Our Instructors:

Chris Chandler

Chris Chandler

Owner, President, Chief Instructor

- Minnesota MCPPA Permit Holder
- Certified Instructor through MN Department of Public Safety
- Certified Instructor through National Rifle Association in Basic Pistol and Firearms Safety in the Home
- NRA Life Member
- Defensive Handgun training through Sealed Mindset; owned by retired US Navy Seal LT. Larry Yatch
- Combat Focus Shooting training by Rob Pincus of I.C.E. training
- Graduate of Rangemaster’s 3-Day Instructor Development Course
- Rangemaster’s Intensive Pistol Skills
- Rangemaster’s Combative Handgun
- QSI Close Quarters Combat Skills
- QSI Force on Force Training
- ALICE Certified Active Shooter Instructor
- US Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) competitive shooter
- F&F Pistol League - League Bulls-eye Champion 2014
- F&F Pistol League - High Raw Average, Most Bulls-eyes 2015
- F&F Pistol League - Rapid Fire Champion 2015
- Grandfather was self-taught gunsmith and taught me much of what I know.

Ryan McCusker

Ryan McCusker

Owner, Vice President, Sr. Instructor

- Minnesota MCPPA Permit Holder
- Certified Instructor through MN Department of Public Safety
- Certified Instructor through National Rifle Association in Basic Pistol
- Defensive Handgun training through Sealed Mindset; owned by retired US Navy Seal LT. Larry Yatch
- Combat Focus Shooting training by Rob Pincus of I.C.E. training
- Life-long hunter

Jamie Hodge

Jamie Hodge

Operations Manager, Instructor

- Minnesota MCPPA Permit Holder
- Certified Instructor through MN Department of Public Safety
- Certified Instructor through National Rifle Association in Basic Pistol
- Farm kid from a small northern MN town. (Dalbo).
- I work full time at Chandler’s as the Operations Manager and also as a part time instructor for the Women’s Only classes.
- I shoot in both an NRA Bulleye’s Pistol League in the Winter in Hudson, WI and USPSA League in the Summer in Oakdale, MN.
- In my free time I enjoy going to the range, gardening, 4 wheeling, motorcycle trips and fishing.
- My first exposure to firearms was around the age of 7 when I received my first BB gun. Then graduated to the 20 gauge for deer hunting and I was hooked!
- My everyday carry gun/set up is a Glock 19 with a Blackhawk Serpa Holster.

Michel Richardson

Michel Richardson

Sr. Instructor

- Minnesota MCPPA Permit Holder
- Certified Instructor through MN Department of Public Safety
- Certified Instructor through National Rifle Association in Basic Pistol
- Defensive Handgun training through Sealed Mindset; owned by retired US Navy Seal LT. Larry Yatch
- Retired Army

Bobby Thomson

Bobby Thomson

Sr. Instructor

- Minnesota MCPPA Permit Holder
- Certified Instructor through MN Department of Public Safety
- Certified Instructor through National Rifle Association in Basic Pistol
- I am from Rochester, MN. I am married. My wife Virginia and I have two boys.
- I am a Certified Phlebotomy Technician drawing blood in the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center. I like to tell people that I am a DNA Extraction Engineer!
- I graduated from the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute of Orlando, FL. Specializing in the Harley-Davidson Technician program. I have a passion for Motorcycles, riding them, working on them, and making my own parts.
- In my spare time when I am not spending time with my family or out riding my motorcycle, I own and operate a small metal fabrication business.
- My first exposure to firearms was around 10 years old.
- I enjoy getting outdoors hunting, camping, fishing, and target shooting.
- My carry gun of choice is the Glock 21 .45 AUTO
- NRA Member

Don Chandler

Don Chandler

Instructor

- Minnesota MCPPA Permit Holder
- Certified Instructor through MN Department of Public Safety
- Certified Instructor through National Rifle Association in Basic Pistol
- Defensive Handgun training through Sealed Mindset; owned by retired US Navy Seal LT. Larry Yatch
- Currently seeking Law Enforcement degree.

Jay Rohlk

Jay Rohlk

Instructor

- Minnesota MCPPA Permit Holder
- Certified Instructor through MN Department of Public Safety
- Certified Instructor through National Rifle Association in Basic Pistol
- Recently married to Katy Rohlk. We have been together for 3 yrs. I have 5 children ranging from the ages of 12 to 23. My oldest is on his own. Two live on the East coast and 2 live with me in Mankato with our two dogs.
- When I was in elementary school my Father and Grandfather introduced me to my first BB gun. After a few dead birds and a couple broken windows I quickly learned what to do and not to do with any firearm!
- After High School I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps which I served as a member of a Machine gun Platoon for 5 yrs and finished up my last 3 yrs being a Rifle and Pistol Coach.
- I currently carry a Springfield Armory 45 compact in an Alien Gear IWB holster. My favorite gun to shoot is my DPMS AR 15. Very accurate and it looks cool!
- In my free time I enjoy going for bike rides on my Harley.. stopping at my favorite burger joints! Nothing beats a Bacon double cheese burger! In the winter I’m pretty much always at some Southern Mn Hockey Rink with my son.
- Mike Richardson brought me on as an instructor trainee after I took his class last spring. He has been by my side as a Mentor and Friend all summer long. Kicks my butt when needed.. Thanks Mike!
- My favorite movie is Miracle (1980 Olympic Hockey team story). My favorite Super hero has got to be Herb Brooks. Any Hockey loving Minnesotan knows who he is. If I could have any superpower it would to be able to be invisible. Imagine the possibilities!
- 5 adjectives that describe me are.. fearless..nice..caring..fair..and FUN!