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All Classes are NOT the Same!!!

All Classes are NOT the Same – Buyer BEWARE! Once again, it happened. I was enjoying a dinner party where two gentlemen sitting at the same table began a lively conversation about the concealed carry class they had taken recently. The ‘instructor’ was touted as “experienced” and “knowledgeable,” by them – of course their only frame of reference was what [...]

By |December 18th, 2016|Categories: Gun Articles and Commentary|Comments Off on All Classes are NOT the Same!!!

First Gun for Her – Merry Christmas!

With the Christmas shopping season coming I want to relay an important message to men who wish to buy their loved ones their first firearm. In nearly every class I teach I encounter the same problem – women show up with a very small handgun which was either bought for them by a loving spouse/friend/etc or by them because it [...]

By |December 18th, 2016|Categories: Gun Articles and Commentary|Comments Off on First Gun for Her – Merry Christmas!

Refresh Your Knowledge

We started teaching AZ and Utah CWP (Concelaed Weapons Permit) classes way back in 2011 and it is time for an update. In this time we have helped more than 1,200 people get their CWP's and learn to shoot better.  Over this time we are proud to say that our classes are the most content full, safe, and up to date [...]

By |October 14th, 2016|Categories: General|Comments Off on Refresh Your Knowledge

AR-15 Review of RTT Patriot

So after having owned several AR-15’s over the years I have had a wonderful experience recently. I wound up recalling the confusion of being a ‘first time AR buyer’ and not having a clue which of the myriad makes, models, manufacturers, prices, quality builds vs. junky rattletraps, etc. In the processes of starting to offer AR-15 classes here are Apex [...]

By |September 11th, 2015|Categories: General|Comments Off on AR-15 Review of RTT Patriot

21′ and a Knife Fight

Wow - what a great and short video. Not only does this show how dangerous people can be from far away, but watch how bad the guys grip on his concealed gun is in this particular position (at about 3:00 - 3:30) trying to get at it.  Many clients tell me they like this position but the most important factors [...]

By |August 5th, 2015|Categories: General|Comments Off on 21′ and a Knife Fight

Washing Machine Ammo

Q - Which ammo for self defense? A - What’s your life worth?  I will pass on the 'washing machine survivors' though. I had another great private class yesterday.  One of the things I do at the range is I unload my carry gun of its high priced hollow point ammo and prep to use cheap practice ammo.  In the [...]

By |July 26th, 2015|Categories: General|Comments Off on Washing Machine Ammo

Safety and Complacency

I have had students approach me after classes and ask if I handle my gun in the same “ultra-safe” manner when no one is watching. I think it intrigues them because many times people comment on it as to how it looks exaggerated or fake to them.  I remind them that yes, I do these things EVERYTIME I handle a [...]

By |April 24th, 2015|Categories: General|Comments Off on Safety and Complacency

Scott and Tamara – A (gun) love story

Wow.  What a great day I had yesterday! I had the honor of teaching two people how to shoot better – and how satisfying it was. Scott and Tamara are like many other couples in one way.  He has been around guns for a long time and she, well, not as much, but has a nifty little Berretta and they [...]

By |December 24th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on Scott and Tamara – A (gun) love story

What About Legal Pot and Guns?

Gun Owners and the Legal Use of Marijuana UPDATED 11-2-2014 I just found and read this document, which was published in January of 2014 from the Congressional Research Service.  I strongly urge gun owners who are contemplating the medical pot card read this document, particularly PAGES 28 AND 29!!!  The ATFE has determined that IF you have the pot card [...]

By |November 2nd, 2014|Categories: Gun Articles and Commentary|Comments Off on What About Legal Pot and Guns?

Speed and Accuracy Drills

I am frequently asked what I do when I go to the range to practice? In these days of less time and even less money for things like practice and ammo, my personal rangetime is precious to me.  And ammo?  Well, if you have been a gun person for a while - you probably value ammo beyond the $0.20 or [...]

