Caswells has one of the most elite, qualified, and professional training staffs in the firearms community.
We pride ourselves on being the best and making every student walk away with a knowledge base, sense of accomplishment, and sense of competency that will stay with them forever.
Bill Heath came to Caswells with over 42 years of combined military and law enforcement
experience. Bill served in the United States Air Force as a Security Police Sergeant
with a tour of duty in Vietnam as a dog handler. After leaving the Air Force, Bill
joined the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office where he spent over 26 years rising
to the rank of Deputy Chief and served in virtually every enforcement division of
the office. His assignments in Special Investigations and Major Crimes as both a
Detective and Commander further enhanced his knowledge and abilities.
After retiring from the Sheriff’s Office, Bill joined the Maricopa County Attorney’s
Office where he became the Commander of the Investigations Division. While with
the County Attorney’s Office Bill developed a Personal Protection Program directed
towards Deputy County Attorneys to help educate them on all aspects of personal
safety. That program is still in effect to this day and is presented nationally
at various prosecutor’s seminars.
Bill is certified by the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a General Firearms
Instructor, a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Concealed Carry Instructor, and
a LEOSA (Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act) Instructor. He is also certified
through AZ POST. Bill also holds the NRA certifications of Personal Protection in the Home, Home Firearms Safety and Basic Pistol.
Bridger’s interest in firearms began at a very young age. Growing up, Bridger’s
father took him out to the desert on occasion where he learned to shoot a .22 rifle
and before he knew it his son was addicted. After high school Bridger joined the
United States Marine Corps where he served as a Rifleman until an injury during a
training exercise forced him to change jobs. Bridger was then attached to 1st Marine
Regimental office as a legal clerk and Range Coach. It was then that his joy for
instructing others was born. He worked on the rifle and pistol ranges daily to help
Marines learn better shooting techniques with not only their service pistols but also
their M16s. After leaving the Marine Corps in 2001 Bridger wanted to find a job where
he could not only utilize his skills in firearms instructing but also learn the aspects
of the firearms retail business.
Bridger started as a Sales Representative at Caswells in February 2001. After working
on the sales floor for a year Bridger wanted to become an Instructor, he took the NRA
Instructor’s course at his first opportunity. After receiving his credentials Bridger
secondary instructed in numerous classes to gain the knowledge he needed in order to
teach his own course.
Bridger is now the General Manager at Caswells and oversees the retail side of the
business as well as The Urban Firearms Institute. Bridger holds certifications from
the NRA in Personal Protection, Home Firearms Safety, Basic Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun.
He is also certified by the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a General Firearms
Instructor and Concealed Weapons Instructor. In 2005 Bridger received certification
from the State of Utah as a Concealed Carry Instructor and teaches the Utah/Florida CCW
course here at Caswells and is also certified on the IES Alpha X Interactive Shooting
Russ Kimball’s justice system career spans nearly three decades. Today, he is a Federal
national security investigator and squad leader. Russ is also an NRA and DPS certified
firearms instructor and POST certified law enforcement trainer.
In 1977 he entered public service as a sharpshooter for the Arizona Department of
Corrections. By 1979 he had moved to municipal law enforcement where his
exceptional investigative and report writing skills helped him become an award-winning
investigator. By 1982, he had moved from municipal law enforcement to the Maricopa
County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix, Arizona, where his proactive, innovative approach to
homicide investigations garnered him international recognition and preeminence.
In 1990 he was selected to coordinate a multi-national task force investigating the
murders of nine Buddhists in a temple west of Phoenix. In 1994, after that crime was
solved, Kimball opened a private investigations firm specializing in major felony
investigations and government contracts. Many investigative policies and procedures he
wrote for the Sheriff's Office are still in effect today. His law enforcement-related
articles have been published in prominent magazines and several languages. One of his
articles was made into an NBC television movie, "Terror in the Night".
Russ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies and is a graduate of two
police academies and numerous seminars on police-related topics, including the FBI's
vaunted hostage negotiation school. As a police instructor his presentations have ranged
from homicide investigations to report writing. The events of September 11, 2001,
compelled Russ back into public service where he now works at the forefront of
domestic national security. His commitment to the 2nd Amendment is absolute and he
has devoted himself to ensuring private citizens know how to legally and safely defend
themselves against the ever increasing dangers of the world in which live.
Mike is originally from Colorado moving to Arizona at the age of 3. As a young boy
growing up Mike was enrolled in an outdoor Summer Camp program where he shot a gun
for the first time. Mike was awarded the Expert Marksmanship Badge with a .22 caliber
rifle on only his second of 8 summers spent in the program. As the years went on Mike
had a heightened interest in Martial Arts and was enrolled in a Tae-Kwon-Do school
where he achieved a brown belt in only one and a half years . After starting high
school Mike decided to take on yet another challenge and learn the art of Jeet Kune
Do training under Paul Vunak. Mike studied various martial arts all through his high
school years and when he graduated made the decision to serve his country and joined
the United States Army. He enlisted as an Infantry Man and during a training exercise
was injured and was medically discharged in 2001.
