Training Instructor Bios

Jeffrey Tutino

NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Pistol & Rifle Instructor, NC Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer

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.

Jesse Brown

NRA Pistol/Rifle Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Personal Protection In the Home Instructor, Home Firearms Safety Instructor, Glock Armorer, Smith & Wesson Armorer

Originally from New Jersey, Jesse Brown found his way to the Lake Norman area after serving in the U.S. Army.  While serving as an Airborne Infantryman Jesse worked as a rifleman, M249 S.A.W. gunner, grenadier, and machine gun team leader obtaining the rank of Sergeant. After being wounded in action and granted a medical retirement, Jesse continued to serve the country as a private military contractor.  Jesse has worked on contracts in various conflict zones around the world providing high threat security services to various government entities to include the DOD and DOS from 2009 to 2011.  From 2011 to 2014, Jesse was a valued team member at Point Blank Range working as a range safety officer and instructor providing both one on one instruction as well as group classes.  During his time at Point Blank Range Jesse also earned several NRA certifications to include range safety officer, pistol instructor, rifle instructor, personal protection in the home instructor, and home firearms safety instructor.  In addition to his NRA instructor certifications, Jesse is also a certified Glock Armorer and certified Smith and Wesson M&P pistol armorer.  Jesse returned to contract work as an Independent Contractor for the US Department of State military advisor in various global locales from 2015 to 2017.  In his free time Jesse enjoys riding motocross, working on cars, and spending time with his dogs.

Caton McBride

Caton grew up in the Tryon, NC area hunting, fishing, and playing baseball. He served with 101st Airborne  as an infantryman for 4 years. After getting out he joined the Asheville Police Department. Retiring after 25 years with Asheville NC Police Dept and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. He served 17 years on Tactical teams as a precision marksman, Field Training officer and firearms instructor conducting pistol and rifle training for the BCSO and Community College. Caton is a NRA Life member holding rifle and pistol instructor ratings. He as competed in high power rifle competitions, and is also a  NAUI scuba instructor and public safety diver.

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.

Joe Clark

NC Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor, NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer

Joe Clark was born in Ft. Hood, TX and grew up on Florida’s Space Coast.  A graduate of Florida State University and Marine Corps veteran, Joe retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant (E-9) after 28 years of service. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. A trained parachutist and jumpmaster with 20 years on continuous jump status, Joe was awarded Naval & Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia and Foreign Parachutist Badges from Romania, Egypt and Germany.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps High Risk Personnel Course as well as a being a NC Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor, NRA Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer and is as a Glock and Smith & Wesson M&P armorer.  Joe’s military experience and NRA training make him an integral part of our team. He is a resident of Huntersville and is married with two college aged children.

Mitch Lash

Mitch Lash is an active Executive Protection Agent / Private Investigator / Security Consultant. He is a prior Law Enforcement Officer, and NAVY veteran. Mitch also spent 14 years as a jack man in the NASCAR Cup Series. He is an avid outdoorsman, and loves life as a husband and father of 2 awesome little dudes.  Focusing on the Close Protection Industry, Mitch has spent much of his life training in the private security sector concentrating in areas such as Protective Firearms, Protective Medical, and Defensive/Evasive driving. He has conducted many operational details to include High Net worth Individuals and families, Celebrity/TV personalities, Political figures, and Foreign Dignitaries here in the U.S. and abroad. Mitch also contracts for one of the largest risk mitigation companies in the world, handling many Workplace Violence/ Hostile Termination details here in the Carolinas. A true Private Protective Professional, Mitch brings his unique set of hard skills and soft skills proudly to Point Blank Range.

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 Training Counselor, 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).

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!

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!

Marshall Hampton

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

  • NCDOJ certified North Carolina CCH instructor
  • NRA certified Pistol instructor
  • NRA certified 3P Air Rifle & Small Bore Coach Level I
  • CMP certified JROTC Marksmanship Instructor
  • NRA certified High Power Rifle Coach Level I
  • 30 year multidisciplinary competitive rifle and pistol shooter
  • 9 years coaching sporter air rifle teams at both local and national levels

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.