About Jim

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 others.

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.”

Reviews

Team Kraken, used and APPROVED

5.0 rating
September 18, 2019

Joined Team Kraken figuring “what the hell” i don’t know if I’ll get out of it what I put in. Got EVERYTHING I put in and more!! The group of like-minded people he put together was awesome! Not only was the group great but Jim himself is an amazing man to work with and more then willing to help with any question you may have. Jim, thanks for all your help and advice!!

Lonnie Tidwell

Worth the time!!!

5.0 rating
August 26, 2019

Will definitely be using him, in the future for more training. Experienced to say the least, very knowledgeable guy. Enjoyed my time and new experiences.

JERRY

Ladies, take a class with Jim! (Guys, you too!)

5.0 rating
August 24, 2019

I’ve had my revolver for about 10 years for in-home self defense. It sits in my bedside easy-access safe, except when I pull it out once in a great while to go to the range or to investigate something my dogs are barking about. I’ve felt comfortable with my handgun, but I’ve never been trained by anyone but it (very competent but not a professional) husband. I had the opportunity to take a class with Jim, and I am so glad I did! He is obviously very knowledgeable and experienced, but he is not at all intimidating. He made me feel at ease and encouraged as I went through each drill. He gave such practical advice, and I know I can replicate the drills on my own to continue increasing my skill level. I look forward to further training with him, to build upon the foundation being built. I can not recommend him enough!

Leslie F.

I thought it was my gun...

5.0 rating
August 24, 2019

I can’t recommend Jim, as an instructor, more. It’s easy to be intimidated by his career and accomplishments. But he does a wonderful job of communicating his vast knowledge in a way that doesn’t make you feel like a complete idiot. He is patient and really knows how to focus in on any weak points and has the tools to work through them. I was getting increasingly frustrated with my everyday carry gun. I fought and fought with being consistent and accurate with it on the range. I would go out, alone, and try and work it out, to no avail. After only a couple hours doing drills with Jim, I was shooting like I never had before. There were so many fine mechanics, that I had never knew about, that were dramatically affecting my shooting. Bad habits acquired over years and years of shooting. I was honestly considering trying other hand guns to see if that was the issues. Turns out it wasn’t the equipment, but the operator. This first lesson only scratched the surface. I cannot wait to get back on the range with him again and take more classes. This stuff could literally save your life.

James F.

Great Instructor

5.0 rating
August 23, 2019

Fantastic instructor, great class. Jim takes his years of training and real world experience and produces a class that is safe,
relaxed and personal. He can engage and carry the group while at the same time give very personalized instruction. I felt like I was taking a two day one-on-one class in a group setting.

Chris A
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