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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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High-Risk Stops Instructor
Both Pedestrian & Vehicle Stops
Scenario Based Training, Instructor Training Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses N/A
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Law Enforcement Low Light Instructor
Instructor Training Courses, Instructor Coach Training Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses N/A
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Low Light Application - Police Carbine
Rifle, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses N/A target icon

About Cougar Mountain Solutions LLC

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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 certification icon


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; review icon

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