John Murphy

John did ten years in the Marine Corps and currently works for the Department of Defense, but he makes no claim to being a combat veteran. He considers himself very fortunate to have trained under some of the most respected firearms instructors in the country, and he’s learned much more about shooting and self-defense outside the military than he ever did during his service. As an instructor, John has incorporated the best and most practical methods and techniques into his courses, and he continues to train and refine his skills every year, both as a defensive shooter and as a trainer. John has presented classroom and range classes at the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Rangemaster Conferences, and currently holds an “Advanced Instructor” rating from Rangemaster.

Selected instructors he’s trained under include:

  • John Farnam

  • Louis Awerbuck (RIP)

  • Kelly McCann

  • Pat Rogers (RIP)

  • Jeff Gonzales

  • Pat Goodale

  • Tom Givens

  • Craig Douglas

  • Greg Ellifritz

  • Massad Ayoob

  • Kathy Jackson

  • Andrew Branca

  • Mike Green of Green Ops

  • Brett Harnish of Justified Defensive Concepts

  • Melody Lauer

    “Every technique I teach is proven to work for average citizens looking to protect themselves, their families or their community. I offer a money back guarantee. If a student is dissatisfied with a course I will refund their money with no questions asked. After over 5000 students, no one has taken me up on that offer.”


Tim Chandler

Tim started training seriously 17 years ago in an effort to bring his capabilities up to the level of responsibility inherent in the choice to carry a firearm for personal protection. In that process, Tim had the opportunity to learn from the best instructors in the military, law enforcement, citizen defense, combatives, and competitive shooting worlds. He now uses those years of training and study to present classes that teach a high level of technical proficiency within the boundaries of practical self-defense. Tim has earned three instructor certifications from Rangemaster (pistol, shotgun, and advanced instructor), and he currently teaches with FPF Training, 360 Performance Shooting, and Justified Defensive Concepts. Tim has taught with Tom Givens, John Murphy, Green Ops, and the late Todd Green (he also helped Todd found In 2015, Tim won the Tactical Conference Polite Society pistol match. In 2019 Tim was invited to be a presenter at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference.


Gary Jakl

Gary was already a longtime FPF student when he joined the staff full time in 2015. He has attended all of our courses as well as classes from Tom Givens and Greg Ellifritz. Always a deep thinker, Gary brings years of experience to our classes from both on and off the range.

Gary Jakl is an NRA-Certified Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, and a Certified Glock Armorer. He is a U.S. Army veteran with combat experience. He has received training through U.S. military programs, government sponsored training activities, and civilian training activities.