BRAD SIMON – PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
Opening a world-class shooting facility in Shreveport has been Brad’s dream for almost two decades and Red River Range is the realization of that vision. An Army veteran, Brad served as an infantry soldier and as a Blackhawk helicopter, air assault flight-lead and instructor pilot with two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Brad returned home to Shreveport in 2011 with his wife Ashlee, and three sons, Joey, Kelly
BRIAN SMITH – RETAIL MANAGER
Brian comes to Red River Range with the goal of providing our customers with a personal, enthusiastic, and overall outstanding gun-buying, training, and shooting experience. Whether a seasoned shooter or a firearms novice, he wants our guests to feel comfortable, safe, and confident in our facilities and team. Brian brings with him a life-long love of shooting and the outdoors. A passion first instilled in him at a young age while squirrel hunting with his grandfather in Mississippi. It was there he was first taught to be safe and respectful in the use of firearms. Brian is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served in the infantry and attained the rank of Sergeant. While in the Marines, he was deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1991. After his time in the Marines, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Management at Southern Arkansas University. Brian brings to Red River Range more than 25 years of customer-focused retail management.
TOM TRACEY – RANGE MANAGER
Tom is a native of Iowa City, Iowa and is a retired Master Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Tom served in the Marines from 1979 – 2006. During his time in the Marine Corps, Tom was an Infantryman and served in many billets including Drill Instructor, Weapons Instructor, Tactics Instructor, Operations Chief and Marine Corps Martial Arts (MCMAP) Instructor. Tom is married to Emma Beton of Iloilo, Philippines. After his retirement, he and Emma moved to Shreveport. Tom and Emma have 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
MIKE GILL – TACTICS TRAINER
As a Special Operations soldier, Mike acted as a tactical combat advisor to Iraq’s Special Operations Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom thru multiple tours with CJOSTF-AP. He has advised, mentored, and trained with multiple special operations forces throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. “Gil” is a graduate of the US Army Infantry School, Army Special Forces Qualification Course, Defense Language Institute – Arabic, Peacetime Hostage / Governmental Detention, SERE Level C, Gunsite Academy Close Quarter Battle Rifle and Pistol, Wilderness First Responder (NOLS) and other specialized courses with USASFC. He is an NRA Instructor for Pistol, Rifle, Pistol Defense Inside / Outside Home. Post Army, Gil did a short stint at the US Department of Interior working IT Security and Policy before going back to his roots to train and advise at Red River Range. Gil and his wife Kristen have a young future operator, JJ, and spend most of their time keeping him out of trouble.
DON HUGULEY – FUNDAMENTALS TRAINER
Don is a former B-52 Radar Navigator, KC-135 Instructor/Evaluator, and a Nav School instructor. Don flew combat missions in Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Northern Watch and Southern Watch. While serving in the Tanker Airlift Control Center, Don oversaw global airlift and tanker missions immediately after 9/11 and later in support of Operation Anaconda, OEF and OIF. In 2007 Don retired after 22+ years of AF service. He and his wife Johnette moved back home to Shreveport and he returned to work for the USAF as the Chief, Strategic Basing for Air Force Global Strike Command. Don is a NRA Training Counselor and NRA Certified Instructor for: Basic Pistol; Basic Rifle; Basic Shotgun; Muzzleloader (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun); Metallic Cartridge Reloading; Shotshell Reloading; Personal Protection in the Home (Pistol); Personal Protection Outside the Home (Pistol); Home Firearm Safety; Chief Range Safety Officer/Range Safety Officer; NRA Certified Instructor for Refuse to be a Victim; Louisiana Conceal Carry Handgun Instructor; Boy Scout Shooting Sports Director and USA Archery Level 1 Instructor. He recently retired from AF civil service and is excited to be training at Red River Range and volunteering with local Boy Scout Shooting Sports. Don and Johnette have one son, Jack, married to Kat and living in Boston, MA.
ROBERT POINDEXTER- GUNSMITH
Robert J Poindexter Jr is the lead gunsmith at Red River Range. He was born and raised in Shreveport. After graduating form Louisiana Tech University in 2010, he left for Montana to attend Swan Mountain Outfitters wilderness guide school. Wanting to travel and guide abroad, it was fitting that he ended up in New Zealand. While in New Zealand, Robert guided hunting and fly-fishing trips for Southern Lakes Hunting Guides and also managed the hunting and fishing department at H&J’s Outdoor World in Queenstown, NZ. One day, behind the gun counter, he was disassembling a shipment of rifles to be sent to the local gunsmith to have the barrels threaded for suppressors when he decided he would investigate becoming a gunsmith. After some research, Robert decided to apply to the gunsmithing program at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. In May 2017, Robert graduated with degrees Gunsmithing Technology and Custom Gunmaking.