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Judi Phelps

Range Owner/Operator & Staff Instructor

In addition to managing range operations, Judi holds multiple certifications including USCCA Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals Training Counselor; USCCA Certified Instructor for Women's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals;  USCCA Certified Instructor for Defensive Shooting Fundamentals - Level 1; NRA Chief Range Safety Officer; and, NRA Instructor for Pistol, Rifle & Refuse to be a Victim.

She is also certified in unarmed self-defense programs as a sdi7 HIIT Instructor and Commando Krav Maga Smart Safe Level 2 Instructor.

As a personal protection & self-defense enthusiast, Judi is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills with others.  She is especially focused on teaching other women ways to prepare and defend themselves against violence and uses her ladies club “Lead & Lace” to do so.

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General Counsel & Staff Instructor

Mike has a passion for teaching a variety of firearms, self-defense, tactical and wilderness emergency care courses for which he holds multiple certifications.

As a private practicing attorney with a firearms/self-defense focus for over two decades, he has also held a variety of roles including:

Chief Bailiff/Court Constable, Licensed Private Investigator, Security Supervisor, Special Deputy, State Investigator, Special Prosecutor, Protective Detail Team Leader, Special Counsel, Off Duty Law Enforcement (ODLE) Site Manager, OPOTA Guest Instructor, Judge Advocate, and Inspector General.

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Scott Phelps

VP of Information Services & Staff Instructor

Scott is an NRA Range Safety Officer and Instructor that holds credentials to teach the NRA Basic Pistol & Basic Rifle courses.

He is also a NASP-certified Basic Archery Instructor (BAI).

Scott honorably served in the U.S. Army as a Fire Control Systems Repairer (45G) and as a Squad Leader and Company Training NCO where he was responsible for ensuring that each soldier in the Company qualified annually with their respective firearms.

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Staff Instructor

Following his service in the United States Army, Mark served as a police officer throughout the state of Ohio and held various firearms instructor certifications for law enforcement officers throughout his tenure.

Upon retiring from the force after 25 years of service, Mark became an NRA Certified Instructor for Pistol and for Home Firearm Safety.

In addition to serving as an instructor, Mark is also instrumental in the design and build of targets and other equipment used on the OGD range.

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Staff Instructor

Jeff is an NRA Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer for OGD.

He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, and then retired honorably from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) after 24 years of service where he held a variety of leadership roles.

He is a certified instructor for multiple disciplines of firearms and self-defense instruction including Unarmed Self Defense, Field Training Officer, SWAT/Tactical Trainer, Supervision, Training & Staff Development, Critical Incident Management & High Risk Transportation.

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Staff Instructor

Mitch is the Lead Archery Instructor and is NASP Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) certified. He is also an NRA Range Safety Officer and Defense Training International (DTI) Certified Pistol Instructor.

Mitch assists in all aspects of range operations and maintenance as well.

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Staff Instructor

Katie is the Lead Instructor for our ladies only Krav Maga program at On Guard Defense. She is a certified Commando Krav Maga Level 2 Smart Safe Instructor and is passionate about teaching women unarmed self-defense techniques to help keep them safe.

Katie also provides support in our firearms classes and on the live-fire range.

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Staff Instructor

Stacy is an NRA Training Counselor; Certified Instructor for NRA Pistol, NRA Personal Protection in the Home and NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home; NRA Chief Range Safety Officer; and, a USCCA Training Counselor for Concealed Carry Á Home Defense Fundamentals.

Stacy epitomizes the mantra “Semper Fi!” having served our country for nearly two decades in the United States Marine Corps and achieving the rank of Captain as a Military Police Officer.

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As a lifetime shooter, Darin has practical experience with the use of all types of firearms. He has a passion for hunting, competing, and is an enthusiastic student of defensive training.

His advocacy for our individual right to keep and bear arms along with his commitment to teach others about the issues of being a concealed handgun licensee motivate him to help others learn how to safely handle and properly use firearms.

Darin is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer.

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Staff Instructor

Brad is a championship competitive shooter since 2001 and an NRA-ranked High Power Rifle Expert. He has won over 250 pistol matches, including NRA Action Pistol, Bull’s-eye and Service Rifle, CCW competitions, and Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) matches. He is a GSSF Scoring Official and Range Officer.

Brad supports OGD in coordinating the club leagues and by serving as an instructor for various courses.

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Chris is a retired veteran with 30 years of honorable service in the United States Army! During his service Chris trained over 30,000 soldiers on basic & advanced firearms techniques using various weapons. Chris is an asset to us in the classroom and on the range!

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Mike is a career peace officer who retired as a full-time firearms instructor from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Academy after 25 years of service.

He works with OGD primarily handling the annual OPOTC Law Enforcement Requalification Program for peace officers and qualified former officers under HR 218.

Mike served honorably as an enlisted soldier in the infantry and then retired as a Captain of Field Artillery from the Ohio Army National Guard. He was then commissioned into the Ohio Military Reserve, served and retired again, this time as a Colonel from the MP branch.

Contact Us

66211 Bethel Road
New Plymouth, Ohio  45654

(740) 596-1984

Thurs - Sat 10AM-6PM

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