Our Instructors

Michael Loy - Director of Training

Michael Loy moved to Idaho Falls in 2016 to help further the shooting sports in Southeast Idaho. Before becoming the General Manager of Guns N Gear, he accumulated more than a decade of experience as a full-time Firearms Instructor and Director of Training for Trigger Control Training based out of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. In addition to his professional experience, he brings a lifetime of shooting sports passion with him; he is a NRA Life Member, an Idaho Hunter Education Instructor, and a personal protection training enthusiast. Mike has a passion for helping his community, growing the shooting sports, and sharing his knowledge with everyone he meets. You will find Mike working in our store most every day. Next time you’re in our facility, stop in and say hello to him.

Dillon Maughan - FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR

Dillon J. Maughan grew up in Idaho Falls enjoying the beautiful outdoors and a strong Second Amendment environment. His training consists of both firearms and hand-to-hand through various groups, such as Universal Security, Trigger Control Training, NRA, and many others. He is also a Certified Smith & Wesson Armorer. Dillon's formal work experience began in 2010 when he joined Tactical Security for event security and patrol. In 2014 he was recruited to Guns N Gear as a Range Safety Officer and has since began working in Sales and has become an Apprentice Instructor for Trigger Control Training. 

Jeff Layton - Firearms Instructor

Jeff Layton is an Apprentice Instructor for Trigger Control Training. His love of firearms dates back to the day he got his first Red Ryder BB gun. He has been working on his firearms skills ever since. Jeff joined the Marine Corps in 1988 and was an infantry man. After he got out of the Corps, he joined the National Guard in 1993. In 1996 he and his partner won the State Machine Gun Match and went on to represent Idaho at nationals in Little Rock Arkansas. The next year he competed in the State Rifle Match and once again went on to represent our great state. After that he went on to the Army Small Arms Instructor and Range Operations Course where he learned to teach folks how to use the Small Arms that were used in the service. Jeff then went to the Army Master Marksman Course where he learned to teach the other Instructors and became the lead Marksmanship Instructor for his battery. After retiring in 2008 he still dabbled with shooting where he could, but was thrilled when he was given the opportunity to train and teach again with Trigger Control Training.

Leonard Haag - Firearms Instructor

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Those few words express more about Leonard than he could ever express himself. “If our country is worth dying for in time of war, let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace” – Hamilton Fish

Melinda Haag - Apprentice Firearms Instructor

Melinda was born and raised in Utah then moved to Idaho when she was 20 years old. She has been married for 27 years, is the mother of three boys who are all active military, and has one grandson. Melinda enjoys being around family, camping, skiing, quilting, and various other hobbies. She started with Trigger Control Training in the Apprentice Instructor Development program in November of 2016 and really enjoys it. She has gained a lot of knowledge being part of the program and continues to grow and improve daily.

Liam Kelly - Firearms Instructor

Liam has successfully completed two combat tours with the U.S. Army as a Civil Affairs Specialist. He started learning to shoot at the age of five. Liam has always loved firearms and shooting and was on an Air Rifle Team starting at the age of 12. He has received training in the civilian sector for firearms training from Carolina Tactical Group, Liam currently shoots in USPSA and trains with Trigger Control Training regularly. Other hobbies include hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, and participating in many other shooting sports. He is currently going to school full-time to become a Physician's Assistant.

Rob Willsey - Civilian and Law Enforcement Instructor

Rob Willsey is a 31 year Law Enforcement Veteran with a Masters Certification. He has been a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor for over 29 years. He is an Idaho POST Certified Firearms Instructor, Gun Site graduate, is NRA Certified in Law Enforcement Handgun, Tactical Shotgun, Tactical Rifle/Pistol, Patrol Rifle, and is a Precision Rifle Instructor. He is a former IFPD Sergeant, SWAT Team Member, Sniper Team, Lead Firearms Instructor and Armorer. In August of 2003 he left the IFPD to work for the Department of State’s Anti Terrorism Assistance Program serving in Colombia South America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Rob completed his career at the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office as a Firearms Instructor and Back Country Mountain Rescue Deputy earning an EMT certification. He retired from the Sheriff’s Office in Dec 2015 where he still instructs firearms for the Sheriff’s Office, Idaho POST Academy, and Guns N Gear.

Conner Simpson - APPRENTICE FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR

Conner Joined the Guns N Gear team in November of 2018, after spending 4 years working in retail Asset Protection. He graduated from Boise State University in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and has since been formally trained in Active Shooter Response, Defensive Pistol, Shotgun and Rifle Techniques, Vehicle Defense, Low Light Shooting, and Home Defense. Conner has become a Guns N Gear apprentice firearms instructor.

He enjoys competitive shooting, hiking with his golden retriever, swimming and serving the community he grew up in.   

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