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Judi Phelps

Range Owner/Operator & Staff Instructor

Judi holds various certifications including USCCA Training Counselor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Commando Krav Maga Level 2 Smart Safe Instructor & more.

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 teach them 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 a USCCA Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, and is certified to teach 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), 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

Jeff is a USCCA Certified Instructor, NRA Pistol Instructor & NRA Range Safety Officer.

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

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 25-year tenure.

Mark is a USCCA Certified Instructor and NRA Certified Instructor for Pistol & 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

William "Bill" Watkins is a United States Army combat veteran having served for 10 years as a Military Police Officer in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield & Desert Storm. His attention to detail and commitment to safety makes him an asset on the range to assist shooters of all skill levels on how to be safe and competent gun operators and defensive shooters.

Bill is a USCCA Certified Instructor for Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals. His primary role at On Guard Defense is teaching our concealed carry and defensive rifle courses.

He resides in neighboring West Virginia where he is also a certified firefighter.

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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 committed to 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 as a certified NRA Range Safety Officer.

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Food Service Manager

Debbie serves as Food Service Manager for our onsite eatery - Velvet Revolver Cafe - opening Spring 2020.

She retired from the medical field having served 27 years as a Paramedic & 13 years as a Registered Nurse. Prior to that, Debbie spent many years working in food service management.  She is also a life-long firearms & hunting enthusiast.

Debbie's skills & career background make her an integral part of operations at On Guard Defense.

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Range Safety Officer

Tyler is an honorable veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

His knowledge & expertise with various rifle systems makes him a valuable asset whether on the firing line helping students zeroing their rifles or assisting with our defensive rifle courses.

He is also a certified NRA 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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Staff Instructor

Quincy 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.

Quincy 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.

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Range Security

Willow’s friends call her “Boo-Boo”. Our daughter found her abandoned as a pup in the Wayne National Forest almost nine years ago and she has been our loyal & loving fur baby ever since.

But don’t let her pretty face fool you, if she senses a threat she will take it out – much like her mama!!

Visitor Attractions

There is so much to see and do in our neck of the woods which is why the Hocking Hills hosts nearly 2 million visitors annually! 

Whether visiting from Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati or beyond, book an event at On Guard Defense where we're making shooting ranges great again!