115 South Fourth Street
Mankato, MN 56001

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Tobias the Owner and Lead Trainer 

Hello, I am Tobias (Toby) the owner and lead trainer for MankatoGuns.

You can pick an instructor out of a hat and maybe get lucky and get a good one, or you can go with a proven track record. When I teach classes, I take my years of teaching nurses and focus on clear, calm, and interesting classroom experiences. I don't overwhelm you with jargon, and I stay out of politics, making this a comfortable welcoming class for everyone. This makes the class interesting and effective, without sexist humor and/or political comments. So for a calm, comfortable, sane, apolitical class, this is the class for you.

I base my classes on a simple premise, "What would I want my teenage daughters to learn to stay safe?".  This overriding premise ensures that every important topic and detail is covered, extraneous or side comments removed, and all students are treated with respect. 

I am the owner and  lead trainer, I have over 20 years teaching experience in military, college, and university settings.

I hold the following credentials:

Academic Education:

​-Bachelor's of Science in Biology, emphasis Microbiology, with minors in Chemistry and Physics. Graduated Summa Cum Laude (Latin for "Very Nerdy")

-Masters of Science in Biology, with research in Electrophysiology

-Masters of Science in Experiential Education, with research in teaching underprivileged high school students science.

-Graduate coursework to teach college level Geography

-Graduate coursework to teach college level English

-Graduate coursework to teach college level Remedial Reading

-Collects College classes like other people collect Beanie Babies

Firearms Credentials:

-Credentialed as a Minnesota CCW instructor through Tactical Training Solutions

-Firearms Safety Instructor through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

-National Rifle Association Pistol Instructor

-Many teaching credentials in other fields including two Masters Degrees

Background in military and  firearms spans many decades:

-Started target shooting in 1982 in boy Scouts

-Qualified with as an Expert smallbore rifle in JROTC in 1985 and Expert Pistol

-Was on a rifle team from 1986-1988 in high school finishing with the "Top Shooter" medal for the team.

-Was in the Army reserve from 1989-1991, as a Medic (91A)

-Active duty in the Army from 1991-1993, as an Operating Room Specialist (91D) and as an On-The-Job Instructor for Operating Room Specialists.

-Continued in Army Reserves until 1996.

-Continues to regularly train to maintain his skills.

Volunteer work:

-Continues to do volunteer work with the Minnesota DNR as a hunter safety instructor

-Volunteers as a Merit Badge Instructor for the Boy Scouts of America

-Volunteers at my church in various capacities including being on the Child Faith Development Committee as a member at large and Chairman