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Cougar Mountain Solutions LLC

Erick Gelhaus

BACKGROUND: Civilian, Former Military, Former Law Enforcement, Instructor

20 Years Instructing


Available Courses

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Concealed Carry Skills - Off-Body Carry
Ways to carry concealed, Not a permit cl…
Intermediate, Concealed Carry Training Intermediate
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High-Risk Stops Instructor
Both Pedestrian & Vehicle Stops
Scenario Based Training, Instructor Training Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses N/A
Next class: Aug 6
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L/E Pistol Mounted Optics Instructor - PA
How to teach and coach the Dot
Advanced, Instructor Training Courses, Instructor Coach Training Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses, Specialty Other Advanced
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Law Enforcement Low Light Instructor
Instructor Training Courses, Instructor Coach Training Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses N/A
Next class: Oct 27
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Low Light Application - Pistol Mounted Optics
Integrating your optic equipped pistol a…
Intermediate, Concealed Carry Training Intermediate
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Pistol Mounted Optics - TN
An introduction to the defensive use of…
Intermediate, Advanced, Specialty Other Intermediate
Next class: Jun 21
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Pistol Mounted Optics Instructor - Ohio
How to teach and coach the Dot
Advanced, Instructor Training Courses, Instructor Coach Training Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses, Specialty Other Advanced
Next class: Dec 6
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Pistol Mounted Optics Instructor - Oklahoma
How to teach and coach the Dot
Advanced, Instructor Training Courses, Instructor Coach Training Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses, Specialty Other Advanced
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Pro-Active Shotgun
West Coast Shotgun meets police work
Intermediate, Shotgun, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses Intermediate
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Reactive Shotgun - TN
Working the defensive shotgun when the p…
Basic, Intermediate, Shotgun Basic
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About Cougar Mountain Solutions LLC

Greetings! Thanks for stopping by.

My background includes practical application, academia, teaching, and writing.

- I've been on staff at Gunsite Academy since '01, I'm a range master (lead instructor) for several courses, including the pistol-mounted optics classes. I have also taught for Aimpoint and on contract for others;
- After 29 years of full-time, sworn law enforcement, I retired as a patrol sergeant in 2019. I worked patrol, community-oriented policing, gang suppression, narcotics, field training, and use of force/firearms. As a supervisor, I ran a patrol shift along with the use of force/firearms and field training programs. I both supervised and was involved in a number of critical incidents during my career;
- My service in the US Army and the National Guard was during the Cold War and the GWOT, including a ground combat deployment as a weapons squad leader;
- In between all of that, I have written for several publications;

Academically, I have a Masters's in Public Administration degree with an organizational leadership concentration. My focus was on training and use of force issues. 

All of that comes together when preparing and presenting my classes.

Courses Taught

Intermediate, Advanced, Shotgun, Scenario Based Training, Scenario Based Training (Simunitions, Man Marking Cartridge), Instructor Training Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses, Seminars / Lectures, Specialty Other


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Certifications

Force Science analyst; California Training Institute - Force Encounters analyst;
FBI Firearms instructor;
NRA-LEAD handgun, shotgun, and patrol rifle instructor;
Red Dot Pistol instructor - Sage Dynamics and Sig Academy;
Low Light instructor - SureFire Institute and Sage Dynamics;

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