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Classes are held at the Stanly County Rescue Unit

702 Arlington Avenue

Albemarle, North Carolina 28001



Matt Flanagan grew up in Jacksonville, FL where his love of shooting was cultivated by his father Larry and his shooting mentor Frank Price at a very early age. After graduating high school in Iowa Matt went on to become a military instructor for the US Air Force Reserves in Charleston, SC. He was assigned to the 315th Security Forces Squadron where he became a Combat Arms instructor. He continued grow personally in the sport of shooting by finding a love of various shooting sports to include Steel Challenge, NRA competitions, and teaching youth the shooting sports in a safe educational environment. He has received numerous awards for his shooting prowess and his teaching ability.


 He has been recognized by local military units and other branches for his willingness to go above and beyond and ensure that Airman, Soldier, Marine, Sailor, and Coast guardsmen alike were mission ready for deployment. He has also been lauded for taking the time to assist the less experienced shooters to ensure the same quality of training. He is proud to have received a challenge coin from the 5th Special Forces Group while deployed to Iraq.

While working as the shooter for a gun manufacturer, he wrote technical specifications for quality control. He is a strong proponent of the Second amendment and believes that responsible gun ownership and education is the way to protect our rights. He has instructed every level of military, law enforcement, and civilian with great feed back. He believes the only way to preserve the shooting sports is to create highly educated ambassadors. Matt has instructed the following: Self Defense, handcuffing, striking instrument, pressure point control, spontaneous knife defense, defensive tactics, M-4, tactical rifle, pistol. Because shooters come in different shapes, sizes and experience levels, Matt works carefully with every student to make sure they obtain the goals they are trying achieve.

Matt has held the following instructor certifications:

USAF-R Combat Arms Instructor

USAF-R Shoot Move Communicate instructor

USAF-R Active Shooter

Spontaneous knife Defense Instructor- Warrior Science Group

Pressure Point Control Technique Instructor- Warrior Science Group

Defensive tactics instructor SC criminal justice agency

Basic Pistol Instructor- NRA

Law Enforcement General Instructor- North Carolina Justice Academy

Law Enforcement Specialized Firearms Instructor- North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Concealed Handgun Instructor- North Carolina Department of Justice

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