J.D. Johnson and Charlie Strickland both started as police officers before 1990 and became deputy sheriffs shortly afterward. They each have been training law enforcement officers to shoot, drive, fight and protect themselves for more than two decades.
In 2008 they founded Talon Training Group and started teaching average citizens to shoot. They wanted to make their community safer by empowering citizens to protect themselves. You see, after decades of being law enforcement officers, they realized they would almost never actually be there when someone needed them. People simply had to be able to protect themselves, and Talon Training was their solution. Many cops focus on training cops; Talon focuses on training you.
Dozens of people trained in the North Florida, South Georgia and South Alabama areas turned into hundreds trained… and then to thousands. Students said they needed a safe place to shoot, so Charlie and JD built Talon Range on 500 acres just west of Tallahassee. The other need identified was holsters that were really high quality but affordable and made in the USA, specifically for concealed carry with the smallest new guns. Not plastic -- traditional leather, hand-crafted and carefully built.
As Talon Training grew to over a dozen very qualified LEO instructors, Charlie and J.D. were able to get a LOT of feedback on holster designs. They secured domestic supply chains for the components, of which the most significant was Hermann Oak Leather. Some companies use Hermann Oak for finer lines of holsters but use imported leather for standard lines. Talon uses exclusively Hermann Oak on every. Single. Holster.
Talon Holsters were a HUGE hit, and the demand continued to increase. Production moved in-house, and additional items were added to the inventory. Eventually, plans were launched to open a full-scale tactical outfitting store, where novices and experts alike could come ask questions, access educational resources, find the best products and order custom items. Talon Tactical Outfitters is the result of those plans, and we couldn’t be more excited to serve our community in this way. As our inventory expands, look for more products for the shooting community, including Talon Tactical Knives and Talon Tac-Ops AR-15 Lowers for AR-15 Pistols and Rifles.