Starting with my time in the United States Marine Corps and flowing through my current career as a Patrol Sgt. and Swat Team member at my local Sheriff’s Office Firearms and Marksmanship have been a huge part of my life. As a NRA and State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor in Pistol, Patrol Rifle and Select Fire Weapons shooting and training shooters is a huge part of my Day to Day. After an NRA class I began shooting IDPA which turned to USPSA and NRA Tactical Police Challenge. In 2013 and 2014 another deputy from the Sheriff’s Office and I won the Tactical TPC Team event at Police Nationals in Albuquerque New Mexico. I started shooting 3 Gun Nation Matches in 2013 and have been shooting them ever since. Last Year I shot 4 Regionals, FNH, Rockcastle Pro Am and The Armalite 3 Man 3 Gun. I’m also the Range master for Upstate 3 Gun at the Clinton House in the 3GN club series. It has been an honor to Represent Obsidian Arms these past years; I hope the great relationship continues for many years to come.
I am an avid competitor and lifelong athlete. I have been a shooter, hunter and outdoorsman my entire life and have always loved firearms. I discovered actions shooting sports in the spring of 2014 where I attended my first IDPA match. I then shot my first USPSA Pistol Match and then discovered 3Gun. By June of 2014, I was outfitted with the gear required to compete and it has dominated my thoughts and actions from the beginning. I won my first 6 local matches and shot my first major match (FNH Championship) where I placed 90th out of 280 shooters. Since that time I have focused on rapid improvement and more importantly sharing the knowledge I have gained with new shooters. My teammate and I began teaching 3Gun 1o1 classes in mid-2015 at local gun clubs for free. We ran training sessions and help new shooters get into the sport. I have been lucky enough to acquire sponsorship with some of the best companies in the firearms Industry and love working with them in the development and promotion of their products. I utilize my social media presence, personal interactions and corporate connections to promote and support my sponsors.
Mark Stevens In a nut shell - I fell into it competitive shooting. I bought a pistol to shoot with my cop brother. During the Carry class the instructor mentioned USPSA. I went to a match and within 6 months sold all my worldly possessions and started 3 Gun. Some 5 years later I am shooting on the national scene and host over 30 local and major matches here in Minnesota.