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by Brady Wright

It was a real honor to meet and talk with so many of our members and affiliates at the NRA Annual Meeting in Houston. The list of affiliates I met is way too long to cover entirely, but I have cards from Brian and Jeff Jones at Bullseye Shooter’s Supply in Painted Post, NY and Mike Christoff and his crew at Sticky Holsters, who had their booth just across the way from ours and are great folks with a very interesting product line. ( I had a great conversation in the aisle with Austin Davis of Austin was wearing one of his concealment rigs…with a Desert Eagle blue gun...under a polo shirt, and if he hadn’t pulled it out, I would never have known it was there! This is worth a look. I also struck up an acquaintance with Jeff Katanick of Their line is firearms and shooting gear, and they also do corporate shooting events.

I also shared a few laughs with Jay French and the gang at CCW Breakaways. They have a real nice, new line of concealed carry jeans, which I am wearing as I write, and they are so comfortable, I find myself wearing them even to work, now and then. The fact that I can securely carry a full size Glock or 1911 in either front pocket and not print in the slightest is a massive WIN.

We got a chance to say hello to Kathy Jackson of the Cornered Cat Training Company, Lisa Looper and her crew at Flashbang Holsters, and had a great time learning about the actions of the NRA Board from member David Coy. Finally, I have to give huge kudos to Dirk Grove, the sales manager at the NRA store for the event. Dirk was never at rest during the entire weekend yet he managed every question with a smile and was the very model of excellent customer service.

Every day, our members and affiliates came by to shake hands and get pictures with us (hey, we’re just regular folks).

As we did last year, we were privileged to have Massad Ayoob as a guest at our booth for the weekend and he was as gracious as always.

I see our friend Chuck Taylor is having a special class offering in early June. It’s a two-day weekend Tactical & Home Defense Shotgun Course on June 8-9, 2013. Chuck’s outfit is the American Small Arms Academy in Arizona and you can get details at the website,

Lastly, I heard from our affiliate Alex Haddox a short while ago. Rather than paraphrase it, I’d like to share his note: “It is difficult to express the depths of my appreciation for the ACLDN and the service you provide. You and your organization are truly wonderful.

“I wanted to take a quick moment and update you on some projects we are working on that will hopefully have a positive impact on the ACLDN. First, the Practical Defense podcast has broken the two-million download mark. All episodes since October 2011 have included a promo for the ACLDN. Our best estimate is that over 240,000 shows have been downloaded that include the ACLDN promo.

“I am launching a second podcast in the next few months. It will be called the Security Professionals Podcast. It will run weekly and in parallel to Practical Defense (I will post two shows each week). The target audience is professional security officers, which we predict is a larger market than individuals interested in personal protection. The format will be identical to Practical Defense, but the subject matter differs significantly. I intend to run the ACLDN promo on this show as well.”

Alex, it is our pleasure to be able to provide help to organizations like yours.

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