Down Range Training Concepts was founded by Paul Braun. Paul brings together his experiences from the Military, Law Enforcement, Firearms Training, Firearms Manufacturing and Public Safety Equipment Retail over the course of his career. Paul is a Federal Law Enforcement Officer and held positions on his agencies SRT, HAZMAT and Protection Services Unit as well as the department weapons armorer. He holds Armorer and Master Armorer certifications for many platforms and spent several years as the Chief Instructor for a Major Rifle Production Company. He has written Firearm User Manuals for different firearm manufactures, conducted Test and Evaluation for the Israeli Ministry of Defense Procurement Program and preformed research and development evaluations for many carbine parts and accessories. He continues to work alongside skilled machinists for new production ideas and improvements to AR style rifles and armoring tools.
Paul is a part time instructor for the Sig Sauer Academy based in New Hampshire where he travels the nation training Law Enforcement/ Military and select civilians. Also he teaches for a Technical College Law Enforcement Program providing POST certified weapons training. Paul also conducted for the civilian community training at multiple skill levels as Director of Operations for Final Option Training.
Paul’s extensive military career as an MP includes Protective Security Detail Team Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Senior Instructor Cadre for the Recruit Sustainment Program and is a Combat Veteran of the Iraq war. Paul holds professional certifications and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association and the NRA. He is also a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician.
Ron brings experiences from Military and Law Enforcement. As a Police Officer in Hill City, Ron also competed 11 years with the Minnesota Army National Guard as both enlisted and an officer. The majority of his Military service Ron was assigned to the34th Military Police Company as a Platoon Leader to include a combat tour in Iraq. While stationed in Basra, Iraq his responsibilities included Force Protection as the OIC protecting the largest Entry Control Point in Southern Iraq along with multiple convoy missions in country. Through his success achievements he attained the position of Executive Officer of the 34th Military Police Company and then onto Division Headquarters in the Provost Marshalls Section as the Operations Security Officer until his retirement in 2015 at the rank of Captain. Ron was also awarded the Bronze Star and the Joint Services Silver German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge for military achievements including firearms proficiency.
For over the past half a decade, Ron continues to provide firearms training in Northern Minnesota to include permit to carry instruction for several hundred private citizens. As well as being firearms training instructor, Ron is also the CIO for Down Range Training Concepts.
Ron also continues to serve his community as the Assistant Fire Chief and an Emergency Medical Responder.