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In Memoriam – Ron Avery

Firearms trainer and former Police Officer Ron Avery passed away on February 23rd.

This is his obituary:

Ron E. Avery passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62, and lived in Ouray, CO. Ron was a former police officer, as well as a recognized researcher and world-class shooter, winning many local, state, national and international competitions. He provided firearms training to all branches of the military, select government agencies, hundreds of federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agents, and countless clients in the private sector.

He was the co-founder of the Tactical Performance Center in St. George, UT, which teaches his doctrine of Reactive Shooting. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Reactive Shooting, which explains this doctrine in greater depth. Ron wrote for many different publications and had his own column in PoliceOne.com.

Ron is survived by his wife Michelle Poirier, and daughters Sarah Smith (nee Avery) and Samantha Avery, together with four (4) brothers (Paul, Neil, Alan and Bob) and four (4) sisters (Barbara Avery, Mary Bennett, S. Avery Smith and Joan Poundstone).

At his request, no viewing or funeral services will be held, and he will be cremated.

A memorial service is planned for the USPSA National Match in September, 2019, in St. George, Utah.

Ron will be missed. May He Rest In Peace.

16 Responses to “In Memoriam – Ron Avery”

  1. Jacob Gibson says:

    Fair winds sir. The world is better for having had you in it.

  2. Matt says:

    Sad day, great instructor, shooter from what limited experience I’ve had with him. Condolences to his family and close friends.

  3. Chuck says:

    Very unfortunate news. Outstanding intructor. Condolences..

  4. Joe_K says:


  5. Aric C Quist says:

    Rest easy Brother

  6. Alpha2 says:

    Condolences to his family and friends.

  7. Dan McCormick says:

    Rest in peace Ron, may God bless you and your family!!
    Former SS Firearms Instructor

  8. Standy says:

    Ron taught for the SureFire Institute back in the late 90’s

    We worked a training gig together in Singapore. He was a fun, solid guy and will be missed.

    • Anon says:

      What he was in Singapore?! When was that?
      The world lost a great great great instructor.

  9. DOUGLAS OKADA says:

    Ron , Thank you for being there for me in my training , when I lost my physician father not too long after you lost your mom. You have been my shooter inspiration and I know that you are with my dad and your mom in Heaven watching over us like Guardian Angels. Never got the chance to teach you spearfishing as you had wanted to learn, but will send my students from Art of the Warrior Wing Chun and our police form of Yoshinkan Aikido from the 5.11 Tactical Development Center to your Tactical Performance Center for Firearms Training in your honor. God bless your each and every step in Heaven and that of your family on Earth, Douglas

  10. SK1 says:

    Took a pistol class with Ron at San Antonio SWAT back in 98. Very effective, passionate and funny instructor. Sad news.

  11. Stickman says:

    Rest In Peace Ron, you are in a better place.

  12. Glory Archibald Canale says:

    Very fond memories of my friend and colleague, Ron, when we worked together at the Moffat County Sheriff’s Dept. in the early 1980’s. Funny, loving, dedicated and caring and such drive and determination to heal his body after his terrible fall. Life dealt you quite a hand, but now you rest in God’s perfect peace. The world is a better place, thanks to you!

  13. Rgee95 says:

    I had the opportunity back in the day to go thru his pistol instructor course. I learned more in 5 days about pistol shooting and instructing students than any other instructor in the business. Ron had a profound effect on my career and I still to this day utilize his techniques in my own instruction and shooting. Rest in peace brother!

  14. Numa Landry says:

    You taught me how to be a good instructors and I will never forget that. Thank you for your advice and friendship.

  15. Ken Stormer says:

    Godspeed Ron. You are and will be missed