SFTG firearms courses on the live-fire range.
He has over twenty years of emergency medical training and eighteen years of law enforcement experience. He brings real world experience from his time as a career firefighter/paramedic, flight paramedic, and uniformed police officer to every E-Triple C class.
Ryan is currently certified in ACLS, PALS, BTLS, NRP, ABLS, and is an ACLS and PALS instructor. As a law enforcement officer he has been assigned to Patrol, Vice/Narcotics, Bike, SWAT, Emergency Services Unit, and to his agency’s Police Academy as an instructor.
Ryan is currently the Chairman of the Maryland Law Enforcement Emergency Medical Care Course Advisory Board.