Posts Tagged ‘NRA’

Over the weekend we had yet another Concealed Handgun Class and we were covering the subject of cleaning your handgun. We usually snicker when we read the NRA suggestion of cleaning after every time you shoot your gun. The instructors that help us at Valkyrie Defense Group are all guilty of going pretty long durations before our guns get anymore than just a wipe down. Let’s face it if I cleaned my guns every time I fired them my son would probably not know who I am. One reason I love instructing is when I am talking or answering questions sometimes I will have a little epiphany or in this situation a realization and when I do I try to make a mental note to come back here to share.

Yesterday talking about cleaning it hit me that I never carry a “clean” gun. I have this weird habit of when I clean any of my carry guns I will not feel right carrying it until I have shot a magazine through it to perform a function test. I want to be absolutely sure that the gun was put back together properly before I want to depend my life on it. The last thing I want is to clean my gun and head out into a situation where I need to defend my life with it and get a click instead of a bang in that critical moment. The new R51 is a gun that has me thinking this needs to be considered more and more for people.

When you re-assemble the R51 you must slip a small tab on the slide stop of the gun underneath this little spring. You must insert it perfectly parallel to the slide. If you tilt the slide stop upwards by as little as a 1/16th of an inch, if it rides above the spring, the gun will malfunction.

Just to make sure I’m not just picking on the R51, my Ruger LCP requires the recoil spring to be replaced a certain way. If not it will fail to eject on nearly every shot.

How about you? Have you ever thought about function testing your gun before you depend your life on it? Head over to the Facebook page and let me know if this is something that has ever crossed your mind or if you do something similar. While you are there make sure you give me a like to keep up to date on all the pictures of some of the projects I’m working on.

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Who remembers the instructor from Lancaster Ohio who cracked one off in the class room while demonstrating how you don’t have to remove a revolver from a purse to fire it? Well, he made the news again today. It was actually good news for him and some pretty shitty news for every other NRA instructor out there. Good news for him is that he didn’t get charged with a felony for winging a student. Bad news for us because every time you identify yourself as a NRA instructor you are automatically synonymous with this asshole.

I have to give him credit though, every student in that class will never forget that a revolver will shoot through a purse.

If you are in the market for safe and knowledgeable instruction check us out at Valkyrie Defense Group. You can find us online or on Facebook. Like our page to keep up to date on our rapidly growing training schedule. While on Facebook swing by and give the blog a like too. I would really appreciate it.

Question of the day, have you ever witnessed an instructor do something incredibly stupid or give some horrible advice? Let me know on Facebook or in the comments section below.

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If you have never heard of the Friends of the NRA you are missing out. Since it’s inception, The Friends of the NRA has had over 16,000 events, reached over 2.8 million attendees, and raised over $230 million through its wildly-successful fundraising program for The NRA. The money raised goes towards projects aimed at youth shooting programs, women’s programs, range services, education & training, hunter safety services, and The National Firearms Museum. A large part of the money will stay in the community it was raised in.

I am proud to say that I sit on the committee for Coshocton’s first ever Friends of the NRA banquet. All the counties surrounding Coshocton have their own committees and banquets to raise funds to help their county’s interests and now finally Coshocton  has their chance.

The Coshocton event will be held on April 4th and the doors will open at 5:00 pm. I can say that there will be no dull moments between the raffles, auction, and the amazing dinner that everyone is in for. Tickets are $30 and that includes your dinner. The raffles will consist of a coin game, a knife game, an ammo can game, and the standard Friends of the NRA WALL OF GUNS raffle. One other raffle that I am super excited about is called the Mystery Safe. Here is what is cool about this, the winner will receive a 45 gun safe worth well above $1000 dollars MSRP and inside that safe will be 2 guns. This is just an example of what kind of prizes you could walk away with.

The committee is also doing many pre-event raffles. We are raffling off 30 Glocks, a Ruger 1911, and various other raffles AS WELL AS A PRE-EVENT MYSTERY SAFE!!! That’s right we aren’t just giving away one safe with two guns we are giving 2. Only 50 tickets on the pre sale will be sold so if you are interested you need to move quickly. You can message me or contact the committee chairman HERE.

