Decorated 8 years United States Army Veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Following military service, he stayed in North Carolina while obtaining an Associate Degree in Machine Technology and studied Mechanical Engineering. While going to school Andrew worked in industry to obtain a Journeymen's Tool and Die diploma. In 2000 opened his own business, Ruhl Tech, producing advanced breaching tools, ladders and extensive training equipment used throughout the Special Operations Community to include all Federal agencies, Military and Law Enforcement. From 2000 to present he worked closely with SOF (Special Operation Forces) instructors of urban movement and breaching courses, participating in instructor train up exercises yearly. This allowed for a better understanding of SOF peculiar issues faced in real world operations leading to fast and accurate solutions. Train ups included vehicle movement in and around urban environment, vehicle and foot approaches to buildings, mechanical, ballistic and Net Explosive Weight (N.E.W) calculations, overpressure calculations, and placement of explosive breaches for light and heavy doors, windows, walls, and vehicles. Holding 6 patents ranging from gun mounts to breaching equipment and combined knowledge for more than 30 years' experience in Machining, Manufacturing and as an Breaching Instructor has earned recognition and sales all over the world.
In 2008 Andrew teamed forces with Team One Network as a distributor/vendor to support in equipment and operational readiness. Leading to a first time in Team One Network's history Andrew was asked to become a Breaching Instructor dedicated to supporting Law Enforcement, Government and Military by providing training for one single overwhelming objective, survival. Andrew's instructor certification in SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) Breathing systems and Exothermic Breaching allowed an upper edge to supporting and teaming with professional instructors and consultants who are nationally and internationally recognized, accompanied by the aid of Ruhl Tech's expertise strengthened the ability to offer the most practical, intense and realistic training in the world ranging from low levels of security to high, but focusing on how to train the next level of operators.
Over the past 18 years Andrew's experience and studies on Breaching tactics and operational equipment has allowed him to train numerous students who have not only participated in the training but have also contributed to our constantly expanding product and training events. In 2017 Andrew attended A.L.E.R.R.T's (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) better known as CRASE, Train the Trainer program where he obtained an Instructors certificate, to help assist in public safety and situational awareness.
Lee was born in Billings, MT and moved to Bozeman in 2000. A Navy Veteran, and former 12-year Radio Air Personality. Lee has an Associate degree in Journalism and Broadcasting, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services & Business management 2012. Lee is the Vice-President & Recruiter for the American Legion Riders Post 30 in Belgrade. Lee was a competition small-bore shooter on an NRA team and qualified Distinguished Expert in 1985, and Coach for 3 years with Gallatin Valley Sharp Shooters. Lee enjoys hunting and fishing on his time off, as well as riding his 69 VW Trike.
Chris was born in Colorado and raised in Eastern Washington. He has family ties to Montana and it was natural for him to complete his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering here at Montana State University. Chris grew up hunting and shooting, camping, fishing and hiking. He was first introduced to competitive shooting through trap and skeet, and quickly found a home in IDPA, IPSC, USPSA, and 3-gun, where he competed anywhere from the local, state, and even regional level. Chris works in EMS and Fire here in the Gallatin Valley as well, and coaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and EMT-Basic courses in addition to firearms and shooting courses in his free time. When he isn't at work, Chris can be found chasing big game and waterfowl, going on backcountry hikes, skiing, or enjoying a brew at a local micro-brewery.
Sam was born in New Milford, Connecticut but being from a military family he moved around a lot, even living for 3 years in Stuttgart Germany. After joining the navy in 2009 and completing 8 years as a Naval Aircrewman and lead instructor for Patrol Squadron 9 in Oahu, Hawaii, Sam moved to Bozeman to start a new adventure. He is currently a junior at MSU studying Mechanical Engineering and is an avid pistol and rifle shooter. Sam loves to teach and pass on knowledge to new shooters while also learning new skills to improve himself. He would love to learn how to rifle and bow hunt and he figures what better way to learn then from the skilled marksmen and hunters in Montana.
He is a Bozeman native and worked for local nonprofit Reach, Inc. for 26 years as their Community Relations and Development Director. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from MSU and you may have seen him on stage at the Ellen Theater. He married his British bride in 1986 and has two sons, Philip and Ian, and four grandchildren. A lifelong shooter he feels privileged to be working at Zero In.
Chris was born and raised in Illinois and moved to Bozeman in 2013. Over the last 5 years Chris has been building his resume as a Firefighter/Paramedic but has found a new challenge in working with Zero In coordinating the Medical side of this operation. Chris has experience as both an Fire service instructor and EMS instructor. Chris enjoys bonfires, bourbon and backroads.
Matt was born in Billings, Mt and raised in the south in Oklahoma and Texas. Matt has spent the last 18 years in Asset and shop management in the trucking and mining industries. Matt moved to Bozeman this past summer to further his education and enrolled at Montana State University where he is studying design drafting with a emphasis on mechanical design. Matt is a lifelong outdoorsman where he has fished the flats of the Gulf of Mexico to the blue-ribbon trout streams of Montana.
Andrew was raised in Helena, MT and moved to Bozeman in 2015. He earned Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering BREN from Montana State University in 2010. Andrew is a 1st degree member of the Bozeman Knights of Columbus Council 1413. Andrew competed in trap league at the Helena Trap Club for 3 years.
Chris spent his childhood in Bend, Oregon, and moved to Bozeman for college in 2002. After earning a Master's in Electrical Engineering in 2008, he moved to Jackson, WY to pursue a job in optical engineering. While in Jackson Hole Chris worked as a lead instructor for the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience; coaching archery, rifle, pistol, and shotgun skills for new shooters. He returned to Bozeman in 2014 to start his own optics business. Chris is passionate about outdoor recreation, loves shooting sports, and is excited to be part of the Zero In team!
