Exciting new training for civilians and leos alike!
The Shooting Center Newsletter Thirteenth Edition March 2019
Having 'The Talk'
With Your Kids:
'Mommy & Daddy Own Guns!'
Legislative Update On Gun Rights:
Be afraid...be very afraid
March 30: Realistic Self Defense -- 9 a.m. to noon. Followed by Realistic Scenarios Training at 1 p.m. (an additional $75) Learn how to realistically use your handgun while you conceal and carry. Shooting two-handed, one-handed right and left handed, shooting while on your knees, bottom, back and stomach. Equipment needed: Handgun, holster, extra magazines, mag pouch, 150 rounds of ammo. Bring 9 mm ammo if renting equipment. $75 cash or check only. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 7: Handgun Fundamentals & Concealed Carry - Perfect Carry Class for beginners, lapsed shooters, or those wishing to get more detail on the mechanics of shooting and selecting firearms. Taught by author of "The Handgun Guide for Women." 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $50 - To sign up, click here.
April 10: Handgun Refresher Class for Seniors (age 50 plus ) presented by National Association of Chiefs of Police. Limit 10. The class is specifically geared toward reacquainting seniors with gun handling (or introducing them to firearms for the first time!) Instruction covers basics of firearms use but also challenges that come with age. Class will discuss age-friendly firearms and related equipment. NOT a CCW class. $30 per person. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sign up here.
April 13: Florida Concealed Carry Weapons Class - Focuses on the legal aspects of concealed carry and ends with range qualification. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $40 - sign up at email@example.com
April 20: Basic Defensive Pistol 2 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $75 at the door (cash or check only, please), with Shooting Straight Radio Host Royce Bartlett as lead instructor. This is advanced defensive pistol instruction, and is the best class to take after the Basic Defensive Pistol class. Bring carry handgun, eye/ear protection, 200 rounds, holster, spare magazine(s). Sign up Here.
April 27: Vehicle Counter Car Jacking - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Featuring Dave "Boon" Benton. Contact ACT for more information: Here.
To find more classes offered at The Shooting Center, click here.
Schedule for APHF Women's Shooting Squad
Wednesday, March 27: Moving/Shooting/Flashlight Holds
Wednesday, April 10: Simulator -- Reflexes Wednesday, April 24: Decision Making – Threat? Non-Threat?
Find out more by calling Paula Longcore at 321-890-4661 or email plongcore717@gmail .com.
Don't forget Tactical/Practical every Friday starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Shooting Center, 6350 Horizon Dr. Titusville, FL. Test your skills for $9 in an exciting course of fire that only takes a few minutes! GREAT tactical training, no matter your skill level.
6350 Horizon Drive Titusville, FL 32780
Open: Tues-Fri: 12 -8 p.m. Sat & Sun - 12 to 6 p.m.
Upcoming Classes at The Shooting Center
Editor's Note: The Brevard seniors shooting group, affectionately known as The Grey Wolves, recently prepared a document for their membership that outlined some of the current efforts afoot to seriously diminish or completely destroy the Second Amendment. Below is a copy of their communication, shared here for all readers who want to be informed and take action. Be assured that this is not ALL the proposed legislation involving firearms and your rights...just a healthy sampling.
Without the Second Amendment, we will be stripped of the right to self defense and the ability to resist or overthrow an oppressive government. The corrosion of the Second Amendment has been slow and methodical: A piece removed here, another there.
We have assembled a sample of current legislation researched by the Gray Wolves. We have faith in our fellow Americans to decide for themselves whether or not to take an active part in the guiding of legislation. Please review the proposed legislation carefully. Politicians love to sneak in a bit of trickery here and there. Utilize the telephone, email, U.S. postal service or join an organization; but please, take an active part in our future. Click on any link below to learn more:
S. 1214: Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act
S. 2974: Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act
H.R. 7027: Default Proceed Sale Transparency Act
S. 7: Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act of 2019
H.R. 33: Gun Trafficking Prohibition Act
H.R. 175: To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition.
