Ed Santos - Founder / Chief Instructor
Ed Santos is a Retired Army Officer, long-time competitive shooter, and shooting instructor. Ed is a combat veteran who while in the Army competed in shotgun and pistol competitions around the world. In addition, he was certified as a Department of Defense Master Level Instructor and taught military and civilian personnel in many locations around the world.
After retiring from the Army in 1994 Ed and Peggy moved to Coeur d'Alene where he continues to shoot for recreation and competition. Ed is a former Certified Level 1 Reserve Deputy Sheriff in North Idaho, Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, and an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor. Ed is a certified Low Light Firearms Instructor. Ed is a graduate of the Steele Foundation's Executive/Dignitary Protection Agent's training program. He is a graduate of the Alameda County, (California) Sheriff's Executive/Dignitary Protection Driver Training School. He is certified by the CDT Non-Deadly Force Training Commission in the use of Non-Deadly Force Techniques. In addition, he is a Certified Range Safety Officer, Taser® Instructor, Narcotics Presumptive Testing (NIK) Instructor, Metal-Tec metal detection system Instructor, OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) Instructor, Kubaton/Mini-Baton and Expandable Baton Instructor, Homeland Security Civilian Emergency Response Team Instructor, and a member of the National Rifle Association's "National Range Technical Advisory Team". He holds armorer certifications for multiple weapons systems.
Low-Light Shooting Specialty. Ed is the Author of “Rule The Night – Win The Fight: A practical guide to low-light gun fighting" and "Low Light Combatives". These comprehensive and definitive books, that cover every aspect of surviving and dominating a low-light confrontation, have become an industry standard.