Erick Findley Founder and Instructor 7 Foxtrot LLC

Erick Findley, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Ret) – Owner & Instructor

  • TX DPS Certified Concealed Handgun (CHL) Instructor
  • Member of The Texas Concealed Handgun Association
  • Member - NRA Life of Duty
  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • United States Concealed Carry Association Member & Affiliate Instructor

Erick Findley Founder and Instructor 7 Foxtrot.  He founded 7 Foxtrot in July 2013 after 23 years of service, both Active & Reserve, in the U.S. Marine Corps.  While in the Corps, he served in the infantry as a Anti-Tank Missleman (MOS 0352), a Scout Sniper (MOS 8541/0317), Infantry Unit Leader (MOS 0369) and a Primary Marksmanship Instructor (MOS 8531).

Erick's Experience:

1987

Began shooting competitively while stationed in Okinawa, Japan and was trained as a Primary Marksmanship Instructor (PMI).  His duties included instructing Marines on how to qualify, according to Marine Corps Combat Marksmanship standards, with the service rifle (M16A2) from 200-500 yards.  Further instructed Marines who were firearms novices in the marksmanship skills and combat skills required to use M9 Beretta service pistols.  Coached his unit to a first place victory in Marine-only NRA sponsored pistol team shooting match.

1988

Returned to US (Camp Pendleton) for service with the Scout Platoon,1st Tank Battalion. Continued to where he served a a Tank Battalion Scout and continued to train Marines in combat skills to include patrolling, combat marksmanship,  and survival skills.

1990

Deployed to Saudi Arabia with 1st Tank Battalion where he participated in Desert Shield, and fought in Desert Storm with Task Force Papa Bear.  Awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor in combat.

1994

Sergeant Findley completed Scout Sniper Basic Course in Quantico, Virginia.

1995

Became 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, Scout Sniper Platoon’s platoon sergeant, where he led and trained 21 Marines assigned to the platoon for the next 8 years.

2004

Staff Sergeant Findley, was stationed in the Pentagon at the Marine Corps Office of Legislative Affairs, working directly with Congress on issues pertaining to the Marine Corp.  Awarded Meritorious Service Medal for his work.

2007

After promotion to Gunnery Sergeant ("Gunny"), Gunny Findley went to Camp LeJeune, NC for Infantry Unit Leaders Course and then was stationed with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines (1st Bn, 4th MAR) at Camp Pendleton.  Deployed with I Marine Expeditionary Force to Iraq as the Personal Security Officer for the Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Forces-West (MNF-W) in Fallujah.

2010

Deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15 MEW) as the (1st Battalion, 4th Marines) Headquarters and Support Company “Gunny”.

2011

Transferred to Scout Sniper Instructor School in Quantico, VA to served as Staff NCO in Charge of the school.  Instrumental in implementing new curriculum for Scout Sniper individual and team training.  Led the push to review and update the doctrinal and instructional Marine publication for Scout Snipers, which has last been updated in 1980.  Finally, stationed with the Military Police Battalion on Quantico, where he served as the Operations Chief responsible for all annual Marine Corps required training for the unit.  This training included rifle and pistol annual qualification, as well as physical and combat fitness testing.

April 2013

Received an honorable discharge, after 23 years of meritorious service in the United States Marine Corps.

1 May 2015 - Retirement from the United States Marine Corps as a Gunnery Sergeant.