Mathew Bayley

Over the last two decades Multi discipline NRA Instructor Mathew Bayley has been the  one constant in firearms safety and shooting instruction, teaching over 99% of all formal shooting programs in the Vail and Eagle Valleys.

Because of his reputation for miticulus firearms , and shooting range safey prtocols, in the History of the  Holy Cross Distict of the White River Nationial Forest, Mathew Bayley is only firearms instructor to be given an Outfitters Permit to teach firearms safety and shooting skills.  In a field where there is no margine for error Mr. Bayley has been the primary firarms instructor at the by Gypsum Gun Club since 2005.

Giving back to shooting sports: For over a decade Mathew has been the driving force behind and current President of the Minturn Shooters Association. A volunteer group that maintains a cleans the Minturn (Two Elk Shooting Range) on a monthly basis during the summer shooting season.  

 An expert firearms practitioner, his skill as a teacher has been recognized for decades. Matt has received dozens of awards and recommendations from civic and educational organizations including:

1. A Commendation from the Commissioner of Education for the State of Colorado:

 For his work at the:

Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. 

 "His contribution to the students at the at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind has been outstanding and unique. His "magic touch" here,  has added a  dimneison that cannot be measured.

Gordon L. Kaufman, Superintendent  January 22nd 1988

2. California State Police:
As the California State Police

Crime Prevention Coordinator.

In my opinion Mr. Bayley is one of the most talented and concerned instructors I have had the opportunity to observe.

Joseph  C. Carbone Sergeant
California State Police  September 12th 1988

Mathew Bayley brings one more set of skills to the shooting programs he offers.  At age sixty eight, a Grand Mater of the Martial Artist (7th degree Black Belt) Mathew Bayley has been training to fight, fighting, and teaching others how to win a fight for close to half a century.  Matt has studied under, trained with, and been the instructor of members of elite fighting units from every branch of the service, specializing in close quarter, empty hand, knife and stick fighting. Before retiring, Matt was a POST Certified defensives tactics instructor for law enforcement working primarily with SWAT teams.   Grand Master Bayley has instructed well over ten thousand martial arts students and close to 20,000  student covering all aspects of personal and family self-protection.       

Matt Bayley teaches  at Both The Gypsum Gun Club & The Minturn ( Two Elk Shooting Ranges )
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  • Private lessons
  • Small Group Classes
  • Large Group Programs
  • Recreational League Competition


Anyone who has studied with Mathew Bayley is clear that he is Heart Attack serious about firearms safety. At the same time he possesses a lively sense of humor, and always finds a positive way to make corrections.

A student who has been taking lesson with instructor Bayley for the last five years observed “his teaching style is the perfect blend of John Wayne and Robin Williams”.

Matt Bayley makes  Firearms Safety & Recreational Shooting  really fun. For people who are determined to learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones with firearms, who better to learn from then an expert in close quarter fighting.  

Mathew Bayley offers each student, shooting lessons from a gifted experienced instructor who put his students safety and success above all else.

About Mathew Bayley

Foot Note:   Your time and money is a valuable commodity, and the pursuit of learning how to safely and effectively use firearms is not something the instructor you choose should take lightly. Weather you are interested in learning how to safely and effective use firearms or you are looking to take your skills to the next level, the instructor you choose should put your safety and success above all else. In time, as I develop my web site I will make available a section with dozens of similar testimonial, for the  discerning  client.