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BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

This month we observed President’s Day, which honors all Presidents, past and present. Some are much more deserving than others, but… I’d also like to take just a second to thank the members and affiliates who were kind enough to note my own passing of another year around the sun. Getting older is cool; well, it beats the alternative!

I get class schedules from some of our instructor members and the really sharp ones give me a list of what’s coming about two months out, so there is a good reason to share the details in this column. (Get the hint?) One of our regulars is Steve Eichelberger, who has a great selection of classes on everything from concealed handgun license (CHL) classes to some pretty high-tech skill-set stuff. He says his basic starting point for his clients is, “The three survival secrets no other CHL course will tell you: Shoot/don’t shoot decisions which will send you to jail or save you from it; ‘what if’s’ (scenarios using legal principles); and what to do after a shooting - your individual concerns.” Answering these and expanding on them is a pretty good mission statement in my book. His upcoming offerings include a slick class called From Fundamentals To Fighting Skills: Live-Fire Transition Course on Saturday, March 29 and Friday, April 18. You can reach Steve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or browse for details.

It’s fun to hear about instructors who are doing things for the more esoteric shooting disciplines. Alecs Dean has a combined Muzzle-Loading Rifle Student Course & Muzzle-Loading Rifle Instructor Course on the weekend of March 22 and 23. It’s 22 hours of training to become NRA Certified Muzzle-Loading Rifle instructors in order to train Boy Scouts, re-enactors (2013 was the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg you know!) and hunters, since muzzle-loading adds an extra hunting season.

In some jurisdictions a muzzle-loading gun may be shipped without an FFL and sometimes purchased by a minor. Alecs also has a Personal Protection Outside The Home Student & Instructor program coming on April 11, 12 and 13. For class requirements and to get on his mailing list for upcoming classes, write or email Alecs Dean at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., International Firearm Safety, Inc., Fort Myers, FL 239-357-3437. His website is .

I get a lot of email about the various political and legislative issues facing gun owners. Many of our members and affiliates have strong opinions about these things (really?) and I am often asked about covering some of that in this column.

While it sure does come under the heading of conversation, it isn’t really the mission of a Networking column so I have generally sent those requests on to Gila so she can use that information in another part of the eJournal. Alternately, those make good topics to discuss on the member only Forum at! This is a private forum for Network members so requires login with the codes emailed to new members as we are setting up their memberships.

One of the biggest benefits of Network membership is the ever-growing number of contacts you can make with like-minded folks. If you see a member or affiliate here, or anywhere in the eJournal, who is doing something that speaks to you or seems like a good idea…maybe even one that you could use or expand on in your own circle, take a moment and make contact with that person. Get to know your fellow members! Your individual network will be just that much more powerful and that helps all of us!

I just received a huge shipment of Network booklets, so 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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