Don Grier, 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’s vision for PGC was and remains to provide Prescott with a safe state of the art indoor range coupled with the highest customer service and superior firearms instruction to benefit and serve the community. 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.
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.”
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.
Pete Townsend, Instructor
Pete was born and raised in Colorado. After graduating from high school in 1983, Pete enlisted in the US Navy where he initially served as a Gunner’s Mate aboard the USS Bronstein (FF-1037) in San Diego, CA. He later applied for the US Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) program. As an operator, Pete was a qualified SCUBA and Mixed Gas Diver as well as explosive and demolitions technician. He was Commissioned as a Chief Warrant Officer in 2005, and held the positions of Officer in Charge of an EOD Detachment, Diving Supervisor, and Demolitions Operations Supervisor. He made several deployments post 9/11, and retired from the Navy in 2008 after a combined 25 years of active and reserve service. Pete also worked for the San Diego Police Department for over 27 years. He held various positions as Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Officer, Firearms Instructor, Vehicle Abatement Supervisor and Motorcycle Unit Sergeant. Pete retired as a Sergeant in 2015. After retirement from SDPD, Pete and his wife Merrit moved to Prescott in the summer of 2016. Pete has been employed by the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute for the last 18 years as a firearms instructor. His students include Police and Sheriff Recruits within San Diego County. He is currently the Lead Firearms Instructor for the San Diego Sheriff’s Detentions Academy. Pete holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, as well as several LE Firearms Instructor Certifications and several Armorer Certificates and brings real world training and experience to his students.by