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Rudolf “Rudy” F. Waldinger
CEO / Rangemaster


Rudy brings real-world experience and a vast arsenal of expertise to Defensive Firearms Training. He is a decorated combat veteran.

He came to the United States from Austria in 1996. He lives in Nevada and is retired from working as Foreign Service National . He has 25 years of experience in personal security, including 15 years as Foreign Service National for the United States Embassy in Austria. Before this, he served in the Austrian Army as a Jagdkommando (Hunting Commando, equivalent to U.S. Army Rangers) and as a Drill Instructor for their Drill Team.

Rudy was trained in counterterrorism by the Grenz Schutz Gruppe 9 (GSG-9) in Germany, by the British Special Air Service (SAS) and by the United States State Department Mobile Training Team.

As Foreign National Service for the US Embassy, Rudy's specialty was protecting the women and children of high-ranking U.S. diplomats. He also worked as private security for celebrities, including Whitney Houston and Tina Turner during their travel abroad.

Rudy is a competitive shooter nationally-recognized in handgun (revolver), rifle, shotgun and three gun categories by the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) and by the International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE). He ranks as Master in both organizations.

In Europe, Rudy won several national and European titles in handgun, shotgun, rifle and three gun through the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). He maintains his proficiency by training daily at the range with different kind of Firearms.

Patrick Garrity

Living in San Luis Obispo, California, Patrick Garrity (military technical advisor) trains civilians in firearms instruction, self defense, home defense and disarmament.  He received an honorable discharge as a United States Marine Corps scout sniper in December, 2000.  Since then, Garrity has operated as an executive protection agent, range master/instructor in many different disciplines, including: handgun, shotgun, practical rifle, precision rifle, ropes and rappel and VIP training.  Currently Garrity works outside of DFT as a military technical adviser on film projects

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