Our Instructors


Our Manager Dale recently retired from the Sioux Falls Police Department. During his 27 year career, he attended many instructor level firearms classes. 10 years spent in SWAT and the Narcotics unit gave him a lot of firearm experience and specialized training. The last 10 years of his career was spent as the Sgt. In charge of all firearms training; use of force; and armorer for all the Department’s weapon systems. He also assisted in training recruits at the State of South Dakota Police Academy (LET). He has trained basic shooters to advanced tactical operators. Training new shooters is the most rewarding area for him.


  • NRA Handgun Instructor (civilian)
  • South Dakota Enhanced Concealed Carry Certified Instructor
  • NRA Handgun/Shotgun/Rifle (AR-15 M4 platform) (Law Enforcement)
  • Simunition force on force instructor
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care Certified (NAEMT)
  • Dignitary Protection School
  • Glock, FN-P90 and Colt Armorer
  • Several Los Angeles Police Dept. SWAT week long training exercises
  • Countless others, including 2 SWAT sniper schools
  • BA Morningside College; Criminal Justice


Matt is the Chief Range Officer/Senior Instructor at Badlands Gun Range located in Sioux Falls, SD. Matt’s goal is to provide the best instruction possible for those who attend the firearms courses he teaches. Matt Schlueter is a retired Deputy Sheriff from South Dakota with years of  experience in law enforcement, and held the position of Firearms Instructor and DARE officer with the Sheriff’s Office he worked at till his retirement. For three and half years prior to coming to work at Badlands Gun Range, Matt operated his own Firearms Training Company in the Sioux Falls, SD area.

Matt holds the following:

NRA Certifications:

  • Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Approved Club Leader Certificate

NRA Instructor Certifications:

  • NRA Basic Handgun
  • NRA Personal Protection in the Home
  • NRA Personal Protection outside the Home
  • NRA Defensive Pistol
  • NRA Pistol Marksmanship Simulator Instructor

Concealed Carry Instructor for the following states:

  • South Dakota Enhanced Permit to Carry
  • Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Instructor
  • Iowa
  • Arizona

Law Enforcement Certifications:

  • Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor
  • DARE Instructor
  • Glock Armorer
  • Rapid Deployment to High Risk

Associates Degree Law Enforcement Technology from Western Dakota Tech, Rapid City, SD