About The Founder

The Carry Wisely Firearm Academy was founded by Trevor Mardis, NREMT to help people make good choices with regard to firearms.

Trevor’s interest in firearms began as a youth in New York City. None of his family owned firearms and media was his primary teacher. Trevor enlisted in the Navy immediately after graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School and his formal firearms education was soon underway.

The Navy offered him the ability to handle small individual firearms such as the 1911 and M9, long guns such as the Remington 870 and the M14 along with crew-served systems such as the M60 and M2 .50 Calibre machine guns during his service aboard a guided missile cruiser.

Serving as a member of on-board armed response teams and on the VBSS team augmented Trevor’s understanding of the gravity of firearms; the education dispelled many of the misconceptions that Hollywood and comic books instilled, and that reality-based education has continued since the military.

Trevor is a certified firearms instructor through the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms, and a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He is a Navy veteran and a dedicated family man who enjoys hiking, swimming, and yoga. In addition to his enthusiasm for shooting sports and the proper handling of firearms, Trevor is a practitioner of Brasilian Jiu Jitsu among other martial disciplines.

Trevor began offering formal firearms instruction in 2014 and intends to continue helping people make good choices by offering guidance in the safe, lawful, and effective integration of firearms.