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Our staff

Dan Arnzen


Dan spent most of his adult life in the corporate engineering world of semiconductor process development and manufacturing. His background in shooting is as an enthusiast and he enjoys shooting handguns, rifles, and shotguns of all calibers. He's lived in Eden Prairie since 1997 and thought the neighborhood needed a new gun store; Arnzen Arms is the result.

Kate Arnzen


Kate originally worked in the semiconductor industry as an electrical engineer with Dan, but decided that buying and selling guns was way more fun and quit her day job to work full-time at the shop. Kate is in charge of purchasing and receiving inventory, and can often be found in the back of the shop, plowing through new shipments. She's the person to talk to for special orders and getting hard-to-find items. Kate's favorite firearms activity is pistol shooting, particularly action-oriented sports like USPSA/IDPA, and she also enjoys beating Dan at an occasional round of sporting clays.

Matt Barnhart

Sales, NFA Manager (Full Time)

Matt started shooting at the age of 8 which kicked off his life-long fascination with firearms. As a tinkerer it was just a matter of time before he found his favorite platforms the 1911 and AR15. According to Matt he will always be an avid deer hunter but is expanding into the action shooting sports. When Matt isn't at the shop or on the range you will find home managing his lawn and snow removal business - Matty B's!

Alyssa Heher

Sales (Full Time)

Alyssa is a full time sales associate at Arnzen Arms. Something she has in common with a lot of customers is that her favorite guns are Glocks and Sigs. She has years of previous experience in another local gun store and loves to shoot!

Jerry Hershey

Sales (Part Time)

Jerry is our shotgun expert and knows things that the Parazzi family forgot generations ago. He loves to hunt pretty much every game animal, but is most fond of turkey and pheasant hunting.

Julien Melgarejo

Sales (Full time)

As a Northern Minnesota Native, Julien has been hunting since he was old enough to hold a gun. It is no surprise that he is now an avid white-tail hunter. When he isn't at the shop or in a deer stand you can find him tweaking and testing his favorite platform, the venerable AR15.

Kristin Breczinski

Shipping and Receiving (Full Time)

Kristin is a pastry chef by trade. She is no stranger to the range, the firearms industry and competitive shooting. Kristin enjoys the close knit shooting community as well as the aesthetics of custom firearms proving you don't need to shoot to enjoy what firearms have to offer.

Mark Stevens


Mark is a relative newcomer to the shooting world purchasing his first firearm in early 2012. Don't let this fool you. The sickness is strong with this one. In that time he has become a fixture on the local 3 gun scene, competed in 6 3 gun nationals, become a partner in a custom gun shop - Hawkeye Ordnance, started a popular youtube channel for 3 gunners / defensive shooters and started a firearm centered sales and marketing company - Hawkeye Syndicate. Check him out on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC7uN6EGodiic33jCvKo7KA

Erik Nielsen

Sales (Part Time)

Erik started shooting with family early on. This grew into hunting and sport shooting. In the late 1990’s Erik shot his first bowling pin match followed by USPSA and Steel Challenge and has been shooting competitively ever since. He is also an avid deer hunter and shotgun sports shooter. With a great interest in handguns, he enjoys helping first time buyers find that perfect fit.


Shop dog, hunting companion

Rye was adopted by the Arnzen family in the summer of 2017 and spends a lot of time at our shop. He is a gentle, affectionate, wire-haired pointing griffon with eyes that look almost human. He is an excellent hunting companion and a champion "burr magnet" which will sometimes give him a mangy appearance.