John Cello
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The Tactical Pirate

John Cello

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

27 Years Instructing

PH: 864 617 4743


Available Courses

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Advanced Defensive Carbine
This advanced course is all range time,…
Advanced, Rifle, Scenario Based Training Advanced
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Advanced Defensive Handgun
If you're a concealed weapon permit hold…
Advanced, Scenario Based Training Advanced
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Advanced Defensive Shotgun
Our advanced class will have you moving…
Advanced, Shotgun, Scenario Based Training Advanced
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Basic Carbine
This eight-hour course consists primaril…
Basic, Rifle Basic
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Basic Defensive Carbine
Learn the potential of your carbine...an…
Basic, Rifle Basic
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Basic Defensive Handgun
Maybe you're planning on getting your SC…
Basic Basic
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Basic Defensive Shotgun
For a defensive long gun, the shotgun ca…
Basic, Shotgun Basic
Next class: Oct 24
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Basic Defensive Shotgun - October 2020
For a defensive long gun, the shotgun ca…
Basic, Shotgun Basic
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Basic Shotgun
Highly recommended for those new to shot…
Basic, Shotgun Basic
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Ladies Only Basic Handgun Clinic
We take students, from those who have ne…
Basic, Women's Only Courses Basic
Next class: Oct 31
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Ladies Only Basic Handgun Clinic October 2020
We take students, from those who have ne…
Basic, Women's Only Courses Basic
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NRA Basic Pistol
This eight-hour course consists primaril…
Basic, NRA Courses Basic
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NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar
Designed to give you the knowledge you n…
NRA Courses, Other, Seminars / Lectures N/A
Next class: Nov 21
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SC Concealed Weapons Permit - November 2020
Obtaining your South Carolina concealed…
CCW N/A
Next class: Oct 17
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SC Concealed Weapons Permit - October 2020
Obtaining your South Carolina concealed…
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About The Tactical Pirate

John Cello is the president and lead instructor at The Tactical Pirate.

John brings relevant experience to his classes. Unlike other instructors, he doesn’t instruct from theory, but rather from the practical application of weapon handling techniques that he has employed in the real world.

An NRA certified instructor and a retired member of the Georgia Army National Guard where he served as a Military Policeman, he has a long and varied training background.

John is a former sworn law enforcement officer, having served in the patrol and criminal investigation divisions of a municipal police department. He spent several years on a multi-agency narcotics task force in an undercover capacity. He was responsible for writing his agency’s documentation establishing a tactical team, wrote its first operational manual, and was on the first team.

In his military career, he deployed to Iraq in 2008 where he served on the personal security detail for the Brigade Signal Shop at Camp Bucca. Deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 – 2010, he was assigned to a Police Mentoring Team in Kunduz Province working with the Afghan National Police as a trainer. John’s PMT team trained the Afghan Police on general police procedures with an emphasis on patrolling techniques and weapons employment.

After returning from Afghanistan, John was assigned to the Pre-Mobilization Training Assistance Element at Ft. Stewart, GA training units deploying to the Mideast on M9, M4\M16, M249, M240, M203, Mk19, and M2 weapons systems.

John’s second tour in Afghanistan in 2012 – 2013 had him assigned as a squad leader on the quick reaction force (QRF) at Camp Phoenix providing emergency response to the Kabul Base Cluster. For actions in this position, he was awarded the Bronze Star medal.

John is an active competitor in IDPA, USPSA, 3 Gun Nation, and Steel Challenge matches.

Courses Taught

CCW, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Rifle, Shotgun, NRA Courses, Scenario Based Training, Women's Only Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses, Seminars / Lectures, Tactical Casualty Care (TCCC / TECC)


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Certifications

NRA Home Firearm Safety
NRA Pistol
NRA Range Safety Officer
NRA Refuse To Be A Victim

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Policies

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations accepted for full refund less 12% processing fee 6 days or more prior to class date. Within 5 days or less a 25% cancellation fee will be charged.

Reschedule Policy

There is no charge for rescheduling a class.

Refund Policy

Cancellations accepted for full refund less 12% processing fee 6 days or more prior to class date. Within 5 days or less a 25% cancellation fee will be charged.

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Videos

  • Ladies Only Clinic

    Our first Ladies Only Clinic back in November of 2017. These clinics take beginners through safe gun handling to basic marksmanship and up to getting effective hits on target in timed scenarios.