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 5 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. He teaches our Intro to Pistol Class, Fundamentals of Conceal Carry Class, Practical Conceal Carry Class, Fundamentals of Home Defense Handgun 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.
Nick Dillman
Firearms Instructor, Retail Team Lead
Nick began shooting at age 10. Growing up in Iowa, his great grandfather and Dad taught him how to shoot rifles and shotguns at an early age. Nick spent a lot of time bird hunting in the Midwest until he got his first AR at age 18.... and he was hooked! Ever since, the AR platform has been Nick's favorite. Nick is an avid shooter who is very focused on learning new things and current/relevant trends in the shooting sports. He likes to focus on the "why" behind what we do, as well as the bio-mechanics and mental processes of individuals during stressful situations. Nick is a certified Bristlecone Instructor and teaches Intro to Pistol, Intro to AR, 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.

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