Firearms Trainers Association

since 2018
Oklahoma City, OK

  • FTA provides best in the industry Professional Liability Coverage benefits to members for any legal action stemming from their firearms training business
  • FTA protects the profession of firearms training through standards, business development services, curriculum sharing, safety and risk management.
  • founded by 5 of the most well respected and distinguished professional firearms trainers
    – was born in a conference room in Las Vegas at SHOT Show
    – Their recognition of the need to create a mechanism to serve the interests of firearms trainers as well as increase the professionalism of the craft through their experiences, resources and core values led them to create FTA.
  • Ken Hackathorn-Chairman
  • Larry Vickers-Vice Chairman
  • Kyle Sweet – Executive Director
  • Board members
    – Jeff Gonzales, Dave Spaulding and Scott Reidy
  • FTA provides through CCW Safe’s 2A Insurance, financially backed membership benefits that provide for $1million in professional liability coverage including all legal costs and fees, attorneys fees and expert witness fees for only $400 per year
  • FTA membership is open to any certified firearms instructor.

Firearms Trainers Association
28 W. Park Place STE B
Oklahoma City, OK 73131

(405) 740-7952


Gabriela “Gabby” Franco

  • Author, speaker, competitive shooter, and instructor
  • first female shooter to represent Venezuela in the Olympics
  • 2001 – 9TH Place – World Cup – Atlanta, GA USA
  • 2002 – 3 Gold Medals – South American Games – Brazil
  • 2012 – Top Shot (season 4) on the History Channel
  • 2013 – Author 1st Book –  Troubleshooting: Mastering Your Pistol Marksmanship
  • 2013 – 2016 NRA New
  • 2014 – 2016 Host of NRA Show Tips & Tactics
  • 2014 – 2017 – Shooter for Remington Outdoors



Tatiana Whitlock

The Tactical Pixie 


A Girl And A Gun 


Robyn Sandoval


  • a converted anti-gunner
  • 2011 attended Julianna Crowder’s third Girl’s Night Out
  • 2011 – Executive Director – A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG)
  • NRA Certified Instructor
  • 2018 Speaker at Gun Rights Policy Conference
  • 2019 Speaker at Gun Rights Policy Conference

Daily bullet – Robyn Sandoval A Girl and a Gun
Nov 19, 2020

From the Gun Rights Policy Conference 2019



Paul Gomez

1971- June 04, 2012

one of the first to advocate the use of the Kalashnikov

  • U.S. Army 25th ID (L) and both Louisiana and Oregon National Guard
  • MOS – 11H Heavy AntiArmor Infantry, 13F Forward Observer, 12B Combat Engineer, 11B Infantryman and 95B Military Policeman
  • 1999 – 2002 years police officer in Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1996 met Andy Stanford of Options for Personal Security
  • 1998 attended Insights Training Center
  • 2000 – Instructed for Options for Personal Security
  • 2004 assistant at ShivWorks
  • 2006 -co-tought the original Suarez International Kalashnikov class with Sonny Puzikas
  • 2006 – Private Force Protection training at the Stennis Space Center
  • 2010 – 2011 Director of Training for Tactical Response in Camden, TN


A Memorial Training Conference 
To Benefit the Children of Our Great Friend
Paul E. Gomez

Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, 2012