Fredd "DD" Bergman began his professional shooting career as M-16 Expert at 17-years-old in the U.S. Army. Bergman continued hunting and shooting, eventually re-enlisting in the Army and spent a year in South Korea as a missile and radar systems mechanic, during the Olympics there. Bergman also furthered his martial arts training in that country, expanding his studies beyond Taekwondo, Hapkido, Tang soo do and Jiu jitsu, to include Shaolin Kung Fu.
Through the 1990s, Bergman produced and hosted the "Outdoor Variety" weekly documentary television program, appearing on commercial networks throughout South and West Texas. Bergman became recognized as a 2nd Amendment advocate, later serving as Chairman of Alamo Area Friends of National Rifle Association for five years, as well as a delegate on the NRA Foundation South Texas Grant Fund Committee. He performed as NRA Institute for Legislative Action's Election Volunteer Coordinator for Texas' 23rd Congressional District 2003-2012.
The turn of the century found Bergman as general manager and training coordinator for Accuracy Sports Firearms Training Institute, in San Antonio, TX. Accuracy Sports was a 100-yard indoor shooting range, state certified security school, concealed handgun academy, custom shop, pro shop, and Boy Scout Merit Badge training facility. Bergman built the largest "range program" (test firearms) in Texas at the time, numbering more than 75 guns, and was a stocking dealer for Springfield Armory, Kimber, Sig, Glock, Smith & Wesson, Kahr, Bul, Winchester/Olin, Corbon, MagSafe, Federal and several other lines.
Using the International Defensive Pistol Association's scoring system as a model, Bergman and his crew developed contemporary tactical and practical defensive training techniques for pistol, rifle, riot gun and sub-machine gun, and Bergman maintained training contracts and arrangements with numerous law enforcement and security organizations. Bergman first began training as an NRA Training Counselor and Chief Range Safety Officer in 1996, and was appointed a Senior counselor following his participation as trainer at a week-long event for 4-H Training Counselors at Texas A&M, in 2005.
Bergman is currently a professional firearms trainer and twice certified by NRA as a shooting range development and operations technical analyst. Bergman maintains various certifications and appointments allowing him to operate with certain organizations, and writes professionally. He has been published in American Rifleman, Texas Wildlife and Government Security News magazines, and was the outdoor sports writer for the Kerrville Daily Times. Bergman currently writes firearms-related, defense-shooting for beginners, "how to"s and wildlife stories for a clearing house that markets his articles. Bergman participates in 1000-yard Long-Range Rifle competitions and is rated Marksman by NRA.
Bergman's expertise as a defensive technician led to his selection for certain high-profile details in the military and with civilian law enforcement. In 1989 he was an escort during a missile exchange in Asia. In 1991 he performed as personal protection escort for the Queen of England during her visit to the Alamo.
In 2002 Bergman had an opportunity to visit with Charlton Heston, then president of the NRA, in Corpus Christi, TX.