H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 S. 69: Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019
H.R. 420: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
S. 66: Assault Weapons Ban of 2019
H.R. 511: Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act
H.R. 606: Fairness in Firearm Testing Act H.R. 659: Buyback Our Safety Act
H.R. 674: Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019
S. 184: Gun Violence Prevention Research Act
H.R. 686: Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2019
H.R. 687: Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2019
H.R. 664: Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act of 2019
H.R. 717: Raise the Age Act
H.R. 719: MICRO Act
H.R. 820: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2019
H.R. 821: NICS Review Act of 2019
H.R. 822: Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2019
H.R. 869: Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act
H.R. 930: Stopping the Iron Pipeline Act of 2019
H.R. 939: SECURE Firearm Storage Act
H.R. 942: SAFETY Act
S. 320: SECURE Firearm Storage Act
H.R. 952: Armor-Piercing Bullets Act of 2019
S. 351: Gun Owner Registration Information Protection Act
H.R. 1072: SAGA Act Remove Tracker
H.R. 1112: Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019
H.R. 1114: To require the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to submit to Congress an annual report on the effects of gun ...
H.R. 1116: Keeping Guns from High-Risk Individuals Act
H.R. 1115: Firearm Safety Act of 2019
S. 443: A bill to modify the definition of an antique firearm.
S. 447: A bill to regulate large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
S. 459: A bill to protect the American people from undetectable ghost guns, and for other purposes.
H.R. 1156: LEOSA Reform Act
H.R. 1186: Keep Americans Safe Act
H.R. 1266: To amend title 18, United States Code, to require firearm assembly kits to be considered to be firearms.
H.R. 1279: To authorize the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to make grants to States, units of local government, and gun dealers ...
H.R. 1263: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act any semiautomatic rifle that ...
H.R. 1236: To support State, Tribal, and local efforts to remove access to firearms from individuals who are a danger to themselves or others ... Remove Tracker
H.R. 1262: To amend title 18, United States Code, to increase the age at which a rifle or shotgun may be acquired from a ...
S. 506: A bill to support State, Tribal, and local efforts to remove access to firearms from individuals who are a danger to themselves ...
H.R. 1297: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include armor-piercing, concealable weapons within the definition of “firearm” under the National Firearms ...
H.R. 1296: To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.
H.R. 1324: To improve the national instant criminal background check system in order to search the National Data Exchange database when conducting criminal background
If We Don't Know What's Coming...
How Do We Fight Back?
Taking Aim At
American Police Hall of Fame Facility To Offer World Class Programming for Civilians and Law Enforcement Alike By Mid 2019
The National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) has always had a training mission, but now the 52-year-old organization is dramatically expanding its commitment to safety and security.
With new initiatives aimed at serving both civilian and law enforcement audiences, the organization is seeking partners, donors, cheerleaders and, of course, students eager to learn.
“It has always been part of our charter to provide safety education and information to law enforcement agencies,” said NACOP Vice President Brian Smith, himself a veteran police chief , officer and nationally known LE and civilian trainer. “But this is a bold new endeavor that seeks to protect and empower our law enforcement officers (LEOs) with timely, state-of-the-art training that is free or steeply discounted and is conducted by world-class instructors. Additionally, our civilian training has been developed based on student feedback and a commitment to providing world class tactical education.”
Smith added that nationally known trainers such as Dave “Boon” Benton, FBI agent Ed Mireles, Close Quarter Combat expert Fred Mastison and even NACOP’s own Director of LE Training Paul Pawela will be offering tactical training that usually comes at a steep price.
Likewise, the organization has revamped its civilian safety training to create a “university,” of sorts, that allows students to begin training at a basic level and advance through the ranks, earning credits along the way that will make them eligible for special offers, discounts, and, eventually, a Tactical Defense diploma.
The LEO and civilian programs have been under development for almost a year already, but they have been part of the NACOP vision for years, if not decades.
“We have the facility, the instructors, the audience and the desire to really move this program into national prominence,” said CFO Brent Shepherd. “Our goal is help make our LEOs safer on the street and more skilled in their tactical interactions… without busting their training budget. AND, we want to give our civilian audience tactical competence and defensive skill, as well. We are building a curriculum that will knock your socks off!”
The two programs are known as: Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) and, for civilians, the Safety Training Education Program (STEP).
The STEP program will include four levels of training complexity, each offering a variety of classes from a range of highly qualified instructors who are either NACOP-employed or NACOP-endorsed.
“We are partnering with a variety of instructors who may have their own organizations but have the depth of skill and knowledge to be endorsed by NACOP,” said Tara Engel VP of Training and Strategic Development for NACOP. “They share our commitment to offering civilians comprehensive tactical training and to providing LEOs with the best, most thorough training at the lowest possible price.”
The STEP curriculum, which will be introduced in mid 2019, will offer Levels I-IV, beginning with very basic firearms and safety classes in Level I, such as: Handgun Fundamentals and Concealed Carry; A "Gunless" Firearms Intro Class; Choosing, Cleaning & Storing Your Gun; Senior Handgun Refresher; and more.
