Nate Den Hollander
I grew up in Alberta, starting my shooting career as a young biathlete; skiing and shooting. In 2008 I made it to Germany for the British Army Nordic Championships. I achieved a 10th place finish, the highest place for Canada since 1989.
When I was 18 I joined the Canadian Forces, and was sent to Wainwright, Alberta for PPCLI Battle School - 17 weeks of the best winter days Alberta can offer!
I served with the PPCLI and RCR, as well as instructed at the Infantry School and after 13 years of service, I retired as a Sargent.
Upon my release from the CAF, I started working within the fire arms and security industry as both consultant and instructor. Over the past 5 years I have been working with ranges and gear manufacturers, and travelling North America filming for various projects that support Veterans networks. I am also currently a co-host on a couple social media shows that keep me active within the firearms and security industry.
Thank you for taking the time to read this - I look forward to shooting with you some time!
Professional diplomas / certificates:
NS Provincial Firearms instructor.
NS Provincial Hunter safety instructor.
British Military, All arms, Explosives, Map reading & Survival, CQB, Rappelling & Unarmed Combat instructor.
UKPSA, National instructor, Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun.
ASLET, Police firearms and tactics instructor.
BSAC, Sports diving instructor.
NPDS, Commercial Diver.
Essex Police, Advanced driver, Offensive/defensive and surveillance driving.
BAWLA, Olympic weightlifting instructor.
Vice President & Past President
Peter Eliot is the owner/operator of Ballistic Services, a reloading company in Milford Station, and does firearm repairs. He has a very broad history with firearms, ballistics, reloading and tactics dating back to the late 1960's.
Peter has proven leadership abilities and superior capabilities as a teacher. As Hnatiuk’s Training Division’s Chief Instructor he offers a broad level of experience. Besides teaching the Non-Restricted, Restricted and Hunter Education courses, Peter has experience as an instructor in reloading ammunition, security training, military and police skills, ballistics, firearms use and even SCUBA diving.
Peter has received a ‘Mention in dispatches’ for bravery whilst serving in a combat zone.
He has written three books on firearms, ballistics and stress psychology and wrote several articles for shooting magazines both in England and the US.
As a recognised Crown Court Expert, he has given evidence at British Crown Court in cases relating to ballistics and stress psychology as it relates to a deadly force encounter, both as a police officer and as a civilian expert.
Peter developed and teaches the ‘National Holster Course which has been underwritten by the National Firearms Association and accepted as their National course.
Treasurer & Communications
Mary Ann Jacobs
My name is Mary Ann Jacobs. I haven’t been a shooter for a great many years, but I have been love struck since the first pull of the trigger!
I grew up in rural Newfoundland, about 40 minutes outside of St. John’s. Everyone I knew had firearms, long guns mostly, and gun safety was a huge part of my upbringing. People had guns in their porches, hanging on their living room walls, in closets – they were absolutely everywhere and we were all taught about the proper handling of a firearm.
My father passed away when I was a child, so I never had the opportunity to get into hunting (my mother quite enjoys the indoors!) and before I knew it, hunting and shooting was just a distant item on my “to do list”.
Several years ago I moved to Halifax on little more than a whim where I met my other half Mike Murphy. Mike introduced me to target shooting and I immediately fell in love with the sport! I shoot mostly pistols – revolvers to be exact, but I also enjoy busting clays with the shotgun and popping balloons with the AR-15. I’ve also developed quite the affinity for the intricacy of black powder. Though Mike has less interest in hunting than I do, he is going to learn with me so we can expand our shooting skills (and our freezer!) together.
I’m looking forward to helping out at the MVRRC in any way I can, and learning everything and anything I can about this incredible hobby.
Musquodobit Valley Rifle and Revolver Range Directors
MVRRC has six Elected Directors.
My name is Colin Soanes and I have been a member since late 2007. I work Offshore as a ships Captain; and no, I have never been attacked by pirates.
I enjoy most forms of shooting. And as work allows to be involved in, I participate in clay shoots, IPSC, and multi gun.
I am a club range inspector and also give and assist with the club safety briefings.
I am hoping to become qualified to teach the club holster course.
Finally I also compile the club newsletter from the reports of the various executive members.
I was born and raised on a Tobacco Farm outside of Tillsonburg Ont. My first hunt was at the age of 3 when I shot my 1st mouse with a Cork & String Rifle. My Grandfather served the mouse for breakfast the next morning. 30 years later; I learned that it was actually Roast Beef served that morning.
I am a NFA Certified Range Safety Officer. He currently training to qualify as an instructor for Nova Scotia Hunter Education; the Non Restricted and Restricted Canadian Firearms Safety Courses.
I manage the Provincial Business related activities for a National Non-profit heath organisation.
Member of the Mennonite Church of Canada.
I resettled in Nova Scotia 30+ years ago. I currently reside with my Beautiful Bride Barbara of 25 years in Eastern Passage where we raised our family.
I very much look forward to being of service to the Musquodoboit Valley Rifle & Revolver Club.
Professional diplomas / certificates:
Certified Range Inspector
NS Provincial Firearms Instructor
IPSC Black Badge
Pistol Director & Past President
My name is Rick Shaughnessy. My profession is parts manager at a dealership in Truro but my passion is firearms.
Since the age of 16 I have been involved with guns, starting out with hunting.
Over the years I have gained experience and different certifications. I have had my black badge course certification for over 20 years and favor IPSC style shooting. I am also qualified as a range inspector, range officer, PAL course instructor and am holster qualified.
I have been involved with MVRRC for many years and volunteer as a safety director. I also help out with range safety briefings.
Another passion I have is for horses. I volunteer at local horse shows, often announcing at them as well as performing many other duties to make the shows run smoothly.
I have been married for over 20 years and have 2 children. My children and wife share my passion for horses. We often spend our free time with the horses. My children also have a strong interest in fire arms and enjoy going to the range.