Firearms Expert on Staff




                 Matt Sims


   As Sheriff of Cherokee County, it is a pleasure to be associated with such quality people.  Matt Sims works in the narcotics unit and also serves as a firearms instructor for our officers.  Matt will be leading a qualified team of officers teaching firearms safety and training classes at Gadsden State Cherokee beginning in November.  The information below is a press release about Matt's recent accomplishments.

   Matt Sims of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office competed in the International Defense Pistol Association 2013 U.S. National Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in September of this year.  Sims won 1st place in the Custom Defense Pistol division Master Class.

   Sims was the first Four Gun Master as recognized by the International Defensive Pistol Association from the State of Alabama.   He is the multi time Alabama State Champion, seven time Masters champion, and has dozens of state and regional championships from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Michigan, and many more.  He has placed in the top five in each of the 12 IDPA national championships that he has attended, and finished 1st place at the S & W Indoor Nationals in 2009 and 1st Place at the IDPA Inaugural World Shoot in 2011.  Sims is a Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Rifle Association Certified Police Firearms Instructor and has been involved in training with law enforcement and civilians in the art of concealed carry and self defense for many years.  He has worked as an adjunct instructor with the Sig Academy teaching tactical pistol techniques for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.   Sims has degrees in both computer science and business administration and an extensive background in information technology.  He is currently employed as a narcotics agent and assists with training at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

   Matt is very proud to be sponsored by Nighthawk Custom of Berryville, Arkansas.