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This month’s Networking column starts with news about one of our affiliated attorneys, instead of our usual news and updates about instructors and gun shops who introduce their clients to the Network. This topic started a week ago when one of our members asked if I had viewed any of Andrew Branca’s online training, based on his popular book The Law of Self-Defense. I was pleased to learn of the member’s good experience not only because I have long been a big fan of Andrew’s work, but because Andrew is also one of our valued Network Affiliated Attorneys.

First, though, for members who have not yet heard about Andrew Branca’s contributions to armed citizenry’s legal education, Andrew has been practicing law for 30 years, and about 20 years ago, he published a small, red-covered book called The Law of Self Defense. It was great, but went out of print and amusingly, I was once offered hundreds of dollars for my copy, but I declined because the title was out of print at the time and I did not want to lose my copy.

Andrew is a guest instructor and content matter expert on self defense law at the SigSauer Academy in Epping, NH, and travels nationwide to present his popular seminars entitled The Law of Self Defense. In addition, he is frequently a featured speaker at gun law symposia around the country including the NRA Annual Meeting in 2014, and provides legal expertise for print and broadcast media. He is “one of us,” a shooter who began competing in small-bore rifle as a youth, and is currently a Master-class competitor in the International Defensive Pistol Association. He is an NRA-certified firearms instructor in pistol, rifle, and personal protection.

A good place to get started with his online courses is where you get the first half hour at no obligation, and then can opt to purchase the course for your state.LOSD

Andrew has offered a 20% discount exclusively to Network members, so refer back to this month’s member email announcement for the code (since this journal is open to the public). In addition, online training purchased with that coupon code receives 90 days of access to the training instead of the usual 60. Finally, Andrew is expanding his state-specific courses as time allows, so if your state is not yet the topic of one of his programs, go to and tell him which state you need so he can get to work on it.

Now back to our regular programming—
Network members are familiar with the name of Massad Ayoob, prolific author and master instructor. Network affiliated instructors and rank and file Network members are eligible for a $100 discount on the Massad Ayoob Group’s Use of Deadly Force Instructor class July 27-31, 2015 in Westernz Washington. (See Although intended to teach and certify self-defense firearms instructors in the complicated and nuanced discipline of teaching the legalities of use of deadly force in self defense, the detailed instruction is also suitable for private citizens who are dedicated to furthering their knowledge of use of force for self defense.

Topics include justifying use of deadly force in self defense, use of non-lethal force in self defense, understanding the affirmative defense of self defense, physiological phenomenon involved in deadly force incidents, criminal law and self defense, dynamics of violent encounters, mock courtroom exercise, issues from actual self-defense cases (case studies) and giving a classroom presentation to hone presentation skills.

Nathan Fater at the Wiebke Fur & Trading Company in LaCrosse, WI recently asked for more copies of our educational booklet What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law. “The books have gone over great with our customers,” he enthused. I found the website of this family-owned business fascinating! They buy furs, hides, morel mushrooms and more. On the retail side, the firm does a brisk trade selling new and used guns, gun safes, optics, ammo and providing a gunsmith’s services, too. Learn more at

Network Member Ray S. in Evergreen, CO got in touch with us about getting Network materials to give to those in attendance when the Evergreen Tea Party hosts its Second Amendment Night. The event is coming up soon, February 9th, with David Kopel, celebrated gun rights author, the featured speaker. See more details at

Our Affiliated Instructor Rolf Penzel at One Defense in Minneapolis, MN announced that in addition to his regular Defensive Handgun, Defensive Rifle and Continued… Defensive Shotgun classes, he is hosting John Farnam as a guest instructor, offering Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds on July 17th and Scenario based Force-On-Force using Air Soft guns on July 18-19, 2015. Check out his courses at

Training with John and Vicki Farnam in person is an opportunity not to be missed–and they make it easy for you to hook up with them by traveling all around the country teaching classes. Scanning their 2015 schedule at shows course offerings FL, TN, GA, TX, WA, OK, NJ, IN, MI, PA, CO, UT and WY–and that is only for the first half of the year! You get the idea!

Check out their  website and don’t wait too long to get into one of their classes. You will not regret it!

Steve Eichelberger, our affiliated instructor in Oregon has segmented his fundamentals-to-fighting skills coursework into thirds for students who want to take one or all on Sunday, March 1. His calendar at is a good starting place for students of the gun in the Springfield, Albany and Bend, Oregon area.

In mid-March, don’t miss the chance to train with Chuck Taylor when he teaches his Special Urban & Home Defense Handgun Course. “This is the perfect course for the serious student of tactical handgunning and those interested in home defense and urban defensive needs. The course entails how to deal with home invasions, shooting from and around automobiles, improvised shooting positions, shooting in public places, burglary situations, multiple targets, failures to stop, targets at odd angles, small targets and hostage situations,” he accounts. The class is in Phoenix, AZ, but Taylor also teaches in other locales, so check his website for details

Affiliates, please email me announcements about your programs, classes, open houses and other events coming up in March and April so we can encourage Network members to attend. In addition, if you are getting toward the bottom of your box of our booklets or brochures, please email me a request for more at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 360-978-5200 so we can support your efforts to tell your clients about the values of Network membership.