Christian rieck


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.

Ryan Wallace

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alex sogn

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.

6001 167th Ave NW

Ramsey, MN 55303


Noah Almen

Assistant General Manager/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.

Alison Salo


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.

Mark Paul


Robin LaCasse


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

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Laura Latt

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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. ​

Angela Wilson


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.

Darryl Billick


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.  

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Office Manager


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.