David Manning


Dave Manning has been a use of force” instructor for over 30 years. Over that time he has concentrated his efforts in combining lethal with non-lethal force options to law enforcement officers so that they have the skills needed in their service to the community.

He recently retired after serving as Senior Rangemaster and Chief weapons and tactics instructor for the Santa Paula Police Department. His responsibilities for the last 21 years included: Weapons and tactics training, range qualification and less lethal weapons training to all police officers. He has been on the SWAT Team for over 15 years and is responsible for all their weapons and tactics training.

Dave has been training in the martial arts for over 50 years. 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 wrote and teaches a P.O.S.T “TRAIN THE TRAINER” Firearms Instructor Courses and has certified hundreds of POLICE firearms instructors across the state of California.

In 1994 he started the Tactical Firearms Training Institute as a formal training center for law enforcement and civilians. www.tacfire.com. He has been certifying people to carry concealed weapons for the Ventura County Sheriff for 25 years.

Dave has over 3000 hours of certified instructor ratings. Here are just some highlights:

SWAT Instructor FBI /POST
Master Firearms Instructor I.A.L.E.F.I
SWAT Training Safety Officer C.A.T.O
Master Pistol Instructor SIG Academy
Less Lethal Weapons Instructor Defense Technologies
Advanced Taser Instructor Taser International
Factory Certified Armorer: Glock, SIG Arms, Colt, Mossberg, S&W, M&P

2nd DAN Black Belt (NIDAN) Shin Shin Mugendo
2nd DAN Black Belt(NIDAN) Iaido
1st  DAN Black Belt Tae Kwon DO

World Paddle Board Association Instructor

200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher

SUP Yoga Teacher


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 Firearms Instructor Course Presenter:
Santa Paula Police Dept. (2017 to date 1072-21640-17-0010
Santa Paula Police Dept. (2011) 1072-21640-10-002
Santa Paula Police Dept. (2010) 1072-21640-10-001
Rio Hondo College (2007) 4410-21640-07-001
Rio Hondo College (2006) 4410-21640-06-001

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

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 Presenter
Standards and Training for Corrections (2008) Program #1269-043763       

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)

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

Less Lethal Trainer Instructor:
Royal Arms International (1999)

Advanced Taser Instructor:
Taser International (2006)

Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor:
Glock Inc. (2015)
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)
Defensive Training International Affiliate Instructor Concealed Carry Handgun (2003)
Defensive Training International Affiliate Instructor Patrol Rifle (2002)
Defensive Training International Affiliate Instructor Advance Handgun (2001)
Defensive Training International Affiliate Instructor (1999)

Training Counselor – Instructor
National Rifle Association (1995)

Certified Black Belt & Black Belt Instructor:
Soshoryu Shinheihodo NI DAN (2015)
Soshoryu Shinheihodo SHO DAN (2013)
Shin Shin Mugendo NI DAN (2013)
Shin Shin Mugendo SHO DAN (2010)
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)

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)
Firearms Instructor Re-certification (2001, 2010)
Advanced Sniper/Observer Course  (2001)
Basic Police Sniper Course (2001)
Tactical Firearms Instructor Development Course (2004)
High Risk Entry Course (2001)
High Risk Entry Course (2007)
SWAT Emergency Response (2007)
SWAT In-service (2002)
SWAT Sniper/Observer re-Certification (2002)
Critical Incident Management Course (2007)
Basic SWAT Course (2003)
SWAT Instructor Course (2004)

Defensive Training International  (John Farnam)
Basic Defensive Handgun (2 Day)     (1997)
Urban Rifle for Police (2 Day)           (1998)

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)
CATO California Association of Tactical Officers
IALEFI International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
CRA California Rangemasters Association

Current US Passport
Federal Firearm License holder

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

Team Captain:
SOF 3 Gun World Championships

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

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