To assure that shooters can perform in the face of unexpected stress, Personal Tactics’ classes introduce distracting stimuli while demanding the drill be satisfactorily completed.

Harlan Hamlin knows a good thing when he sees it. An entrepreneur in electronic communications, Hamlin decided he would like some firearms training and, after doing his research, contacted Robert Wilson, an Atlanta, Georgia-area instructor.

Hamlin was so impressed by what he learned and how it was taught that he wanted to go into business with Wilson. Research can be conducted and knowledge acquired, but teaching ability is a gift and Hamlin saw that Wilson had it. He was passionate about his subject. He could convey complex principles clearly to students. He kept current on the subject and had both the curiosity and wisdom to explore, consider and, if necessary, implement new techniques as they presented themselves. He was gruff and sometime harsh with students, but they responded very strongly to his methods, often signing up for additional courses. And he had a background that lent credibility to everything he said.

However, Wilson only trains students part-time; he works full-time as a federal law enforcement officer. And while he loves shooting and training, he does it for enjoyment and because it is important, rather than as a business venture.

Nonetheless, Hamlin was able to convince him to take the plunge into a shared entity called Personal Tactics. Hamlin got himself certified as an instructor to assist with classes, but Robert Wilson is the star of the show.

Raised in the South Bronx, Wilson was a Force Recon Marine who served in Beirut, Grenada and Desert Storm. That’s right…he survived the South Bronx. He also worked in private security and was an Atlanta PD officer. Along the way, he trained with a host of units, agencies and schools—including British SAS, GSG 9, Blackwater and Gunsite Academy. He began training his own students in 1994.

Unique Perspective
While he’s seen his share of action in the service of Uncle Sam and as a law enforcement officer, what makes Wilson different is what he’s experienced as a private citizen. Wilson had to kill a total of four attackers in two separate incidents as a civilian. In one, he was walking towards three muggers, one of whom lifted his shirt, displaying a gun. It was the dumbest—and last—thing he ever did. The other incident occurred when four assailants attempted to carjack Wilson. He got three of them.

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