Instructor Tim Milligan

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I have been instructing shooters in firearms use for over 25 years. Starting out just helping out friends, family and fellow shooters on local ranges as a hobby. Teaching shooting to others is today a passion. After becoming a Correctional Officer (now retired) I became a little more serious teaching shooting skills and I began teaching fellow officers and helping them to meet the weapons qualification standards of the IDOC. Over ten years ago I opened T-M Firearms Training and began teaching defensive shooting and self-defense on a professional level. Over the years I have been afforded the opportunity to train with some of the best trainers in the world. As a Correctional Officer at a maximum-security penitentiary training requirements increased, I became a member of the penitentiary emergency squad and served there for five years training with some of the best in the state. During my Correctional career I maintained professional firearms permit as a Correctional Officer and a Senior Correctional Officer (Sergeant) and a Non-professional Permit to Carry Weapons. Today as the owner of T-M Firearms Training I teach defensive shooting on many levels, and I continue to expand my knowledge and experience by training with the best trainers and organizations in the world. I hold multiple certifications as a trainer in both public and private sectors and continue to add to them. I hold certifications with the NRA, USCCA, and the IDOC as an instructor and Training Counselor with the USCCA. I am a 6th Dan in Bushi Tai Jutsu, have been a competitive shooter, and have personal experience in the Use of Force. I have Military, Law Enforcement and private sector training and experience. I am very passionate and driven to help others become better shooters and educate them as responsible gun owners. I want my students to be better at gun handling and have better marksmanship skills at the end of the class than they were when they arrived, and I am very successful in achieving this goal through the use of proven and realistic training methodology.



Current Certifications and Training

NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

NRA Certified Refuse to be a Victim Instructor

NRA Range Safety Officer

NRA Certified Distinguished Expert Marksman in pistol and revolver.

US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Certified Training Counselor

US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Certified Instructor (

US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Defensive Shooting Fundamentals 1

US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Defensive Shooting Fundamentals 2

US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Countering the Mass Shooter Threat

Combat Focus Shooting and Advanced Pistol Handling course completion. (With Rob Pincus)

Combat Focus Carbine course completion. (With Rob Pincus)

Vickers Tactical Handgun 1 Course Completion (With Larry Vickers, Vickers Tactical)

Vickers Tactical Handgun/Carbine 2 Course Completion (with Larry Vickers, Vickers Tactical)

Completion of Martial Artists Firearms Skill Development Course (with Rob Pincus)

Completion of Martial Artist’s Firearms Training Instructor Development Course.  (with Rob Pincus)

Intuitive Sighted Fire Instructor Development (with A.D.S.I. Rob Pincus)

On Combat Course (Grossman Academy, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)

Iowa Dept of Corrections Personal Safety/Defensive Tactics Instructor (6 years)

Bushi Tai Jutsu 6th Dan