Training Instructor Bios

Daniel Richardson

Daniel brings almost 10 years of firearms training experience to Point Blank Range. One of his mentors is Larry Vickers whom he continues to train with and has learned a great deal from. Among our vast array of training courses, Daniel has made his Defensive Pistol series one of the most successful here at Point Blank Range. Daniel also takes a unique approach to firearms training.  He has developed performance based training courses that move at the pace of each individual shooter, thus increasing not only a student’s physical skill set but also increasing their ability to learn in a very rapid fashion. His courses are geared toward the shooter, not a specific curriculum which make his courses so highly recommended for shooters of all levels. Daniel will make you a better shooter regardless of skill level.  Come train with Daniel you’ll be glad you did!

Melanie Allmond

Director of Training – PBR Mooresville

Melanie Allmond is a former NC Law Enforcement Officer.  She is still very active in the LE & Protective Services community and was awarded four commendations during her service.  Melanie is a certified NC DOJ Concealed Carry Instructor, NC Private Protective Services Instructor for Pistol/Carbine/Shotgun, NRA Pistol/Rifle Instructor, NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, and ASP Tactical Baton & Handcuffing Instructor.  She teaches a variety of civilian pistol classes ranging from beginner to advanced as well as multiple platforms for Security and Law Enforcement personnel.  Also, if you are interested in Ladies Only classes check out Melanie’s Ladies Only Concealed Carry Handgun course and more!  Even though Melanie has been an avid shooter since childhood, she also enjoys playing piano, drawing, and competitive equestrian sports (stadium jumping). Come train with Melanie.  You’ll be glad you did!

Richard Pickard

Richard Pickard is a Retired Fire Captain from the Charlotte Fire Department after a long career of saving lives from 1986-2011.  He’s also an avid competitive shooter and was a North Carolina State Pistol Team member during the years of 2004-2005-2006-2007-2010-2011.  Richard participates as a Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club Member 2004 –Present, and with the National Champions North Carolina State Team 2010 and 2011 as Team Captain.  For the NRA/USA Pistol Team, he was a member during 2010 and 2011 with Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge #1492.  Among other credentials, he is a Master Indoor Range Safety Officer at CRPC, NRA Pistol Instructor, and NRA Range Safety Officer.   If you prefer private instruction, Richard is always willing to work with our guests to help them become safer, more accurate, and overall more accomplished shooters.  Come train with Richard.  You’ll be glad you did!

Greg Morris

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!

Monika Cagnetta

Monika joined Point Blank Range as the Director of Events, Memberships, and Social Media last year but has been a firearms enthusiast for the past two years.  Every week, Monika instructs the Ladies on Target II program and is also available for private instruction.  Her goal with all students is to make them safe and confident around their firearm so they can also feel safe in their home and be excited to continue with the PBR Training Academy.  She specializes in working with women and teenagers.  Monika shoots competitively with her husband in USPSA and 3-Gun and is an NRA certified Range Safety Officer and Pistol Instructor.  When Monika is not at the range, she devotes her time to another passion…the Charlotte Symphony Chorus.  Come train with Monika.  You’ll be glad you did!

Brian Zins

Director of Training – PBR Matthews

Brian H. Zins, GySgt USMC Ret.  Undoubtedly the most accomplished competitor in NRA Precision Pistol Competiton, Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Brian H. Zins retired from active duty in the Marine Corps in May of 2008.  It was discovered early in his Marine Corps career he had uncanny skill with the service pistol when going through Military Police Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas in 1988. Sgt. Gunther, Military Police School Pistol Instructor, trained Zins and discovered he possessed a unique skill.

Later that year when sent to re-qualify on the rifle range at Camp Pendleton he caught the eye of his Primary Marksmanship Instructor from Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2<sup>nd</sup> FSSG, LCpl Matt Briggs. Briggs asked if he would be interested in competing in the Western Division Matches; not really aware there was such a thing, he agreed. In 1989 he competed in his first Division Match. He fell short of placing in the pistol medal bracket by two places. This created a hunger in him that proved to be valuable when he returned the following year to take a bronze medal at the Western Division Matches and silver medal at the Marine Corps Championships at Camp Lejeune, NC.

He spent the summer of 1990 at Marine Corps Base Quantico as part of the Marine Corps Pistol Team. He was able to refine his shooting skills under the watchful eyes of Capt. Stephen Belke, MSgt Mitch Reed USMC (Ret.) and most notably MSgt Andy Moody USMC (Ret.)  This was the beginning of a long competitive shooting career for him. Later in 1991 Zins went on to earn his Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge and was told he was the first Marine Lance Corporal to do so.

Throughout his career as a Military Policeman, Marine Recruiter, Doctrine Developer for the Marksmanship Program Management Section at WTBn in Quantico, VA, competitor/instructor for the Marine Corps Shooting Team and Staff Non-commissioned Officer-in-Charge Marine Corps Pistol Team, Zins claimed copious accolades for his performance as a competitive pistol shooter.

Some of his accomplishments include the Lauchheimer winner at the 1995 Marine Corps Championship, Several State and Regional Championships, member of the 2004 US Pistol Team, Service Pistol National Champion, Presidents 100 Champion, McMillan Trophy winner at the CMP National Matches, Distinguished Rifle Badge, twelve time NRA National Pistol Champion and current holder of over 30 NRA Precision Pistol National Records.

Zins’ military awards include (6) Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, (5) Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, (1) Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal and (1) Meritorious Service Medal.

Brian and his Wife Mary Jo have 5 children combined and their little dog, Coco.