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Trijicon Pro Staff

Julie Golob Cerino Family Lanny Barnes
Jay Carillo Matt Koopikka Nick Molina
Chip Montgomery Mark Roth  


Julie Golob   back to top
  Highly accomplished U.S. Army Veteran, national and world shooting champion and avid outdoorswoman. With over 120 championship titles in seven different disciplines, Julie Golob is one of the most skilled and dominant competition shooters in the world. Noteworthy titles include 13-time USPSA Ladies National Champion, 7-time Ladies World Speed Shooting Champion, 4-time IDPA Ladies National Champion, the first Triple Crown USPSA Ladies National Champion and 3-time NRA Bianchi Cup Ladies Champion. In addition to her impressive shooting record, Julie is a proud U.S. Army Veteran, prominent author, avid hunter, firearms instructor and industry ambassador.

Serving as the lead ambassador for Trijicon’s growing roster of elite competition shooters, Julie will assist in educating the firearms community about the brand’s leading Brilliant Aiming Solutions™ for the consumer, military and law enforcement markets. Julie will be exclusively shooting Trijicon optics in competitions and on hunts this year, and will appear in a number of marketing activities for the brand.

    Trijicon Optics: Iron Sights, MRO®, RMR®  
Cerino Family   back to top

With a combined 20-plus years experience in tactical consulting and competitive shooting, the Cerinos are renowned trainers and competitors. Michelle and Chris manage a prominent training company, Cerino Consulting & Training Group, and are regularly featured in top-rated industry television shows and prominent tactical publications. Their son, Colton, began shooting competitively at the young age of 12. A firearms educator, Eagle Scout and student at the University of Akron, Colton regularly competes in national and international shooting competitions.

Chris, Michelle and Colton will serve as leading ambassadors for Trijicon’s 2016 elite Pro-Staff, educating the firearms community about the brand’s leading Brilliant Aiming Solutions™ for the consumer, military and law enforcement markets. Additionally, the Cerinos will represent Trijicon in marketing efforts and trade show appearances.

The Cernios will be featuring Trijicon optics in their shooting competitions and training schools throughout the 2018 season.

    Trijicon Optics: Iron Sights, MRO®, TrijiDot®, VCOG®  
Lanny Barnes   back to top
  Three-time Olympian in the sport of Biathlon, Lanny & her twin sister, Tracy, competed in several Olympics together before both girls made history and inspired the world when Tracy selflessly gave Lanny her spot on the Sochi, Russia 2014 Olympic team after Lanny fell ill during the final trials and wasn’t able to complete all the races.

Lanny is now competing in 3-gun competitions where she has won 12 major High Lady match titles in the last 2 years. Lanny has the goal of becoming the best female shooter in the country. Lanny is also teaching courses to military, law enforcement and competitive shooters on how to shoot with an elevated heart rate and under stress and is a Babes with Bullets Instructor. The firearms training institute that Lanny and her sister started together is called T.O.P. Shooting Institute, otherwise known as “The Olympian Project”. After developing the skills necessary to shoot while under extreme physical and mental stress for the past 15 years they wanted to share these unique skills and what they have learned with others. She also has been a professional artist since 2000 (The Olympian Artist). Lanny also spends a majority of her free time traveling around to schools, 4-H clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boys & Girls Scouts, etc. talking to them about following their dreams, setting goals, and leading a healthy active lifestyle.
    Trijicon Optics: AccuPoint®, Bright & Tough™ Night Sights, RMR®, VCOG®  
Jay Carillo   back to top
  Jay began competitive shooting with Bowling pin matches in 2009. Shot IDPA in 2010 to about 2012 and then USPSA. Eventually shot the sport of 3 gun in 2012 and ventured into three major matches that year. Every year after that has been an exciting journey into the sport of 3 gun and the relationships he's developed along the way have been the best!

Some of his shooting career accomplishments are:

2013 Missouri Multi-gun Championship Tac Iron Division 1st place
2013 Nordic Components Tactical Shotgun Championships 4th place
2014 Superstition Mountain 15th place with first major match stage win
2014 Indiana Multi-gun series Tac Ops 2nd place before final shoot off
2014 Missouri Multi-gun Championship Tac Iron Division 1st place
2015 3 Gun Nation Western Regional 22nd place Tac Ops
2015 Missouri 3 Gun Championship 15th place
2015 Texas Xtreme Bullets Championships 9th place Tac Ops
2015 MN Shotgun Championship 7th place
2015 3-Gun Nation Eastern Regional 16th place Tac Ops
2015 Benelli Shotgun Match 8th place
2015 Benelli 3-Gun ProAm 14th place Tac Ops
2015 Generation 3 Gun 2nd place Heavy Optics
2015 Michigan Multi-gun 1st place Heavy Optics

Multiple 1st place finishes in Tac Ops division at local matches and at Indiana Multi-gun series matches.