By |October 26th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on Speed and Accuracy Drills

Range Safety Standards

I was asked what we do at Apex Arms to make our classes safe for the students and staff. It is a great question because other than word of mouth advertising it is hard to know how good or safe an instructor actually is until you see them in action. At Apex Arms we employ multiple methods to maximize safety [...]

By |August 27th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on Range Safety Standards

Ignorant Media = Ignorant Masses

All week long I have been resisting the urge to finalize my opinion in the tragic shooting in St. Louis, Missouri.  I just don't have enough information - accurate information, yet.  As a student of things gun, hence the term gunist to describe myself, I am acutely aware that the opinions of what I will refer to as the "masses" are largely ignorant [...]

By |August 17th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on Ignorant Media = Ignorant Masses

NV Does NOT, Will Not Honor UT CWP (CCW)

Here we go again... The state of NEVADA will NOT accept the UTAH CWP (CCW or CWP to us AZers) in January. Regularly I encounter misinformation from competing CCW instructors that is outdated or simply wrong.  My only advice has been to be 'buyer beware,' and offer a discount to a class at Apex Arms.  Those that have taken advantage of this have expressed uniform thanks that I [...]

By |August 6th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on NV Does NOT, Will Not Honor UT CWP (CCW)

Wasp Spray Alternative? NO!!!

If you wonder where my topics come from, they are usually inspired by a conversation or three.  First time I take note, second one I take notes, and the third time - that's the charm. I believe the "Wasp Spray Alternative" theory (myth) has made it completely around the internet, suggesting to billions that using this will work so much [...]

By |August 6th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on Wasp Spray Alternative? NO!!!

Ammo Mythbusting Big Time

Ever wonder what would happen if you run over your ammo with a tank?  Or burn a pallet of it in a bonfire? The first time new shooters see a live round of ammo hit the ground the fear they have of a detonation is an interesting thing to observe.  At that point in their training their fears are valid, as the information [...]

By |August 5th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on Ammo Mythbusting Big Time

Innovation Is not Always Good

I love scouring the gun media for neat and exciting new products.  The industry is made up of some really smart people with mechanical expertise and real gunist knowledge so it is always interesting. Very rarely do I condemn or negatively review products - for me do that takes a serious safety or quality of construction concern.  Instead of trashing a product there [...]

By |July 29th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on Innovation Is not Always Good

Silly Boys – Compacts are for Purses

I am regularly astounded at the number for times I hear, "That is too much gun for  MY  wife." I am equally thrilled when at the end of a range session with a variety of guns I hear from said wives, "That one is my favorite." (I have yet to have any student pick the superlight 38 snubbie.) Now look [...]

By |June 21st, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on Silly Boys – Compacts are for Purses

I suggest a REVERSE Boycott

I suggest a reverse boycott for 1 month. Yep, a reverse boycott. I know all you gunists out there cringe every time we are stuck being forced to make a values decision every time we see that discriminatory sign with the gun and a red circle… Do we continue through this doorway and do business with someone who is anti-civil [...]

By |June 5th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on I suggest a REVERSE Boycott

CWP News Flash – It Happened Again

Well it happened again and frankly I am getting tired of it. Another (new) client of mine who spent hard-earned money and invested a few hours of his Saturday morning attending a 'back of the barroom coffee & donuts' CCW class - and got bad info. He learned things which are factually untrue and ... he is, like many others [...]

By |May 30th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on CWP News Flash – It Happened Again

Why get a CWP if I can carry concealed in AZ without a permit?

Why on Earth would I want to get a CWP (and have my name attached to a database as a "gun" person) if it is already legal to carry concealed in AZ?!?!?! Here are 5 important and quick reasons (NOT in any particular order): 1 - You can carry in 35 STATES when you travel. 2 - Retail purchasing is [...]

By |May 24th, 2014|Categories: General|Comments Off on Why get a CWP if I can carry concealed in AZ without a permit?