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Falcon Operations Group

“Dedicated to training those who defend the sheep from the wolves here at home and abroad”

Since 2006, Falcon Operations Group, Inc. has provided quality training for Civilian, LEO/Military, Government and Corporate Contractors. Falcon focuses on teaching the fundamentals of weapons manipulation, strategy, and tactics utilizing a systematic progressive learning approach.

Every action performed at Falcon is done with the 3 D’s – Done Deliberately with Determination. Courses of instruction are delivered in a professional manner with a steady progression of incrementally induced stress. This is situationally dependent on course type, level of instruction, and level of students attending the course.

The “no man left behind” mindset not only applies during combat situations, but also to instruction. Falcon works hard to ensure that no student is left behind. We maintain a student-to-instructor ratio of 5:1 so that every student is observed, monitored, and progresses during training. Our goal is not only to demonstrate proper technique, but more importantly, to have the student retain the information and skills that are disseminated.

We do not teach “THE WAY” but “A Way.” We have streamlined and vetted what we believe are best practices. Our focus is to explain why certain weapons manipulation techniques are preferred, because the “why” of shooting is an integral part of learning. These techniques are informed and refined by our own life experiences ranging from overseas operations, domestic executive protection, law enforcement duties, and competition shooting. It is this blend of experience that makes Falcons courses so unique.

Institutionalized inertia is a cancer plaguing shooters from all walks of life. We do not want our students to be limited by a mentality that says, “what was done then, must still be good today.” In the ever-changing theater of modern operations, it is important that ones training be equally dynamic. Falcon is committed to bringing that training to our students.

All of FALCON’s instructors carry one or more of the following credentials:
N.R.A. Law Enforcement Division Certified
CA P.O.S.T. Certified Instructors
Insured for both Law Enforcement & Civilian Training Courses

Instructor Staff Information

Gabe Rivera, Instructor

  • Active Law Enforcement Officer assigned to a large Southern California SWAT Team
  • Special Duties
    • SWAT Operator
    • Sniper
    • Joint Hazardous Assessment Team (JHAT)
    • Maritime Operations
    • Rappel Master
    • Arial Platform Shooting (APS)
    • SWAT Range Master
  • Additional Duties
    • Terrorism Liaison Officer
    • Field Training Officer (FTO)
    • Patrol Operations
  • Firearms Instructor Certifications:
    • CA POST
    • FBI
    • NRA Law Enforcement Division
    • CA DOJ
  • Department Instructor Duties
    • Department & Academy Firearms Instructor
    • CA POST Academy Instructor Certification
    • Active Shooter Instructor
    • Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) Instructor
    • Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • Professional Associations:
    • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)
    • California Tactical Officer's Association (CATO)
    • National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Division
    • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)
    • International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (ILEETA)
    • National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLEFIA)
    • American Sniper Association (ASA)
  • Numerous other certifications and training record available for inspection upon request

Ian Tashima, Program Manager & Instructor

  • U.S. Marine Corps veteran & current U.S. Army Infantry soldier
  • Three deployments to Afghanistan, one deployment to Iraq
  • Current & Former Military Duty Positions
    • Brigade Unit Marksmanship Coordinator
    • Anti-Terrorism Officer
    • Senior combat marksmanship instructor
    • Squad Designated Marksmanship Program Manager & Instructor
    • Combat Advisor
    • Security Forces NCOIC
    • Protective Security Detail Team Leader
    • Counter Radio Controlled IED Electronic Warfare Master Gunner
    • Intelligence Analyst
    • Combat Shooting Team
  • Certifications
    • CSAT (Paul Howe)
      • SWAT
      • Tactical Pistol Instructor
    • NRA
      • Law Enforcement Handgun Instructor
      • Law Enforcement Tactical Shooting Instructor
      • Chief Range Safety Officer
      • Personal Protection Inside the Home
      • Personal Protection Outside the Home
      • Range Development & Operations
    • US Army
      • Master Trainer
      • Military Transition Team/Combat Advisor Academy
      • Counter IED Instructor
      • Tactical Electronic Warfare Officer
      • Anti-Terrorism Officer
    • Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency
      • Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Instructor
      • Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombings Instructor
    • Concealed Carry Instructor
      • Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification
      • Orange County Sheriff's Department
      • United States Concealed Carry Association
    • Other Certifications
      • California Department of Justice Instructor
      • Law of Self Defense Institute, Law of Self Defense Instructor
      • California Certified Fingerprint Roller
      • ALICE Training Institute, Active Shooter Instructor
      • Simunition/General Dynamics, Force-on-Force Safety & Scenario Instructor
      • Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) Force-on-Target
      • Blauer Tactical Systems, SPEAR Combatives Instructor
    • Armorer Certifications
      • Berreta USA, 92/M9
      • Glock
      • Colt Defense, M16/AR-series Rifle
    • Associations
      • National Rifle Association
      • National Tactical Officer's Association
      • Veterans of Foreign Wars
    • Numerous other certifications and military DD214 available for inspection upon request
Paul Coulter, Concealed Carry Firearm & Use of Force Instructor
  • 26-year career in Law Enforcement, retiring as a Patrol Sergeant and Range Supervisor
  • Field Training Officer, 12 years
  • Range Instructor, 17 years (10 years as Lead Instructor)
  • Responsible for developing and promulgating department firearms and training policies.
  • Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor
  • Arrest & Control Instructor
  • Crowd & Riot Control Instructor
  • Tactics & Covert Crisis Entry

Gabe Young, Lead Armorer & Firearm Instructor

  • Law Enforcement Certified Armorer
  • Factory Certified Armorer:
    • Glock
    • Sig Sauer
    • FN
    • Heckler & Koch
    • Springfield Armory
    • Beretta USA
  • US Navy Command Armorer
  • US Navy Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor
  • NRA
    • Law Enforcement Handgun Instructor
    • Range Safety Officer
  • Certified Machinist

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