Jim Erwin has built his entire career on one premise – to protect. He is a veteran of the U.S. Special Operations Forces, including service as a 1st SFOD-D (Delta) Operator. After leaving active duty, Erwin provided close protection and security for high-profiled clientele across the globe including many high-threat environments. Erwin is a certified FBI Advanced Firearms Instructor, and has earned several instructor certifications for the NRA.
Having grown up in the mountains of Northern California, he spent his youth playing football, hiking the Sierra Nevada and looking out for those who were smaller than he (who was just about everyone he encountered).
Realizing a natural athleticism and overwhelming need to shield people from harm, he entered the U.S. Army, eager to earn his place in the 2nd Ranger Battalion (75th Ranger Regiment) at Fort Lewis, WA. Quickly finding his place as a leader, Erwin was awarded the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his U.S. Army Sniper Course and served as the ranking NCO for a military free-fall unit.
In an effort to push himself to the next level, Erwin accepted an invitation to participate in the 1st SFOD-D selection course – where he was ultimately one of five candidates chosen from a class of nearly 100.
As a member of Team Kraken, Erwin is able to expand his role as a protection specialist to a diverse group – from tactical shooters to active duty members to athletes and anyone else.
“At Team Kraken, we only carry the best products out there,” stated Erwin. “Bottom line, I want you to know that if it’s not something I would trust to serve my family or friends, I’m not going to recommend it to you.”
The Real Deal
I’ve been shooting for over 40 years. I’ve been trained in some ridiculous, ineffective shooting trends going back to the mid 1980’s. I’ve also had the opportunity to shoot with some great instructors/operators as well. Jim is the real deal. His practical, effective training approach works well for beginners and experienced shooters. I’ve taken several classes with Jim ranging from bolt action and semi-auto Long Rage to Pistol and Carbine work. With Jim making wind calls in 15-20 mph winds I was able to successfully hit 100% (6 of 6) out to 1000 yards. This was not on a sanitized flat range. This was real world, mid to high angle shooting. His fundamental and easy going approach puts shooters at ease well before any guns come out of the holsters. For the more advanced shooters, his field experience and knowledge are apparent as he shows more efficient and faster cleaner ways of target acquisition and engagement, Concealed carry, duty carry, recreational or hunting, do yourself a favor and try a class with Jim.
My advice to anyone wondering if it’s worth it; Is it NOT worth knowing how to effectively protect yourself and your family?
Phenomenal instructor. Very direct in his teaching and logical. Common sense method in his approach. Able and willing to pay more attention to students who are having difficulties to make sure they learn and perform the task(s) properly.
Be prepared for jokes and to laugh. Very approachable and open to all questions and tactics. NOT a “my way or the highway “ instructor
Jim was awesome and teaches in a way that makes the information retainable. I had a great time and learned a bunch, I’ll definitely be signing up for more.