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I know, I know. I have been MIA for about a month. Trust me I have a good excuse. I have been busy, extremely busy. I am currently sitting in a hotel in Warren Ohio rehydrating from a long hot day on the range participating in a Critical Defensive Handgun course put on by Safety Solutions Academy. Two weeks before this I was rolling around in the red Missouri dirt with Defensive Engagement Concepts in their Tac 2 pistol. I have taken tons of notes and have a lot of new concepts to use for topics later on. Obviously I will be doing an after action report for these classes as soon as I can get a breather. Unfortunately for the blog and my readers I will be back in a 3 day course in a little over a week then back to being the instructor instead of the student.

Long story short I am still alive and I have lived on a range nearly every weekend…. AND I LOVE IT. I am gaining more stuff to bring to the blog and to Valkyrie Defense Group. I am going to try to focus a little more on getting content out because we have picked up a few more readers from a lot of the VDG classes and I know they would like to hear more from me. (They told me.)

I hope you all have gotten out and got your fingers on some triggers and used the time you spend on the range effectively.

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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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Ohio saw a 50% increase over 2012 in permits issued last year. That is a huge increase. I am proud to say that Valkyrie Defense Group was there to assist in that increase.

We always start the class by asking why the students are here. We always get a variety of answers but the one that is answered the most is “for protection.” People can see that the gun is the great equalizer. With a gun the 70 year old lady is no longer the ultimate victim in the eyes of the criminal. The knife, the ballbat, and the harsh words don’t have the same effect as the gun. The gun gives the weak little lamb fangs, and wolves are afraid of other animals with fangs because they don’t want bit either.

If you are interested in training contact us soon, classes are filling up quickly. We are also in the process of putting together our advanced classes and the prerequisite for those classes will be to already have your CHL. You can contact Valkyrie Defense Group through our website or on Facebook. We hope to see you in our classroom soon.

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Valkyrie Defense Group is proud to announce that we are making our new home at Fresno Gun Club in Coshocton Ohio. We are excited to see all the doors and opportunities this opens to us.

We have had a lot of interest in advanced pistol classes in the last 6 months and have been waiting to set any dates or make any promises until we found the proper place to hold these types of classes The club features two classrooms, indoor rimfire range, and outdoor rifle shotgun and pistol ranges.

We are busy working on getting some new classes written up to go along with our already popular CHL class. By the time weather breaks we are hoping to have the details ironed out. If you have any specific areas you would like to see featured in our classes let us know. We are here to put on the best class we can for our students and give them what they want.

March dates are pretty filled up and warmer weather is approaching. Our first class at our new location will be on March 16. If you are interested in any of our classes please contact us as soon as you can to reserve your date. You can click the Valkyrie Defense tab above and see all the ways to contact us. I am fairly certain that dates will be going quickly as soon as people see the grass getting greener. We have dates in April open still as of now.

Again, we are excited to bring this news to everyone. The company is growing faster than we ever thought. We really feel it is a testament towards our commitment to bringing the best knowledge and information to our students. Make sure you head over to our Facebook page and like the page so you can keep up to date with all of our upcoming classes.

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Massad Ayoob has taught and instructed firearms and self-defense longer then I have been alive so when I heard he was being hosted by Safety Solutions Academy in Ohio I jumped at the chance.

Paul Carlson said it best how he describes the class.

“The class is a 20 hour immersion course that will help you, the law abiding armed citizen, understand and apply the legal issues, tactical issues and aftermath management of a self-defense scenario where you are forced to use lethal force in defense of your self or others.”

After you use the gun to defend you life is the wrong time to start thinking about what to do next. Everyone that I have heard that took the class has said it has changed the way they looked at carrying a gun. I am eager to bring back my take on the class over then next few days. I am expecting to be running on fumes by Sunday but I plan on putting updates onto the Facebook page throughout the weekend so if you haven’t liked it make sure you do so to keep up on what direction the discussion is going.

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I have to say when I get good service I like to let my readers know and today is one of those days. As some of you may remember when going over my thoughts on the Smith & Wesson Vtac I said that I was disappointed with the fact there was only 2 mags in the package. I like to have a minimum of 5 for each gun I carry or train with. I usually keep two loaded with my carry ammo and the other three are my practice/range mags and since most advanced classes require a minimum of three I have two spares that don’t get abused too much to fill in if one goes down or breaks. So I hit the internet last week to find some more magazines to fill the gap S&W left me. In my searching I was starting to get really discouraged. Everyone was either $35+ or out of stock.

Finally I ran across Quantico Tactical and found their three pack deal and jumped all over it. These are factory magazines but instead of being in the fancy packaging they came in individual ziplock bags.


I was a little leery to place the order because I was having a hard time finding any reviews on Quantico Tactical or their bulk packaged magazines but I ended up ordering them on a Wednesday and had them in my hand on Monday.  We taught a Concealed Handgun class on Sunday. Valkyrie Defense always has one instructor shoot the course of fire alongside the students to build confidence with the students that the instructors can perform everything that the students are asked to do. I did the shooting portion with the students on Sunday and put the new mags to use. (I will post the picture of my target on the blog’s Facebook page tomorrow afternoon to show the progress I am making with adjusting to the Vtac also) All three ran without a problem through out all the drills. I will get them to the range one of these days and step the abuse up and see how they handle it but I am betting they will be fine. If I do find any problems I will be sure to let everyone know but I doubt any issues will arise since these are factory mags.

I will go on record and say if you want some good quick service and want to get a good deal on some M&P magazines (around $26) Quantico Tactical gets my stamp of approval.

Be sure to head over the Book of Faces and like the page. We are coming up on 350 and we always have room for more. Also like the VDG page and check out some of the training dates we have available around Ohio.

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The anniversary giveaway winner sent me some photos and a thank you yesterday.

John M was the big winner of the Valkyrie Defense Group shirt and some of the remaining stickers left over from SHOT Show last year.

I think John enjoyed the shirt. The message he sent along with the pics said “shirts here, looks nasty nice…” Well thanks John! I hope you enjoy it.



You too can be a winner of the next drawing by simply liking the Absolute BS Facebook page. A little tip for anyone out there looking for a chance to win a VDG shirt like John you should head over to the Valkyrie Defense Group Facebook also and like it. There may or may not be a giveaway coming from over there soon… Just saying.

Again, thanks for everyone’s participation and I will be looking for another opportunity to do another giveaway in the future. Congrats John and I hope you enjoy the shirt.

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