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

Amanda Taylor
Amanda Taylor

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 days ago

Excellent store and wonderful staff. My family has been shopping here for years and we've never had a bad experience. It's so nice to have friendly, knowledgeable staff assist you with a smile! We are loyal to those who take care of us and we will NEVER shop anywhere else. Thank you Diamondback!

Elio Esqueda
Elio Esqueda

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

This place is awesome! they offer concealed weapon permit classes, military discount, Great selection of fire arms and ammo and accessories. Fair prices, anytime I need something I go here. My bolt release​/catch paddle broke on my rifle thought I was out of luck, they had it and it was an easy fix. Few months later my extractor broke off my bolt. again thought it was a long shot that they would have that, but they did and they were very helpful and got me back in the fight. By far my favorite gun store in the Tucson area. Highly recommend this place for all your firearm needs. Great friendly helpful knowlable staff!

Richard Aguirre
Richard Aguirre

1 out of 5 stars

posted 1 day ago

VERY NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE

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. Also, she was carrying her own 9 month old on her chest. 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.

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