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Jim "The Kraken" Erwin

Jim "The Kraken" Erwin

U.S. Special Operations Forces, 1st SFOD-D (Delta) Operator, 75th Ranger Regiment, Veteran, Staccato 2011 Business Development, Founder & CEO of Shooting Performance Institute

They don't get any better than Jim.

Erwin has built his entire career on one premise - to protect. He is a veteran of the U.S. Special Operations Forces, including service as a 1st SFOD-D (Delta) Operator. After leaving active duty, Erwin provided close protection and security for high-profiled clientele across the globe including many high-threat environments. Erwin is a certified FBI Advanced Firearms Instructor, and has earned several instructor certifications for the NRA.

Having grown up in the mountains of Northern California, he spent his youth playing football, hiking the Sierra Nevada and looking out for those who were smaller than he (who was just about everyone he encountered).

Realizing a natural athleticism and overwhelming need to shield people from harm, he entered the U.S. Army, eager to earn his place in the 2nd Ranger Battalion (75th Ranger Regiment) at Fort Lewis, WA. Quickly finding his place as a leader, Erwin was awarded the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his U.S. Army Sniper Course and served as the ranking NCO for a military free-fall unit.

In an effort to push himself to the next level, Erwin accepted an invitation to participate in the 1st SFOD-D selection course - where he was ultimately one of five candidates chosen from a class of nearly 100.

“Every day serving for the Special Operations Unit was a challenge, you are at the pointy end of the sword. There are not a lot of you and a lot of is expected of you. You’re doing the work of 1 ½ guys. You are relied on to do your job and then some, failure is not accepted. You are working at the highest level of expectation every day, which requires physical and mental capabilities that few can handle.”

Today Jim spends time as Veteran Owner and CEO of Shooting Performance Institute, a firearms training company, and in Business Development for Staccato 2011.

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