About Us

Erik Tweedt


Archetype of the Gun


I am a lifelong student of the martial crafts and EMS Professional; Archetype of the Gun is a culmination of that lifestyle. I hold multiple certifications and licenses from Rangemaster under Tom Givens, Handgun Combatives under Dave Spaulding, NRA, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Dept of Public Health. I am also affiliated with USCCA, ACLDN, and Tactical Medical Solutions. All my classes follow a simple, efficient and repeatable skill set that represents “A way” not “The way”. I encourage growth and guided self-discovery during all my course work. My goal is not just to get you to pass a qualification, but to make sure you are competent and confident in your skills. I also host many prominent instructors throughout the year.


IDPH Licensed Paramedic & Lead Instructor
NAEMSE- Lead Instructor
TECC Recognized Educational Partner
Handgun Combatives Certified Instructor- Essential Pistol, Combative Pistol, Kinetic Combat Pistol, Adaptive Combat Pistol
Rangemaster Certified Instructor

Tap-Rack Tactical- Red Dot Instructor
NRA Instructor/ RSO
USCCA Affiliate Instructor
UTM Instructor & Professional Training Organization
General Dynamics Simuniton Instructor
Hazmat Ops
Emergency Response to Terrorism
WMD incident response
LUMC/UBMC- Critical Care Paramedic
TEMS- Provider
American Heart Association Instructor
NAEMT Instructor
Stop the Bleed Instructor
Tacmed Solutions Associate Trainer

Course History

-Tom Givens- Rangemaster Instructor Certification

-Massad Ayoob- MAG40

-Robert Houzenga- MAG40

-Andy Kemp- MAG40

-Clint Smith- Urban Rifle, Tactical Handgun- Lecture

-Dave Spaulding- Reduced Light Pistol, Combative Pistol, Kinetic Pistol, Instructor Certification

-Robert Militello- Tactical Pistol (basic & advanced), Patrol Rifle, Tactical Shotgun, TEMS, Executive Protection

-Andrew Branca- Law of Self-Defense lvl1

-Randy Clifton- Force on Force/ Advanced concealed carry

-Varg Freeborn- Primal Violence, High order criminal and counter ambush, ACA concealment fighting, Force on Force

-Scot Jedlinski- AIWB & Red Dot pistol, The Path to Performance

-William Aprill- Unthinkable

-John Farnam- Advanced Defensive Pistol

-Chuck Pressburg- No Fail Pistol

-Matt Jacques- Fighting from Concealment

-Mike Pannone- Hybrid Pistol(advanced & covert)

-Rob Haught- Shotgun Skills

– Battleline Tactical- Vehicle defense and counter ambush

-Chicago SWAT Operational Medicine Symposium

– Centrifuge Training- VCQB, Well That Sucks

-Frontsight Solutions- Low light pistol

-Bill Blowers- Red Dot Instructor