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We continue to distribute them to our new members, to our concealed carry classes, and have them available in our clubhouse. I give a short pitch on the merits of joining at our concealed classes, and I’m going to have an ACLDN table at our September 8th swap meet with the booklets.”

Charles Cassady runs his business out of Silver City, NM. He wrote, “I have a range and training center here and you sent me a box of booklets. I handed those out to students and now I am out, so please send more! I have trained 2,500 students in concealed carry preparation.” If you need training, or just happen to be in his area and want to chat with a friend, you can reach Charles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sometimes, we share news about our affiliates within the office and I got this one forwarded to me by Gila Hayes from one of our affiliated instructors in Oklahoma. “Hi Gila. I’ve been getting the pamphlet out to my students, gun show attendees, and members/visitors to my gun club, the Red Castle Gun Club. I continue to get some recognition of Marty’s name when I relate it to Best Defense TV


But even though some folks don’t know what I’m talking about, mentioning his involvement with giving the legal opinion after the dramatized scenario seems to ‘validate’ the authenticity of the pamphlet.

I really think the cover design works. Many people’s attention locks onto the cover and some want to pick it up, but are a bit reluctant. Of course, if I notice someone looking at the pamphlet, I invite them to take it and once they’ve picked it up, I mention the Best Defense thing. One guy kinda swooped in, grabbed a pamphlet, kept on walking, and never looked back. It was almost as if he thought he was stealing it. I looked at the guy sitting at the table with me, who also noticed the surreptitious move, and we had a chuckle about it.

I have about 50 left. I’m guessing that’ll last another month. I hope you’re getting some good referrals. If you want to send another batch, I’d be happy to continue on.” The Red Castle Gun Club is billed as the “Most Complete Shooting Facility in Oklahoma.” You can call them direct at 918-582-3922 or check their very complete website at

One of the best values of this column is that you can get to know some other members of the Network and their specialties. They are all good resources for training, information, classes and shared knowledge within the industry. When you see someone or something interesting in the column, feel free to contact that member and talk with them. Who knows what strong partnerships may come of that?

Our friend and affiliate, Jay French of CCW Breakaways, shot off a short note about the next NRA annual meeting. He said, “Hope life in the Northwest is going well for you. We’ve a recent break in the weather here in PA . . . maybe fall is coming upon us soon. Another case of booklets would be welcome soon. Just this past weekend, I started to prepare for our next NRA Show. I have another large display that needs welded together . . . and we’ll be right across the aisle from one another. See you in Houston!”

Finally, welcome aboard to our newest affiliated instructor, Michael de Bethencourt. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he is the head of Snub Training, in Billerica, MA. Michael is one of the true stars of our industry and you’ll see why if you check out his website at Glad to have you with us, Michael!

Advance notice: Keep your eyes open for the reissue of our tri-fold brochure! Gila and I, with help from the rest of the team, are working through a re-write and update that will make that an even better introduction to the Network and a great tool for all of our members to use when telling others about the Network.

Remember to call me at 360-623-0626 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have news to share or know of a win we should celebrate. If you need more supplies, make sure to tell me how many and where to mail them. More to come next month. Stay safe out there!

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