Instructors

Chad Branham

After finishing four years of baseball at Anderson University, Chad Branham began working for the Columbia Police Department in 2003. He began working the entertainment district shortly before joining the SWAT Team in 2005. Chad eventually spent eleven years on the SWAT Team as a team leader and nine years as a sniper. Chad’s SWAT element routinely served over fifty forced entry warrants every year. Chad then began to receive advanced training certifications from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Basic SWAT, Advanced Hostage Rescue, and Executive and Dignitary Protection. Chad also has been certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Precision Rifle and Patrol Rifle Instructor. Chad joined Palmetto State Armory in 2016.


Greg Flerx Jr

Greg Flerx Jr. has been an avid shooter for 30+ years. He is a certified pistol instructor through the National Rifle Association (NRA), South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Bureau of Criminal Identificaton (BCI) for the State of Utah. He is a certified (NRA) Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) and International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) safety officer (SO). Greg is a certified gunsmith and has been involved in competitive shooting sports for 10+ years. He is an Expert class shooter in (IDPA). He teaches basic firearms safety classes, fundamentals of shooting, and Concealed Weapons Permit classes.


Wil Sowell

Wil graduated from the joint master’s program at The Citadel Graduate College and College of Charleston with an MA in History in 2012 focusing on Military History and the effects of PTSD on concentration camp liberators in World War II. He is a lifelong firearms enthusiast, martial artist, and hunter. He shot competively in high school and has gone on to become an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor, SLED CWP Instructor, and NRA certified RSO. He remains an avid outdoorsman and target shooter with approximately 25 years of shooting experience.