Of course I will be at the event making the rounds so if you would like to meet me in person this will be a perfect chance and you will be helping out a great cause! Again if you have any questions please feel free to contact me or the committee chairman HERE. You can also buy your dinner tickets online and as an incentive to buy your tickets early there is a free raffle for one of two handguns called the Early Bird Raffle for the first 200 dinner tickets sold. All you have to do is buy your ticket sooner than later.

Please share this with your friends and family. We would love to make the first ever Coshocton Friends of the NRA banquet a successful one so please help me get the word out. I would love to see everyone there and meet some of my readers from the Ohio area so jump on and get your ticket. Maybe if we get a good group we can even head out for a sit down and a beer afterwards. I hope to see you there!

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No. I’m sorry but no thanks. I stopped reasonable discussion, and compromise a long ago. With the recent snafu with Dick Metcalf and his odd anti-gun editorial in the latest issue of Guns and Ammo I thought putting my stance out there for everyone to digest would be a good idea. If you would like to read what Dick wrote click here.

As I started with I am not the reasonable type and I feel as gun owners we can’t fall into the trap of national dialogue and reasonable discussion. For some reason some gun owners feel the need to be reasonable and open towards the anti-gun side and want to come to the table and have that discussion or national dialogue we hear about so much from the mainstream media. Little do these gun owners know they are falling into a trap, the same trap Dick fell into. People like Dick feel that if they come to the table and show that gun owners are able to listen the people on the other side of that table are going to understand and be satisfied with just conversation. WRONG! Gun owners have been reasonable for far too long.

Every time we have a reasonable discussion the gun owners tend to be on the losing end of the outcome. They come to the table thinking “this will be the last time the Antis ask for anything. If we just give a little compromise everything will be ok.” We have given in little by little thinking this is the last peace offering we will have to make. Don’t believe me? Lets talk a little history.

  • 1791 the Second Amendment was Ratified. Twenty-seven beautiful words that guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms to every American.
  • 1934 The National Firearms Act was put into place due to the gangster culture brought about by prohibition. This law famously eliminated automatic weapons along with short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, and suppressors. Transfers of such weapons were subject to $200 fee and subject to the Treasury Departments approval.
  • 1938 The Federal Firearms Act was approved by Congress forcing anyone involved with selling firearms to obtain a Federal Firearms License from the Secretary of Commerce. This also required the new FFL’s to record the names and addresses of everyone they sold guns to.
  • 1968 The Gun Control Act was brought about after the assassination of JFK. FFL’s were required to keep even more detailed information along with forbidding sales of handguns across state lines. The major change came in the outlawing of purchasing rifles and shotguns through mail order. (Lee Harvey Oswald used a mail order rifle in the assignation of JFK)
  • 1972 The ATF was formed
  • 1986 The Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act stopped the manufacture and importation of “cop killer” bullets that could pierce body armor.
  • 1990 The Crime Control Act established what we now know today as “Gun Free Zones” in schools and the stopped the assembly of illegal semi-auto rifles and shotguns with legally imported parts.
  • 1994 the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention act placed a mandatory 5 day waiting period and background check on handguns until Nov. 1998 when the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) went live. The law stated all new firearm sales are subject to a NICS background check.
  • 1994 The Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, commonly referred to as the “Assault Weapon Ban,” made the manufacture, possession, and importation of new semiautomatic assault  weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices for  civilian use illegal.

How about that for compromise and reasonable? We go from “shall not be infringed” to illegal for civilians to possess. I bet there was a lot of gun owners that thought the same as Dick Metcalf on the other side of the table when each of those laws were penned.

How about a more recent example of a reasonable discussion? Anyone remember Colorado and the dialogue that happened there? That is what happens when we open the door for reasonableness. If you don’t remember how it went just picture a one sided conversation with a senate majority leader telling his senators to ignore their constituents. Colorado is what happens when we have national dialogues and compromise. All the laws above came from compromise!

See? I told you I’m unreasonable. I don’t compromise. When it comes to my rights there is no compromise. Every time we have reasonable compromise we see another crack or a chip fall off of the foundation of our Second Amendment. Don’t be fooled into thinking we need to be reasonable. If you start thinking that way, come back to this post and read the middle part to remind yourself we have already compromised enough.

