Keith Horner, our Chief Instructor has firearms instructional experience in civilian, military and law enforcement.
Keith served as a United States Marine from 1982 – 1988. He entered several firearms, light assault weapons and machine guns competitions mostly acquiring first place finishes. Also a member of the “Marine Corps Super Squad” for 1st Battalion, 7th Marines as Automatic Rifleman, he won all marksmanship competitions of all other teams. As a result of a gold medal win in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Rifle/Pistol Marksmanship Competition he was transferred to a training unit for the remainder of his term where he became certified firearms instructor as a Marine Corps PMI (Preliminary Marksmanship Instructor).
After the Marine Corps he volunteered as a Fire Fighter for several years and as a Reserve Police Officer where he was assigned duties as assistant firearms instructor.
Following the attack of September 11, 2001 he re-enlisted in the Military and in 2005-2006 served a tour with the Second Marine Division as a squad leader in Northern Ramadi, Iraq. His duties included forward observation base security and night patrols and raids assisting in the apprehension of several Al-Qaeda operatives in the Al Anbar Provence at Camp Blue Diamond. He was also appointed firearms instructor during his deployment.
Keith began his tenure at West Coast Armory’s indoor range shortly after opening in 2009. He became Range Master and Law Enforcement Training Coordinator. He created and is lead instructor for the very popular “Right On Target” Class, Intro to Defensive Handgun and Intro to Defensive Carbine courses. His continuing efforts to better himself to help others include training with Pat McNamara, Ken Hackathorn, Larry Vickers, Daryl Holland, Mike Pannone, Frank Proctor and Greg Hamilton.
He is an Endowment Lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and is NRA certified as Chief Range Safety Officer, Certified instructor for Pistol, Rifle, and Home Firearm Safety. He is the Owner of TDS Solutions LLC (Train–Defend-Survive) and is a Certified Instructor by the State of Utah for teaching the Utah Multi State Concealed Pistol License Course.