Level II offers choices for women only classes and leagues, credit for time spent in Friday’s Tactical Practical training, and a class called Introduction to the Range which helps shooters make the transition from stationary target shooting to tactical training by presenting the opportunity to try out holsters, belts, mag pouches, ear protection and more…and explaining how each tool should be used. All level II training is designed to help shooters make the transition from the basics to a more tactical approach.
Level III moves shooters into the world of defensive and tactical shooting, offering a variety of classes such as Basic Defensive Pistol, Women’s Only Intermediate, specialized training for senior citizens and more.
“NACOP is committed to helping civilians be safe and competent gun owners,” Engel explained. “Our instructors reinforce that standing in a shooting lane and poking holes in paper is far different from engaging a threat in a personal defense encounter. We want our students to be prepared for the physical and emotional stressors that accompany an adrenaline- stoked encounter. As a result, our training is unique and intense… because every defensive encounter is unique and intense.”
Level IV will include a variety of special training opportunities with guest trainers, as well as unique tactical training opportunities like reality-based scenarios, car-jacking prevention exercises, advanced concealed carry, advanced women’s only, couples classes, as well as more "down range" exercises that emphasize moving and shooting, low-light shooting, prone shooting, shoot/no shoot scenarios, disadvantaged shooting, and more.
The LEEP curriculum will kick off with a special session for law enforcement on June 15 (a civilian session is offered on June 14. See information on page 9), featuring retired FBI agent Ed Mireles, who ended the infamous 1986 Miami firefight between eight FBI agents and two bank robbers. The confrontation that left two FBI agents dead and five injured changed the equipment and approach to gunfights used by the FBI and other LE agencies nationwide. NACOP is offering Agent Mireles’ presentation and subsequent live fire training free to local law enforcement from Brevard and surrounding counties.
“We know that agencies struggle to provide world class training to their officers because of the cost and the time commitment,” said Paul Pawela, Director of Law Enforcement Training for NACOP. “The LEEP program seeks to provide affordable or completely free training in manageable chunks to officers regionally – and eventually nationally. We are also working with Eastern Florida State College and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to make continuing education credits available for many of these classes.”
Additional presentations set for 2019 include July leadership training with Dave “Boon” Benton, hero of Benghazi and co-author of “13 Hours,” a fall session with close quarter battle expert Fred Mastison as well as a three-day Simunition qualification session (this session will be presented by Simunition officials and is not free).
Other classes are currently in development and, by 2020, offerings to LEOs should include Tactical Ground Fighting Instructor Course, Transition from Defense Tactics to Firearms, High Risk Traffic Stops, Dynamics of a Gun Battle, Edged Tool Defense and more.
“This has always been our goal for NACOP programming,” Brent Shepherd explained. “We are at a place in our development where it has become possible. We have the talent, the facility and the desire to help LEOs and civilians alike to be safer and more tactical in their defensive encounters.”
Shepherd added that NACOP is seeking equipment and training partners who wish to reach out to law enforcement and civilians and support world class programming.
For more information about civilian or LEO classes, or to provide equipment for LEO training, or to donate to either program, contact Tara Dixon Engel at Tarae@aphf.org or call 321-264-0911 Ext. 133.
NACOP Rolls Out
New Training Programs
Want to try out the TI Training Simulator at the American Police Hall of Fame?
The sim is available on a first-come. first-served basis and law enforcement trainees take precedence. For civilians, the cost is $25
for a half hour (and that cost can include multiple participants). The simulator is
open to the public Sundays 11am to 5 pm and Tues-Friday 11 am to 5 pm. Ages 13-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Deadly FORCE Decisions
By Brian C. Smith
Editor's Note: The type of simulator that Chief Smith mentions at the start of his article is just like the one donated to the American Police Hall of Fame (and ours is fully functional!) by TI Training in Golden, CO. While it's purpose is LEO training, civilians can also try it out at a cost of $25 per half-hour. But, the civilian curriculum currently in development by the National Association of Chiefs of Police (See page 5) will feature training opportunities in the simulator much like he has described in the article below.
There are a number of electronic shooting simulators on the market, ranging in price from $100,000 to as high as $300,000 to test accuracy and decision-making for the law enforcement officer in training.
The simulators provide an array of visual media scenarios where the trainee reacts to the activity seen on the big screen to determine if the scenario is a lethal force threat. These machines are programmed with video scenarios, where the operator can change the scenario outcome with the push of a button, depending on the familiarity of the scene or how the officer verbalizes with the activity in the scenario.
