Tod became a serious student of the gun in early 2001 although he recalls his interest in firearms first surfaced from a fascination all the way back to his childhood. It became even more of a reality after being a victim of an armed robbery in the late 90ís, resulting in a commitment to self-defense and fighting with a handgun. He enrolled in his first defensive handgun class with renowned instructor Ken Hackathorn and that was the beginning of his official firearms training.
He has since attended some 35 firearms classes for over 540 cumulative hours of firearms training - his first steps toward competitive shooting. Tod started shooting IDPA in late 2005 and was then introduced to USPSA and 3 Gun in 2006 by a good friend and mentor already in the sport - Erik Lund. He found competition to be a way to keep the axe sharp while at the same time having a lot of fun and testing new technique while improving skill.
Since starting his competitive career, Tod has moved quickly to the highest classification (Master and Grandmaster) in both shooting organizations. He continues to be a top level competitor in IDPA, USPSA, and 3-Gun competitions and still believes heavily in training for self-defense with a firearm. Tod continuously places in the top 10 of the competition that he enters. Seeking to share his remarkable skills and experiences, in 2007 he began instructing others in the use of firearms for self-defense and competition. In 2010, he was hired as an adjunct instructor by the United States Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He remarks, ďI base my instruction on what I have learned and continue to learn in this evolutionary doctrine. Instruction is progressive. He says the worst thing he can do is get stuck in his dogma. Itís important to constantly evolve.Ē
Unfortunately shooting competitively and instructing in the use of firearms is not his main source of income. Todís day to day job is with Nightforce Optics, Inc. where he is their MIL-GOV-LE Business Development Manager. Day in and day out he gets to provide service and support to the fine patriots of the United States Armed Forces and our Countryís law enforcement professionals including the international equivalents. Nightforce is fully supportive of his shooting career and also his largest sponsor.
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