Meet the Range Team

Eric Neal

Range Manager

Eric, 35, medically retired after serving 12 years in the military as an Army Special Forces “Green Beret”. He is a highly decorated combat disabled veteran and graduate of the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, Military Free-Fall school, Special Forces Sniper Course, and the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis & Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of North Texas, and a Masters in business from the University of Southern California. Prior to retirement, he served as his unit’s Director of Training. On his time off he enjoys cooking, hunting, and spending time with his wife, two daughters, and dog “Valley”.

Kalyn “Bucky” Buchanan

Range Supervisor

Bucky, 30, spent 5 years as a military police officer. For 3 1/2 years he was a part of Camp Pendleton’s Special Reaction Team (SRT). He is specialized in hostage situations, barricaded subjects, active shooters, personal protection and quick reaction for distinguished visitors on Camp Pendleton. He is trained in designated marksman / observer operations, personal protection, Tracking, and Gang Task Force operations. Bucky is a USCCA certified Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor, Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Instructor, and a certified personal trainer. In his off time he likes to workout, hike, and spend time with his girlfriend and dogs “Molly” and “Karma”.

Stephen “Steve” Waschka

Lead Range Safety Officer

Steve, 25, is a USCCA Range Safety Officer, basic pistol and basic rifle instructor. He is also a United States Marine Corps reservist and has served 5 years as an Artillery fire control specialist. These Marines are critical for defensive and offensive indirect fire missions. Steve has been with GRITR Range since September 2020. He is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology. During his free time he enjoys fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

Coolest gun ever shot: MK19 Automatic Grenade Launcher
Farthest shot made: 800 yards
Current Favorite handgun for rent at GRITR: Beretta M9A3

Robert “Rob” Rose

Range Safety Officer

Rob, 25 , is a USCCA certified Range Safety Officer. He is a former paralegal and avid researcher of 2A law. He has concealed carry training through Louisiana State Police, as well as a long personal life around firearms. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in pre-law from Louisiana Tech University. Prior to Gritr, he was director of operations for a clothing company, as well as an entrepreneur. On his off time, he enjoys weightlifting, cooking, shooting, working on cars, paintball, and spending time with friends and family.

Coolest gun ever shot: FG 42 Auto rifle
Farthest shot made: 1000 yards
Current Favorite handgun for rent at GRITR: Archon Type-B

Kenneth “Doc” Michael

Range Safety Officer

Doc, 25, is a former U.S. Naval Hospital Corpsman trained in TCCC and field medical care. He is USCCA and NRA qualified as an RSO. Prior to his employment with GRITR he worked 2 years of level two security and 1 year of level three security. He has 5 years of professional firearms use and training. He has been with GRITR for just over three months. During his down time he enjoys spending family time with his wife, two sons and their dog Maisel. He also enjoys studying history and always finding something new to learn about

Coolest gun ever shot: Mk-19 Automatic Grenade Launcher
Farthest shot made: 800 yds
Current Favorite handgun for rent at GRITR: Draco VSKA

Jared Smithwick

Range Safety Officer

Jared, 24, Is a USCCA Certified Range safety officer. He served 4 years in the United States Coast Guard as a Gunnersmate. In this position, he worked with everything from small arms to 76mm weapons systems. His responsibilities included training personnel in proper handling of weapons, ammunition, and pyrotechnics. During his time off he enjoys hunting, shooting, cooking, and gunsmithing.

Coolest gun ever shot: 455 Webley Revolver
Farthest shot made: 1000 yards
Current Favorite handgun for rent at GRITR: Scorpion EVO3

Alex Gatto

Range Safety Officer

Alex, 24, is a USCCA certified range safety officer. He started his career in the firearms industry in 2020 and started instructing privately. He has been with GRITR since May of 2021. He earned his USCCA pistol and rifle instructor certification shortly after. He is an avid competitive shooter and aspires to compete professionally. In his free time he enjoys woodworking, and spending time with his girlfriend and dog “Gizmo”.

Coolest gun ever shot: Full auto AK47
Farthest shot made: 100 yards
Current Favorite handgun for rent at GRITR: Archon Type B

Joe Snyder

Range Safety Officer

Joe, 26, is a USCCA Certified Range safety officer. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, he was in charge of cyber systems and other highly sensitive cryptographic items. Cyber systems techs are on the “front lines” of securing the communications networks of the Marine Corps. Additionally, he earned a degree in welding and fabrication from The Fab School, Rancho Cucamonga CA. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his son and his wife.

Coolest gun ever shot: M249 Squad Automatic Weapon
Farthest shot made: 800 yards
Current Favorite handgun for rent at GRITR: Scorpion EVO3

Range Hours

Mon - Fri: 12.00pm - 7.45pm
Saturday: 10:00am -7:45pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 5.45pm

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