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BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

This month I promised to have a holiday-related topic or two and now I am delivering. In addition to the many conversations I have with our members and affiliates, I had a significant one with my wife. It was about her three new guns and how she needs to get out and shoot them more. Yes, I married the right woman! We availed ourselves of the facilities at our local range and she is really enjoying the handling of her new S&W M&P .40, her Kahr CM9 and the Ruger 10-22TD. Now the challenge will be to ever get them away from her so I can shoot them!

I like to report on the good happenings of our members and in the newest issue of American Cop magazine, I found a real nice write-up about one of our valued affiliates, Recluse Holsters. The owner, Tod Cole (yes, he only uses one D), was spoken of in solid, respectful terms. You can read the article on page 20 of

We really like to see events and training for women shooters and enthusiasts so I was pleased to read this notice from Rebecca at Take Charge Firearm Safety about a Women on Target instructional clinic happening in Naples/Fort Myers on January 4. It looks like an excellent class and it’s being held at the Altair Gun Club and Range. She included a ton of details but you can get a registration for and answers to your questions by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speaking of training for women, I’m pleased to see that Jim Hickey’s NLB Training is providing all of the classes for the newly opened West Coast Armory North in Everett, WA. Jim says that they have classes for women of all abilities. You can see the catalog at or their Facebook page, or just email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alecs Dean is President of International Firearm Safety, Inc. and sent in this short list of offerings in January. He’ll have a Women on Target Shotgun Day, a Range Safety Officer course, Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun Instructor courses, Refuse to be a Victim Instructor Development Course and a Personal Protection in the Home session, all coming up in the next 30 days. Register now at International Firearm Safety, Inc., Fort Myers, FL by calling 239-357-3437.

Many of our Instructors send me their class schedules and event notices and there just isn’t space for all of them. Send yours to me early and I’ll do my best to include them. The other thing I love to get (it’s like Christmas all year round) is client and student testimonials about Affiliates. Larry Pyzik from Christian Liberty Academy in IL sent in a number of super positive ones for his classes and I can tell you that his customers hold him in high esteem! Larry gives out a Network booklet and brochure to every student.

Finally, I got this from Steve Eichelberger by way of Kevin Creighton. These stood out from ten points:
Why should you get defensive firearms training?
–Because a cool gun isn’t a magic talisman of self-protection and confers no special abilities of marksmanship onto its owner.
–Because knowing how to defend your life or the lives of your loved ones isn’t a skill we’re born with, but that you might need if you own a defensive firearm.
–Because on the worst day of your life, when your life or the lives of people you care about are on the line, you’re not going to rise to the occasion. You’re going to fall to your lowest level of training.

I’ve seen several of our Affiliates getting into the spirit of the holidays by sending Christmas cards. Got a real nice one from Gary Lucas at Roadrunner and I’ll respond to him and to you by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a much safer and more prosperous 2014. This will be the year we take our country back.

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.

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