Kyle Defoor is a professional shooter who teaches firearms and tactics to military, law enforcement, and civilians. Specializing in pistol, carbine, urban sniper, and CQB, Kyle gained his knowledge from decorated combat service in multiple war fronts as a special operator and as one of the first and premier tactical trainers in the world. An active motorcyclist, hunter, climber, runner, and waterman he can be seen on multiple TV shows, magazines, websites, and on ranges worldwide.
To learn more, read the words below from the man himself;
I am lucky. Lucky that I was born in an area that has a gun culture. Back when I was young I had no idea, but now I realize that it was an integral part of my upbringing.
North Alabama was and is an area of the country that hasn’t changed in regards to guns since the Civil War. Firearms are widely accepted and hunting, shooting and fishing are everyday ways of life for most families. If you draw a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham and go North on I-65 to the Tennessee border, there aren’t many areas in the country that have produced more military snipers. That, combined with my early fascination of two wheels, always being involved in some sport, and mostly being outside all the time have all contributed to the outcome. There are people too numerous to mention from Alabama that influenced me tremendously and continue to do so to this day. I was born with a bit of running speed and some athletic ability, but the early Coaches, Teachers and Mentors in my small town are the ones that made the most of it and showed me my true physical potential.
I entered the military before I got out of high school. That was unusual and luck played a part in me getting to the selection course I wanted less than 6 months after graduation. I was shown by Vietnam Veterans and men that were legendary operators that the mind is the most important aspect of this life. This simple truth is easy to say but hard to bring into reality for the masses. Standing at the end with 20 or so out of over 150 who were all the studs and athletic specimens of their area brought this point home crystal clear. This would serve me well for years whether running 50 miles, leading a 5.10 climb or walking the mountains of Southwest Asia.
Born in Alabama, made in California is what we say. Shooting a gun took on a different meaning for me during my second year in service when I got a slot at Sniper School. This is where the obsession began. I deployed as sniper all over the world for the next few years, most notably Bosnia Herzegovina. This is where I began to take note on tactics and techniques of both us and the locals. It’s also where I began to see that only in that type of environment can you learn how to win in that type of situation. Seeing the worst of humans teaches you what is possible, what is needed, what sometimes just is. Luck shined on me again while deployed there as members of my crew recognized our having walked into a minefield before it took a bad turn.
In the late 90’s I met a group of fellow snipers on a military range in the Midwest. They were different though. Uniforms, haircuts, weapons, even the way they carried themselves. Professional would be an understatement in regards to how they performed and how serious they were. I realized after some talk and beers that the place did still exist, and I wanted to go there. Another selection course and a few months later, life began again. I was lucky I met these guys, luckier that they invited me in, and most lucky that I made their selection.
This final piece of my military experience is the most influential factor in my life as a professional shooter and teacher of tactics. I later deployed and happily put into action what I had learned. I luckily lived through an IED that killed one of my own, and since then I’ve lost 42 more brothers. I am a very small spoke in a big wheel of what is one of the most combat effective units the U.S. military as ever seen. I’m a has been/never was compared to my brothers though, they continue to outdo themselves and the rest of the world every day.