    Trijicon Optics: AccuPower®, AccuPoint®, RMR®, HD & HD XR™ Night Sights  
Matt Koopikka   back to top
  Matt started in competitive shooting sports in 2011 with a casual IDPA match. IDPA taught him the ropes and expectations of shooting sports, but as he progressed he sought harder and more dynamic competitions. He moved on to USPSA in 2012 and was introduced to 3-gun late in the same season. In 2013 Matt started to train in all aspects of the sport, from knowing the rules to adjusting his personal fitness routine to match the skills necessary to win. After one season he went from being a complete rookie to finishing 4th at the Michigan Multi-Gun Championship in 2013.

Matt used the 2013 offseason to build new skills, with the intent of tackling the 3-gun circuit at a national level. He attended multiple national level events each with progressively better finishes. He was also able to take 1st place in Tac Optics at the Michigan Multigun Championship 2014.

He knew of the televised 3-Gun Nation Pro Series, and made it his goal to make it there. In 2015, he was invited to the Pro Series Qualifier with a chance to secure a spot on the Pro Series. After a shotgun malfunction all but knocked him out on the first stage of the qualifier, he was able to land 4 strong stages in a row, finishing 13th overall and earning himself a position in the 2015 3-Gun Nation Pro series.

2015 was the year he finally was able to make an impact at the national level. Although he was the last seed in his pro series match, and least likely to win, he was able to overcome the pressure and finish 3rd in the match. Matt was also able to net 3 top 10 finishes nationally, including 9th in tac optics at 3-Gun Nation Nationals against a strong field of competitors. In 2016 Matt plans on continuing his role as a mentor to new shooters, match director, and competing at the pro and national level.

    Trijicon Optics: AccuPower®, MRO®, RMR®, Bright & Tough™ Suppressor Sights  
Nick Molina   back to top
  Nick started shooting both recreationally and IDPA in 2012. He transitioned over to USPSA and 3-gun in the 2013 season with a main focus on 3-gun. That year was when he knew that he wanted to advance his shooting to the next level. Nick used the season to prepare himself to start shooting major matches in 2014. He shot at 4 majors that year and it solidified his involvement in 3-gun.

He competed in the 3 Gun Nation Pro Series from 2015 until the end of the series in 2017. Along with the Pro Series, he completed in numerous local and majors matches over the years. The season of 2016 marked the best season to date with several top 5 finishes at majors and a strong feeling of accomplishment for all the hard work.

In 2017, he had to take a step back from competing and practice to focus on personal life. He was still able to compete in all the major matches he signed up for, and finished the season off strong with limited practice time. With the start of 2018, he has been lucky enough to continue to represent his previous sponsors as well as start to represent a new rifle manufacture. This year is going to present new challenges as he helps to develop and test new components and rifles for F4 Defense. The season has officially started and he is looking forward to being able to get back to his normal routine and work his way towards a podium finish.

    Trijicon Optics: AccuPower®, MRO®, and HD XR™ Night Sights  
Chip Montgomery   back to top
  Chip's interest in shooting sports began at an early age with hunting. He has hunted in many different states and several countries. He continues to hunt and thoroughly enjoys it. In college he took interest in learning the defensive use of handgun and urban carbine. Through the years he has taken many professional courses to further his skills. In an effort to continue developing his shooting skill, Chip got involved in competitive action shooting. In 2007 he started with USPSA and followed that with 3-gun. Currently Chip works as a part time firearms instructor and RSO at an indoor gun range. He also serve as the Match Director for the Michigan Multi-Gun Program at the Livingston Gun Club.

Match Director Michigan Multi-Gun: 2009 to present

2017 Invictus Mid-Atlantic Championship: 1st place open
2017 LBSC Championship: 1st place open
2017 Bluegrass Shotgun Championship: 2nd place open
2017 Blue Ridge Mountain Championship: 2nd place open
2017 Ohio State Championship: 2nd place open
2015 Blue Ridge Mountain National Championship: 2nd place open
2015 Tarheel National Championship: 6th place open
2015 FNH National Championship: 7th place open

    Trijicon Optics: AccuPower®, AccuPoint®, MRO®, RMR®, and HD™ Night Sights  
Mark Roth   back to top
  Mark has been in the shooting sport industry for 12 years. He and his wife own RCI (Roth Concept Innovations) where he designs, develops, and manufactures shotgun innovations such as the XRAIL System, a 26 round auto rotating high capacity shotgun, along with the most sought after competition shotguns in the action shooting sports.

Shooting Accomplishments:
2014 1st place Open and Overall winner- Benelli Tactical Shotgun Championship
2013 and 2014 1st place Open and Overall winner-Nordic Components Shotgun Championships
2013 2nd Open division Task Force Dagger 3-gun Championship
Consistently in the top 5 and top 10  in all national 3-gun matches and shotgun matches since 2012
Average schedule since 2011 has been shooting 12 to 15 Major Matches including 3-gun Nation Regional Series and the most popular Outlaw 3-gun Matches throughout the US

Industry Accomplishments:
Developer of the XRAIL High Capacity Magazine System.
Innovator of the QUAD Port Vacuum loading System for most competition shotgun platforms using our Captured Follower System technology.
RCI Performance Shop and XRAIL Systems have been at the forefront of shotgun innovation since 2008.

    Trijicon Optics: AccuPower®, MRO®, RMR®  
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