May 2014 eJournal - Pg 15
by Brady Wright
What’s that I see outside my office window? It may be the unmistakable signs of spring, which, in the Seattle area, means a slightly lighter rain than usual and the fresh green of new moss growing on the roof of the garage. It means a minor break from cataloging mailers and doing the odd drive-by booklet drop at ranges and stores locally so that I can huddle near the friendly glow of the LCD monitor while I expertly craft another Networking column. I have it on good authority that my wife will be reading this one, so that means that my audience is doubled!
In April Alecs Dean offered training that is outside the shooting disciplines but very valuable nonetheless when he taught the American Heart Association CPR/AED, Blood borne Pathogens and Basic First Aid programs.
It’s always great to drop by a range or shop of one of our local affiliates. Being in the Pacific Northwest, one such is the several locations of West Coast Armory. I shoot regularly at their north location, since it’s about two miles from home and our affiliates Jim Hickey and Lance Chaar are instructors and range masters there.
I took my newly built AR pistol up for a session a while back and coordinated the visit with dropping off a couple of cases of our booklet, What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law. While there, I chanced upon a brand new shooter taking his first test drive of a handgun. Listening to the conversation at the range counter, it turns out that he was like many folks, in that he was re-discovering the sport, having been in the military during his youth but not owning a personal gun since. While he was familiar with the AR from his service days, he had never actually shot a handgun, so the day’s activities were all new to him. The range staff (in my humble opinion) did everything right in showing him the basics and discussing function and feel well before sending him out to the range with his mentor. They ended up at the lane next to me and to say that he had an excellent reintroduction to our sport is an understatement!
Most of you know the Network booklet What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law has been reprinted with some minor changes. If you have copies of the old version, please go ahead and destroy them and let me know so I can replace them at no cost. If you are an affiliated gun shop, instructor or range, and you would like to set up a regular shipment of any reasonable quantity, or adjust the amount you are already receiving, just call or email me and I’ll take care of it personally!
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