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Not really, but kinda. It is pretty well-known now that a lot of Bloomberg’s money had plenty to do with the recent happenings in Colorado. The citizens of Colorado are doing their best to send a message back to New York and to the rest of the politicians that chose Bloomberg over their constituents about exactly how much they appreciate it. This is probably no surprise that I am rather pleased to see Coloradoans take their state back, but there was a little reported on event in my home state of Ohio that occurred last week that gave me just as much pleasure.

On Friday August 31st New York’s Mayor decided to send some of his representatives to Columbus to possibly test the waters on how the Buckeye State was leaning on the gun issue. It is safe to say that the message was not well received. The Anti-gun rally quickly turned into a Pro-gun event when 50 gun-toting, freedom loving, citizens showed up to display Ohio’s displeasure about the Mayors Against Illegal Guns stance on stifling their rights. The attendance was obviously a good example of how Ohio feels about a New York politician meddling in Ohio’s affairs. The MAIG mustered somewhere around a “half-dozen” where the Pro-gun sides managed to roll in with…

About 50 guns-rights supporters were on hand, some with rifles over their shoulders and others with handguns in hip holsters.

Probably the best example was when the Anti-gun speaker was finished being drowned out by the pro-gun side Linda Walker of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation took over as the speaker and took the rally in a whole new direction than even Nanny Bloomberg could have expected. It is safe to say she was better accepted among the crowd.

The Buckeye Firearms Association has got quite the publicity lately with their donation to George Zimmerman and their assistance in the Colorado Recall Election. I think it is great that we have grassroots organizations like this out there helping fight for our rights. The big guys like the NRA, Second Amendment Foundation, and Gun Owners of America are great on a national scale but only small groups such as the BFA are going to be able to address intimate local issues that are over looked by the larger ones. Check and see if your state and local area has a group similar to the Buckeye Firearms Association and see what you can do to join up. If anything go join your local gun club, It may seem like a trivial act but the way local clubs can impact a community in a positive way is important in the fight for securing our right to keep and bear arms.

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I don’t like to pile it higher on someone when they are already swimming at the local waste treatment plant as it is, but I think we need to talk about the difference between “accidental” and “negligence.”

If you remember at the beginning of the week I had a little article in regards to the instructor in Lancaster Ohio who shot one of his students. Well It turns out this isn’t his first rodeo at putting holes in someone that didn’t need new holes applied. In 1977 instructor Dunlap was then Officer Dunlap and was assisting with a Halloween hayride. Instead of the typical mask and some fake blood, Officer Dunlap decided that his .38 revolver (again seriously?) was a better prop and shot what he assumed to be blanks into the air. Unfortunately, once again those pesky live rounds found their way into the gun and a struck  Cathy Hessler who was 14 years old at the time.

We need to take a few things away from this. First, Mr. Dunlap needs to hang up the revolvers. And secondly the difference between a Negligent Discharge vs. an Accidental Discharge are vast. My view is that an Accidental Discharge is a mechanical malfunction of the firearm that caused the firearm to discharge. A Negligent Discharge is what we are seeing both times with Mr. Dunlap. It was shooter error that was to blame in both of his “oops” moments. Sadly, this is actually the cause of most all unwanted firearm discharges when you get down to it.

I still can’t wrap my head around pulling the trigger of a gun at a class full of students even if I knew it was unloaded or not, I’m sorry, but I just can’t. The definition of negligent is “habitually careless: habitually careless or irresponsible” and to me it describes the situation down in Lancaster pretty well in both cases. We need to keep the rules for safe gun handling in mind at all times so we can minimize these sorts of things from happening and make sure we don’t get anymore bad press.

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It gives me great joy to finally bring to my readers what has gone on behind the scenes for so long now. Valkyrie Defense Group is now up and running. “What is this Valkyrie Defense Group?” is what I am sure you are asking yourself now. I want to take this post today to fill everyone in on what we are, what we intend to do, and why it has kept me from writing as much as I want.

Valkyrie Defense Group (VDG) was thought up by a very good friend and myself when talking about the lack of good training options in our area. We saw a need for that next step beyond the concealed handgun class. We see the Ohio Concealed Handgun License class as only a starting point, not an ending point, in Ohioan’s quest to becoming a properly trained concealed carry holder. All too often we were hearing horror stories from people claiming the Concealed Carry class was only 5 hours (when it is a mandatory 12) or that they were in a class with 30-50 and even heard staggering numbers over 100. We saw a need for proper quality training where people can go and get the attention that they need in a safe, knowledgeable environment. BAM!! Valkyrie Defense Group was born.