Although, this is an excellent training tool, my experience is that many of these machines are regularly in need of repair, recalibration, or maintenance. I am aware of three agencies that have purchased simulators that are currently not in operation. The agency’s administrators are debating whether the expense for repairs is worth the effort. Nevertheless, it is unfortunate that many armed civilians are not blessed with the luxury to experience the simulator-based training in a concealed carry class to test or sharpen their skills for accuracy and quick decision making. These machines are primarily stationary which limits the opportunity to travel around to different sites to provide training in some of the remote areas.
In response to the challenge of enhancing the concealed carry training curriculum, the Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute in Chicago, IL created a four hour workshop, in addition to the state’s minimum requirements to qualify for the “Concealed Carry License.”
The workshop was created on a shoestring budget that involved approximately six hours of labor and about $25.00 investment.. This training workshop is call “Deadly Force Decisions” and is presented with readily available equipment such as a laptop, projector, speakers and a toy or inoperable handgun. A creative mind can film and produce their own video scenarios, search on YouTube, or purchase DVDs on the market that have readymade scenarios to implement in the program.
Our program is divided into ten modules that consist of five episodes in each module. Along with each module is an evaluation form for the operator to critique the trainee’s reaction time and quick decision to use force. The operator will record on the form how the trainee responded to the scenario, such as the trainee’s readiness as the scene progress to a lethal situation and whether deadly force was necessary. This training is not programmed to record shooting accuracy, but to test the trainee’s decision to use deadly force. This training curriculum has been well received by those who were brave enough to participate in this challenge. Some have admitted that the scenarios raised their stress level when determining if the scene is a “shoot/don’t shoot” situation.
The entire workshop involves discussion of supreme court rulings, state statues in the use of force, and the three elements (Ability, Opportunity and Intent) to justify force likely to cause death or great bodily harm. The class concludes with questions and answers to a series of real life current events involving self-defense issues. After laying the groundwork about principles of deadly force, the trainee is then prepared to challenge our modified simulator. Only one module is required per trainee, but many students insist on indulging with more modules. Each of the ten modules consists of five different episodes, which totals to fifty episodes to create a large selection for the operator to choose from in a decent sized class without repeating an episodes.
This training concept is mobile, requires minimum maintenance, and an innovative training series to challenge the concealed carry holder.
Brian Smith be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at “Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute. He is VP of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
Challenge armed citizens
to make split-second
deadly force decisions
on a shoestring budget
By Tara Dixon Engel
A co-worker came to me recently to ask how she should introduce her 8-year -old daughter to firearms…specifically, to the fact that there is a firearm in their home. She added that the gun is safely squirreled away in a biometric safe that only she and her husband can access.
“I want her to understand why we have the gun and I also want her to see firearms as tools, not as something with evil intent,” she said, explaining that the schools have vilified guns to the point where her daughter would call out gun shops as “bad” whenever they passed one in the family car. “I just want a sense of when it is appropriate to begin that conversation and what should be said.”
Not being an expert in early childhood development, and knowing that every child is developmentally different, all I could give her was my own experience and a few nuggets of wisdom shared by gun experts with whom I have trained or studied.
I am dismayed that the schools – or, more specifically, the teachers – are painting both guns and gun owners in such a negative light. After all, don't they have the freedom to ply their trade because a group of folks with guns secured it for them?
But I shouldn’t be surprised; the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have both aligned themselves with the staunch anti-gun “Everytown for Gun Safety” group, which might be better named “Everytown for Gun Confiscation and Elimination.”
My associate noted that her daughter is inquisitive and recently began asking questions about the family firearm. I shared my experiences with my son, who began accompanying his father on short hunting trips at about 9 years of age.
He was probably that age – or slightly older – when he shot his first squirrel with a tried-and-true Ruger 10/22. It was a proud moment for him and part of a cherished family tradition.
Our family was, perhaps, a bit “different” – more like those from generations prior. We lived on a farm -- and guns, especially long guns -- were part of everyday life. We used them for pest control, for hunting, and for investigating the intent of strangers who wandered onto the property (understand, it was not an easy place to get to…you had to have intent in order to find Telegraph Mills Farm. We just wanted to be certain the intent was not nefarious.)
I suggested that she tell her daughter what I had once told my son – that a gun is a tool. It has no intent, good or bad, but can be misused by someone who is either careless or evil (yes, my child understood the concept of evil from a very young age). I also explained that this is true of other tools – cars, chainsaws, knives, hammers…even fists.
