Staff

Please take a moment to meet our staff

We are very proud of the group that we have assembled to serve you. We have a hard working, enthusiastic staff with great personalities and a varied and diverse background in the shooting sports. Our staff strives to stay on the cutting edge of our industry. We pass that knowledge on to our customers so that they can make the best buying decisions based on their needs. When you meet our staff in person, we will exceed your expectations. We don't have any bozos commandos or ninjas
Bernie Conatser
Bernie Conatser
Bernie Conatser
President
Background:
I began shooting at age 21. Within a few years, I was working the sales counter at a gun shop and have been in business as the owner of the Virginia Arms Company since 1998. As an enthusiast of all things related to firearms, I love shooting guns, looking at guns, talking about guns and selling guns. I am very fortunate to be in a business that I am so passionate about. My passion and enthusiasm are reflected in the excellent staff we have assembled at Virginia Arms.
Robb Jensen
Robb Jensen
Robb Jensen
Armorer
Background:
Robb has been with Virginia Arms since 2005 as an armorer and salesman. He is a factory trained armorer, certified by virtually every major firearms manufacturer. Robb has been shooting since he was 5yrs old. His dad is a retired US Marine, who was the Program Manager at Firepower Division, Quantico for the M16A2/A3/A4 & XM4. Immersed in the AR15/M16 platforms from a very young age, Robb has a shooting and working knowledge of the rifle that is rare indeed. Robb has been hunting since his teenage years and working on guns since high school. He is a competitive shooter competing in 3gun, USPSA, IDPA & GSSF. Robb regularly attends firearms training classes as well as armorers courses. He's also our Notary Public.
Ryan Clements
Ryan Clements
Ryan Clements
Assistant Manager
Background:
Ryan began working at the shop part-time in 2009 and became a full-time staff member shortly after. In 2017, Ryan was promoted to assistant store manager. He is a key player for getting things done here, and is always willing to go the extra mile for our customers. When he's not working or tinkering with his guns, you'll likely find him on the range as he competes as a Master Class shooter in USPSA handgun matches locally and nationally. Additionally, Ryan is a shooting/firearms instructor, holds a number of armorer certifications for a variety of firearms, and enjoys all types of recreational shooting and hunting.
Giao Nguyen
Giao Nguyen
Giao Nguyen
Sales
Background:
Giao bought his first handgun in 2010 to explore a new hobby. He found it to be a very slippery slope and quickly moved to tactical rifles and silencers. He began working at Virginia Arms in January of 2012. Giao has taken a variety of classes covering weapon manipulation, the low light environment, and concealed carry techniques. He likes long walks on the beach, candle lit dinners, and anything in flat dark earth.
Jeremy Sandgren
Jeremy Sandgren
Jeremy Sandgren
Sales
Background:
Jeremy (or "OJ" or better yet, "JerBear") joined our team in 2007 before enlisting in the Army. As an artillery crewman, he deployed to Afghanistan and served in OEF with the 10th Mountain Division. After completing his active duty service he returned to Virginia Arms and continues to serve as a combat engineer in the National Guard. He loves all firearms, but especially enjoys classic military rifles and the occasional pistol match. Jeremy is a great team member at Virginia Arms and is a customer favorite. Try to stump him with some Star Wars trivia sometime. Your Jedi mind tricks are no match for him!
Matt Wellington
Matt Wellington
Matt Wellington
Sales
Background:
Matt has been with us part-time since 1999. Matt is one of the most enthusiastic gun guys I know. He treats every customer and every sale as if it was the most important event in the world. Matt is employed full time as a law enforcement officer. Matt is a certified law enforcement firearms instructor and an NRA certified pistol instructor, having served as such since 2000.
Patrick Cha
Patrick Cha
Patrick Cha
Sales
Background:
Patrick has been with the Virginia Arms Company since 2000. Patrick is with us part time now, but he knows virtually all of our regular customers on a first name basis. Patrick is eager to share his knowledge and personal service.
Ted Forbes
Ted Forbes
Ted Forbes
Sales
Background:
Ted is a part time salesman who has been with Virginia Arms since 2006. Ted does not know what "can't" or "won't" means. A true friend to co-workers and customers alike, Ted always comes through. In addition to his passion for shooting and hunting, Ted is also our staff hammer and saw guy and has helped shape the store into what it is today. Ted has also earned a coveted award from Pat Rogers of EAG Tactical during a carbine operator course. Ask Ted about it when you see him!
Thomas Walsh
Thomas Walsh
Thomas Walsh
Sales
Background:
Thomas has been with Virginia Arms since 2007 as a part time salesman. Thomas is always happy to help find the right gear and always finds products that are both functional and score style points! Just ask to see his Louis Vuitton holster and magazine pouch.
Rex Gile
Rex Gile
Rex Gile
Sales
Background:
Rex is a part-time salesman. He is a multi-time and multi-division state champion in SASS cowboy action shooting matches. As such, Rex is an excellent resource for cowboy action firearms and information. Rex is not one dimensional and is also the staff King of Bling. Obviously a gold fish in a previous life, Rex has never met a shiny firearm or trinket that he did not like.
Matt Renz
Matt Renz
Matt Renz
Sales
Background:
Matt has been on staff part-time at Virginia Arms since 2009. A rare find, Matt has an incredible knowledge base of some of the most obscure and esoteric firearms. An admitted firearms "geek", Matt is our go-to guy for all things related to current and classic military firearms. Matt is a resource that we are very lucky to have. He also has an unquenchable training habit and has trained with virtually every top level trainer currently teaching.
Kevin Osborne
Kevin Osborne
Kevin Osborne
Sales
Background:
Kevin joined the Virginia Arms Company as a part time salesman in 2013. Kevin brings a wealth of firearms knowledge and enthusiasm to us. Kevin is very helpful on the sales floor and funny beyond description. A librarian (really) in real life, Kevin breaks the mold and is a ton of fun to work with.
Pebbles
Pebbles
Pebbles
Customer Relations
Background:
Pebbles may a part time employee, but she is the full time best dog ever! She is a Dutch Shepherd with great looks and a charming personality. Pebbles is generally in the shop on Saturdays, but makes an appearance periodically during the week. Feel free to give her a treat and scratch her head when you stop in. She loves the attention!