Instructors

Top Gun Academy’s Chief Instructor, Will Dougan, has been a state-certified firearms instructor since 2002. Over the years, he has instructed well over 10,000 students: civilian, police, and military personal. He has consulted for the likes of the Memphis Police Training Academy, Discovery Channel International, Alpine Armory, University of Tennessee, Mississippi State University and many others. He has trained people from all walks of life: from 80-year-old grandmothers to SWAT operatives and everything in between. He is certified to instruct by the NRA, Fox Labs, ASP, Rangemaster, and holds certificates from dozens of the most prestigious shooting and defensive schools in the country.

John has extensive experience conducting training/coaching both on the range and in the classroom.  The focus of his instruction experience ranges from an introduction to handguns and long guns for novice shooters, permit classes and tactical pistol/rifle for more advanced students.  He enjoys seeing students gain confidence through applied teaching and training.

 

Instruction Experience:

  • Top Gun Academy Lead Instructor September 2019 to Present
  • Golden Triangle Defensive Tactics Lead Instructor 2014 – August 2019
  • Rangemaster Lead Instructor 2011-2014

Training Credentials:

  • State certified handgun instructor Tennessee
  • State certified handgun instructor Mississippi
  • NRA Pistol Instructor
  • Rangemaster Certified Instructor
  • Rangemaster Advanced Instructor
  • Factory Certified Glock Armorer
  • Fox Labs OC Instructor
  • Rangemaster Handgun Training Level 1-5
  • Combative Pistol
  • Essential Pistol Skills
  • Defensive Shotgun 1-2
  • Low Light Shotgun Tactics
  • Advanced Defensive Shotgun
  • Essential Carbine Skills
  • Defensive Baton
  • Active Shooter Response Intervention
  • Dynamic Marksmanship Carbine / Rifle
  • Fighting Pistol – Tactical Response
  • Field Action Medical Training – Tactical Response
  • Force on Force
  • Close Range Empty Hands Skills
  • Mag 20 Rules of Engagement – Masaad Ayoob Group
  • Defensive Pistol – MS Firearms Training
  • Defensive Carbine – MS Firearms Training
  • Advanced Handgun Skills – Shootrite Academy
  • Advanced Carbine Skills – Shootrite Academy

Bobbi Hedegard is a Memphis native, who recently returned to the area after serving 11 years in the U.S. Navy as a translator and analyst. Post military, Bobbi worked as a government contractor in San Antonio, Tx providing counterterrorism analysis to battlefield troops. While living in Texas, she developed a passion for shooting and firearms instruction. She began to participate in various shooting competitions and later became a certified Range Officer within the sports. This led to training classes with champion competitors; becoming a certified NRA instructor; and teaching CCW, pistol, rifle, and shotgun courses. She founded the San Antonio Chapter of the national women’s shooting league, A Girl and A Gun, which she ran successfully for four years. She later worked in the firearms industry as the Sales Operations Manager at STI Firearms, known for their competition pistols. Bobbi was also a competitor and finalist on Season 7 of Ammo & Attitude. She now holds a bachelor’s in nursing and is a registered nurse in a critical care unit at a local hospital.