by Brady Wright
By the time you read this, I‘ll be back from a life changing experience. While it is not as exciting as a five-day tactical training course or a combination hunting and camera safari might be, it will have even longer-lasting consequences. On March 18th, I got married and spent a week in Hawaii with the new missus. And even though I will now be giving up some closet space, the exchange is that I will have my best friend with me as life goes on. Couldn’t be happier.
Over the last month, the chatter from our affiliates and instructors is as busy and inspiring as ever. I heard from our friend Phil Smith on the East Coast. His travels take him to many different locales on business and he always makes time to stop at gun shops, ranges, shooting clubs and sporting goods stores to spread the word about the Network. I am seriously recommending him for the “Johnny Appleseed” award! I could easily fill a column with his stories and meetings alone.
Another unpaid, but highly appreciated agent for our cause is Nathan Zeliff at Shasta Defense. He teaches a full 20-hour initial CCW course and renewal courses, where he distributes our booklet What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law. He also includes our membership application materials and references our DVD on threat recognition factors. Nathan told me, “I am looking forward to the DVD on what I understand will be an update on the Tueller drill (which full course students do live fire, recording their time, results, and their conclusion on whether they lived or not). Your Hickey case article is also included in my full course materials.” Nathan teaches a full schedule of offerings and you can find out all about his expertise at www.ShastaDefense.com
Bill Maravelas makes presentations to a variety of students and his materials also include Network information. He says, “I have a supply of your 24 page booklet that I distribute during my classes.”
Steve Eichelberger and Jesse Lawn of CQC Solutions will be presenting their Threat Management for Personal Defense” series of three two-hour classes at Blackwater Tactical (503-588-2635). These classes build on use of force principles and include hands-on physical scenarios for you to test those principles. The series is currently running, so you can’t get in on all of them, but contact Steve and he can tell you when they will re-run the classes, which are well worth the time. The titles are: Managing Threats, Managing Lethal Threats, and Manage Any Threat With What You Have. Blackwater Tactical is in Central Oregon at 1185 12th St. SE, Salem.
One of our Network instructors from Oregon, Wolfgang, has this story to share. “A few weeks ago, my brother had a burglary at his home, but he was not there at the time. He was concerned regarding how he should react if he were at home and started into the usual “drag ‘em inside” scenario. I quickly talked him out of any ideas of evidence tampering and sent him one of your pamphlets the next day. He just got it today. I will try to remember to let you know what he thought of the content when he has a chance to read it. It’s been a real eye-opener to everyone who’s read it as far as I can tell. Thanks again and keep up the good work!” Wolfgang, we are honored to have folks like you helping to get solid information out to people who need it. Even long-time gun owners and CCW veterans can use additional, current information about the potential consequences of any actions a person might take before, during or after a defensive shooting incident. Keeping people informed–and SAFE–is what we are about.
April is the time for the annual NRA meeting and the Network will be there in St. Louis to meet and greet all our friends, old and new! If you have plans to attend, stop by and say “Hi.” We’ll have plenty of time to share the current state of the Network and we are all pretty excited about the growth over the last year. As you may know, we broke the 5,000-member barrier a little while ago and there are no signs of membership applications slowing down. The Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network is the absolute best value of any of the defensive protection products out there, in my humble opinion, and I’m proud to be a small part of it.
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