Our Instructors

Our Instructors 2017-12-05T21:14:46+00:00

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Paul S. Parks

Chief Instructor
Certified firearms instructor and 12-year US Army veteran, serving in the Airborne Infantry in Italy and Fort Bragg, NC, and most recently as an Army Reservist mobilized to active duty as a Weapons Instructor (First Army Small Arms Readiness Group) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Former sworn police officer with the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Police Department. Over 23 years of combined experience in US Army, Law Enforcement and training civilians and armed service personnel. Founder and Chief Instructor of Southern Arizona Small Arms Training Team, providing handgun, rifle and shotgun training to hundreds of citizens, military service members, and law enforcement personnel since 2008.

  • NRA Certified Instructor
  • USNSTA Certified Handgun, Shotgun and Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Suarez International Combat Handgun Instructor Certified
  • US Army Master Gunner Certified
  • US Army Small Unit Trainer and LMTS Instructor Certified
  • Arizona State CCW Instructor Certified
  • Front Sight Instructor, Distinguished Handgun

Ben Anderson

Instructor
A US Army Airborne Infantryman, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, Ben also completed US Army Sniper school, Combat Lifesaver course, and has numerous hours working and training other service members on the live fire range. Ben is an avid hunter and sportsman.

  • NRA Certified Instructor
  • AZ DPS Security Guard Instructor Certified

  • Refuse to be a Victim Instructor

Jason Phipps

Instructor
Growing up in a military household, and learning to shoot at a young age, Jason has decades of shooting experience. A distinguished handgun graduate of Front Sight Firearms Training Center in Nevada, Jason has also completed all Handgun and Carbine levels of training with Diamondback and Arizona Small Arms Training Team.

  • AZSATT Handgun Instructor Certified

  • AZSATT Carbine Instructor Certified

Kelly Mackay

Instructor
An avid hunter, runner, and outdoor adventurer, Kelly has distinguished herself in both Handgun and Carbine courses with Diamondback and Arizona Small Arms Training Team. As a relatively new shooter, Kelly not only successfully completed all levels of AZSATT and Diamondback firearms courses (Intro to Advanced), she excelled and demonstrated a passion to share what she’s learned with others, making her an asset to the Training Team, and our community.

  • AZSATT Handgun Instructor Certified

  • AZSATT Carbine Instructor Certified

Sarah Sbragia

Instructor
Our newest assistant instructor, Sarah is a new shooter with a desire to empower others, especially women, with the knowledge, skills and ability to safely and effective defensive use of firearms. Distinguishing herself in Handgun and Carbine training, Sarah serves as an assistant instructor and safety coach on the range.

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Cole M. Smith

Instructor
An active duty US Air Force armament technician from Newton, Iowa, stationed at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Cole has completed Diamonback’s CCW, Intro, Intermediate and Advanced level handgun and carbine courses, distinguishing himself in Defensive Handgun and Defensive Carbine. He assists in the classroom and on the range as a coach and safety officer.

Diamondback Shooting Sports
Reviewed from Google

4.4 out of 5 stars

Jeff Le
Jeff Le

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

New building is awesome! Modern selection of firearms. Trustworthy gunsmith onsite and they have a cadre of trainers for classes. They have a NFA display case that has some collection items as well. Staff was good with questions for concerns with concealed carry and what guns are appropriate.

Richard Aguirre
Richard Aguirre

1 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

VERY NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE.... UPDATE scroll to bottom.

It starts well at least. I had a nice experience purchasing a new firearm from David today. At least I believe his name was David, he was a large man. Either way he had amazing customer service and was extremely respectful and quite humorous, which was appreciated. However, my wife and sister in law had a negative experience. There was an employee, a man with glasses and grey facial hair that pushed my in law. She was standing in a isle entertaining our children whom were behaving themselves quite nicely I might add. He had zero manners and physically put a hand on her and moved her aside. I was greatly disappointed of the whole ordeal. Had I known of what happened I would NOT have made my purchase. I learned of what happened only after we left. They were both greatly disappointed with what happened. Sadly I may not be back for future purchases. Furthermore, I have read at least a review or two that have described the same person for the main reason of their dissatisfaction. I would have rated Diamond Back a solid 5 stars had it not been for the man in question. I would like to recommend Diamond Back to all of my friends and family. However, I cannot in good faith do so with my own family being treated in such a manner.

I received a call personally from the owner which included an invite back to Diamond Back. He wanted to extend a personal apology from both himself and the employee in question. Perhaps we may learn that the whole situation was a misunderstanding? I would like to think that is the case. I greatly appreciate the call and will be stopping back in next time I am in the area.

Beatrix
Beatrix

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Diamondback shooting sports has a very clean and organized store. Even a beginner gun carrier like myself, could easily find what they are looking for. Also, I would like to add that the customer service of the front desk women was very good. Five stars for diamondback shooting sports.

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