SWORD AND MIND

"Man fights with his mind. His hands and his weapons are simply extensions of his will, and one of the fallacies of our era is the notion that equipment is the equivalent of force." - Colonel Jeff Cooper



Sword and Mind offers both group and private instruction in the safe and effective use of firearms.

We specialize in working with beginner and intermediate students, couples, and families. Our instructors provide easy to understand and effective ways to learn and practice cutting-edge principles of defensive firearm use.

Our goal at Sword and Mind is for our clients to feel both comfortable and confident when handling firearms, whether going to the range with friends -- or prepping the home for a defensive scenario.

We offer training on topics such as:

Firearm Safety & Maintenance, Principles of Firearm Mechanics, Grip & Stance, Trigger Manipulation & Sight Alignment, Loading, Unloading, and Clearing Malfunctions, Lights, Lasers, Optics & Accessories, Holster Draw & Concealment, Home Defense & Personal Defense, and more...

Rental guns are free, and all targets, protective equipment, and fees will be covered by Sword and Mind. Ammo is not provided at this time but can be purchased from the range.

No prior firearms experience is required. We cater to all ages and skill levels. Our money-back guarantee exists to make sure that each client finds their training valuable and relevant.

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At Sword and Mind we believe very strongly that clients seeking firearms instruction should vet potential instructors before paying for classes. We recommend asking potential instructors questions like:

"How long have you been instructing?"
"What are your qualifications that make you an expert in firearms?"
"What are your qualifications that make you an expert in teaching?"
"How do you keep up with your own training?"

While Military or LE experience can add valuable insight, attributes that we find truly measure the quality of an instructor include:

Prior teaching experience
Communication skills
A calm and patient demeanor
The ability to actively demonstrate expert level aptitude in the skills they teach
Evidence of recent training, showing a willingness to continue their education and perfect their own skills and methods...

Who is Sword and Mind?


Your certified head instructor, Ashton Coleman, is a professional firearms instructor, skilled martial artist, and competitive shooter. In addition to regular practice and competition in pistol, rifle, and long range precision, Ashton continues his firearms education by frequently training with some of the top instructors and training facilities in the country and holds several certificates. Ashton has completed several hundreds of hours of advanced firearms and tactics training in various scenarios with a variety of weapons and instructors and holds a rank of Expert in pistol marksmanship from Gunsite Academy. Ashton has over 25 years experience as an instructor in a variety of life skills such as swimming, CPR & First Aid, self defense, and firearms.

At Sword and Mind, we take the best elements of our own real-world experience in addition to information from a variety of high-level training facilities and instructor curricula and pare that information down to what works the best. We apply our knowledge and experience of hands-on instruction in order to pass this information on to you: our valuable clients.


Ashton has trained with, among others, the following world-class instructors and brings elements of their knowledge and experience to his clients:

Walt Wilkinson
Walter Wilkinson served 30 years with the US Army, 26 of those with Special Operation Forces, retiring as a Sergeant Major. As a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant he trained foreign troops all across the Middle East and Africa in both US and Host Nation Weapon Systems and Tactics. After retiring he worked for 5 years in the Middle East with Blackwater as a Personal Protection Specialist with additional duties as a Heavy Weapons Instructor. Since 2010 as a competitive rifle shooter he has won 7 World Championships with a 50 BMG at 600 and 1000 yards and has finished in the top 5 in two “King Of 2 Miles” competitions.

Lew Gosnell
Lew Gosnell is currently a police supervisor in Southern California. A former Marine MP and marksman, he has been a long time IPSC and 3-Gun competitor, having won the Soldier of Fortune 3-Gun and Steel Challenge Shotgun championships. A police firearms instructor for over 20 years, he has also led a “High-Risk” warrant service team, and worked as a gang investigator and detective.

Steve Hendricks
Steve Hendricks’ experience in the use of force includes over 30 years as a Martial Arts Instructor, Firearms Rangemaster and Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor. He has 16 years experience as a Certified Peace Officer in California and Colorado serving as a Patrol Officer, and in Investigation, High Risk Warrant Service, Training VIP Protection Details and Supervisor. He spent two years with the US Department of Energy’s Non-Proliferation National Security Institutes Center Training Academy, as their Lead Instructor for Firearms Instructor Certification.

Mike Moore
Mike Moore is a retired Police Officer from Lafayette, LA where he served as a Patrol Officer, Robbery/Homicide Detective, Department Armorer, SWAT Sniper and lead Firearms Instructor. He has over 31 years experience as a firearms instructor and more than 36 years as a professional gunsmith.

Cory Trapp
Cory Trapp is a range master and long range precision instructor at Gunsite Academy.

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