Born and raised in Pasadena, CA. Moved to Colorado for college and after two years dropped out and joined the United States Marine Corps. He served 5 years in the infantry 1st Battalion 4th Marines with 3 tours to the Middle East. After getting out of the Marines in 2010, He became a Private Military Contractor doing site and personnel security throughout the Middle East. After 7 years of contracting He "retired" and moved to Bozeman. Garrett likes getting outdoors as much as possible, hiking, river floats and other outdoor activities. He is very active in the winter with snowboarding and always looking to try new things as there is always so much to do here.
Born in Jackson, WY Mike moved to Bozeman in 1994. He has worked as a parts person for 15 years in the area selling auto parts and heavy truck parts. Mike enjoys shooting and hunting, especially archery. Mike is very involved with shooting sports including the Schuetzen competition, which is a 200 yard off hand competition with a 45-70 sharps rifle with iron sights.
He was born in Annapolis, MD and moved to Bozeman in 2017. A Marine Corps Veteran of 10 years with two combat tours in separate theatres. Todd attended Bloomsburg University & earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with a focus in Public Advocacy, Logistics and Leadership; class of 2012. An avid sportsman for over 25 years who enjoys hunting and fishing and is a Life Member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF).
James was raised in Helena, MT, born March 4th of 1997. After high school he joined the Montana national guard as an Abrahams battle tank mechanic. After the first three years of service he moved to Bozeman, Mt late 2016 to start college. He is currently attending college for a psychology major.
JD grew up in Pennsylvania and went to school for one year in Massachusetts, then joined the Navy. After the Navy, JD went to school at Colorado State University got a BS in wildlife biology. He enjoys hunting, fishing, motorcycles, building rifles, long range shooting and reloading. He also had a business making bamboo fly rods longbows and recurves.
Seth grew up in southwest Michigan and moved to Bozeman in 2015. He attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids Michigan, where he studied drafting, tool design, and mechanical engineering. He spent a decade working as a manufacturing engineer and R&D design engineer before relocating to Montana. Seth is currently serving the Montana Army National Guard as a radio technician and radio operator for the 1063rd Support Maintenance Company. Previously, Seth was a radio technician for the 119th Field Artillery. A licensed amateur radio operator since 2013, Seth volunteers as radio support at various events around the Gallatin Valley. Seth is a competitive pistol shooter, competing in USPSA Production Division and Steel Challenge Production Division. He also enjoys long-range precision rifle shooting and reloading.
He and his family moved to Montana initially in 1991 and most recently in 2002. Hank is a 24-year US Army Infantry Officer. He has served for 6 years as a Law Enforcement Officer for The Montana Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Service. Hank has a bachelor's degree in history. He is the Commander of American Legion Post 30 and the Secretary Treasurer (and head bottle washer) of the Veterans Alliance of Southwest Montana and the Montana Military Vehicles Club.
Doc is from Chicago Illinois but lived from coast to coast because of family and careers with FedEx and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His father served in WWII as a 1st Lieutenant Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Doc's family traces its genealogy in America as early as the 1800's. Doc's significant Other (Donna) is a United States Coast Guard veteran and served in Iraq. After high school, he attended college majoring in Aeronautical Engineering. During this time his Draft Lottery came up #4. Instead of being drafted into the Army for two years, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Doc served in Vietnam in 1972. He was assigned to Bien Hoa Air Base with Detachment 1, 377th Air Base Wing, 7th Air Force, and was attached to the 1st Marine Air Wing, 12th Marine Air Group as a Composite Unit during the 1972 Easter Offensive. Doc was with U.S. Forces during the Siege of An Loc where he was wounded. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, USAF Outstanding Unit Award with "V Device" for Combat Operations, Vietnam Campaign Medal with One Bronze Battle Star, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Award, Good Conduct Award, and Air Force Longevity Award. He is a Disabled Veteran.
After Vietnam, he was discharged from the VA Hospital, and started back to work. He helped start up operations with a small company called Federal Express and retired after twenty-five years of service. After retiring, Doc was appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary's Office as a Program Analyst, and Advisor to the Congressional Committee on Veteran Affairs. He was also a Liaison to Congress and the White House concerning minority and female veterans' healthcare and administrative benefits. Doc was a member of a National Committee for Minority Veterans, Veterans Employment and Business Opportunity, and Chair for Minority Veterans Affairs for the State of Indiana. He has recently retired as a Director for the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation (VWMF) in Washington, DC. Doc implemented, and coordinated the Whistle Stop Tour, and transported the Vietnam Women's Memorial across the United States, He helped coordinate the dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial where it now rests on the National Mall across from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) In Washington, D.C. Doc moved to Cedar City, Utah after leaving his post with the VA, and coordinated the building and dedication of the Iron County, Utah Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He was then appointed to Utah's State Veterans Board of Directors Nursing Home Facilities. Doc moved to Belgrade, MT. and is now The Senior Vice commander for the Dept. of MT. Military Order of The Purple Heart (MOPH), and Commander for Eastern MT. MOPH, Chapter 2016. He is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Kentucky Colonel's Association, and a Free Mason. His interests in veteran's advocacy includes State and Federal Policies, and sits on the Montana Committee for Veterans Employment, Training and Business Opportunities. His hobbies include Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Jeeps and Muscle Cars. He is currently a private instructor for Gallatin County Sheriff's Department as a Small Firearms Safety Instructor and has been involved in many years of public relations in firearm safety, and training.