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Joseph P. Dawson

Retired Navy SEAL Chief Joe Dawson

Medically retired after 14 Years as a Navy SEAL Chief, Joe has been deployed multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pacific theatres. He served as Lead Petty Officer in charge of Land Warfare Training and ended his career as the Course Supervisor and Course Manager for Naval Special Warfare Sniper program (DOD LV1 Sniper program).

Joe actively freelances for publications such as Breach, Bang, Clear, RECOIL magazine and Modern Service Weapons. He also actively consults with many industry leaders. Joe actively competes in shooting competitions when not instructing.

Other qualifications include:

  • Sniper
  • Lead Breacher
  • Static Line and Freefall (HAHO/HALO) jump qualified
  • HRST/Cast Master (rope/rappel master)
  • Navy Range Officer: (certified in the following)
    • NSW Range Safety Officer-In-Charge
    • Small Arms
    • Dynamic Fire and Movement
    • Demolitions
    • Indirect Fire (mortars)
    • Rockets
    • Close Quarters Combat
    • Laser
    • Dynamice (fire and movement/maneuver) Ground Mobility Vehicle Range
    • Explosive Breaching
  • Navy Dive Supervisor
  • Navy Master Training Specialist
  • Navy Master Training Specialist Mentor
  • Athlete’s Performance SOF Tactical Military Mentor
  • LAPD MACTAC Instructor
  • FBI (POST Certified) Firearms Instructor
  • Protective Serve operations and advanced driving


  • Associates – General Education
  • BA Business Administration- 3.9 GPA
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Alpha Lambda Honor Society

Joe provides basic and advanced firearms instruction, specialized training, and consulting through his company Bruiser Industries.

Joe has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we are happy to have him as one of our Subject Matter Experts.

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