Instructors & Facilities

Jay WurtsJay Wurts, Owner and Director of Circle The Wagons Training, is an NRA-Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol , Personal Protection In the HomePersonal Protection Outside the Home, and is a Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO). He has certificated advanced training in Stage 1 and Stage 2 Defensive Pistol, Secondary (Backup) Handgun, Low-Light Defensive Handgun, and human physiology/medical transcription. While serving with the military, he qualified with the AR-15 (M-16), M-1 Carbine with bayonet, and standard USAF aircrew sidearms. Today, he specializes in personal protection, handgun self-defense and Team Safety, and is chief instructor for CTWT’s private classes and group training.

Raised in Scottsdale, Jay first learned to shoot from his father, a former Phoenix Police Officer and Volunteer Deputy for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. Jay served with the Arizona Air National Guard as an airman, detailed to the Air Police for riot control duty in the 1960s; and later as a pilot and Deputy Flight Safety Officer flying heavy transports worldwide, including missions during the Vietnam War. With a BS in Aeronautics from ASU, he was a Flight Test/Project Engineer and Test Pilot for North American Aviation (later Rockwell International). After earning his MBA from Pepperdine University, he taught business and management at several California colleges and has written, coauthored, and developed dozens of books. (Visit

In the 1990s, Jay served on the Advisory Board for San Francisco’s Academy of the Sword, a theater-arts company associated with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), teaching stage and film actors the fundamentals of Europe’s original martial art. His publications in this period include Swashbuckling: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Art of Stage Combat and Theatrical Swordplay and In Search of the Woman Warrior (both with Academy Director, Richard Lane), and a treatise for The Fight Master, Journal of the SAFD, reconstructing a complete system of combat for the two-handed European longsword.

“Our mission at CTW Training,” Jay says, “is to bring the art of handguns for personal defense to self-reliant, responsible Americans in a safe, effective, and enjoyable way while sharing our love of Old West traditions that helped define our national character.”

Guest Instructors and Firing Line Coaches

All CTW Training guest instructors/firing-line coaches are not only experts in their field (many with NRA Instructor and RSO certifications), but are fine teachers and keen observers. They are as patient helping beginners learn the basics as they are enthusiastic coaches for veteran shooters seeking to attain their highest potential. Often, these instructors have unique qualifications, including backgrounds as military, law enforcement, and government agency trainers or accomplishments in competitive shooting.

Whenever functional firearms are present in a classroom or at the range, each station will be supervised by a qualified line coach ready to answer your questions, help you with mechanical problems, share insider tips, and promote the safest and most enjoyable learning experience possible.

In larger classes when shooting lanes may be limited, we often use the NRA’s proven “coach-and-pupil” method. Here, two students pair-up under the supervision of a line coach, and take turns running drills—one as shooter, one as active observer—then switch roles, maximizing both trigger time and opportunities to give and receive feedback.

Jay IzienickiJay Izienicki, Lead Instructor, is Lead Instructor for Latent Force LLC and has been a student and instructor of firearms since 1998. An avid sportsman, he started his pursuit of the shooting sports at the age of 13 when he received his Hunter Safety card and began hunting with his family. He now carries numerous firearm instructor certifications from the NRA, AZ-DPS, and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in handgun, shotgun, rifle and range safety.

Jay brings a rare perspective to firearms training. As a member of the Firearms Training Unit within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office – where he is both General Instructor and Firearms Instructor – he instructs the Qualified Armed Posse Firearm Academy for the non-sworn volunteer posse program. This program requires training in mechanical restraints, defensive tactics, weapon retention, and chemical agents along with Law Enforcement firearms training and tactics in handgun, shotgun and rifle for civilian volunteers ranging from recent college graduates to doctors and lawyers. Jay’s unique background allows him to directly relate the challenges that armed civilians face to real-life law enforcement street scenarios–experience that is hard to find in today’s sometimes bewildering firearms training community. His desire to learn remains as strong as ever and he considers himself a lifelong student of firearms, seeking ongoing training, new ideas, and advanced skills from a wide variety of schools and instructors. “As soon as you consider yourself an ‘expert,’” Jay says, “you shut yourself off to learning anything new!”

As Lead Instructor for Latent Force LLC he has developed the Prepared Defensive Action training program that provides the necessary practical defensive training skills for personal defense in a professional, supportive and encouraging format that is suitable for both true beginners and more advanced shooters, with a strong focus on the Skills, Ability and Attitude of his students. Safety of both the students and instructors is the main priority in all courses. Jay conducts custom personal defense, armed security and CCW courses in addition to NRA-certified courses in Firearm Orientation, Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Inside the Home.

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Joshua LoganJoshua (Josh) Logan, Lead Instructor, is an NRA-Certified Basic Pistol Instructor, Arizona Certified POST peace officer and former police officer in North Dakota. Following service with the USAF, where (as a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF’s Security Forces Academy), he was a member of the Tactical Response Force (TRF) providing Group- and Squadron-level Tac Team security for nuclear weapons convoys, “Rapid Response” to nuclear ICBM launch facilities during alarm activations, and aerial (helo) infield support with heavy weapons, explosives, and sniper/precision weapons engagements (as well as armory-level maintenance and control of a variety of specialized systems–from M9 pistols and M4 carbines to SAW and medium machine guns, grenade launchers, and exotic equipment such as the Barrett .50 BMG–he continued to hone his LEO and firearms skills through such specialized training as the National Highway Transportation Administration’s ARIDE program, Calibre Press Street Survival seminar, and certification as a Smith & Wesson M&P armorer.

His awards and decorations include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Medal, U.S. Air Force Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (with bronze star denoting M4 Carbine and M9 Pistol), 91st Space Wing, Minot AFB, Air Crew of the Quarter (2007), and USAF Achievement Medal.

Josh, a proud member of the USAF Sergeant’s Association, currently serves as a firearms instructor and Range Safety Officer (RSO) for the Scottsdale Gun Club.

Firearm Training Facilities in Arizona

Circle the Wagons Training Facilities

CTWT private classes and group training have access to some of the finest classroom and shooting facilities in the Valley of the Sun.

Non-shooting training may be scheduled anywhere in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Buckeye, Cave Creek, Carefree, Apache Junction, and other Valley communities. Classrooms are often located in Community and Senior Centers, library meeting rooms, hotel and resort conference centers—even private homes or your own organization’s facility.

When private or group classroom instruction is followed immediately by range training, classrooms are often located at the range. In some cases, classroom instruction and range training are held at separate locations. After your application has been received and you’ve identified the Valley area most convenient for you and your party, CTWT will inform you of the nearest appropriate venue and make all necessary arrangements.

Some Valley ranges with on-site classrooms include:

Ben Avery Shooting Facility (North Phoenix)

Scottsdale Gun Club (Scottsdale)

Shooter’s World (Phoenix, Peoria)

Caswells (Mesa)

C2 Tactical (Tempe)

Joe Foss Shooting Complex (Buckeye)