MEET THE TEAM

Richard Shaw

Principal, Cowtown Range & GPS Defense Sniper School

Richard served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years and retired in 2006 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  During his career, Richard served as as an Executive Officer, Platoon Commander, and Fire Direction Officer in 4th Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment in Okinawa, Japan.   While a member of 4th Battalion, he was hand-selected to lead the Battalion’s tactical nuclear reaction force.  He also served as a Series Commander, Adjutant and Company Commander in 2nd Recruit Training Battalion at MCRD, San Diego.  While a Captain, Richard was awarded a prestigious  military academic scholarship to attend law school and later served a Trial Counsel, Defense Counsel, Senior Defense Counsel, Special Counsel, and Staff Judge Advocate at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina;  MCAS El Toro, CA;  MCAS Miramar, CA; and Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans. Richard is licensed to practice law in Arizona, North Carolina and Louisiana.

While in the Marine Corps, Richard excelled at small arms marksmanship and long-range, indirect fire gunnery calculations utilizing slide rules and computer systems.  Following his retirement from the ‘Corps, Richard pursued a career in commercial real estate development specializing in site acquisition, leasing and zoning for cellular transmission towers.  Richard took the helm at Cowtown Range in April 2016 and acquired GPS Defense Sniper School in December 2018.

Johnny Sticca

Membership and Special Use Manager

Johnny is an active duty police officer of over 16 years for a major metropolitan police department, currently assigned to the Tactical Response Unit.

Johnny is certified as a General Instructor and Field Training Officer through the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (AZPOST) Board. He also holds several instructor level certifications related to active shooter intervention and critical incident response training to include Active Shooter Instructor, Simunition Scenario/Safety Instructor, UTM Scenario/Safety Instructor, Stress Vest Safety Operator, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Instructor, Combined Systems Less Lethal Instructor, and Pepperball Systems Instructor. Most recently, Johnny completed provider level courses in both Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Law Enforcement & First Responder Tactical Casualty Care (LEFR-TCC) and is a certified instructor for “Stop the Bleed” safety programs. He also provided assistance to the Gila River and White Mountain Apache Indian Communities in implementing their current active shooter intervention program, as well as helping them establish SOP’s for a joint response program with Fire/EMS.

Johnny maintains proficiency in patrol pistol and rifle, Mobile Field Force, Field Force Extrication, Less-lethal Munition Grenadier, and is Glock, Colt, and Pepperball Armorer certified.

Johnny has served with Cowtown Range since March of 2016.