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In addition to being a Certified Instructor of the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), and subsequently being Licensed by the State of Tennessee as a concealed carry handgun permit instructor, Cross is also distinguished and Certified as a Tier 1 Tactical Firearms Instructor, meaning that he has been qualified to teach Elite Tactically-Focused Special Mission Units within the United States Military, as well as federal and state law enforcement agents and officers, at home and abroad.
Certified at the Pentagon defense contractor, TigerSwan Range Complex (TRC) in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cross has trained directly with special operations units from Fort Bragg and the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), directly alongside Tier 1 Special Forces Units from Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC Raiders), Force Reconnaissance, Naval Special Warfare, and 75th Ranger Battalion (Airbone Ranger), as well as with soldiers and operators from other special forces units and Department of Defense Intelligence Agencies.
As an instructor, Cross has directly trained active federal, state, and local agents, law enforcement officers, and marshals ranging from United States Marshals, State Police, Sheriff Deputies, SWAT/TACTICAL UNIT Personnel, State Highway Patrolmen, and various metropolitan police officers from around the country.
In order to become a great instructor, one must become an ever attentive, ever learning, ever perfecting student. Cross has trained at some of the nation's best training programs and ranges, and HAS been instructed and trained by some of the BEST INSTRUCTORS within the US Military apparatus, as well as with some of the best and most notable instructors within the tactical firearms training industry.
Cross's training has included tactical pistol and carbine courses at K&M Precision Rifle Training, TigerSwan Range Complex, and Tactical Response, and from Jason Redding of Ronnin Strategies, Chris Costa of Magpul and Costa Ludas, Travis Haley of Magpul and Haley Strategic, and Instructors from the Army Marksmanship Unit, as well as instructors from the Army's First Operational Detachment, i.e. DELTA FORCE (The Unit.)
Cross' training focus is on ensuring that non-traditional threat mitigators and minority communities are brilliantly skilled at the tactical and proficient deployment of defensive arms in defense of themselves, their families, and especially soft targets like churches, venues, schools, and entertainment spaces.