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James Scordato

Director of Firearms

Mr. James Scordato is a Tucson native and a certified firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association. He possesses several other advanced instructor certifications in marksmanship and tactics.  He has taught shooters from various levels and ages from absolute beginner to seasoned law enforcement and competitive shooters.  Mr. Scordato started shooting competitively at age 10, competing in SASS cowboy action events with his father, Jim. When James was 14 he started shooting at defensive oriented events put on locally by a retired Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy.  He also competes in International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) and several other practical pistol and 3 gun events.  He has attained many honors in the shooting world, including: Master Class in USPSA limited Division, IDPA classifiers at the Master level for ESP and SSP divisions, match director for Steel Challenge and assistant match director for USPSA and 3 gun events.  James has won several state and regional titles over his shooting career and has taken the knowledge gained over the years and has applied it to the tactical world of Law Enforcement and civilian defensive shooting. He joined Federal Law Enforcement in 1999 and became a Federal Law Enforcement firearms instructor in 2001. James understands that competitive shooting is a great place to learn how to shoot faster and more accurately while mastering weapon manipulation skills. Tactics are best learned outside of matches during specific specialized training.  James is extremely passionate about firearms, shooting for sport, defense and firearms safety on the range. James is highly involved in the development of lady shooters for self-defense and he volunteers countless hours teaching basic and advanced combat application shooting. James is a firearms armorer in multiple platforms. He enjoys spending quality time and hiking with his wife and son in the beautiful Arizona mountains.