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Who are we?

Gladiator Defense Group is a proud Veteran owned and operated company out of the Carlsbad/San Angelo, Texas area. Operating for 13+ years Gladiator Defense Group owns and maintains 2 private 575 yard shooting range specializing in pistol, shotgun, and rifle. 

Gladiator Defense Group is a full service company offering on campus courses as well as offering mobile courses.  

We are a company dedicated to educating the armed and unarmed citizen as well as supporting Law Enforcement, First Responders, Active Military, as well as Veterans. 

Remember this about training. “Every day you don’t, someone else is!”


About the Owners

Carl McCoy


  • United States Marine Corps 1990 - 1996  Infantry Trained / Ammunition Technician/ Demolition NCO

  • Oaklahoma Army National Guard 1996 - 1998 Infantry NCO

  • State of Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Graduate / 2nd in class of 1998

  • State of Kansas Fulltime Law Enforcement 1998 - 2001 Defensive Tactics Instructor

  • United States Army 2001 - 2004 Ammunition / Explosives Technician NCO, Attended Fort Hood, EOD Selection course 2002, Company pistol / rifle marksmanship training NCO 01-04

  • Iraq War 03-04 Task Force 1/66 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division/101 st Airborne

  • State of Texas Investigator 2004 - Present

  • Kansas Law Enforcement - Training Lieutenant 2017 - Present

  • Kansas Law Enforcement - SWAT Officer / Designated Marksman 2017 - Present


  • Sigma 3 - Basic and Advanced Bushcraft Survival Certification

  • Sigma 3 - Wilderness and Urban SERE Certified

  • Badlands Tactical - Advanced Phase 1 Sniper Rifle Course (CLEET Course #15-2583)

  • Badlands Tactical - Urban Sniper Course (CLEET Course #15-2588)

  • Badlands Tactical - Advanced Phase II Sniper Rifle Course

  • Badlands Tactical - Basic SWAT Operator / Entry CQB (Close Quarters Battle)

  • Badlands Tactical - Basic Long Range Precision (Sniper) Rifle

  • American College of Surgeons - Certified Instructor for Trauma Bleeding Control

  • Certified DPS / LTC Instructor

  • HDC - Fighting Trauma

  • TLS - Gunshot Wound Trauma

  • Board of Surgeon's Stop the Bleed Instructor

  • Trojan International Defense Group:

    • Advanced High Threat Protection (PSD) & Security Risk Mgt Course​

    • Advanced Counter Terrorism & Urban Warfare Course

    • Advanced Security Driving Course

    • Advanced Surveillance & Intelligence Gathering Course 

  • Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT):

    • Certified Active Shooter Response / Certified Instructor​

    • Mechanical / Ballistic Breaching Instructor

  • DPS Level III & Level IV Private Security Training Company

  • DPS Level III & Level IV Private Security Instructor

  • DPS Texas School Safety & Security Instructor & Registry

NRA - Certifications: 

  • NRA LEO Instructor

  • NRA Pistol / Shotgun / Patrol Rifle / Precision Rifle

  • Range Safety Officer

  • NRA Marksmanship and Training Program


  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

  • Disabled American Veterans

  • American Legion

  • Proud supporter of Wounded Warriors and a new member of Tram Red White Blue

About Carl:

Carl was a part of the invasion push that started at the Kuwait border and ended in the Northern most city of Mosul, Iraq on the Turkish border. He was attached to the 101st in Mosul and then returned to his parent unit of 4ID in Sammara, Iraq. His parent unit 1st Brigade 4ID captured Saddam outside Tikrit, Iraq just 40 somewhat miles from his station in Sammara. Carl worked the first 6 month’s of his tour directly with the Scout Platoon/MP Platoon as the Demolition NCO and conducted countless raids with them capturing and destroying thousands of pounds of insurgent weapons and explosives. He also worked with and supported the imbeded ODA Team at Sammara. He then worked directly with an EOD team attached to 1/66 task force and helped conduct counter IED and insurgent demolition of countless munitions and explosives.

Tanis McCoy


  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Major Agricultural Business


  • Education Paraprofessional 1997 - 2001, 2007 - 2016

  • US Army Family Readiness Group Organizer 2001 - 2004

  • Water Valley Business Manager 2016 - 2023


  • Certified DPS / LTC Instructor

  • GDG - Instructor Anti-Kidnapping / Self-Defense

  • GDG - Intermediate & Advanced Pistol

  • GDG - Basic Carbine / Rifle 

  • GDG - Mid Range Marksmanship

  • GDG - Real World Trauma

  • HDC - Fighting Trauma

  • DPS Level III & Level IV Private Security Training Company

  • DPS Level III & Level IV Private Security Instructor

  • DPS Texas School Safety & Security Instructor & Registry

NRA - Certifications:

  • NRA Pistol / Shotgun / Patrol Rifle / Precision Rifle

  • NRA Range Safety Officer

About Tanis:

Tanis had never fired a gun prior to when her and Carl met. They have been

married for 29 years. Tanis is an avid hunter and has been training with Carl

throughout the marriage. She is an excellent instructor in the arts of the pistol

for women and the defensive pistol 1 and 2 courses outlined in the NRA

marksmanship program. She trains vigorously with her Glock 34, 12 gauge,

.243, AR platform, defensive tactics in open hand and edge weapons.

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