Our Team:

All of our team members are NRA certified and insured instructors.


Morgan Ballis - Chief Firearms Instructor

Morgan is the founder and Chief Firearms Instructor for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC and an NRA Training Counselor.  He has served for over ten years in the infantry field of the United States Marine Corps.  His extensive background in firearms and tactics has allowed him to mentor across multiple branches of service as well as foreign military, police, and security forces.  Morgan has also worked closely with the United States Border Patrol conducting reconnaissance and surveillance missions.  Additionally, Morgan is a Certified Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Specialists (SECFOR International) and is a California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Firearms Instructor.  Morgan is the Fallbrook Liaison for the San Diego County Gun Owner's Political Action Committee.

State Instructor Certifications

NRA Instructor Certifications

  • Law Enforcement Instructor (Handgun)
  • Chief Range Safety Officer
  • Personal Protection Outside The Home
  • Personal Protection Inside The Home
  • Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar
  • Basic Pistol
  • Basic Shotgun
  • Basic Rifle
  • CA San Diego County Sheriff Department CCW Instructor
  • CA Orange County Sheriff Department CCW Instructor
  • AZ Department of Public Safety CCW Instructor
  • CA, BSIS, Firearms/P.O.S.T. Instructor TIF 2462
  • CA, DOJ, Firearms Safety Instructor

John Dillon - Firearms Instructor/Legal Advisor

John Dillon is a Firearms Instructor and the Legal Advisor of curriculum development for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC.  John specializes in firearm regulations. and leads the firearm division of Gatzke Dillon & Ballance, LLP law firm.   John is currently developing his practice on civil and criminal defense litigation matters.  As an NRA instructor and Range Safety Officer, John's mission is to inform gun owners of California's complex firearm laws and regulations.  John is also the legal representation for the San Diego County Gun Owner's Political Action Committee.

NRA Instructor Certifications

  • Basic Shotgun
  • Basic Pistol
  • Basic Rifle

Shane Regan - Firearms Instructor/Lead Rifle Instructor

Shane is a Firearms Instructor for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC as well as a NRA Range Safety Officer.  Shane served in the Marine Corps for 13 years as an Ammunition and Explosives Technician, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Response Monitor Survey Team Leader and Ground Safety Officer . Shane has focused development for the Safety, Use, Storage, Transportation and Force Protection in Arms, Ammunition & Explosives.

NRA Instructor Certifications

  • Personal Protection Inside The Home
  • Basic Pistol
  • Basic Rifle
  • Basic Shotgun
  • Range Safety Officer
  • Marine Corps' Instructor Certifications

  • Ammunition and Explosives Technician
  • NBC Monitor Survey Team Operations
  • Ground Safety Officer

Felix Barrios - Firearms Instructor/Active Shooter Instructor

Felix is a  Firearms Instructor for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC as well as a NRA Range Safety Officer.  Felix has served over 16 years as an Infantry Weapons Technician, Arms Ammunition and Explosives Officer, and as  a Weapons Repair Officer for the United States Marine Corps.  Felix has received additional training in the following areas: Behavioral Threat Assessment: Preventing the Active Shooter (Smith Strategies), Identifying and Countering the Lone Wolf Attacker (Smith Strategies), and Fundamentals of Combat Focus Shooting.

State Instructor Certifications

NRA Instructor Certifications

  • CA, DOJ, Firearms Safety Instructor
  • Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response Trainers Course (LASER TtT)
  • Law Enforcement Instructor (Handgun/Shotgun)
  • Basic Pistol
  • Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar

Lisa Schoedel - Firearms Instructor/Hunter Development

Lisa is a Firearms Instructor and leads the Hunter Development division for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC.  Additionally, Lisa is a NRA Range Safety Officer.  Lisa has over twenty years experience with rifles, shotguns, bows, and hunting.  Lisa is an avid outdoorsman who wants to share her passion for shooting with everyone.  She prides herself in being flexible, patient, and knowledgeable when it comes to teaching men, women, and children of all skill levels.  Lisa has been a pediatric nurse for over twelve years.

State Instructor Certifications

NRA Instructor Certifications

  • CA, Hunter Education Instructor
  • Registered Nurse, Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)
  • Basic Pistol
  • Basic Rifle
  • Basic Shotgun

Steve Sanderson - Firearms Instructor/Curriculum Development

Steve is a Firearms Instructor and leads the curriculum development team for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC.  Steve has four years of experience in the United States Marine Corps infantry and six years commercial business in the law enforcement and military industry.  He has worked along side the Iraq Army, Iraq Security Forces, Republic of Korea Marines, and multiple law enforcement agencies in Southern California.  Steve has taught target engagement for the Marine Corps Reserve and developed training courses for various companies.

NRA Instructor Certifications

  • Basic Pistol
  • Basic Rifle
  • Basic Shotgun
  • Home Firearm Safety