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Bearing Arms: Man Who Shot Crossroads Mall Terrorist Is USPSA Competitor

Man Who Shot Crossroads Mall Terrorist Is USPSA Competitor, 3-Gun Shooter

Posted at Bearing Arms website: 8:36 am on September 19, 2016 by Bob Owens

Excerpts: Read whole article at above link please.

USPSA Shooter,  3-Gunner, and NRA-certified firearms instructor Jason Falconer has been identified as the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old Somali immigrant who went on a stabbing rampage inside a St. Cloud, (MN) Mall on Saturday.

The apparent terrorist—who apparently asked victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them—was engaged by Falconer inside the mall.

Falconer is the president and owner of Tactical Advantage LLC, a shooting range and tactical training facility with a strong focus on arming concealed carriers. He’s also a former chief of the Albany (MN) police department, and he remains a part-time officer.

But Falconer has consistently been identified in the mainstream media only as as a “former police chief” and  “off-duty police officer.”


It’s almost as if the media is attempting to cover up the fact that creating and training armed citizens is a major part of the man who took out the terrorist in a MN mall this weekend.

Here’s Falconer’s bio at Tactical Advantage, LLC:

Jason Falconer is the President and Owner of Tactical Advantage and has also been operating Tactical Advantage Firearms Training, Inc., since 2003. Tactical Advantage currently concentrates on firearms training for individuals in a group or private setting, including permit to carry training classes in Minnesota. Jason has also created advanced and customized classes for individuals who desire more advanced safety training. As a consulting member of SMEAC, Jason specializes in reality-based firearms, law enforcement and personal security training. His business has grown primarily through student referrals, and he takes great pride in providing the best training options available in Central MN.

Jason believes everyone can always learn something new, no matter what their expertise or discipline. That is why continued education and training has been a strong personal interest of his. As a result, he has attended some of the best firearms training schools in the United States. His goal is to teach individuals the mindset, knowledge and skills needed to be successful with firearms in order to secure their personal safety or that of their family; at home or in public. As a firearm training professional, he continuously researches and develops new curriculum and training methods to make the experience for his students the best they can get.

Since 2008, Jason has been assisting Ted Boran with St. Cloud State University Law Enforcement Skills Training in the disciplines of decision shooting and dynamic entry. He intends to use this experience to further develop the curriculum to help instruct law enforcement professionals and responsible citizens the benefits of reality-based training. Jason believes that although civilian and law enforcement students can obtain great firearms training from various sources, they are missing a key component in their personal safety training if that training is not reality-based.

Jason has a law enforcement background and is the former Police Chief of the Albany Police Department where he continues to serve as a part-time officer. Jason also serves as the department’s firearms instructor, and has created POST Board approved firearms training curriculum.

Jason has been a member of the United States Practical Shooters Association (USPSA) as well as a local club, St. Cloud Area Practical Shooters Association (SCAPSA) for many years. He competes at the SCAPSA outdoor range in matches and league competitions year-round, and has attained several league championships in various divisions. Jason is an avid three-gun competitor and has been privileged to participate on shooting squads at various 3-gun and tactical shotgun matches with professional shooters such as James Casanova, Rob Romero, Mark Harnish, Janson Jensen, Mark Miller, and Dave Neth. In June 2012, St. Cloud hosted the CAN-AM Games for Law Enforcement and Firefighters from around the world. Jason was fortunate to compete in various Can-Am events including two of his passions, shooting sports and ice hockey.For his efforts, as well as his team members, Jason earned six Can-Am medals, five for shooting events, and one for hockey. This was a tremendous experience to be treasured.

Jason Falconer isn’t some marginally-trained big-city patrol officer with just a basic grasp of using his department-issued firearm.

He’s a firearms instructor passionate about training concealed carriers and developing the best-possible, most-realistic training for his clients. He’s part of the reason why concealed carry continues to surge in popularity, with more than 14 million Americans now choosing to carry some or part of the time.

While Mr. Falconer happened to be the armed citizen who stopped the wannabe mass killer before he could take a life, it just as easily could have been one of his students.

It just as easily could have been one of you.

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Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Founder, TheMentalMilitia.Net



  1. Great article Mr Alias. I was hoping OK would pick up on this and I am not a bit surprised that you did. I actually saw one of the folks on FOX last night bring up the fact that Mr Falconer was a certified NRA firearms instructor. I just about fell out of my chair when I heard a TV news person admit to that but The guy took it a step further and said he supposed that the MSM folks are no doubt choking on the fact that they have been wrong all along and would convieniantly leave that part out of their news stories. So far….They have.
    I actually saw quite a few folks on the news yesterday advocating for armed citizens. Maybe we are beginning to see the tide change. Ya think..??
    I personally was attacked and beaten by an idiot neighbor last week for having complained about his dog crapping all over the neighborhood and for watering my garden. I have a bad heart and take blood thinners. Things are getting a bit too scary when you cant water your garden without being attacked.

    1. I hear you. Personally, I gave up on living in cities where neighbors are close by. Crowding often produces conflicts between individuals. I moved away from the cities so as to avoid mental congestion and the dis-ease which comes with it. I can’t recommend solutions for anyone, because I just moved away from the problem. I hope you find a peaceful relationship with the neighbor and his dog.
      About my having found this article, well, all I did was post it. Stewart Rhodes, the founder of Oath Keepers, found the article and asked me to post it. Stewart has an uncanny knack for finding strong articles.

      Elias Alias, editor

  2. The eye opening thing he did was neutralize the threat and not hit anything else. USPSA and multi-gun competition teaches you to operate under pressure and only hit certain targets and do it at high speed. Like my IPSC tattoo says “DVC” dilligencia, vis, celeritas” (accuracy. power, speed).

    1. Yep, accurate, fast shooting is a necessity. And so are sound tactics. But above all must be the right mindset so you can access those skills under pressure. So, another triad to keep in mind is mindset, skill (including physical capacity and fitness), and tactics. But without the mindset, no level of skill, no awesome gear or weaponry, no knowledge of tactics, no level of fitness, will get the job done. They all go together. Like a three legged stool. IF you take out one leg, it falls over. But mindset really is the most important “leg.” And that is why I mentioned those two books by Suarez. Jeff Cooper’s classic “Principles of Personal Defense” is another must read on combat mindset. I highly recommend reading all three.

  3. Front Sight Firearms Training Institute is advertising that Jason Falconer is a Distinguished Graduate of their four day defensive hand gun class. I am a lifetime member of Front Sight and am very pleased with the training that my family and I have received.

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