Mark is a NRA certified pistol instructor that has been teaching with Total Defense for over four years.
Having taken his permit to carry class from Total Defense 8 years back, he appreciated the quality that the classroom experience brought to their students and wanted to be a part of ongoing firearm education.
Mark is passionate about teaching responsible conceal and carry information and providing a positive classroom experience with the Total Defense curriculum. Education and training is an ongoing and necessary part of being a responsible gun owner and permit holder.
Outside of Total Defense, Mark is an IT professional specializing in large database systems. Hobbies include walking, running, shooting, and playing guitar.
Joe is an avid outdoorsman spending as much time in the woods or on the lake as he can. He brings many years of retail experience to Total Defense. Joe has bought and sold many firearms for Gander Mountain. He is a USCCA Certfied Instructor in CCHDF and an NRA Certified Instructor teaching Basic Pistol as well as our MN Multi-State Permit to Carry Course.
Dan has been involved in firearms sales for over 30 years. He was a major firearms buyer and manager for both Cabelas and Gander Mountain stores. Dan is an accomplished gunsmith with over 20 years of experience. Dan is a certified USCCA Instructor in CCHDF, DSF, EFAF & CTMST. Dan is also a Certified NRA, and 4-H University of Minnesota firearms instructor and is a certified instructor via the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) as a CCW instructor trainer. Dan is a certified BAMM Instructor having been trained in specialized instruction techniques for women. He gets to be the lucky guy in the big red suit who gets beat up. Dan has trained in various martial arts styles and competed as a semi-professional kick boxer. He is a Black Belt and certified Tae Kwon Do instructor. Dan has worked towards a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with certain experience/trainings focusing on the Psychology of Victimization that he utilizes in all of his courses.
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Jeff has been with Total Defense since 2019 as the online sales manager as well as a Permit to Carry and Private Lesson Instructor. He is a Certified USCCA Instructor in CCHDF, DSF, EFAF & CTMST. Jeff brings with him many years as a retail Loss Prevention and Risk Management Professional before coming to Total Defense. Prior to that Jeff worked in Law Enforcement. His strong background in retail, customer service and law enforcement bring a unique and valuable skill set to Total Defense.
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Andrew is a martial arts and self defense enthusiast. He also teaches fitness combat and enjoys continually learning new things. Andrew is certified by the USCCA in CCHDF and DSF. He is very passionate about what he does and enjoys helping other people.
Noah grew up and lives in rural Elk River where he has grown to love hunting and shooting. He enjoys any form of shooting sports. Whether it's sporting clays, working on handgun drills, hammering steel at long distance, or just plinking with a .22, he loves to do it. Noah is a USCCA Certified Instructor in CCHDF and DSF. Noah teaches our MN Multi-State Permit to Carry Course and enjoys instructing and educating shooters of all experience levels. When he is not at Total Defense, he enjoys target shooting, making custom kydex holsters and gunsmithing in his spare time.
Darryl made his way to us from the woods of Pennsylvania, where he learned to shoot from his grandfathers. Along the way he worked armed security in the military and private sector, and taught shooting classes for Boy Scouts of America and Civil Air Patrol. He is a certified NRA Pistol Shooting Instructor and Range Safety Officer, who believes understanding the psychology of a critical stress incident is equally important to knowing how to shoot. Darryl joined Total Defense in 2017 and found a passion for teaching. When not at his day job as a computer nerd, or teaching at the range, Darryl spends much of his free time fostering dogs and helping at the rescue.
"I feel learning more effective when the instructor engages students and provides opportunities for them to share their knowledge, vs just stand up there and lecture."