Don Grier, PGC Owner and Instructor
After graduating Rutgers University in 1983 with B.A. in Journalism and Political Science, Don attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in May, 1986. After passing the California bar exam, Don immediately entered the business world and became General Counsel for a variety of sporting goods and apparel companies, later becoming a part owner, President and General Counsel for Gotcha Sportswear, an international sporting goods and apparel company with world-wide distribution. Don has lived in many parts of the United States and has traveled extensively throughout the world, but feels most at home in Prescott, Arizona. After visiting Prescott on a cross country motorcycle trip in 1991, he made it a point to stop in Prescott during his annual motorcycle trips. Don finally bought a home here in 1994, splitting time between Prescott and Los Angeles. Don was thrilled to move to Prescott full time in 2005 where he and his beautiful wife Elizabeth raise their 3 sons. Combining Don’s passion for firearms and education, Don opened PGC in March of 2014 alongside his original partner Mike Kabbel, the former Prescott Chief of Police who eventually left the business due to health reasons. Don sold Prescott Gun Club in June 2019 to Pete and Valerie Fowler.
Don is an NRA Certified Instructor and continues his passion for learning by attending various firearms training courses so his students are exposed to the most current firearms instruction and techniques. Don teaches Basic Marksmanship Courses,Familiarization Courses, Concealed Carry Courses, the Continue to Carry Course, Private Instruction and the PGC Malfunctions Course, that he developed.
Our Other Fine Instructors (In Alpha Order)…
Lynn Beck, Instructor
Lynn has been avid shooter with the Prescott Gun Club since 2016, and has been shooting now for over 20 years. Lynn is currently teaching basic marksmanship and defensive pistol shooting classes for the Prescott Gun Club. In addition to her training at Prescott Gun Club, Lynn has received instruction from the American Weapons Academy, Nielsen Training and Consulting, Front Sight, and Gunsite Academy. Lynn is one of the co-leaders for the local The Well-Armed Woman chapter, as well as the curriculum coordinator for training. Lynn additionally participates in the on-going training at Gunsite Academy for The Well-Armed Woman. Lynn retired as a schoolteacher and now dedicates herself to firearms instruction and training. Lynn holds NRA instructor level certifications as Pistol Instructor and Personal Protection in the Home Instructor, and is additionally an NRA certified Range Safety Officer. Lynn has a BA degree from California State University and a MS degree from California Baptist University.
Rich Marshall, Instructor
Rich has been shooting since he was in ROTC in college. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the US Army where he was Airborne and Ranger qualified. Rich later worked for the IBM Corporation. He has been an NRA certified instructor for a number of years, and he is certified to instruct: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home, Home Firearm Safety, Metallic Cartridge Reloading, Range Safety Officer, Chief Range Safety Officer, and Refuse To Be A Victim. In addition he is an NRA Training Counselor where he trains others to be instructors in all of the same disciplines. He has taught several hundred courses and over six hundred students in his business Marshall Safe Training, LLC. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from St. Mary’s University, and a Master of Arts in Management and Human Relations from Webster University.
Glenn Martin, Instructor
Glenn started shooting at the age of ten, when his dad bought him his first 22 rifle. Firearm safety was impressed upon Glenn. “Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to destroy” was repeated to nausea. Glenn learned nothing was free and would be paid for doing chores around the house with 22’s. After a 42 year career with Kroger, Glenn and his wife Jill relocated to Prescott. Having more time, he reclaimed his passion for the shooting sports, spending more time on the range and in the field shooting shotguns, percussion and flintlock rifles and pistols. With retirement, Glenn decided to increase his firearms related training and has become a certified NRA instructor and Range Safety Officer. Glenn has been an avid re-loader since his early 20’s for a variety of calibers. Other than being a firearm and shooting enthusiast, Glenn enjoys kayaking, trail hiking, fishing and gold panning. Glenn also takes an interest in the preservation of what makes
Prescott special by closely following community developments. He has been involved with local campaigns during the election year and sits on the board of the Citizens Tax Committee (CTC) and is the Chairman of the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee on Structured Sober Living Homes in Prescott. In addition to Glenn’s NRA Certification as a Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer, Glenn is currently enrolled in the Citizens Academy which will provide Glenn with general knowledge of DUI stops, K-9 demos, Swat demos and firearm simulators provided by the Prescott Police Department. “I can’t say being part of Prescott Gun Club is work, rather, it’s a passion.”
Bill Waddell, Instructor
Bill is a life-long shooter; raised in Appalachia, he owned his first .22 rifle at the age of eight. He fell in love with this area when his family moved here briefly in 1976-1977, when his father accepted a job as principal of Humboldt (now Bradshaw Mountain) Middle School. As an adult, Bill dreamed of one day returning to the Prescott area. After a lengthy career of combined military and Federal civil service, he retired in 2018 from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). During his thirty-five year career as an imagery intelligence analyst, he held numerous positions including Imagery Analysis Team Lead and Senior Geospatial Analyst, and specialized in asymmetric warfare (counter-terrorism) and ground forces order-of-battle. Bill is an expert instructor, having taught imagery analysis at the National Geospatial-Intelligence College and having developed and managed their Asymmetric Warfare course. He has deployed three times to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq – a total of 26 months in a war zone – providing direct intelligence support to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) combat operations. Bill is an NRA-certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer, and is an alumnus of several advanced firearms training programs including Gunsite Academy; Pat Goodale’s Practical Firearms Training; Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC); and ITI-Centerra/ITI-Armor Group.
Tom Wolff, Instructor
Tom recently retired from the Stamford Police Department, City of Stamford Connecticut, as a Sergeant after 22 years of service. Tom spent the last 12 years as the Firearms Unit Supervisor, training recruits and in-service officers in firearms (pistol, rifle, shotgun, select-fire) and tactics. Tom additionally trained and organized the Stamford Police Department SWAT team, and for three years he functioned on the SWAT team as a Team Leader and Training Officer for the team. Prior to that assignment; Tom served in Patrol as a Patrol Officer and a Patrol Supervisor, as Training Division Supervisor, and in the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit. Tom additionally functioned as an instructor trainer for the State of Connecticut Municipal Police Academy for Firearms Instructor Development and Basic Instructor Development. Prior to his police career, Tom served in the U.S. Army Special Forces both in Operations and on an Operational A-Detachment Team, deploying to different locations throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. His education includes a Bachelors degree from Colgate University in biological sciences and a Masters Degree in Teaching and Education from Pace University.by