Vanguard Survival’s Mission is to help you by providing high quality gear and relevant, affordable training in emergency preparedness and survival. Because we are preppers just like you, we keep our finger on the pulse of survival, preparedness, and personal defense.

As a veteran and family run business, located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the owners and instructors at Vanguard Survival offer you, your family, or business by providing you the confidence, security and peace of mind that comes from knowing you won’t only Survive, but Thrive.

With over 40 years of combined experience,  gained through years of training and combat experience, our instructors have been“Been There and Done That” so they know what works and what doesn’t when your life, and those of your family, are on the line.

All of us at Vanguard Survival believe that the more “Sheep Dogs” out there the fewer “Wolves” we will ALL have to contend with when the next natural or man-made disaster happens.

Our Instructors



Tom giving a safety brief on our range prior to the start of one of our Free Basic Pistol Courses

Tom Sweet-Owner


Tom spent over 10 years in the US Army as a Special Forces Weapons Sargent with combat deployments in Grenada, Panama, the Middle East, and multiple deployments in Central and South America as part of the War on Drugs before leaving the Army to pursue a career as a paramedic.

During his time as a paramedic Tom worked in two major 911 systems as a Lead Paramedic, during this time Tom worked with a local police department SWAT team as a tactical medic participating in many high risk drug and warrant raids. Shortly after 9/11 Tom left EMS and went to work as a civilian contractor first as a medic and later as team leader on convoy escorts in Afghanistan and later Iraq and as a medic on a PSD (Personal Security Detail) in Africa .

Tom and his wife live deep in the Rocky Mountains with their  5 children, 4 spastic cats, 3 dogs, 2 ferrets, and a ball python.


Scott going over the basics during our Free Basic Pistol Course.

Scott going over the basics during our Free Basic Pistol Course.

Scott Shook-Instructor


Scott spent 14 years in the US Army as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician before becoming a Special Forces Weapons Sargent assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group at Ft. Carson, CO During his time in Special Operations Scott deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa numerous times.

In 2004 Scott left the Army and went to work as a civilian contractor in Iraq training Iraqi Police and military units. In 2006 Scott returned to Colorado where he helped found Solo Tactical Solutions and went to work for a large metropolitan police department as a member of their SWAT team. That same year Scott enrolled in Pikes Peak Community College where he took the EMT basic and EMT Paramedic courses. Scott continued his education earning a Masters Degree becoming a Clinical Psychologist.

Scott is the lead instructor for Solo Tactical Solutions Firearms and Unarmed Combat courses.

Scott lives with his wife and 2 dogs.

Kyle Pierce- Instructor

Brass in the Air

Kyle firing a Kriss Vector during one of our Combat Rifle Courses this past winter.

Kyle spent 4 years in the US Marine Corps during that time Kyle was stationed with 2nd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment (2/6) and 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. He was deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan in 2010. In 2012 Kyle was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and went to work as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan.

In 2015 Kyle joined the Solo Tactical Solutions Team bringing his Marine Corps experience with him, he serves as an Instructor of our Pistol and Rifle courses.

When he isn’t overseas Kyle lives in Oklahoma where he trains law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas.



Joshua acting as a demonstrator on how to apply camo face paint during one of our Bug Out Survival Courses.

Joshua acting as a demonstrator on how to apply camo face paint during one of our Bug Out Survival Courses.

Joshua Sweet- Assistant Instructor


Joshua joined the US Army in 2006 and spent 8 years as a Signals Intelligence Analyst. Joshua Forward deployed with the 3rd Special Forces Group numerous times to Bosnia and other countries in support of the Global War on Terror. He received numerous decorations as an Intel Specialist due to his exceptional work with the 3rd Special Forces Group and Federal Law Enforcement as a member of JTF6 and Task Force ODIN in the War on Drugs.

Joshua teaches Solo Tactical Solutions Cyber Security and Intel classes to law enforcement agencies to help them better understand and respond to this growing threat. He is also an assistant instructor for our weapons training classes.

Joshua currently lives in Colorado.


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