BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

It seems like the first month of 2014 just FLEW by and I can’t believe we are already headed for longer days, and that means more range time! By the time you read this, everyone will have returned from SHOT Show and have visions of all the new cool stuff they will be putting on their wish lists. I got several emails and Facebook posts about the new Crye Precision Six12 rail gun, and several more about the new backpackers’ hand cannon from Smith and Wesson in .460…with a three inch barrel! I’ll leave you thinking about that one.

Several of our affiliated instructors are doing variations on the use of deadly force scenario classes, as well as women and concealment training sessions. These are becoming almost bread and butter for a lot of schools and training outfits across the country. I’m seeing more and more of the live fire transition courses too. Steve Eichelberger and David Conatser are just two of the many who are sending me their class schedules. Since there’s not room for the entire listings contact Steve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit at his website for Salem, OR area classes. Contact David at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details on his KY area programs.

One of the topics of many of the calls that came in lately has been gun safes. It’s just smart business to have the biggest safe you can afford and keep the guns that aren’t on your person locked up if at all possible. We all know the investment that goes into our collections and just the accessories alone (holsters, mag pouches, belts, flashlights, optics and other ‘gotta haves’) can run nearly the same as the guns themselves. Don’t get me started on ammo costs and reloading gear! With that to think about, I probably get at least three or four calls or emails a month about safes and other secret lockup ideas. For about the price of one quality gun, you can have a good fire resistant safe that protects your weapons.

Jim Hickey is one of our more prolific affiliates who does a great deal of instruction for several outfits. His main company is NLB-Training, which is focused on providing exceptional training for firearms, first aid, and related safety topics at both the basic and advanced levels. The programs are instructed and managed by a team certified by the NRA and/or ASHI in specific disciplines. Most of Jim’s training is at West Coast Armory North in Everett, WA, previously known as Sam’s Gun Shop. In addition to their basic course, advanced firearm training is provided by Usus Training and the basic NRA classes are now offered through Pacific Firearms Training. It’s all under one electronic roof at

If you are interested or deep into the whole survival-prepper dynamic, here is a shout out to Jack Spirko, who hosts the Survival Podcast. He and his group cover so many topics that it’s impossible to think you wouldn’t find one that speaks to your interests. Their website is

Finally, for those who haunt the Network’s own Facebook page, I note that we are at almost 1700 participants there. The page is pretty good at giving those folks from the general public who may not yet be Network members, a place to see what we are about and to join in the discussion of topics that relate to our mission. There is no way to tell if a poster there is actually a Network member, unless you happen to know them or if it is me or Marty, Gila Vincent or Jennie. If you happen to be on that site, it’s OK to welcome those folks and be courteous and respectful, of course. It’s a good way to add to Network membership when folks see how professional our members can be. I am always proud of the way we treat guests and if they see something they like then join the Network, that just makes the entire Network stronger.

As usual, if you need any 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.

More to come next month. Stay safe out there!

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