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BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

What’s that I see outside my office window? It may be the unmistakable signs of spring, which, in the Seattle area, means a slightly lighter rain than usual and the fresh green of new moss growing on the roof of the garage. It means a minor break from cataloging mailers and doing the odd drive-by booklet drop at ranges and stores locally so that I can huddle near the friendly glow of the LCD monitor while I expertly craft another Networking column. I have it on good authority that my wife will be reading this one, so that means that my audience is doubled!

Tom Berry, one of our great Affiliated Instructors from Kansas City, MO, has an upcoming Basic Tactical Pistol Class you won’t want to miss. Some new things will be added to both the classroom and the shooting range parts of the class. Dr. Joe Waekerle will teach a block of instruction on shot placement and Kevin Regan of the Regan Law Firm will do an introduction to the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, Inc. There are still spots open so if you want to participate be sure to contact him soon. His email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out more info about this class on his website at www.defensivehandgunenterprises.com

Network affiliated instructor Steve Eichelberger is offering some live fire classes in the Salem/Eugene, OR area this month. It’s too late for couple of the mid-April sessions, but there remains one on Saturday, May 31. There are still spots available to register so if you live close by or want some superb training you are willing to travel for, you can register or get more info by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can view Steve’s full web calendar at http://www.firearmsinstructor.us/Home.php

In April Alecs Dean offered training that is outside the shooting disciplines but very valuable nonetheless when he taught the American Heart Association CPR/AED, Blood borne Pathogens and Basic First Aid programs.

All instructors and range safety officers should be certified in CPR and First Aid. If you already have this certification, remember, the training must be retaken every two years. If interested in future offerings of this valuable program, you can reach Alecs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mail direct to International Firearm Safety, Inc. 3835 Arlington Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901-8413.

It’s always great to drop by a range or shop of one of our local affiliates. Being in the Pacific Northwest, one such is the several locations of West Coast Armory. I shoot regularly at their north location, since it’s about two miles from home and our affiliates Jim Hickey and Lance Chaar are instructors and range masters there.

I took my newly built AR pistol up for a session a while back and coordinated the visit with dropping off a couple of cases of our booklet, What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law. While there, I chanced upon a brand new shooter taking his first test drive of a handgun. Listening to the conversation at the range counter, it turns out that he was like many folks, in that he was re-discovering the sport, having been in the military during his youth but not owning a personal gun since. While he was familiar with the AR from his service days, he had never actually shot a handgun, so the day’s activities were all new to him. The range staff (in my humble opinion) did everything right in showing him the basics and discussing function and feel well before sending him out to the range with his mentor. They ended up at the lane next to me and to say that he had an excellent reintroduction to our sport is an understatement!

Most of you know the Network booklet What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law has been reprinted with some minor changes. If you have copies of the old version, please go ahead and destroy them and let me know so I can replace them at no cost. If you are an affiliated gun shop, instructor or range, and you would like to set up a regular shipment of any reasonable quantity, or adjust the amount you are already receiving, just call or email me and I’ll take care of it personally!

As usual, if you need any Network materials to give to clients or customers, call or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. especially if you have news to share, or know of a win we should celebrate.

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