Thank you for choosing STA Training Group.

STA was founded by former Marine Corps Scout Snipers who wanted to bring current shooting techniques and high marksmanship standards to not just military and law enforcement but most importantly, to our nation's largest line of armed defenders, the American citizen. STA instructors bring you a diverse and extensive back round from the military, law enforcement and private security sector as well as over a decade of unique experience working for major firearms, optics and suppressor companies in the firearms industry. Our job is to transfer our knowledge to you in the most clear and professional manner possible. Your job is to apply it.

All of our instructors are former Marine, Navy Seal, Army Special Operations, Law Enforcement, Specialized Medical Professionals, or Security contract snipers who bring their own unique ideas and instruction through decades of deployments into specialized training courses.

Jerod Johnson
Director of Operations



8 + years United States Marine Corps (0331,8541,0369)
Machine Gunner School
1st Mar Div Scout Sniper School
Special Operations training Group
Reconnaissance and Surveillance
Special Operations Training Group Urban sniper
Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (S.E.R.E.)
Department of Defense Less lethal Instructor
Butte Community College SWAT School

Industry Experience

Leupold & Stevens Military/Law Enforcement Division Sales / Training Manager
Gemtech Suppressors Sales / Training Manager
Heckler & Koch Defense Sales Specialist
Patriot Ordnance Factory Sales and Training Manager

Security/Training Experience

S.T.A. Training Group Co-Owner
Anti Piracy Security Contractor
Department of State Independent Contractor
Personal Protection Detail to Celebrities / VIP's
McMillan Sniper School Instructor
N.R.A. Law Enforcement Patrol Rifle Instructor
High Desert Special Operations Center Instructor
U.S. National SWAT Competition Instructor
U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association Board Memeber

Robert Pettorsson
Lead Precision Rifle Instructor



Robert Pettorson spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a Mortarman (0341) and a Scout Sniper Leader as well as Chief Scout. He did multiple deployments to include Africa, Japan, Philippines, Afghanistan, Iraq and choice other countries. Robert Honorably served his enlistment in the Corps and then accepted a position at McMillian Sniper School. Upon completing 5 years as Lead Instructor, he took on a new role at Patriot Ordnance Factory.

Has taught a wide range of students from cleared civilians to members of the SOCOM Community.

Holds an Adjunct position with Kellogg Community College as an Instructor for the Homeland Security Training Package.

Certified N.R.A. Instructor

Instructed the Philippine Marine Corps. and Japanese Self Defense Force.

Schooling Completed

6th Marine Regiment Sniper School
6th Marine Regiment Assault Climber Course
6th Marine Regiment SERE Course
2nd Marine Division Scout Sniper School
2nd Special Operations Training Group Non Lethal Weapons Tactics
2nd Special Operations training Group Helicopter Rope Suspension Training (HRST)
PADI Dive Master Certified
Combat Life Saver Course
M249 Saw Gunner's Course
Tactical Recovery of Aircraft Personnel Course