Training Instructor Bios

Jeffrey Tutino

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
  • NC DOJ Certified Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor

Born and raised in the greater Seattle, WA. Area, Jeff relocated his wife Mona and their two daughters to No. Carolina in 1995.  As a Life Member of the NRA since he was 12 years of age, Jeff grew up an avid pheasant hunter and ‘Gunner’ for local and state Field Trials.  The passion for the shooting sports has always been a part of his life, but until recently, never his occupation.  Jeff has spent the bulk of his professional career in the Racing and Performance Industry as both a National Brand Manager and Operations Manager for highly respected industry suppliers of products and services.  He also conducted product training to some of the largest parts distributors throughout the U.S.  As a former Patriot Gun Club member at Point Blank, Jeff decided he wanted to utilize his sales and training skills to help others to understand situational awareness and to empower them with the skills and confidence to protect themselves and loved ones should the need arise.  His attention to detail and communication skills are some of what make Jeff one of our better RSO’s and Conceal Carry Instructors.  In addition to his training of others, Jeff continues to study and enhance his knowledge and skills from some of the leaders in firearms instruction.

Aaren Upton

Director of Training (Mooresville)

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection In The Home Instructor
  • NC DOJ Certified Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor

Being a second generation female firearms instructor, Aaren is passionate about training and working with women and children. She believes everyone, male and female, should have the knowledge to safely and justifiably protect themselves and their families. Aaren has been an instructor and involved in the shooting sports industry for almost 10 years, creating and instructing multiple classes, as well as teaching the NC Concealed Carry Handgun Course. Aaren teaches the PBR Ladies Only NC Concealed Carry Handgun Course and is available for one-on-one instruction.

Favorite Gun: Glock G21 & Sig Sauer P6

Favorite Caliber: .45ACP

Favorite Food: Sushi

Cory Janko

  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Pistol Shooting Instructor

Hailing from Olathe, Kansas and the United States Marine Corps, Cory now calls Mooresville, NC home. A multi-awarded Expert Rifleman in the Marine Corps, Cory served two years in Okinawa Japan where he was trained in Jungle Warfare. During his deployment as a heavy equipment mechanic in the middle east, Cory was also tasked as a Platoon Sergeant and M249 SAW Gunner on convoy security for the II MEF in OIF -1 (Kuwait & southern Iraq). Later as a reservist Cory developed Patrol Ambush Response Exercises (PARX) and assisted with CQB training. Cory has a keen sense of situational environment awareness and is one of our best Range Safety Officers.  We are anxious to pair Cory with students seeking instruction and application of pistol and rifle shooting. If you would like to meet Cory, come by Point Blank Range and introduce yourself.

Bob Scannell

  • NRA Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • California POST Certified Police Rangemaster
  • California POST Certified Police Firearms Instructor
  • California POST Certified Police Urban Rifle (M-16/M-4) Instructor
  • California POST Certified Hostage Negotiator

Originally from Los Angeles, Bob moved to North Carolina after spending 25 years as a Police Officer and Detective in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. As a detective assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit, Bob’s experience investigating homicides, aggravated assaults, robberies, and other gun-related crimes and incidents, brings a unique perspective to the training staff. Bob also served as a police rangemaster, and was a member of the initial firearms instructor team that trained and qualified officers to carry the M-16 rifle in the aftermath of the infamous North Hollywood bank robbery. Prior to becoming a California police officer, Bob served in the United States Army as a Military Policeman and Military Police Investigator, and received specialized marksmanship training from the XVIII Airborne Corps Pistol Team and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Training Unit. While Bob enjoys instructing people of all skill levels, his unassuming, patient demeanor is much appreciated by new and women shooters.

Samantha “Sam” Williams

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

Samantha grew up hunting, shooting and training dogs.S

She has been working at Point Blank Range for 2 years now.  She and her boyfriend have dogs, cows, horses, a donkey, a goat and a sheep!

Her hobbies include hunting, fishing, training dogs, cows, etc. ….anything outdoors!

When not working at Point Blank Range, you can find her training dogs or working cattle.

Favorite Gun: Springfield 1911 .45

Favorite Caliber: .45ACP

Favorite Food: Mexican

Daniel Richardson

  • Chief Instructor (Matthews)
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (RSO)

Daniel  Richardson is one of the Premier tactical trainers in NC, he specializes in Defensive Marksmanship training. He teaches performance based training programs, that move at the pace of each individual student to allow faster forms of learning to occur. Daniel has trained military, law enforcement and civilians in his 10+ year career as a firearms instructor. He has developed curriculum for numerous academies and has trained local firearms instructors in both North and South Carolina. He has also provided training to F.A.S.T company team members, Army Rangers and other specialized units. Daniel will make you a better shooter regardless of skill level, come train with Daniel today. You’ll be glad you did!

Marshall Hampton

  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified Firearms Safety in the Home
  • NRA Certified 3P Air Rifle & Small Bore Coach Level
  • NRA Certified High Power Rifle Coach Level I
  • NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer (RSO)
  • NC DOJ Certified NC Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor
  • CMP Certified JROTC Marksmanship Instructor
  • 30 year multidisciplinary Competitive Rifle and Pistol shooter
  • 9 years coaching Sporter Air Rifle Teams at both local and national levels
  • 5 years veteran instructor for the PBR Ladies on Target Program and PBR Teen Youth Summer Camp


“Building strong foundations in the fundamental principles of firearm safety and marksmanship”

Marshall brings years of knowledge and passion for the shooting sports industry to each and every training session or class he teaches!  He is enthusiastic about helping others and takes joy in seeing his students become more confident and successful, weither in self-defense or recreational shooting!

Greg Morris

  • NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO)
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NC DOJ Certified NC Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor

Greg Morris is one of the most approachable and fun characters we have at Point Blank Range, and he’s a great instructor.  Greg comes to us from Lancaster, SC and is our resident Knife Enthusiast.  Greg’s background is in security and VIP Protection. He’s also a big time Cigar Aficionado. Greg is a big guy but has an even bigger heart, and he is a strong advocate of Family who loves helping people. Greg volunteers a lot of his off time for charities for Breast Cancer and Wounded Warriors.  Greg teaches Concealed Carry, Beginner Handgun Fundamentals, and would also love to work with you for private instruction.  Come train with Greg.  You’ll be glad you did!