Bristlecone Instructors

Bryan Clark
Firearms Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Owner of Bristlecone
Bryan originally got in to firearms for personal defense reasons in 2005. His research and education for personal/home defense reasons turned in to a recreational love of the sport. He has been competing for 5 years in IDPA and USPSA Matches, and runs Bristlecone’s weekly Bowling Pin Matches. He became a certified Range Safety Officer in 2014 and a certified Reality Based Training Instructor in 2016. Bryan is also an NRA certified pistol instructor and the Range Director for Bristlecone's USPSA matches. Bryan teaches our Intro to Competitive Shooting Class and Shoot House Classes.
Cindy DeSplinter
Firearms Instructor, Retail Sales
Cindy was born and raised in a small town in NE Texas. Cindy grew up shooting Competition Skeet as well as hunting with her father. In 2012, Cindy started shooting USPSA as well as 3Gun in late 2014. Cindy currently shoots for Troy Industries on their 3 Gun team. She has a passion for introducing people to firearms and providing proper fundamentals and firearms safety for a successful ownership/training journey from the very start. When Cindy isn’t shooting, you will probably find her in the mountains hiking, snowboarding, traveling or just hanging out with friends. Cindy is an NRA , I.C.E, and Bristlecone Certified Instructor. She teaches our Intro to Pistol, CCW, Practical CCW, Home Defense, Basic Threat Awareness, Home Defense with Handgun classes, as well as our Youth Club and is available for private instruction upon request.
Travis Gilliland
Firearms Instructor, Range Safety Officer
Travis Gilliland learned to shoot at a young age while hunting with his father. He competed in minor competitions over the years and served in the Marines for 4 years, where he was a four-time rifle expert shooter and yearly rifle qualifier. While serving, Travis trained Marines on service rifle manipulation, handling and use of rifles in vehicles and close quarters scenarios and specialized in breaching, room clearing, demolitions and rocket usage. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as a vehicle commander and rifleman on foot patrols. Travis graduated from the Colorado School of Trades with a degree in Gunsmithing. He enjoys teaching youth and new shooters how to safely handle and operate firearms. Travis is an NRA Certified Pistol and Bristlecone Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer. He teaches our Tactical Rifle Training Courses, and is available for private instruction upon request.
Steve MacGregor
Firearms Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Retail Sales Lead

Steve was born and raised in Colorado. He was introduced to firearms at a young age when his older brother and father took him hunting with them. Steve has been shooting for 30 years, he has been carrying a defensive handgun for 7 years. Steve started working at Bristlecone in December of 2015 in the retail department and became a retail Sales Lead in April of 2017. In 2016 he received Bristlecone Instructor Certification and Range Safety Officer Certification. In 2017 he received the Defensive Firearms Coaching Certification, NRA Basic Pistol Certification and NRA Instructor Certification. In 2018 Steve received his instructor certification through USCCA to teach USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals, also Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Level 1. Steve was certified by the state of Utah as a Concealed Firearm Permit Instructor. He teaches our Intro to Pistol Class, Fundamentals of Conceal Carry Class, Practical Conceal Carry Class, Fundamentals of Home Defense Handgun Class, USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Level 1, Utah Non-Resident Concealed Firearm Permit Class and is available for private instruction upon request. Steve possesses cutting edge empirical training curriculum, which he takes pride in teaching to his students.

Steve Hartel
Firearms Instructor, Range Safety Officer
After 25 years back East, Steve recently returned to Colorado where he grew up. Steve started hunting with his father at a young age and learned all about rifles. As an adult, Steve discovered pistols and fell in love! He has been an NRA Pistol and Personal Protection Instructor for 20 years and an NRA Training Counselor for 10 years. Since returning to Colorado, Steve has also become an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Rifle and Shotgun Instructor. In addition to his extensive NRA training, Steve has been trained at the Lethal Force Institute, the American Small Arms Academy, and Defense Associates. When he was living in Boston, Steve became a Certified Basic Firearms Safety Instructor with the Massachusetts State Police and was the Chief Handgun Instructor for the Andover Sportsmen’s Club. He also worked as a Security Officer with Allied-Barton Security Services. Steve volunteers with the Boy Scout Venturing Crew youth group that meets at Bristlecone and teaches shooting safety to boys and girls age 14-20. Steve loves teaching and is particularly good at explaining complicated concepts in easy-to-understand language. Whether you are an experienced shooter looking to up your shooting game or a never-touched-a-gun before person who wants a gentle introduction to guns, Steve can be a great resource for you. Steve currently teaches Intro to Pistol, Fundamentals of Concealed Carry, Family Firearms Safety and is available for private instruction upon request.
Jim Rockwood
Firearms Instructor
Jim lived back East outside of Philadelphia for 25 years and moved to Colorado 5 years ago. He served in the military and was an instructor a the Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning where he taught hand-to-hand and light demolitions. After the military, Jim worked part time at another gun range teaching basic firearms instruction. In 1992 he got into competition shooting; USPSA, 3-gun, shotgun steel, IPSC, and most recently bowling pins at Bristlecone. Jim has had a concealed carry permit for 27 years and teaches the competitive shooting classes at Bristlecone (Intro to Bowling Pins and USPSA level II). He is here every Monday for pins and is available for private lessons.
Tanner Noland
Range Lead, Firearms Instructor

