BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

Some of the best parts of my days are the time spent talking or emailing back and forth with our members and affiliates. I get phone calls too, and in the course of taking care of ordering supplies of our booklets and brochures, we do the usual thing that people with common interests do: we shoot the breeze about our hobby. This past month there were a significant number of affiliates who wanted to tell me about their newest gun buy! It’s no secret that the market has been extremely frantic for a while. I’ve added five new arms to my own battery and began to stock up on ammo, now that there is finally a better flow coming from some distributors. Oh, all right: two of them were really for the wife! I like to sleep IN the house.

In other developments, I may have mentioned in earlier columns that we are now using as our postage vendor. It saves time and provides an email to you when we ship your packages, which seems to be working better for everybody. Folks like Galen Krebs, Gary O’Brien and many others have sent emails of thanks for the improved communications and speedy response. Better tools make better service!

We were delighted to ship a case of the Network’s free booklet What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law to Gunsite, a top-tier school, for distribution to students along with the other literature they have at the facility. Many thanks to Ed Stock for adding our booklet to Gunsite’s literature table, and a big thank you to Phil Smith for setting up this great opportunity.

Speaking of our friend Phil Smith, he nearly always has a story or two to share. This one comes from his hometown.

Phil writes, “Listening to the Syracuse news last Friday, they provided a great reason to carry. It appears the youth now have a new game called knockout. Kids randomly pick a victim and beat them until they are knocked out. Two kids (13 and 15) attacked a 51-year-old male hitting and kicking his head until he died. It appears to be multiple blows and he could have protected himself perhaps if armed and trained. I also wonder how deep into condition white he was.”

Chuck Taylor’s American Small Arms Academy regularly sends in a schedule of upcoming classes. The list is long and all of his seminars are top flight. For the next session information and pricing, just go to or phone 928-710-7099.

Alecs Dean has a full schedule of National Rifle Association courses coming up, including muzzle-loading for students and instructors, reloading for students and instructors, classes for all the NRA instructor ratings, Range Safety Officer and Chief Range Safety Officer, and much more at International Firearms Safety. You can view Alec’s classes at You can also reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Finally, I am going to be taking some time off during the last week of June and the first week of July. I’m heading to Central America to build a couple of houses for Habitat for Humanity, but I’ll be back by the weekend after Independence Day. If you have any supply needs during that time, just call the office at 360-978-5200 and they’ll take care of you directly. If you have a regular shipment, don’t worry, those are already in the works. We have your back.

As always, if you have news to share, just call me at 360-623-0626 or send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If I receive your information, celebration or brag by the 20th of the month, you have a great chance of getting in the upcoming column.

Stay safe out there!

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