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Todd Smith

Hi, my name is Todd.  I spent the first years of my  life in Payson, Utah, but have lived in Alaska for the past 21 years. I am married to my best friend, Tammy, and we have ten amazing children together, yes they are all ours and no twins or triplets. We have had an adventuresome life together, living through multiple moves, a devastating house fire, and traveling the US with our children in a travel trailer!

We homeschool our children, and both my wife and I are certified handgun instructors. We strive to teach our children entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and the confidence that they can do anything they want with their life. My wife and I enjoy shooting with each other, as well as just talking at a restaurant, or a drive, or a quiet evening at home (with the 10 kids cooperating quietly in the next room, ha ha). We believe in the importance of families, and ours is sacred to us. We believe our kids are a divine charge given to us to raise, and try to take this seriously.

I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America most of my life. I have volunteered as both a Scout Master and Den Master several times in with our son’s troop and packs. Scouting is a great way to build character in a boy and help him grow into a man.

The end result is this: life is great and life is fleeting, grab hold and do what you love, become the best you that you can, and try to impact the lives around you in a positive way. I am doing my best to live this way. I hope I can have a positive impact on your life, and I am sure getting to know you will have a positive impact on mine.

 

Tammy Smith

Hi I’m Tammy Smith, My husband did a pretty great job of telling you about us and our family. My grandfather brought his family up the Alaska Hwy just after it opened to civilians after WWII so I have called Alaska home since birth. I grew up target shooting rifles and my dad’s .38 colt revolver at the family homestead in Kenny Lake, Alaska.  Todd and I met in Utah at college and it took me a few years but I finally got him to move “home”. 🙂

Todd and I have enjoyed gun ownership our entire married life and have owned several hand guns.  We had purchased one of them for me.  A Walther 9mm.  I had gone to the gun store looking for a .380 Walther PPK. At the gun store I was convinced by the BIG man behind the counter that a .380 wasn’t a good choice and that what I really wanted was…  Does this sound familiar?  Needless to say, I didn’t really care for that gun after I took it shooting and found that it didn’t fit my personal needs.

When I attended my first formal handgun training course I was so afraid of looking stupid, of getting yelled at, or of doing things wrong that I cried all the way to the range… I was a basket case.  I kept close to my husband through the first few hours on the range and then found myself relaxing and having a good time. I was treated with respect, I was never made to feel stupid or belittled for what I didn’t know. It was a wonderful, empowering experience!  I became a true fan of great training.

GunStart

As we continued our handgun training, we realized that Alaska needed a training company that offered the essential skills necessary to ensure you can return home safely to your loved ones each night. Our goal isn’t to train for the zombie apocalypse or jump out of flaming helicopters – we’ll leave that to the military and swat teams. The reality is that civilians face completely different threats than military or police and as such, need skills geared toward the situations they will most likely face. This is what the curriculum at GunStart will give you!

We’ve sought out the best instructors from around the nation to train with so that we can offer you the best defense! Our curriculum has been gleaned from many reliable sources and we’ll tell you just who taught us what we’re teaching you and why the techniques are so valuable.

Our Training

We believe in continuing education! It is our goal to offer the best training possible to our students. Training with the best instructors in the nation helps us to do that.

GunStart Team, a family affair

Todd

Certifications

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • Rangemaster Defensive Handgun Instructor
  • Rangemaster Advanced Defensive Handgun Instructor
  • Massad Ayoob Judicious Use of Deadly Force Instructor
  • Utah Concealed Carry Permit Instructor
  • State of Alaska Concealed Carry Permit Instructor

Classes:

