David Manning


As Senior Rangemaster and Chief Firearms and Tactics instructor for the Santa Paula Police Department, his responsibilities for the last 22 years included firearms training and tactics, range qualification and less lethal training to all police officers including the SWAT and Sniper Teams on a monthly basis.

Dave Manning has been a “use of force” instructor for over 30 years.

He was the Vice President of Training for the California Rangemasters Association.

The CRA is a no-profit organization dedicated to improving firearm training standards for peace officers, and providing opportunities for law enforcement firearms instructors to test and evaluate new training methods, safety equipment, ammunition and less-lethal impact munitions.

Over that time he has concentrated his efforts in combining lethal with non-lethal force options to provide law enforcement officers with the tools that they need in their service to the community.

In 2008 he was invited to be a guest instructor at the 28th Annual Training Conference of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors

He holds several black belts and is currently studying IAIDO (Traditional Japanese Samurai Sword Martial Arts) and SHIN SHIN MUGENDO (Traditional Japanese Mixed Martial Arts). He recently graduated a 200 hour Yoga teacher training and is currently enrolled in a 300 hour Yoga teacher training. He teaches both Yoga and Martial Arts regularly.

He started the Tactical Firearms Training Institute as a formal training center for law enforcement and civilians.

As you can see from the following instructor ratings he is well versed in all use of force options. To date he has over 2500 hours of certified instructor and armorer ratings.

Master Pistol Instructor

SWAT Instructor
FBI Sacramento/POST (2016)

Master Firearms Instructor
I.A.L.E.F.I (2011)

SWAT Training Safety Officer
CATO (2015)

P.O.S.T Certified Firearms Instructor:
Fresno Police Department (2014) 1520-21740-14-001
Santa Paula Police Dept. (2009) 1072-21640-09-001
SLO County Sheriffs Dept. (2008) 2440-2164-07-001
Rio Hondo College (2004) 4410-21640-04-001
FBI Los Angeles (1999) 9670-21640-98-002

P.O.S.T Certified Tactical Rifle Instructor:
Burbank Police Department (2009) 1150-3211-09-001
Burbank Police Department (2008) 1150-3211-08-001
Morgan Consulting (2004) 1990-31801-03-004

P.O.S.T Certified Simunition FX® Instructor:
Huntington Beach PD (2005) 4170-21821-05-001
Huntington Beach PD (2002) 4170-21821-02-001
California Specialized Training Institute (1998)

P.O.S.T Certified ASP Expandable Baton Instructor:
Golden West College (2000) 2060-33573-00-003

S.T.C Certified Tactical Handgun Instructor
Standards and Training for Corrections (2008)
Program #1269-043763

Certified Less Lethal Munitions Instructor:
Defense Technology (2014)
Armor Holdings (2001)
MK Ballistic Systems (2001)
Royal Arms International (1999)

Advanced Taser Instructor:
Taser International (2006)

Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor:
Glock Inc. (2003)
Glock Inc. (2000)
Glock Inc. (1997)
Officer Survival in Low Light Conditions Instructor:
Surefire Institute (2002)

Certified Firearms Instructor:
John Farnam Defensive Training International
Affiliate Instructor (2005)
DTI Affiliate Instructor Concealed Carry Handgun (2003)
DTI Affiliate Instructor Patrol Rifle (2002)
DTI Affiliate Instructor Advance Handgun (2001)
DTI Affiliate Instructor (1999)

Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor:
NRA Law Enforcement Training Division
Patrol Rifle (2002) Tactical Handgun (2000)
Sniper Precision Rifle (2000)
Police Sub Machine Gun (1999)
Tactical Shooting (1996)
Handgun/Shotgun (1996)
Patrol Rifle (1996)
Long Range Rifle (1996)

Training Counselor – Instructor National Rifle Association (1995)

Certified Black Belt & Black Belt Instructor:
Shin Shin Mugendo
Tae Kwon Do (1990)
United States Tae Kwon Do Union

Factory Certified Armorer:
Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols (2008)
Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Rifles (2007)
Colt M16/AR15 Rifles (2003)
Colt M16/AR15 Rifles (2000)
SIG Arms Pistols (2005)
SIG Arms Pistols (1999)
Glock Pistols (2015)
Glock Pistols (2003)
Glock Pistols (2000)
Glock Pistols (1997)
Mossberg Shotguns (2005)
Mossberg Shotguns (2001)
Springfield Armory M1A (2005)

Certified Rangemaster & Chief Range Safety Officer:
California Rangemasters Association (2009)
California Rangemasters Association (2007)
California Rangemasters Association (2006)
California Rangemasters Association (2004)
National Rifle Association (2002)
National Rifle Association (2001)
National Rifle Association (1998)

California Board Of Corrections Certified Courses Presented:
Tactical Handgun Instructor Course (2008)
Tactical Handgun Instructor Course (2003)

Other Courses Attended:
Police Training Consultants (Ron Frigulti)
Critical Incident Management Course (2007)
SWAT Emergency Response (2007)
High Risk Entry Course (2007)
Tactical Firearms Instructor Development Course (2004)
SWAT Instructor Course (2004)
Basic SWAT Course (2003)
SWAT In-service (2002)
SWAT Sniper/Observer re-Certification (2002)
Advanced Sniper/Observer Course (2001)
Basic Police Sniper Course (2001)
High Risk Entry Course (2001)
Firearms Instructor re-certification (2001) (2010)

American Firearms Training and Tactics
Advanced Sniper Course (2001)

HSS International
Urban & Rural Sniper/Counter Sniper Training (2000)
Advanced Sniper School (2000)

Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Tactics/Covert and Crisis Entry (2000) POST #2060-33575-00-003

San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Department
Advanced Vehicle Stops (2007) POST #2330-20831-06-002

National Rifle Association (Life Member)
California Association of Tactical Officers
International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors California Rangemasters Association
Ojai Valley Gun Club Public Shoot Day Chairman; Board Member

Current US Passport
Vice President of Training, California Rangemasters Association
NFA Firearms Permit & Federal Firearm License holder

California Department of Justice Dangerous Weapons Permits:
Assault Weapons Short Barreled Shotgun/Rifle Destructive Device Machine Gun

Match Director:
Proskopathlon -”The Ultimate Sniper Test”
Keneyathlon -”The Ultimate Hunters Test”

Team Captain:
SOF 3 Gun World Championships

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