Upon his return home Mike met Trevor Lally a professional fighter who took him in
and trained him in Muay Thai. Mike fought professionally for 3 years and never lost a
fight. Mike decided that with his experience and knowledge he would be better suited as
an Instructor. While working as a junior Instructor at a gym in Mesa, Mike's passion for
firearms emerged once again and he found himself working as a sales representative at
Caswells in 2004.
After only working at Caswells for a little over a year, Mike took the NRA Instructor's
Course and immediately starting secondary instructing in order to increase his experience and
knowledge base so that he would one day be able to teach his own course. Mike is certified
by the NRA in Basic Pistol and Home Firearms Safety and Personal Protection. Mike is one of the Staff Instructors here at Caswells and in an
effort to better train the public on less than lethal personal protection, Mike designed
and wrote the Unarmed Self Defense Course which he teaches on a monthly basis. Mike also
instructs students on the proper cleaning, disassembly and re-assembly of their Glock
Firearms in the Glock Maintenance course. Mike also works as a secondary instructor in the
Women's Personal Protection Course.
J.R. Robie has been involved in shooting sports most of his life. Before becoming an
Instructor at Caswell Shooting Range, he competed in various shooting disciplines and
has been a Life Member of the NRA for more than 30 years. J.R.’s NRA certifications
include the NRA Counselor, Instructor, and Chief Range Safety Officer. Other certifications
include the State of Arizona's Concealed Weapons Instructor and Surefire's certified
Low Light Instructor.
In the field, J.R. works with law enforcement agencies utilizing the Range 2000 Simulator,
in which officers may simulate real life threatening situations. Specific agencies J.R. has
worked with, both in and out of the state, include:
- California as the Security Officer Training Instructor
- Firearms Training Associates
- Bureau of Land Management
Some of the best classes he has taught focus around:
- Basic Shooting Skills
- Intermediate Shooting Skills
- Concealed Carry Weapon
- Concealed Carry Weapon Renewal
- Low Light
- Practical Shooting Skills
- Advanced Shooting Skills
- Advanced Shooting Skills 2
- Advanced Shooting Skills 3
- Tactical Shooting Skills
- Defensive Shotgun
- Armed Security Guard Training
- Unarmed Security Guard Training
- Private Instruction
- Refuse To Be A Victim
On the side J.R. enjoys working as the Match Director for the International Defense Pistol
Association, (IDPA) Bowling Pin matches and is an IDPA Certified Safety Officer.
Jim Serpa is an N.R.A. Certified Instructor in Firearms, Home Safety and Personal
Protection, and an N.R.A. Certified Range Safety Officer. He has been an instructor at
Caswells Shooting Range since 2002 where he teaches the Arizona C.C.W., Basic and
Advanced Shooting Skills, Defensive Shotgun, and unarmed Women’s Personal
Jim's background in firearms spans over forty years in civilian, military and law
enforcement. Jim’s interests include hunting, recreational and competition in handgun,
rifle and shotgun. He has won both State and National honors in Long-Range Pistol
Silhouette. He also has over thirty years of experience in handgun, rifle and shotgun
Jim is a veteran of law enforcement, retiring after 26 years with Maricopa County
Sheriff's Office as the Senior Firearms Examiner and Crime Laboratory Supervisor.
Jim continues to work as a forensic scientist in private practice, specializing in shooting
scene reconstruction and firearms related cases. As a forensic scientist Jim has
extensive knowledge and experience in firearms, ammunition, ballistics, and the
wounding capabilities of a variety of firearms and ammunition.
Jim is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA); a Life Member of the
Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association (ASRPA); a Member of the International
Association of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors (IALEFI); a Member of the
Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE); and a Member of the
Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS).
The son of a police officer, Paul has been around firearms all his life. Early on in his
life he served four years in the US Navy and is a veteran of Southeast Asia. Following a
successful naval career and using his knowledge he worked the west coast as a Ship's
Superintendent and Commercial Dive Master.
After retiring from diving in 1988 he attended the Colorado School of Trades and
earned an Associate Degree in Gunsmithing. More recently he earned a second degree
in Criminal Justice from the Arizona Institute of Business and Technology. Paul holds
several certifications including NRA Certifications in Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal
Protection, and Home Firearms Safety. He has also been certified from the Arizona
Department of Public Safety to teach concealed weapons and concealed weapon
renewal. In addition to that Paul also teaches ASP Baton, "Refuse to Be a Victim" and
is a Certified Glock Armorer.
To keep his shooting skills sharp, Paul actively participates in USPSA/IPSC competition
shooting and competes professionally in the West Coast Three-Gun Matches.
Paul’s extensive training and knowledge in the functions and operations of modern
firearms, coupled with his real world experience, formal firearms training, and
competition background provide him insight in to the customers’ needs. His love of
teaching combined with his sense of humor makes learning and speaking with him
a worthwhile experience for both the novice or the professional shooter.