Ken Hackathorn is a living legend in the field of tactical pistolcraft. He has been an active competitor, shooter and trainer since the early 1970’s, when he has was one of the earliest instructors at Jeff Cooper’s American Pistol Institute. He has since become a leader in the field of defensive firearms training for individuals, law enforcement and military units across the globe.
Ken has served as a US Army Special Forces Small Arms Instructor, Gunsite Head Instructor and NRA Police Firearms Instructor. He is currently an FBI Certified Firearms Instructor, Certified Deputy Sheriff, an SRT member and Special Response Team trainer. Ken has trained the highest levels of US Military Special Operations forces and Marine special units, and has been a contract small arms trainer to FBI, SWAT and HRT. He has been a firearms and tactical training advisor to special agencies all over the world.
Ken has written firearms-related material for Guns & Ammo, Combat Handguns, Soldier Of Fortune, American Handgunner and contributed to multiple other firearms journals. He has also written for numerous firearms-related television programs and multiple training videos. As a founding member of both IPSC and the IDPA, Ken has been actively involved in fostering the development of practical handgun shooting sports worldwide for almost 40 years.