There are obviously many companies out there trying to cash in on the 1 million plus new gun owners, so what sets us apart from those companies? It is our mission to make sure every student leaves more knowledgeable and more skilled than when they showed up to whatever class it is they are taking from us. In order for us to do that we are not looking for classrooms full of 25-30 students. We are happier to have 6 exceptionally trained students leave our classroom than 60 uneducated, irresponsible ones. It is with that attitude we approach every class and strive to make sure all the needs of every student are met to their satisfaction and ours.

As I said, this company was a brainchild of a dear friend of mine and me and as of now we are the sole instructors. We are able to offer an extensive military background point of view along with the just as important civilian aspect and point of view. My partner and good friend Jason Groves is a NRA pistol Instructor, a Self-Defense Inside the Home instructor,  as well as a United States Marine. Jason was assigned as a Reconnaissance Scout for the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Jason also served in the Marine Security Forces and held multiple billets in a dedicated security and anti-/counter-terrorism unit. With his very extensive background, he brings a ton of experience and knowledge to VDG and I am proud to call him a true friend. Jason is a great teacher and has ways to explain and show different techniques, which is rare in most run-of-the-mill trainers and instructors today. Combine that with is excellent military service, he is a great asset to VDG.

Other than what you can get out of my about page there is not much more to add. I too am an NRA Pistol instructor and have taken roughly 50 hours of advance pistol training this year alone with more already scheduled before the year is up. It is my goal to draw as much of the knowledge that I can from the many outlets I study, along with the advanced classes I attend, and bring it to my students and readers. I come from a large family full of teachers and it seems to have rubbed off on me. I take the title of instructor very serious and hold it to a very high standard and I do my best to deliver the best advice and knowledge I can each class. With no prior military experience, I feel it is my duty to study harder, teach better, and shoot perfect every class or I feel I have let my students down.

Seeing that we are just getting started, and still on the ground level of our business plan for Valkyrie Defense, we are hoping to be adding some more instructors to the roster in the future. When we do, you can be certain that each person that bears the title of “VDG Instructor” will have the same dedication to delivering top-notch performance and knowledge in the classroom and on the range to our students.

The list of classes offered now are limited to pistol. We are ready and willing to teach Ohio Concealed Handgun classes now along with our own advanced pistol class we have titled VDG Pistol 1. (VDG Pistol 2 is in the works also) By next year, we will be looking to expand to rifle and shotgun, but for now we want to focus on perfecting the business and making sure that each person that chooses to take a class with us gets the most out of it.

We will be based out of central Ohio, but are always willing to travel. As I said earlier, we are not concerned with large number of students, if you have at least 6 people attending, we will hold a class. If you have a safe place to shoot and adequate space for a classroom setting, we will also be willing to come to you. If you are a substantial distance away, call us and we will work something out. We are tossing around the idea of holding a VDG Pistol 1 class in Missouri before the end of the year, but we will make that announcement after more plans have been hashed out.

In closing, I want to again say that we created Valkyrie Defense Group because we saw an apparent gap in what training many people are receiving for concealed carry and what we feel is necessary. Basic concealed carry classes give you the ability to carry a gun to defend your life,  and we want to make sure you have the knowledge and skills if that time ever comes. We plan on offering the best instructors and classes to prepare you for that life or death situation whether it lasts 3 seconds, 30 seconds or 3 minutes.

I encourage you to visit the Valkyrie Defense Group Facebook page and give us a like. The VDG website is currently under construction and we are working hard to get the lights on over there so you can get better class descriptions, more in depth bios on all the instructors, along with some photos of our recent classes. While you are clicking around, make sure you head over to the Absolute BS Facebook page and give me a like there also. I hope to see you on the range soon and in one of our classes. If there are any questions at all you can contact me with the contact tab at the top or on either of the afore mentioned Facebook pages. I look forward getting back into the flow of writing more now that a lot of the administrative stuff to get VDG off the ground is finishing up. Thanks for sticking around in my spurts of absence.

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