Team Blaster Bios

Tony Gimmellie - Team Blaster Tony Gimmellie - Team Blaster

I was born in Cleveland Ohio, on July 8, 1972. As a child I spent my time playing sports and dreaming of becoming a United States Marine. Upon graduation of High school I decide to chase my dream and on September 23, 1991 I depart my home in Cleveland Ohio for Parris Island, SC and started what was to be 10 of the best years of my life.

I served 10 years in the United States Marine Corps from September 1991 – July of 2001. I was Honorably Discharged in 2001. During my time in the Marine Corps I served as a Scout Sniper in two different sniper platoons (3/2 & 3/6). I was the Chief Scout in charge of training and marksmanship in both of my platoons, I finished up as the Platoon Sergeant for 3/6 before heading out into the private sector. I also spent 4 years in Marine Corps Security Force Battalion. The first year and a half I was assigned to FAST Company (Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams) I was then offered a Instructor position teaching Close Quarters Battle. I served as an instructor for almost 3 years instructing Surgical Shooting, Breaching, and Hostage Rescue Techniques. During my time in the Corps I was a 8th Award Rifle Expert and a 6th Award Pistol Expert.

While in the Marine Corps I had the opportunity to be part of 3 test teams for gear and equipment procurement and fielding.

  • I was involved with the testing and fielding of the M4 carbine for Close Quarters Battle applications. Testing included testing of a wide variety of ammunition ranging from plastic, wood, frangible and other metal alloys, as well as other weapon accessories.
  • I was part of the M40A3 sniper rifle limited user R&D tests which help determine the proper configuration, setup of the rifle platform to support in the wide variety of combat missions that it would need to be used in. This testing included durability, accuracy, ammunition, and multiple different weapon configurations and setups.
  • Testing of the INOD – Integrated Night Optic Device. This testing was a massive multi branch test done by all components of the US Military for 2 weeks down at SOCCOM. Testing was to determine the ability for all military units to have and use the same optic with a day night channel option. Testing was to determine if the optic would work on every currently fielded sniper rifle platform throughout the military, durability, accuracy and function of the INOD.

I currently am on my 17th year as a Federal Police Officer in Washington D.C. I have been assigned for the last 8 years as a full time Firearms Instructor for my agency.

I am an avid competitive shooter. I have been a professionally sponsored shooter since 1994. I have many wins and top 5 finishes to my credit. I am a USPSA Grand Master and nationally ranked shooter. I can usually be found on any given weekend travel the country shooting, helping shooters, and competing in the sports that I enjoy.

Shooting sports I am involved in:

  • Precision Sniper Competitions
  • Precision long range .22 Matches
  • 3 Gun
  • Tactical shotgun matches
  • NRL and NRL22 matches
  • NRA Service Rifle
  • NRA F-Class
  • IDPA
  • Bianchi Cup
  • IR5050 BR Rimfire matches
Rob Ormond - Team Blaster Rob Ormond - Team Blaster

I grew up in a small town in southeastern Connecticut named Waterford. I attended Waterford High School where I was active in sports and was the captain of the football team. After graduating I went to Plymouth State College but left and joined the Marine Corps in 1986. I went to boot camp at Parris Island and ITS at Camp Pendleton prior to being stationed at Subic Naval Base in the Philippines with "A" Company Marine Barrack. After 18 months in the Philippines I returned to Camp Pendleton with "I" Co. 3/1 and then finally at Edson Range before being Honorably Discharged in 1990.

After leaving the Marine Corps I worked for the US Government as a Federal Police Officer at the US Naval Submarine Base in Groton, CT. I attended the academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, FLETC, in Glynco, GA where I was awarded class high shooter. During a reduction in force in 1995 I lost my job as a police officer due to cutbacks and I transferred to the Submarine Base Fire Department where I've worked since 1995 as a Firefighter/EMT-B/HazMat Technician. I have also been happily married to my lovely wife, Vivian, since 1998.

My interest in shooting started when I was young but my mother didn't allow guns in the house so I had to wait until I joined the Marine Corps, where I earned my Expert Badge, before being able to continue with my interests. After the Marine Corps I got into a few different shooting sports to include, IDPA, Pin Shooting and shooting tactical rifles after purchasing my first .308 in 1993. My current competition .308 is built off my original receiver. I didn't know about sniper matches that were open to civilians until 2003 when I attended my first match. After that I was hooked and compete as much as possible. I am also a member, Rob01, at many sites such as Snipers Hide, Sniper Country, Sniper Central,, and West Coast Tactical.