Welcome to The GunLife Coach

The GunLife Coach™ has been created from my over 30 years of experience within the military, law enforcement and shooting industry.

My passion is to empower others to win in life and on the range. Relating my real world experiences from the shooting industry to real life application and motivation!

"Evolve Yourself and Evolve Your Skills!" 

Stephen D. Powell - The GunLife Coach™ 

More about Me...

Well, from my childhood home in Delaware to becoming an Air Force veteran with more than 18 years of combined federal, military & civilian law enforcement experience. It's been quite the journey. I've been teaching professionally now for over 25+years as a firearms instructor for numerous organizations and agencies rated with the NRA, NM & TX DPS (TCOLE) and a Sig Sauer Academy Master Instructor.

My first company, Patriot Outdoors, starting off as a thousand acre training facility located in Eastern New Mexico; was such a labor of love.

It was there on the windy High Plains, where my passions came to fruition with my unique culture for the facility with over 250K trained students and developing some amazing instructors and staff over the years. All of this and more was a tribute to my company's success.

Since 2004, Patriot has provided crucial and relevant firearms training to DOD and SOCOM, state and local law enforcement and thousands of armed citizens. Still today, "Patriot" continues  to be operational in the defensive training industry. It's a pleasure for me to serve for the success of those who defend our country as well as helping our citizens stand strong in the face of threat.

Teaching PreDeployment to AFSOC Troops

Over the years, I've also appeared on several Fox News, Sirius XM radio, various regional newspaper, radio and tv shows, promoting military veteran entrepreneurship, true American patriotism as well as consulting & educating the shooting industry on range development, media relations and key second amendment issues.

An Epiphany!

The GunLife Coach

It all started to dawn on me in the summer of 2020, reflecting on my unconventional approaches to training, some dry humor and whit.

I realized over the years, I had developed smaller life application phrases comparing them to "range work and shooting". Then it hit me! "The GunLife Coach™",  That's it, I'll put my thoughts and experiences to work in a new way!

How can I help others win not just on the range but in life? There have been so many examples in my life and of the thousands of students/shooters within my care over the years, some telling me their stories of abuse, combat, failures and successes!  Sometimes, I helped them get through "their moments" and sometimes I just listened, cried, prayed with them just to just be there. "What if I could help others?", I thought.

Let me tell you, I'm no saint, I'm certainly not a counselor or doctor of any kind, I just act and teach more like a coach. So, Through all of that and more, I felt compelled to bring my experiences and inspirations to the world and help impact those around me.

Since the summer of 2020, I've been fortunate to assist as a news contributor/writer for Politicrossing.com and Sinclair Broadcasting Group. Raising the awareness of caring for those around us within the shooting community and helping others be active and intentional both in life and on the range...

It's exciting for sure! Now, The GunLife Coach™ is alive and well and growing right here in the Phoenix Valley.

I attribute all of this to my God, the faith He's given me along the way and with the support of my wife, Holly, my family, mentors and friends of the industry. So, Stay tuned with me on social and get ready to Evolve you Skills & Evolve Yourself!


For Liberty,

Stephen D. Powell ~The GunLife Coach

 The GunLife Coach provides products and services to DOD, DOJ, Corporate and Commercial firearms training, private consultation courses, security advisory, shooting sports and gun range industry consulting, team building, leadership training, mentoring, self defense courses, clinics and programs as well as motivational speaking. The GunLife Coach also offers promotional items such as hats and shirts for their clientele.