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J.D. Barter


JD is a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the Dept. of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons after a 29 year combined service to our country as a Military Policeman US Army (3 years) and D.O.J. (26 years). 

JD has been a Law Enforcement trainer since 1992 where he trained in riot control techniques as well as unarmed self defense techniques.  JD then transitioned to firearm instruction in 2005 where he continued until his retirement in 2012. 


JD as the Lead Firearms instructor has many years training with most Federal agencies located in Southern IL.    

Dave Kemp


David is a Patrol Sergeant with a local Southern Illinois Police Department, with 22 years of law enforcement experience.     He has served as a Firearms Instructor and SWAT Team Leader with 18 years of Tactical Team experience.  He has served hundreds of high risk warrants and has deployed on several hostage and barricaded gunman incidents.

Instructor Certifications:
State of Illinois Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board) 
Patrol Rifle Instructor (Police Training Institute, Class #2624)
Registered Firearm Instructor, State of Illinois, License #263.000304
National Rifle Association (NRA) Certified Pistol Instructor, #183367580
Utah Certified Concealed Firearm Instructor, License #I102967         
Active Shooter Training Instructor (ALERRT, 2009)
AR-15 Armorer (Arma-Lite, 2011; WSTC 2013)
Glock Armorer (2009, 2011,2013)
Police Sniper (Snipercraft, 2006)
Combined Tactical Systems (CTS) Instructor for Chemical Munitions, Impact Munitions, O.C., and NFDD
Master Instructor Development Program, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI,) 2011 (John Krupa, Spartan Tactical Training Group; Steve Stoval, Impact Training Center (formerly Blackwater); Mike Boyle (IALEFI.)

Meet Dave Kemp and J.D. Barter - Owners

Classes We Offer

Owners/Founders of Tombstone GR&TC

Professional Associations:
International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)

Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA)

National Rifle Association (NRA)
From the Pulitzer Prize nominated author of "On Combat" and "On Killing," Ret. Lt. Col David Grossman commented on training with Sgt. David Kemp:

"This is world-class training.  I have trained at Gunsight, Front Sight, and Sig Arms Academy, and this is as good, if not better than any of them.  We learned things and did things (many things) that I have never seen before.  Some real innovations happened here!"