Christian rieck

Sales

Christian was born and raised in Otsego. He learned his love for shooting and all things gun related from his Grandpa. Christian joined our team 3 years ago and brings a wealth of amazing customer service and customer relations to Total Defense. He loves assisting customers in finding the right firearm or product that fits their needs and wants. He enjoys teaching new shooters in private lessons and helping them learn the basics of shooting. In his spare time, Christian loves to Hunt and be outdoors.

Darryl Billick

Instructor

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."


Noah Almen

Instructor
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.

MEET THE TEAM​

Alison Salo

Supervisor/Instructor/Sales

Ali might live in the metro but her heart is all country! She was raised in Northern Minnesota on a ranch where she was extensively involved in 4-H, FFA, and all things horses. She loves the outdoors and going hiking, hunting and fishing whenever she is able to. Ali is passionate providing training to empower men, women and children to be their own immediate responders and to take responsibility for their own safety. In addition to being a USCCA Certified Instructor in CCHDF and DSF for Total Defense, Ali has vast knowledge in the use and staging of non-lethal weapons as well as providing active threat training. If she isn't at home demolishing her husband and their two young children in an epic nerf battle, you can probably find her at the range or exploring Minnesota's countless parks and lakes.


6001 167th Ave NW

Ramsey, MN 55303

Ph:763-432-6134

MICHELLE WELLMAN

Office Manager

Total Defense Gun Shop & Range © 2013

alex sogn

Sales
Alex joins our team with over 6 years of sales experience and working business expos. He is currently enrolled at Bethel University where he is working towards a degree in Biology with a minor in business. He is a gun enthusiast and is continually reading and studying up on different models, how to modify guns, and how to build them. In his spare time, Alex loves camping, mountain biking, and spending time at the lake. Alex is certified in First Aid and CPR.

Jeff Avery

General Manager/Asset Protection/Instructor 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.  

Ryan Wallace

Sales
Wisconsin native, attended University of Minnesota and received a BSME. Firearms have been a part of my life since childhood, growing up hunting and going to rendezvous and competing in and winning the Arkansas State Muzzleloader Shoot 1999 through 2001. In the early 2000s I also dabbled in xc skiing (wave 1 Birkie!), mtb biking (2005 Comp Class winner MNSCS), and Enduro racing (trophied in a few races). Present day I am a full time Mechanical Engineer and enjoy being a member of the Total Defense team on the weekends. In 2020 my wife and I welcomed our first child and I am looking forward to passing on the tradition of shooting sports!

Dan wellman

President/Owner/Principal Instructor 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. ​

Robin LaCasse

Sales

Over the last several years Robin began shooting handguns. Robin enjoys perfection and learning all she can and is working towards becoming a certified instructor. Robin grew up around guns and shooting Junior League .22LR. She brings to Total Defense many years of retail managment experience and over 13 years of running her own business. In addition to being a part of the Total Defense team, Robin is also a CDL Classroom and Behind the Wheel Instructor.

Andrew Provo

Instructor
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.


Mark Paul

Instructor

​​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. 

INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE, TRAINING, GEAR

Angela Wilson

Operations Manager
Angela is a Minnesotan through and through, being born and raised here. She went to school for law but shifted her career paths. She now operates a small cleaning business and works here at Total Defense. When Angela isn't working you can find her up North on her land with her husband, 4 kiddos and their husky named Tula. She enjoys relaxing with a nice book, fishing on the lake, hunting, or dirt biking. Angela considers herself a history buff, who is especially intrigued with old firearms and thier historical backgrounds.

"In this industry, I believe knowledge, responsibility, and consistency give people the confidence in owning and using their firearms safely whether it is for sport, hobby, or self-defense." -Angela Wilson

"The greatest victory is that which requires no battle"- Sun Tzu The Art of War.

JOE MADISON

Vice President/Instructor 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.