Bill’s Gun Shop & Range instructors are some of the best in the industry. We go above and beyond to make sure you receive the training to be successful and safe when handling all types of firearms. Meet all our instructors by selecting their name from the list below.

In June of 2003, John Monson purchased Bill’s Gun Shop & Range in Robbinsdale. At that time, John’s focus was to take a new approach to the good-old-boy’s smoky gun shop, and make it a destination location that welcomes the whole family; starting the venture of Bill’s Gun Shop & Range. He added the Circle Pines MN location in May of 2005 and the Hudson WI location in December 2012.  By this point, this new approach to Gun Shops had caught on and John opened the Fargo, ND location in 2015. Due to the need of a quality Gun Shop across the border in MN, John opened a shop in Moorhead, MN at the beginning of 2016.

Outside of professional interests, you will find John hunting and fishing as often as time will allow. He also enjoys spending as much time as possible on the lake with the family.

A lifetime member of the NRA, John’s also a 15 year Certified DNR Firearms Instructor, NRA Certified Instructor, and a Certified Instructor at Bill’s Gun Shop & Range. John is also an active member of the NSSF Range Development Committee where he voluntarily assists other range owners and want-to-be owners, in the best practices of indoor range management.

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Years of Experience

  • 10 years Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve including Desert Storm Active duty as a Machine Gunner
  • 16+ years certified Federal Agent / Training Officer
  • 1+ year NRA certified Firearms Instructor

Qualifications

As a Marine Corps Veteran, and a Federal Training Officer, Scott takes pride in his work and enjoys teaching others how to both safely and proficiently handle firearms. Scott joined the Bill’s Gun Shop team having worked as a Federal Agent and Trainer for the last 16 years, the last of which has been spent as one of their Lead Firearms Instructors. Scott enjoys recreational shooting as well as being able to instruct a wide variety of shooters from beginners, to advanced, and tactical.  Scott is available for private, 1-on-1 instruction as well as group instruction.

Classes:

  • Basic Handgun Familiarization
  • Multi–State Conceal & Carry Renewal
  • Multi–State Carry
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Blake is an alumni of both University of Notre Dame and University of WI (MBA) and is a military veteran who has served in both in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and in the Army National Guard as an S4 Officer (28th Div, 109th FA).  Blake grew up in Illinois, but has lived in various locations and traveled to many countries for his work as a Global Marketing Director for an anchor company in the Twin Cities (25 years).  He has been a resident of Hudson, WI since 2006.

 

Blake is an avid shooter and loves the sport. He fires thousands of rounds a year and especially likes getting new shooters introduced to target and bullseye.  One of his passions is long distance handgun (200 yards and more).  Blake also enjoys run and gun events where he has competed in USPSA.  He currently runs the Monday Night Bullseye League (Hudson Bill’s location) and is a certified NRA Pistol Instructor.

 

In his free time, Blake is an avid boater on the St. Croix River and enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and four dogs.

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Years of Experience

  • 25 years as a Minnesota peace officer

Qualifications

  • DNR and NRA certified.
  • Life long hunter
  • Assorted Martial Arts

Classes:

  • Multi–State Carry
  • Multi–State Conceal & Carry Renewal
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Dennis has been a Bill’s instructor since 2007. He is a NRA certified instructor, DNR certified instructor and has 15 years of experience training with handguns, rifles and shotguns. He is also an NRA member and a lifelong hunter

Classes:

  • Multi–State Carry
  • Basic Handgun Familiarization
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Rick Karnitz is retired with over 30 years of law enforcement experience. That experience included training law enforcement firearms instructors from around the state. In addition, he was a law enforcement use of force, chemical agent and baton instructor.

While working in law enforcement, Rick worked in a parallel career as a paramedic. This included work in a ground rig, fixed wing aircraft and helicopter as a flight medic. During his paramedic career he became a leader and pioneering member of a tactical paramedic group attached to local, state and federal SWAT teams. He was also an instructor for new tactical medics.

Rick is also an NRA trained firearms instructor, and a Minnesota DNR hunter safety instructor. Rick has combined his vast experience, knowledge and passion to provide an in-depth and comprehensive classroom experience for his students.

Classes:

  • Multi–State Carry
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Dick brings a special expertise to Bill’s initial and renewal carry permit classes. He is a licensed attorney, one of a handful in the country who teach such courses. Students get the law as it is practiced, and a detailed exploration of the legal, financial, and moral responsibilities when using a gun for self-defense.

Dick also teaches a variety of other classes at Bill’s, including basic and intermediate handgun, AR-15 maintenance, individual trainings, and HR 218 certification for retired law-enforcement officers. Dick also conducts machine gun shoots, and is frequently the host at Bill’s Gun Shop and Range’s booth at gun shows and other events in the area.

Dick is a retired Army Master Sergeant, and a life member of the National Rifle Association, VFW, Association of the U.S. Army and the University of Wyoming Alumni Association. He and his wife live in New Hope.

Classes:

  • Multi–State Conceal & Carry Renewal
  • Multi–State Carry
  • Basic Handgun Familiarization
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Dan Oehmke has taught hundreds of classes and coaching sessions from firearms safety to concealed carry and personal defense.  Dan is a former Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer with almost 40 years leadership in the military, corporate, government and non-profit sectors.  He has instructor credentials in pistol, rifle, shotgun, concealed carry and personal protection from the National Rifle Association, United State Concealed Carry Association, Glock, Inc.

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Clay Brisbin grew up in Littlefork, MN, near the Canadian border. Clay started shooting at the age of six and has enjoyed hunting and the outdoors since the age of 9. After high school Clay attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and received a Bachelor Degree in General Resource Management with a minor in Environmental Law Enforcement. In 2003, Clay graduated from the Wisconsin Police Academy, and again in 2008 from the Minnesota Police Academy. In 2004, after graduating college, Clay worked for the WI DNR as a Law Enforcement Park Ranger in Willow River State Park just north of Hudson, WI. After working for the WI DNR, Clay worked at the P.I.N.G.P. nuclear power plant in Redwing, MN as a Nuclear Security Officer. In 2005, Clay started working at Bill’s Gun Shop and Range. Clay spent 2 years working as a range officer in Robbinsdale, 2 years working as a Sales Associate, 3 years as the Store Manager at the Circle Pines location, and worked as General Manager for 4 years. In 2016 Clay joined the Bill’s Corporate team as the Director of Compliance & Project Management. Clay is also a Firearms Instructor and Training Coordinator for Bills Gun Shop and Range and is certified by the MN BCA, the NRA, and the MN DNR as a firearms instructor, as well as is a certified armorer for Glock and Smith & Wesson.

Classes:

  • Basic Handgun Familiarization
  • Multi–State Carry
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Tiffany lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota on the Mississippi river most of her life. She grew up with a love of firearms and hunting. Tiffany enjoys sharing that with others. She works fulltime at Bill’s Gun Shop & Range in Robbinsdale in Receiving.

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