About Us

Who we are

We Are a Group of Experienced and Credentialed Firearms Instructors Who Have Spent Most of Our Lives in the Presence of Firearms.  We Are Certified NRA, Law Enforcement and/or Military Instructors.  All of Us Are Certified Range Safety Officers.  Each of Us Has More than 10,000 Hours of Hands On Experience Shooting, Cleaning, Repairing, Studying Firearms and Instructing Others In Their Safe and Effective Use.  Our Company is Drug and Alcohol Free and We Welcome Random Alcohol and Drug Testing at Any Time.

Mark Cayton – Owner/Lead Armorer/Lead Instructor

  • Qualifications:
    • Member of IATSE Local 491 – Armorer.
    • Over 40 years experience as a competitive marksman, hunter, and firearms instructor.
    • Vietnam Veteran.
    • Federal Firearms Licensee, Class 1 & 7 (Dealer & Manufacturer).
    • Schedule II, Class III Weapons Permit holder – SOT (fully automatic weapons).
    • NRA Certified Training Counselor, Authorized to Train NRA Instructors In All Firearm and Safety Disciplines, including those listed below:  (Only 1% of all NRA instructors attain this status).
      • NRA Pistol Instructor
      • NRA Rifle Instructor
      • NRA Shotgun Instructor
      • NRA Muzzle Loading Pistol Instructor (Black Powder)
      • NRA Muzzle Loading Rifle Instructor (Black Powder)
      • NRA Muzzle Loading Shotgun Instructor (Black Powder)
      • NRA Personal Protection Instructor
      • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
      • NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor
      • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (Authorized to Train NRA Range Safety and Chief Range Safety Officers).
    • North Carolina Department of Justice CCH Instructor.
    • Intruder/Active Shooter Response Instructor.
    • Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) Less Than Lethal (LTL) Munitions Instructor.
    • Black Belt Instructor – Goju Ryu & Shorin Ryu Karate and proficient in several other martial arts.
    • Firearms Safety Coordinator for Film Productions.
    • Author and Presenter of Movie Firearms Safety Programs for Principal Actors, Stunt Personnel, Background and Crew.

Charley Coleman  Armorer/Instructor

  • Qualifications:
    • Member IATSE Local 491 – Armorer
    • OSHA General Industry Safety and Health Card No. 17-000135501
    • Over 10 years experience in shooting, hunting and firearms collecting, maintenance & repair.
    • Graduate – North Carolina Film School.
    • NRA Pistol Instructor
    • NRA Rifle Instructor
    • NRA Shotgun Instructor
    • NRA Muzzle Loading Pistol Instructor (Black Powder)
    • NRA Muzzle Loading Rifle Instructor (Black Powder)
    • NRA Muzzle Loading Shotgun Instructor (Black Powder)
    • NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor
    • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
    • Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) Certified Instructor
    • Firearms Safety Coordinator for Film Productions.
    • Armorer – Apex Cinema Armorers, LLC.

Company Film Experience

  • Armorer           –  “Iron Man III”
  • Lead Armorer –  “Revolution” – Season 1
  • Armorer           – “We’re The Millers”
  • Lead Armorer –  “Under the Dome” – Season I
  • Lead Armorer –  “Under the Dome” – Season II
  • Lead Armorer – “Under the Dome” – Season III
  • Lead Armorer –  “Sleepy Hollow”- Season I
  • Lead Armorer –  “Sleepy Hollow” – Season II
  • Lead Armorer –  “Times Like Dying”
  • Lead Armorer –  “The Sin Seer”
  • Lead Armorer –  “The Longest Ride”
  • Armorer           –   “Max”
  • Lead Armorer –  “Max Steel”
  • Lead Armorer –  “If Loving You Is Wrong”
  • Lead Armorer –  “Secrets and Lies”
  • Lead Armorer  – “Haves and Have Nots”
  • Armorer            –  “Vice Principals”
  • Lead Armorer –  “Underground” – Season I & II
  • Lead Armorer – “Good Behavior” Pilot and Season II
  • Lead Armorer  – “Six” – Pilot & Season I
  • Armorer            – “Godzilla King of The Monsters”
  • Armorer            – “Preacher”
  • Lead Armorer  – “Galveston”
  • Lead Armorer – “Meek Mills Wins & Losses”
  • Lead Armorer – “The Peanut Butter Falcon”
  • Lead Armorer – “Donnybrook”
  • Lead Armorer – “London Calling”
  • Lead Armorer –  CRO Medical Commercial