About Us

Who We Are

Outer Edge was formed in 2016 by husband and wife, Tim and Jennifer Bishop. We formed the company because of our passion to serve and help others, as well as strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms, and felt a need to continue serving our community by sharing our knowledge, training and real world experiences. We offer Dynamic Firearm instruction and live fire training primarily for civilians seeking to enhance their knowledge of defending their families and property utilizing self-defense tactics including firearms, survival techniques, hand to hand combat, weapon retention, basic laws and so much more. A family owned, full time operation in Southern Illinois. Team Members include current and former military, law enforcement, and family.

Commitment to Our Students

It is our goal at Outer Edge is to provide the best training possible for each and every student. We are committed to maintaining a close instructor/student relationship by having no more than 8 students for every instructor. Outer Edge instructors are able to individualize training to fit each student, even in a group environment. Outer Edge is committed to ensuring ALL students leave our classes with increased confidence in their ability to defend themselves and others. Outer Edge will always focus on quality training over large class sizes. We refuse to teach only the minimum standards and strive to challenge students at all levels.

Instructor Commitment

The instructors at Outer Edge will always push themselves to keep up-to-date in an ever changing world. We recognize that there is no “One size fits all” situation in the world of dynamic tactical shooting or survival situations. Our instructors will continue to educate themselves to be at the cutting edge of tactical innovation. Our training curriculum is designed to teach our students why they are learning a certain skill. It is our goal that our students leave each class with the ability to adapt solid combative skills that can be adapted to fit any situation.

Meet Our Instructors

Team Members include current and former military, law enforcement, and family.

Tim Bishop

Tim Bishop

Owner/Chief Instructor

A former U.S. Army Ranger and Sheriff Deputy with expertise in weapons and tactical training; certified Tactical S.W.A.T. operator, Active Shooter and Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Tim shares his knowledge and skill with those seeking the ability to defend themselves in any situation.

Jennifer Bishop

Jennifer Bishop

Assistant Instructor

Jennifer, an Emergency Room Registered Nurse has experience as a former law enforcement officer, firefighter/first responder and member of I.M.E.R.T (Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team) shares her knowledge and point of view.

Jeff

Jeff

Outer Edge Instructor

Jeff is currently a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer with a state agency. He has been in law enforcement for over 10 years. Jeff is currently assigned to an Executive Protection Unit with the state agency and is tasked with guarding high-risk targets. Prior to his law enforcement career, Jeff served four years in the United States Army, to include a deployment to Kuwait and Iraq. Jeff is a certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor.

Kevin

Kevin

Outer Edge Instructor

Kevin has been a full-time law enforcement officer for approximately 15 years and is still serving in that position. Kevin is a certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. He is certified as a Tactical/ S.W.A.T Operator, Active Shooter responder, and Law Enforcement Sniper. Prior to his law enforcement career, Kevin spent a tour in the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry.

Chris

Chris

Outer Edge Instructor

Chris is currently employed as a full-time law enforcement officer with a local agency. He has been in law enforcement for over 17-years, and is currently serving as a detective. Chris is a certified law enforcement firearms instructor. He is certified by the State of Illinois as a Tactical/S.W.A.T Operator, an Active Shooter Instructor, and a law enforcement Sniper. Prior to his law enforcement career, Chris was a U.S. Army Ranger where he served as a Sniper. He is also a Glock Armor and an expert in ballistics.

Classes

Minimum of 4 students per class * Eye and ear protection required for every class

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