Billy Barton: Head Instructor & Leads SpecTrain's Performance Shooting Programs.
Billy has had unique opportunities to train and shoot with some of the best shooters and instructors in the world, and is passionate about passing that knowledge and experience on to others. He has currently personally invested in over 250 hours of professional shooting training and continues seek out new sources of information each year. Some of the instructors he has learned from and recommends to others include FPF Training, Warrior Poet Society, Modern Samurai Project, Achilles Heal Tactical, Point 1 Tactics, Farewell Firearms Training, Rune Nation, Bill Blowers, Ben Stoeger, JJ Racaza and Eric Grauffel.
Billy's training is motivated by a foundation of personal protection and preparedness, but he has also found a passion in the competition side of the house and started regularly competing in USPSA in 2019. Billy was able to go from Unclassified in USPSA to Master class in under 6 months, and is now a Grandmaster in USPSA Carry Optics (currently #6 on the top 20 list) regularly competing in major competitions at the national level.
Garrett Scrivani: Head of SpecTrain's Precision Rifle Programs
Garrett spent 5 years in the Marine Corps serving as a Scout Sniper team leader and ultimately chief scout. Forward deployed for a total of 18 months his team conducted operations in Syria, Jordan, Israel and parts of Africa. Garrett had the opportunity to train and work closely with other elite units including MARSOC, Force Reconnaissance, Italy's San Marco Marine Brigade and Israeli Shayetet 13. He is a graduate of Scout Sniper Basic Course and Special Operations Training Group Urban Sniper Course as well as many other sniper and reconnaissance related schools and courses.
After the Marine Corps, Garrett served as a narcotics detective and SWAT member for one of the largest agencies in North Carolina until leaving law enforcement in 2022. As a proud father and husband he still finds time to teach, learn and compete behind a rifle. Garrett is a former Division 1 wrestler and avid jiu jitsu practitioner.
Trey is a believer of Christ and avid marksman focused on the mindset and skillset that every day citizens can apply in both self-defense and competitive shooting environments. Trey brings a "common mans" background to the Cadre and instructs with a tone that resonates well with students regardless of their experience level. He is constantly pushing himself and those he trains with by keeping an open mind, challenging the status quo, and always being a student, even when instructing.
Ed is a 7 year Combat Veteran with the US Army. During his service with the Army, Ed attended 2 sniper/marksmanship courses and deployed with the 2nd infantry out of Ft Lewis WA to Iraq in support OIF 1 and 2. He has since been with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for 12 years. During his time as a Police Officer, Ed participated in a grueling and highly competitive tryout process and was selected to the CMPD SWAT team where he continues to serve.