SHARPSHOOTERS TRAINING ACADEMY
We’re a shooting range and firearms store, but our mission is education.
We have a duty to educate everyone who enters our doors about firearms safety,
and we employ the best, most experienced instructors to provide that education.
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Maddy is a USCCA and NRA certified firearms instructor, as well as a USCCA training counselor. She is the leader of the Lady SharpShooters group which has grown into a group of over 90 members under her leadership.
Maddy is the owner of MaddyDawg Training LLC and has designed multiple training courses of her own in addition to teaching USCCA material. Maddy has taught over 400 students in the past 8 months in a variety of group and private settings.
Maddy holds a Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Manchester in England after being selected as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar. Maddy began her career in the military while also attending college.
When she is not teaching firearms, she is in the gym training as a competitive mixed martial artist. She combines these skills and experiences to teach and specialize in courses focused on mindset development and stress management.
Some of the courses she offers here include Intro to Self Defense, Home Defense, Concealed Carry, Maximize Your Training, USCCA Instructor Certification, a variety of mini classes, and private lessons.
Captain John New
Cherokee Sheriff’s Office
Uniform Patrol Division Commander
FBI N/A 261
Captain John New has been working as a lead instructor with SharpShooters U.S.A. since 2011. Captain New is a Certified General Instructor and Firearms Instructor through the State of Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. During his years of service, New has earned approximately 7,000 hours of training and certifications in many disciplines.
Captain New began his career with Cherokee County in 1993. He eventually went on to work as a Deputy Sheriff in Uniform Patrol and Undercover Narcotics Investigations. Captain New spent 20 years on the Agency’s S.W.A.T. Team, the last 8 of which he served as the Team Commander. Captain New currently commands the Uniform Patrol Division and is directly responsible for 114 personnel.
Captain New has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Reinhardt University where he graduated with honors. He is currently working on earning his Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University. Captain New graduated from the 261st Session of the FBI National Academy in 2015. Captain New is also a member of the United States Concealed Carry Association.
Captain New is very passionate about training new shooters and helping them choose a firearm that is right for them. New teaches SharpShooters’ most popular class, “Introduction to Handgun Safety“. Captain New is also a subject matter expert in the use of deadly force. Captain New teaches this subject in his very unique class, “Georgia Gun Laws & Use of Deadly Force“. Captain New has trained shooters ranging from those who have never handled a gun before to advanced S.W.A.T. operators. Book a class with Captain New today!
Trained at the Colorado School of Trades, Josh Mallet is a certified armorer for multiple manufacturers and brings over 20 years of professional gunsmithing experience to SharpShooters USA. Josh specializes in Sig Sauer handguns, trigger modifications, and performs extensive repairs and customization on most major brands of handguns, rifles and shotguns.
Josh teaches regular classes on Sig, Glock, and AR-15 maintenance.
Phillip has been a firearms instructor with SharpShooters for nearly 2 years. Phillip has been consistently shooting since he was eight years old and competitive shooting since the age of 16. Firearms and Second Amendment rights are extremely important to Phillip, and have been a major part of his upbringing. Because of that, Phillip has a strong passion for the sport of shooting. His favorite part about being a firearms instructor is igniting that same passion in his students. Phillip believes that a good firearms instructor can and will adapt their training curriculum to best fit any student. Sign up for a private lesson with Phillip Cherner today!
Nate Kern is a Professional Firearms Instructor and motorcycle racing professional, so proper preparedness, procedure, and safety are part of Nate’s DNA.
Nate’s very unique teaching style has derived from a combination of racing motorcycles professionally for 20 years and consulting multiple local, state, and federal agencies as a Firearms Instructor.
For first time gun owners to those seeking advanced firearms training, Nate delivers a simple, highly articulate level of instruction appropriate for recreational shooting to advanced self defense.
Offering Single shooter private lessons, family lessons, and Corporate range days, Nate will deliver the necessary fundamentals for your Safety and Accuracy. Arrange a private lesson with Nate
Mike Duncan is a Detective for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office working in the Special Victims Unit concentrating on Crimes Against Children. I am a member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Mike Duncan specializes in teaching brand new shooters, women, children, and families who want to feel safe after purchasing a firearm, or who are thinking about purchasing a firearm. Mike stresses safety first, then works on shooting fundamentals.
Detective Duncan has been with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for 7 years. Mike has been a firearms instructor at SharpShooters since the day the range opened. Mike truly loves teaching and making people feel comfortable around firearms. SAFTEY is Detective Duncan’s main goal.
SGT Joshua Corday is an army combat medic and medical advisor with the Georgia Army National Guard 1-54TH SFAB. Josh Joined the Army as a 68W Combat medic and attended basic combat training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma followed by 68W AIT at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was then assigned to the 48TH Infantry brigade combat team and deployed as a line medic to Afghanistan.
While deployed, he was chosen to work alongside US Army Special Forces while conducting combat operations and training the Afghan National Army Commandos in tactical and medical training.
After deployment, Corday was selected to attend an accelerated Advanced Emergency Medical Technician school at the Grady EMS Academy in Atlanta, working with the Emergency room trauma centers and on the advanced life support ambulances.
In 2020, Josh was activated to help combat the covid pandemic, utilizing his medical training to augment emergency room staff in Albany, GA, treating trauma and medical patients daily for two months straight. SGT Corday passed the selection board to join the Army SFAB, where he would then be put through the Army Combat Advisor Training Course on fort Benning, GA, becoming a certified combat advisor.
SGT Corday is a certified instructor for Stop the Bleed, Basic Life Support, CPR, and First Aid. Corday brings his battlefield and emergency room experience to the classroom to provide detailed medical training in order to increase public awareness and ability to intervene in life threatening medical situations.
SGT Corday’s Awards include two Army Commendation Medals for actions in combat and while in Albany, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Georgia Special Operations Award, and several more military commendations.
Glen joined SharpShooters USA in January 2022 with over 35 years of shooting experience in pistol, rifle, and shotgun disciplines. His shooting experience combined with his teaching knowledge and experience enables him to tailor his instructional approach based on his student’s knowledge.
In addition to instructing firearms training, Glen is the owner of Sharpen & Refine LLC. which specializes in teaching all ages the skill and art of effective communication, public speaking, and personal security skills.
Glen retired from the US Army in 2006 as a First Sergeant after serving for 21 years. He served in both airborne and light infantry units as well as serving in various instructor roles to include Ranger Instructor in the mountain phase of the US Army Ranger course. As a Ranger Instructor, Glen taught military mountaineering and combat techniques to thousands of Ranger leaders. Some of the military schools Glen completed over his two-decade career are the Army Ranger School, Basic and Advanced Airborne School, Pathfinder School, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Level C- High Risk.
After retiring from the Army and spending two years as a stay-at-home dad with his two children, Glen was again hired by the Department of Defense to be the first Training Specialist at Camp Frank D. Merrill, the mountain phase of Army Ranger School. Glen has spent the last twelve years developing Ranger course instruction and training Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers at Camp Merrill and the 75th Ranger Regiment to become certified Ranger Instructors. Glen retired again in December 2021.
Glen believes in maintaining a high level of physical fitness and when he is not teaching, he enjoys exercising, and is a student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Raven Jiu Jitsu in Cumming.
Glen is the developer and instructor of the Defensive Shotgun class. He also instructs private and group lessons. Additionally, he tracks employee certifications and facilitates corporate and private events at SharpShooters USA. Book a private lesson with Glen today.