In 1984, just out of Basic Training, Richard established the New River Mountain Rifles, which was the first traditional muzzleloading organization in Southern West Virginia. During the early reserve/guard-status of his military career he worked as a structural draftsman and was later assigned to the West Virginia Army National Guard in an AGR status serving as a Recruiter, Readiness NCO, and Armor Instructor. His last assignment was in a reserve/guard status as a M1 tank commander and the pistol team coach for the 1/150 Armored Cavalry Unit headquartered in Bluefield, West Virginia.
He began his law enforcement career with the Fayette County, West Virginia Sheriff’s Department, and later worked as a Patrol Officer and Firearms Instructor with the Princeton, West Virginia City Police. While at the Princeton Police Department Richard modernized the department’s approach to drug interdiction and entirely revised their firearms training and qualification program. Working with the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, Richard also directed their civilian/law enforcement combat pistol match program. His last assignment in law enforcement was as a Special Agent/Firearms Instructor with the Norfolk Southern Railroad Police. Richard Mann is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy, the Southwest Criminal Justice Training Academy, and the NRA Tactical Law Enforcement Instructor’s Development School. He also holds a BA in Criminal Justice and has attended numerous military and law enforcement training schools.
Between 2004 and 2006, while working with Ballistic Technology, Richard patented a revolutionary medium for the terminal performance testing of rifle, shotgun, and handgun projectiles. He also patented a riflescope reticle. He went on to work as the compiling author of the groundbreaking book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter. While working with most of the major bullet manufacturers, Richard consulted on a variety of projectile development programs. He has also worked closely with firearm and accessory manufactures to help with the introduction of a variety of well received products. Richard has hunted on several continents and in many countries all over the world, both for pleasure and on assignment to test a wide range of products.
Richard’s military, law enforcement, and world-wide hunting experience, coupled with his private range facility in West Virginia, uniquely positions him to provide important advice and consulting services from either a public or veiled position.