Dylan Tomala


Noah Almen

Assistant Store Manager/Instructor

Alison Salo

Women's Self Defense Instructor

Mark Paul


Anne Smith

Women's Self Defense Instructor

Darryl Billick


Jim Diehl

Instructor/Sales ​Jim is a member of the National Concealed Firearms Instructors association. He has been teaching CCW Courses since 2000. He is a certified NRA Pistol Instructor. He is also a Martial Arts Instructor and has earned several black belts. He has a degree in Pistolsmithing and is a United States Air Force Veteran. 

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Office Manager/Sales


General Manager/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 an NRA certified instructor teaching Basic pistol as well as the MN Concealed Carry course.  


Vice President/Instructor ​Kurt has many years of experience in the firearms world. He is a certified DuraCoat technician as well as a certified Glock Armorer. He personally holds a Type 7 Manufacturing FFL. Kurt has many years of experience in the acquisitions and sales of firearms. He is an NRA certified instructor and has been an instructor for Total Defense for many years.



President/Owner/Lead InstructorDan has been involved in firearms sales for over 20 years. He was a major firearms buyer and manager for both Cabelas and Gander Mountain stores. Dan is an accomplished gunsmith with over 10 years of experience. Dan is a certified firearms instructor for the MN DNR, 4-H University of Minnesota, and the NRA. He is also 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.