Instructors

Liz

Liz started shooting at the young age of 4 and has been passionate about firearms ever since. She started at Ted’s as an outside NRA Instructor and bought in as one of the majority Owners shortly after Amanda became Manager. She loves empowering women and bringing new shooters into the firearms industry.

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First gun: Browning Lever action 22lr

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Favorite Donut: Glazed

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Favorite Quote: “No, I’m not Ted…”

AMANDA

Employed at Ted’s since December of 2010, Amanda is the Manager and longest standing employee. She is a certified NRA Instructor and has had a passion for firearms since a young age. Despite staying intensely involved with day to day operations of Ted’s Shooting Range she also manages to race in triathlons and scuba dive her way around the world.

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First gun: Ruger 10/22 22lr

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Favorite Donut: Chocolate With Sprinkles

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Favorite Quote: “Is anyone else Hungry?”



Scott

Scott brings over a quarter century of experience as a Federal Agent with the Department of Justice and over 15 years experience with a regional tactical team. Scott is a Tactics, DHS Certified Firearms, and NRA Instructor. He has extensive experience in teaching both handgun and long gun use, but he most enjoys instructing people on concealed carry and shooting from concealment.

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First gun: Glock 17 Gen 1 9mm

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Favorite Donut: Los Favs Carne Asada Fries

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Favorite Quote: “Get off my lawn. Now.”

KYLE

Kyle has been with Ted’s for over 3 years as an instructor. He works closely with new shooters of all age groups including the Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts of America. Whatever your skill level, Kyle can provide a safe and friendly learning experience that can take you from firing your first shots to more progressive skill levels that will meet your individual goals. He is an avid outdoorsman and firearms enthusiast with years of experience. He is a certified NRA Instructor for Pistol, Rifle, and Personal Protection in the Home.

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First gun: CZ Rami 9mm

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Favorite Donut: Bosa Maple Bars

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Favorite Quote: “Rub some dirt on it and get back out there.”

John

John proudly served as a former Marine Infantryman, Sergeant, and Section Leader. He now helps Ted’s as an NRA instructor ranging in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, and Personal Protection. John enjoys assisting people developing a self defense mindset, plan, and tactics.

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First gun: Mossberg 500 Persuader 12ga

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Favorite Donut: Freedom

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Quote: “Where is mah coffee at?”

RYAN

Ryan is a retired U.S. Marine Infantryman Squad Leader. He went on 4 deployments and was a O3XX Military Operations in Urban Terrain Instructor at School of Infantry West. He also served on the Sniper Team for the Tactical Support Unit for Arizona Department of Corrections. Ryan brings not only his knowledge and experience, but his enthusiasm to the team to train all skill levels from beginner to professional.

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First gun: Glock 30 45acp.

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Favorite Donut: Steak

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Favorite Quote: “I play for keeps. Oorah.”

Dez Mendes

Dez has been with Ted’s Shooting Range since 2018. It was a combination of shooting rifles as a child and working at Ted’s Shooting Range she developed a love for handguns. So much so, that she proudly owns a few handguns and joined the awesome team of TSR instructors. Her favorite thing about teaching is simply enriching the student with the knowledge of handling a firearm safely and by doing so, it takes the fear of being around a firearm and turns it into a positively fun and exhilarating sport!

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First gun: Canik TP-9 SFT (That’s not the last)

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Favorite Donut: LaMar’s Bars – Bavarian Cream

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Favorite Quote: “I’m your Huckleberry!”

Malin Jensen

From a small, cold country up in the north called Sweden, Malin packed her bags and moved to Arizona November 2018. Growing up in a country where firearms are not openly embraced by the many people unless you’re a hunter or part of a shooting team, it was definitely not her plan to start working with firearms. That quickly changed as soon as she picked up her first firearm. Malin started working with TSR in November 2019. Falling in love with the sport and embracing the American freedom she now loves to teach other new shooters firearm safety, make them comfortable, overcome their fears and help others start their firearm journey!

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First gun: Sig P365

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Favorite Donut: Svensk Räkmacka (Swedish Shrimp Sandwich)

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Favorite Quote: “Hej Allihopa!”

JT

JT is a New York City native, US Army combat veteran, and former security contractor. He possesses degree(s) in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis (SSDA), and Exercise Science (EXS) with national certifications as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F). He has consulted and coached domestic and foreign military/law enforcement personnel, and civilians in behavioral-based practical pistol/carbine tactics and athletic-functional performance.

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Favorite firearm: Glock 19

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Favorite donut: Maple Bourbon

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Favorite saying: Always be yourself! Unless you can be Batman, them always be Batman.

David Stevens

Born and raised in AZ, Firearms where always a part of David’s Life even as a kid. Weekend trips up north where just excuses to go shooting with dad. Now Firearms are just a part  of his everyday.  Training when ever possible with various companies to continually push his skill set David brings his love for firearms and mindset to each of his students. 

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First gun: (Shot- bolt action 22lr)

Purchased -Springfield XDM sub compact 9mm

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Favorite Donut: Apple Fritter

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Quote: “it can’t rain all the time”

Tiffany Mahoney

Tiffany is a certified NRA Instructor who loves firearms, in fact she wants them all. It was her daughter Ashley who got her interested in firearms by asking for one for her 18th birthday. That’s what got her started and she hasn’t looked back. She loves teaching and getting others interested in firearms and handling them safely. She is very patient and makes you comfortable and confident out on the range.

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First gun: Springfield Armory XDS 9mm

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Favorite Donut: All of them!

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Favorite Quote: “don’t let anyone else determine your happiness”

Aimee Garcia

Aimee have been working at Ted’s Shooting Range since 2018. She’s a certified pistol instructor and range safety officer. She developed the passion of shooting while working at Ted’s and her goal is seeing her students become more confident and progress in their shooting. 

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First gun: Glock 19 Gen 3

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Favorite Donut: “Boston Creme & Glazed"

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Favorite Quote: "I will remember and recover, not forgive and forget."

David Didericksen

David has been with Ted’s since 2018. He is a certified NRA instructor for handgun, rifle and shotgun. He has also competed in trap, skeet, and USPSA. David has been passionate about firearms his entire life and on several occasions referred to as the gun savant by family and friends. If you need help picking out a firearm, or just wanna chat about them, he’s the guy.

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First gun: Franchi 712 shotgun

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Favorite donut: Bosa cake donut

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Favorite quote: “So you’re telling me there’s a chance”