Meet Our Whittington University Instructors

Instructors at the NRA Whittington Center are the finest trainers in their class. Most of our professionals have military or law enforcement experience and are dedicated to instruction and training that truly instills you with the knowledge you need to build a successful base.

Steve Overman

Defensive Academy

Having served in the military in many capacities, Steve extended those well earned skills into an amazing career as an Albuquerque police officer with over 20 years of dedicated service. Read Steve's captivating biography to understand how he can help you with the experience of a true professional.


George Jackson

Defensive Academy

George is a retired military veteran with 24 years of service in the Air Force.

George had over 20 years of experience performing instructor/evaluator duties in the military. He earned multiple small arms marksmanship medals with pistol and rifle.


Randy Powell

Precision Academy

Lead Precision Long Range Instructor, and competitive marksman. Randy is also the owner and operator of Thunder Ammo & Arms and a pioneer in the development of bullet design, focusing on accuracy and extreme range stability. Working mostly with 50 BMG, 460 Steyr, 416 Barrett, and 338 Lapua, but not limited to these calibers. Randy has a reputation of offering some of the most accurate competition ammunition in the world. 


Robert "Mac" McIvor

NRA Certified Instructor

Mac is a retired New Mexico State Law Enforcement Park Ranger with 27 years of service.

Mac served as New Mexico State Parks Division Lead Firearms instructor for 18 years, Glock and AR-15 Armorer and active shooter instructor. In these positions, Mac trained all levels of law enforcement and military officers from basic recruits to seasoned field personnel.


Explore Whittington University

The Whittington U Defensive Academy focuses on the real world implementation on the defensive use of the Pistol and Carbine Platforms. The Defensive Academy's goals are to instill a strong fundamental base of interaction with the firearm platform, to help further the knowledge of the responsible gun owner.

The Whittington U Precision Academy offers courses specifically oriented towards 1000 Yards and well beyond, allowing for all centerfire cartridges and rifle platforms to be used. This Academy focuses on the caliber/cartridges and rifle platforms that are designed for engagements anywhere between 100 – 2,000 plus yards!

The Whittington U Training Program is proud to offer Basic NRA Certified Firearm Training. NRA Classes are specifically oriented towards developing the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a firearm safely. These courses help build confidence in new and inexperienced firearm owners by instilling the importance of safety, responsibility, and ethics, in responsible firearm ownership. 

NRA Whittington Center

Located near beautiful Raton, New Mexico, the NRA Whittington Center is home to the nation’s premier hunting, shooting, and outdoor recreation facility. The NRA Whittington Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generous contributions of donors who want to preserve our heritage of freedom for the next generation of shooters and hunters.


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