Todd Rinehart started shooting at a young age. He vividly remembers shooting as early at the tender age of five years old. His father ever so responsibly started him with smaller calibers and worked his way up. By the time he was seventeen years old he had shot every shotgun, ie; 12 gauge, 20 gauge, 16 gauge. These were your standard typical all American shotguns. When he was at the ripe age of nineteen him and a few friends started getting into of a diverse group of weapons.
They ended up getting two SKSs as well as a 9mm carbine and a few pistols of various makes and models. This was the first time he was introduced to shooting pistols and he was looking forward to the opportunity. His first handgun shooting experience did not disappoint him. He was just as hooked on handguns as long guns. He then began to shoot everyday, becoming very knowledgeable about firearm safety as well as becoming somewhat proficient with the weapons he had access to.
Throughout his life he has practiced good weapon handling etiquette such as muzzle awareness, fingers out of the trigger, and other parts of firearm safety. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case for everyone one around him. One night while shooting a 270 win mag near his home, he was shot with ricochet from a bullet in his left arm. He describes the pain as unbearable and this is when he learned, all to closely, the importance of a safe backdrop while shooting high powered rifles.
When Todd finally turned twenty-one he found his calling by serving his country in the United States Army. While in the Army, he mastered how to shoot and maintain every weapon system they currently used in the Armies armory. He qualified expert every time on the reactive range, which helped his marksmanship. He would also be trained weekly, sometimes daily on the CQM “Close Quarters Marksmanship”, which incorporates what is commonly referred to as ready up drills, shooting while walking; Forward, Backward and side to side.
Todd also did numerous stress fire scenarios where he would be forced to fire accurately and consistently while being put under tremendous amounts of stress. With the amount of self-taught knowledge and the professional training learned and retained in the United States Army, he is very knowledgeable with all types of weapon systems, civil, and military; not only the shooting aspect, but the maintenance as well. There is not a weapon that he can not master inside and out, and can also can teach even the basic beginner how to shoot a weapon as well as maintain it.
Todd has now come on board with Guns ‘N Ammo Academy as an instructor leading our AR-15 courses as an expert.