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BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

This month I’ve started to hear from many of our Affiliates who are using that dreaded word again. You know the one: snow.

It’s getting harder and harder each year to avoid Christmas decorations until Thanksgiving is actually OVER. This month has been a challenge for me to find places to go where people still LIKE Halloween and turkey day, but I succeeded by spending time hanging out at one of the newest gun shops and indoor ranges in my neck of the woods. The West Coast Armory North location, in Everett, WA has been freshly redone inside from top to bottom and almost sparkles. They are doing something that is becoming more popular lately, for multi-use facilities: they are aggressively courting new clients by direct advertising, broadcast and social media and cross-promoting like all get out! Their classrooms and varied offerings are real well done and Jim Hickey is the lead instructor. Take a look at their Facebook page and you’ll see what a good job of promotion looks like. We’re glad to have them as Network members.

Our East Coast member, Phil Smith, sends greetings from the backwoods of Hanover, PA. He just moved into a new (old) house and it provided an opportunity to meet the local contractors and talk about the Network. One of them showed up with his NRA hat and that prompted questions about his firearms passion. It turns out he sold his handguns because his new wife did not like them and he only hunts now. Phil did what he always does; he discussed the Network with the contractor and asked if he knew anyone who does carry to pass along the Network business card and the booklet. He quickly stated many of the guys he works with on his day job do carry and he would pass them along.

It’s always fun to hear about Phil’s exploits.

I got the word from Jon Abel, a Network Affiliated Instructor in Phoenix, that Lt. Col. David Grossman is coming to Phoenix December 14th for an all-day seminar. He was on the radio promoting it in the local market there and if you go to the station webpage you may be able to hear the interview in their archives. Look for Kate Krueger's Talking Guns 1100 AM show at led by the owner of one of our affiliated gun shops, Derby Guns.

You can also check out Jon’s operation, Phoenix Firearms Training at or call him direct for class schedules at 602-908-3676. Jon is a NRA certified Instructor.

There is a lot of action in the Colorado area lately, with all the concealed carry changes going on. If you are near Colorado Springs, you cannot go wrong checking into Kenaz Tactical Group which provides firearm training courses including Colorado Concealed permit course, basic to advanced defensive pistol courses, tactical carbine courses and NRA shooting courses in the Colorado Springs area. Kenaz is a veteran-owned business catering to shooters of all levels and they have classes that will enhance your ability to put rounds on target. Robert Butler is the owner and lead instructor.

He offers NRA Basic Pistol, NRA Personal Protection inside and outside the home, defensive shooting courses, and a variety of firearm related courses and events. If you do not see a course date or class available, check the upcoming schedules. Private shooting classes are also available. For class information and schedules, call 719-321-3256 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Next month’s column will have something holiday related, I promise!

As always, if you have news to share, just call or email 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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