Certified Instructors

All of our classes and private instruction courses are taught by certified trainers from a variety of backgrounds and training schools.

Nic Heimsoth

Nic Heimsoth is the Operations Manager for Training and Events at Target Time Defense. Nic holds certifications as a certified NRA Instructor and Chief RSO. 
He holds several USN instructor certifications to include: small arms marksmanship, crew served
weapons, non-lethal weapons, anti-terrorism training supervisor, and master training specialist.
During his 20-year career, Nic served as a Senior Chief Gunners Mate specializing in major caliber gun and missile systems, small arms, crew served weapons, tactics and employment. He was responsible for training naval forces personnel on marksmanship, weapons employment, weapons tactics, self-defense and Law Enforcement techniques.
Nic led, trained and implemented Naval Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) teams that were
responsible for enforcing sanctions on Iraq and combating piracy in the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and the waters off of the Horn of Africa, as well as training foreign navies and special forces on boarding tactics and employment.
He has visited over 30 countries on 5 continents serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan including the
following ships and commands: USS John S. McCain DDG-56 (Yokosuka, Japan), Naval Training Support Center (Virginia Beach, Virginia), USS San Jacinto CG-56 (Norfolk, Virginia), Naval Recruiting Station Gladstone (Kansas City, Missouri), Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit (Kandahar, Afghanistan), USS Zumwalt (Bath, Maine), USS George H.W. Bush CVN-77 (Norfolk, Virginia).
In addition to his normal duties, Nic has served as a competitive marksman having been selected to the All Navy Rifle and Pistol team, representing the United States Navy at levels of competition to include the inter-service championships and CMP and NRA national championships.
Nic has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Expert Rifle and Pistol Medals and various other personal and command achievements.

Rick Gerken

MO SMART certified; First Shots; Basic & Ladies Basic Pistol; Individual Training. Rick served as a law enforcement officer in eastern Jackson County for 30 years. He is a former field Investigator for OPM, with duties to conduct National Security Clearance Background Investigations. Most recently, he was a Range Safety Officer for the Missouri Department of Conservation, and holds current NRA Instructor certifications in Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside The Home, Personal Protection Outside The Home, and Home Firearm Safety. “We can teach the skills and knowledge, you bring the attitude” - Rick.

Glen Hoerman

Teaches Get To Know Your AR & Accessorize Your AR classes. Glen is a certified Glock Armor; AR-15 and M-4 Armor. New AR owners clamor to Glen to glean from his encyclopedic knowledge of the AR platform in care, maintenance, and accessorizing their firearm, as well as work on the range with their stance to improve their shooting skills. "The expert has missed more times than the beginner has tried." -Unknown