Bill Rapier – Owner/Lead Instructor

Bill Rapier is the owner and lead instructor of American Tactical Shooting Instruction LLC, also known as Amtac Shooting.

  • Lead instructor of over 190 Amtac Shooting courses since 2020.
  • Trained over 2500 students since 2020.

Bill is retired after twenty years in the Navy, where his duty assignments included several years at SEAL Team 3 and over 14 years at Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Positions held include assaulter, breacher, sniper, team leader, troop chief, and military working dog department senior enlisted adviser. He has always been an avid shooter and is heavily involved in combatives.

Learn more about Bill’s military/combatives and shooting experience.
Article: Bill Rapier Navy Seal Devgru: More Than Just A Fearless Warrior

Article: Surefire Spotlight: Amtac Shooting’s Bill Rapier
Article: Let it Burn: by Bill Rapier
Article: Want to know what a course taught by Bill Rapier is like? Read an AAR written by one of Bill’s students who trained at one of the Amtac Shooting Combative Carbine Courses.

For more articles written by Bill visit our Articles page.
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For more AAR reviews visit our AARS page.


“Bill sits down with us to chat. Bill is a former Navy SEAL who operated at the highest level during the Global War On Terror. After leaving the teams, Bill started AMTAC Shooting/AMTAC Blades where he focuses on teaching the ways of the “modern minuteman” through courses that cover marksmanship, rifle and pistol combatives, and edged weapons. Bill has an extremely interesting background and still gets into all sorts of wild stuff nowadays. Be ready to learn a thing or two.” – Q LLC

Can You Survive This Podcast – with Bill Rapier

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Amtac Shootings Night Vision Course Review by Kit Badger
Retired Navy SEAL Bill Rapier’s Force on Force Class Review
How to Draw for the Fight. Bill Rapier, Field Notes Ep. 51

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Upcoming Courses

may 2024

30mayallday30-31 May 2024 - Amtac Shooting Advanced Responsible Armed Citizen/ Integrated Combatives Level 2 Course (WI) (THIS COURSE IS FULL)Oconomowoc, WI

june 2024

20junallday20-21 June 2024 - Amtac Shooting Integrated Combatives Course (ID)Near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (ATC Training Center)

22junallday22 June 2024 - Amtac Shooting Pistol 1 Course NH Led by Kevin KellyNear Manchester, NH

july 2024

09julallday9-11 July 2024 - Amtac Shooting LEO Pistol, Carbine and Integrated Combatives Course (MA)West Boylston, MA

september 2024

21sepallday21 September 2024 - Amtac Shooting Integratedd Combatives Course NH Led by Kevin KellyNear Manchester, NH

october 2024

03octallday3 October 2024 - Amtac Shooting Pistol Combatives and Medical Course FL (This Course is Full)Baker, Florida

04octallday4-5 October 2024 - Amtac Shooting Hybrid Carbine Course FL (This Course is Full)Baker, FL

06oct1:30 pm5:30 pm6 October 2024 Developing Solid Christian Men FLBaker, FL

november 2024

06nov(nov 6)12:00 pm08(nov 8)4:30 pm6-8 November 2024 - Amtac Shooting NVG Level 2 Course / Fighting at Nightnear Coeur D'Alene, ID (Amtac Training Center)

For all of our upcoming courses visit our Upcoming Courses page.


“I’ve been training in various martial arts for 15 years. I am a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a senior instructor in Jeet Kune Do. I also run a martial arts school in Northern California. These three days with Bill Rapier and Tuhon Tom Kier were awesome. The amount of knowledge and experience in one room was unbelievable at times. I got to look at my experience in martial arts under an electron microscope! There is NO aspect of Violence that is left unexamined in this course. Lots of little things that I had never thought about had a light shed on them, details that are crucial when it comes to life and death. We covered everything from pistol, blade, ground fighting, multiple attackers, and basic medical. All of which were combined and “pressure tested” at the end of the course! Of all the courses and teachers I have spent time with over the years, this was by far the most comprehensive and detailed approach to fighting and self-defense I have experienced in three days. If I could only choose 1 course to take, this would be it! If someone had to get ready for a life-and-death encounter in three days, this is the only course I know of that would make someone capable of handling such a wide variety of violent situations in so little time. I will definitely be attending this course again.”
– Thanks, Darrell Thompson, Cultivate Power Fight Arts

“It was really great to attend your class in Wallingford CT! I came away from the class feeling more capable (more dangerous) but most importantly with practical skills that I can train-as you know skills are perishable so ongoing work is critical. The blade training and the hand-to-hand work was excellent (brand new to me)-going forward my training priority will be these skills! If I can get into Luigis Nov. 16 training with your mentor I will certainly attend. I appreciate that you lead by example: that is really the only kind of leadership there is. I came away from your course with the motivation to be a better more capable man in all aspects of my life. Thank you for inspiring me!”

“In summation, this was an excellent course and fit in perfectly with the subject matter I was seeking. It definitely qualified in continuing to fill in the cracks in my training, and is a course that would even warrant repetition down the road. I guess the best words I can say are these: I had other choices of courses this same weekend, courses not far from where I live and with high-quality instructors who are highly thought-of in the training community. After completing this course with Bill Rapier, I have no regrets about where I spent my money and time.”
-Robert, of CIVILIAN GUNFIGHTER, Identifying the Best Training, Tools, and Tactics for the Armed Civilian!

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