We always had an “open door” policy with Michael and firearms. If he wanted to shoot one, all he had to do is ask. His father or I would accompany him out the back door to a safe location on the farm…and he would get to shoot. He hardly ever asked, unless it was hunting season.
Because of his early indoctrination, he viewed firearms in a very balanced manner. There was no mystique...no tendency to equate guns with power. He viewed them as we did, something necessary to our way of life and to the protection of those we held dear.
If anyone can be "blamed" for the "gun violence" in modern society (I hate that term..."gun violence"...it is violence, period) then I lay such blame squarely at the steps of Hollywood, which has glamorized firearms and made them something they are not. People without hope often turn to them because films and television have taught that they represent power and authority. Meanwhile, Hollywood villfies law-abiding gun owners and santimoniously pounds its chest with great angst (but I digress...)
Children pay attention to such things, which is why it is critical to have honest conversations with them. They aren't stupid...just inexperienced. Don't provide more information than they ask for and don't make it too complex.
Most important, make it clear that a gun -- like a car, a lawn mower, a chainsaw or any other tool -- should never be used by a child without Mom or Dad present. Furthermore, make sure the gun is secured so that those children who are more willful and curious cannot tempt fate.
Explain that, sometimes, bad people use guns to do bad things, but it doesn't mean the gun itself is bad. "Sometimes people hit each other with baseball bats," you might point out. "Does that make the bat bad?" Most kids will get it...probably better than some adults. Make sure they know that guns also protect people!
Most of all, utilize the NRA's Eddie Eagle as an example of what to do if they run across a gun in their daily lives...or if a friend produces one. Step One: STOP! Step Two: Don't Touch. Step Three: Run Away! Step Four: Tell a grown-up.
If they are old enough, teach them the basics of proper gun handling...how to hold the gun, to always keep their finger off the trigger, to only point the gun at something they intend to shoot, etc.
The NRA offers educational information for parents through the Eddie Eagle program, and you can find out more by going to eddieeagle.nra.org.
Most important, understand that no two children are alike in maturity and understanding. Sometimes, saying less is more. As a parent, YOU are the best judge of when it is time for this conversation. In the meantime, practice safe gun handling and storage yourself, and it will be reflected in your child's attitudes and behavior.
(Tara Dixon Engel is Editor of Home on the Range and VP of Training and Strategic Development at the Hall of Fame.)
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dan Sabath on February 23, 2019 at the age of 96. Dano worked five days a week, and drove himself to and from work every day, until about six weeks before he died. Dan was the manager of the Pro Shop, a position he held for 12 years starting when he was a young 84 years of age.
It is safe to say that Dan forgot more about guns than most of us will ever know. Dan had quite an interesting life and his resume includes being a WWII veteran in which he was, among other things, one of the few men who flew into France in 1944 in a glider and lived to tell about it.
Dan was also a soldier of fortune in the former African nation of Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe. He was always ready for another adventure, and he always said he had another tour in him. May we always have that same spirit in us. Blessings on your next adventure, Dano.
A Familiar Face To All Who Visited The Pro
Shop, Dan Left Us For A New Adventure In February...
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Sokol Joins Staff at Police Hall of Fame
The American Police Hall of Fame & Museum announces the recent addition of Chrissy Sokol to its staff. Ms. Sokol has accepted the role of Director of Museum Education and will be overseeing field trips, educational activities and exhibits, outreach and interaction with teachers, parents, students and museum visitors.
“Chrissy has worked with us behind the scenes for several months to refine some of our activities,” said CEO Barry Shepherd. “We love her enthusiasm, and her credentials are impeccable, including her background as an educator and safety specialist at Kennedy Space Center and as Operations Manager at the Astronaut Hall of Fame. ”
Ms. Sokol’s first order of business will be connecting with local schools and teachers and continuing the development of a variety of forensic STEM activities and safety lessons at the museum. She will be working with Tara Dixon Engel, VP of Training & Strategic Development, to refine plans for a STEM-based 21st Century Crime Lab and to secure sponsors and funders for this exciting approach to science and technology in the public safety arena. Plans are also in the works for developing a STEAM Summer Camp in partnership with the American Space Museum in Titusville.
Chrissy and Tara will also be managing the scheduling of the facility's training classrooms and range for special events, classes and other activities.
Teachers or law enforcement officers interested in discussing educational opportunities with Chrissy, or individuals seeking to rent classroom or range space for various activities, may contact her at 321-264-0911 Ext 134 or via email at ChrissyS@aphf.org.
Civilians, to register for the compelling June 14 presentation,
please click HERE. Law Enforcement, email Tarae@aphf.org.