Tanner Noland learned to shoot at an early age with his father here in his home state of Colorado. Tanner has been shooting for over a decade while working at various ranges in the metro area. He has experience with a number of platforms from semiautomatic to bolt action rifles, handguns, and shotguns. In 2018, Tanner received his NRA certification as a Range Safety Officer and is the Range Lead at Bristlecone Shooting, Training & Retail Center. Tanner is a concealed carry permit holder who has been carrying concealed for 5 years. Tanner is a Certified Bristlecone Instructor and teaches our Intro to Pistol classes, Lunchtime Locked & Loaded Drill Sessions and is available for private instruction upon request.

Filipp Dedogryuk
Retail Associate/Range Safety Officer/Firearms Instructor

Filipp was born in Moscow, Russia and has been living in Colorado for the past 20 years. He started off with martial arts and archery before being introduced to firearms in college. After a few close encounters as a delivery driver, Filipp was spurred on to learn about the defensive uses of a pistol and accquired a CCW. Filipp became an NRA Instructor in 2017 in Pistol, Shotgun, and Family Firearm Safety and is an NRA Distinguished Expert in Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun. Filipp is also a Bristlecone certified instructor.  On days off, Filipp enjoys shooting muzzleloaders, archery, tomahawks, fencing, and practicing martial arts and is interested in learning about the properties of a bearded axe.  Filipp teaches Intro to Pistol, Intro to Shotgun, and Family Intro to Firearms.  He is also available for private instruction.

John Hess
Firearms Instructor

John Hess was born and raised in Orange County, California. At 18 he joined the US Army in 2006 as a Cav Scout, serving for 8 years. His career started with an overseas tour to Korea after which he was reassigned to the 2-8 Infantry Regiment Reconnaissance Platoon, Shadow Platoon, at Fort Carson, Colorado where he served his remaining 7 years. From Fort Carson he deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. He has conducted over 500 missions in combat in every Light and Heavy Recon capacity as well as held positions of Team Leader, Squad Leader and Master Gunner. He has led Recon Patrols, Infantry Patrols, Long Range Interdiction and Precision Laser Designator Teams, Small Kill Teams and Brigade Level Advanced Marksmanship Training. He has participated in Signals Intel Raids, an in-country Special Forces Indigenous Force Training Programs, Tactical Counter-Intelligence and various HUMIT and Civil Affairs Operations. As a Master Gunner he has written and executed Battalion level training including force-on-force and pyrotechnic supported training and supervised Brigade level Gunnery; integrating fires from 9mm to 155mm platforms.

John has worked with militaries from around the world and is a Farsi Linguist, serving as a back-up translator in Afghanistan. In the military, John began shooting USPSA, Tactical Rifle and 3-Gun Competitions and highly recommends them to anyone who carries a gun. After leaving the military at the beloved rank of Sergeant, he deployed to the US Virgin Islands to support hurricane recovery operations in 2017. He has been teaching CCW classes and Civilian Marksmanship as an NRA Certified Instructor for the last two years.  John teaches ReAct training sessions in the Bristlecone Shoot House.

Kyle Fitchner
Range Safety Officer/Firearms Instructor

Kyle began shooting competitively in college and has pursued that passion both professionally and personally since.  He joined the Army in 2007, serving until the Fall of 2018.  During his service he deployed five times; both to Iraq and Afghanistan, with several units including 10th Mountain, 75th Ranger Regiment and the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat team out of Fort Bliss, TX.  His final assignments were with the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade as a Ranger Instructor in the mountain phase of Ranger school and then with the 507th PIR responsible for the Airborne, Jumpmaster and Pathfinder courses. He served in numerous leadership positions throughout his career and trained on various weapon systems, from small arms and precision weapons to crew served weapon systems as well as their employment across numerous environments including MOUT, woodland, mountains, swamps / jungle & extreme cold weather. Kyle teaches the Lunchtime Locked & Loaded drills, Security Team Tactics and gives carbine instruction at Bristlecone.

Most of Bristlecone’s Range Safety Officers are certified to give private instruction upon request.