  • Nov 2010 Front Sight 4 Day Defensive Handgun
  • May 2011Front Sight Four Day Defensive Handgun
  • Jul 2011 NRA Range Safety Officer
  • Jul 2011 Front Sight Alaska 2 Day Handgun Skill Builder
  • Aug 2011 Front Sight Alaska 2 Day Handgun Skill Builder
  • Nov 2011 Front Sight 4 Day Defensive Handgun (DG)
  • Jun 2012 Range Master 4 Day Firearms Instructor Development & Certification
  • Jun 2012 NRA Basic Pistol
  • Jun 2012 NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • Jul 2012 Front Sight Alaska 2 Day Handgun Skill Builder
  • Aug 2012 Cornered Cat Handgun Retention Course
  • Oct 2012 NRA Basics Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • Oct 2012 NRA Basics Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Oct 2012 NRA Adv Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Oct 2012 NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Inside & Outside the Home
  • Feb 2013 Alaska Concealed Handgun Permit Instructor
  • Mar 2013 Range Master 4 day Adv Firearms Instructor Development & Certification
  • Jun 2013 Massad Ayoob MAG 40 Course
  • Jul 2013 Front Sight Alaska 2 Day Handgun Skill Builder
  • Mar 2014 Rangemaster Tactical Conference and Polite Society Match
  • May 2015 Nighthawk Custom Training Course
  • Jun 2015 Firearms Academy of Seattle 5 day Handgun
  • June 2015 Firearms Academy of Seattle Accuracy Clinic
  • July 2015 Range Staff/host MAG 40 – Alaska
  • July 2015 Massad Ayoob Judicious Use of Deadly Force Instructor Course
  • Aug 2015 Rory Miller’s Ambushes & Thugs
  • Mar 2016 Rangmaster Tactical Conference
  • Apr 2016 Rory Miller Conflict Communications
  • April 2016 Rory Miller Ambushes & Thugs
  • June 2016 Ben Branam Beyond Concealed Carry
  • July 2016 Range Staff/host MAG-40 – Alaska
  • Jan 2017 NROI Range Officer Level 1
  • Feb 2017 NRA Chief Range Safety Officer Training
  • Mar 2017 Rangemaster Tactical Conference
  • July 2017 MAG 30
  • Aug 2017 Threat Anatomy – Shot Placement and Considerations for Deadly Encounters
  • Aug 2017 Threat Anatomy – Emergency Treatment of Gunshot Wounds and Related Trauma

Professional Organizations and Affiliations:

  • Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors
  • NRA
  • Armed Citizens Legal Defense Association
  • Boy Scouts of America

Kimber

NRA Certification

  • Range Safety Officer

Classes:

  • Nov 2010 Front Sight 4 Day Defensive Handgun
  • Aug 2011 Front Sight Alaska 2 Day Handgun Skill Builder
  • Aug 2013 AK Concealed Handgun Course
  • July 2015 MAG 40

Tammy

Certifications:

  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • Rangemaster Certified Defensive Handgun Instructor
  • First Responder CPR & First Aid
  • Cornered Cat Instructor Develeopment

Classes:

  • May 2011 Front Sight 4 Day Defensive Handgun Course
  • Jul 2011 Front Sight Alaska 2 Day Handgun Skill Builder Course
  • Aug 2011 Front Sight Alaska 2 Day Handgun Skill Builder Course
  • Nov 2011 Front Sight 4 Day Defensive Handgun Course
  • Jul 2012 Front Sight Alaska 2Day Handgun Skill Builder Course
  • Aug 2012 Cornered Cat 2 day Women’s Defensive Handgun Course
  • Feb 2013 State of Alaska Fingerprint Class
  • Jun 2013 Massad Ayoob MAG 40 Course
  • Jul 2013 Front Sight Alaska 2 Day Handgun Skill Builder Course
  • Aug 2013 Range Master 4 Day Firearms Instructor Development & Certification Course
  • Apr 2015 Kathy Jackson Cornered Cat Training – Purse Carry Options
  • Apr 2015 Kathy Jackson Cornered Cat Training – Against The Odds
  • May 2015 Nighthawk Custom Training Course
  • June 2015 Firearms Academy of Seattle 5 Day Handgun
  • June 2015 Firearms Academy of Seattle Accuracy Clinic
  • June 2015 Kathy Jackson Cornered Cat Instructor Development Course
  • July 2015 Range Staff MAG 40 – Alaska
  • Aug 2015 Rory Miller Ambushes & Thugs
  • Feb 2016 Range Staff MAG 40 Florida
  • Mar 2016 Rangmaster Tactical Conference
  • Apr 2016 Rory Miller Conflict Communications
  • April 2016 Rory Miller Ambushes & Thugs
  • June 2016 Ben Branam Beyond Concealed Carry
  • July 2016 Range Staff/host MAG-40 – Alaska
  • Jan 2017 NROI Range Officer Level 1
  • Mar 2017 Rangmaster Tactical Conference
  • July 2017 MAG 30
  • Aug 2017 Active Shooter Interdiction at FAS
  • Aug 2017 Don Stahlnecker – Handgun Retention Instructor

Professional Organizations and Affiliations:

  • NRA
  • Armed Citizens Legal Defense Association
  • Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors
  • Founder of Women Carry