Founder Ryan Gass

Ryan Gass is a honorably discharged U.S. Marine with 5 years of service. His first duty was in Kings Bay, GA securing the Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, including nuclear weapons and submarines. Upon conclusion of his time at Kings Bay, Ryan received orders to Weapons Training Battalion East at Camp Lejeune, NC. There, Ryan served full-time on the rifle range training Marines and Sailors how to more effectively employ their M4, M16, and M27 rifles from 25 yards up to 500 yards.

After transitioning to the civilian sector, Ryan has worked jobs related to security and firearms including armed security at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, later working armed security in Prince Georges & Anne Arundel Counties. While working sites in PG & AA, Ryan began assisting training other security officers. Inspired by the lead instructor and seeing a different need- Ryan founded Practical Training Professionals in August 2015 with the goal of training average everyday citizens to be safer and more effective in using firearms. 


Ryan holds several certifications from various organizations and agencies including the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, Maryland State Police, Delaware Attorney Generals Office, Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, National Rifle Association, United States Concealed Carry Association, and a former Combat Marksmanship Coach for the United States Marine Corps. 


Instructor Reid Colomo

Reid Colomo was born and raised in Maryland where he began serving his community as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT at the age of just 15.


Following his completion of high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Reid served four years on active duty orders as an Aviation Ordnance Technician. During this time, he earned the rank of Corporal and became supervisor of live ordnance. He also served time on the USS Kearsage in addition to also serving on a combat tour in Bahrain.


While on tour, he began to apply for careers as a firefighter in his home state of Maryland. 

Once Reid returned home from enlistment, 

Reid begun his experience with PTPGun as a student/Club Member in 2020 and his deep love for the 2nd Amendment soon found him assisting with training courses and then moved into instructing handgun course for PTPGun. 

Reid is now a Certified Handgun Instructor and conducts training with throughout Maryland. 


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