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2014 Junior World Steel Challenge Champion, Ayden Parsons in Ammoland news


2014 Junior World Steel Challenge Champion sponsored by FOG Ammo

Keep Your Eyes on the New 2014 Jr. World Steel Challenge Champion, Ayden Parsons!

Ayden Shooting

FOG Firearms

Atlanta, GA -(Ammoland.com)- FOG Ammo, Patriot Promotions and Max Michel congratulate, Ayden Parsons on winning the 2014 World Steel Challenge, Junior Championship Title! Congratulations to Junior Shooter, Ayden Parsons for his 2014 Championship Title at the World Steel Challenge, last week! His father Heath Parsons, also sponsored by FOG Ammo, did well placing 4th overall, out of 865 competitors. Heath grew up shooting matches with some of our most notable Super Squad, but life events unfortunately diverted him from a pro career. However, he is back in action with his son Ayden picking up titles after only shooting for a year! Friends like Max Michel see there is some truth to the saying, ‘like father, like son.’

Max told us that just like Ayden and Heath, “I started shooting competitively back when I was 8 years old and have been doing so now for more than 20 years. Starting from a young shooter and progressing into the Professional status, I can see potential in people before they do usually. Ayden is one of those kids that has it! From the first time I’ve seen him shoot I knew he would be special. However, the most impressive part about him is his maturity. He is so well mannered and extremely respectful… Until he’s shooting and then he will beat up on anyone in his way! He’s a great kid and will be an amazing shooter as he continues to develop. Heath is doing a great job with him and I hope to get my kids involved very soon as well.”

Ayden is now 11 years old and has racked up such titles as;

  • Texas State Junior, Open Champion
  • Texas State Junior, Pro-Am Champion
  • US Steel Nationals in Titusville Florida, (high overall pre-teen) Open Champion, and now…
  • 2014 World Steel Challenge, Jr. Champion!

 

Ayden World Steel Challenge

FOG stands for “Finger of God” and apparently, their ammo truly is a blessing for both Heath and Ayden.

“FOG has been an integral part of helping us both accomplish our goals. I demand the best in my shooting gear and components and I’m very glad I choose FOG Ammunition. They offer consistency, reliability and dependability in every shot!”

Patriot Promotions PR agrees, “This father/son team are a good bet for new and needed sponsors! We look forward to watching them take home several titles this year. Congratulations guys and hurry up Max, we want to see more father/son awesomeness!”

About FOG Firearms FOG (Finger Of God) Firearms and Cartridge Company L.L.C. is located in Walker Minnesota on pristine Leech Lake. We are a family owned and operated ammunition manufacturer that specializes in quality loaded cartridges in many different calibers using only premium bullets and propellants. Every round produced in our shop is hand inspected to ensure that you get only the highest quality products in turn allowing you to buy with confidence. All of our products are backed by our total satisfaction guarantee. Additionally we have a full line of new and used firearms fully inspected by our on-site gunsmith, making sure that all the firearms that leave our shop are safe, properly maintained and ready to be enjoyed.

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Colorado Freedom Shoot 2014 was the largest firearms event in the state!


SHOOTING SPORTS NEWS: 2ND ANNUAL FREEDOM SHOOT IN COLORADO – 2014

Wrap up on event held June 28th & 29th, 2014 at the Pawnee Sportsman’s Center in Brigsdale, Co. hosted by Victory Defense

contact@victorydefense.com

(Brigsdale, Co.) – 2nd Annual Colorado Freedom Shoot was a huge success with over $12,000 in cash and prizes to competitors!

Pawnee Sportsmen’s Center had their largest event ever and is already planning for the 3rd Annual Colorado Freedom Shoot. There were 130 Shooters participating in the competitions on Saturday and Sunday, and approximately 500 people in attendance.

Over $12,000 in prizes were given away, including a Springfield XD, a Rifle by Bravo4 Tactical Armory from CA. and Rifle by VDCA Armory LLC in CO.

Hundreds of photos were taken on the Red Carpet and we posted about 350+ to the Facebook album, vendors have many up as well. Everyone, vendors, sponsors, shooters and families reported having a tremendous time and agreed it was well worth the haul and partnership of being involved.

Multiple thousands of full auto rounds went down range thanks to Machine Gun Tours. Colorado 2A had a booth and the Colorado Moms Against Gun Control representatives competed in several events.

Notable politicians like Julie Marie Shepherd, running for the District 40 seat against a rubber stamping incumbent for gun control attended. She gave the welcome speech from the back of a Deuce and a half, loaded with ammo. (See photos)

John Cooke, the current Weld County Sheriff who is also running for State Office, attended on Sunday and had his photo snapped with supporters on the Red Carpet. (See photos)

The beautiful Canadian Tac Girl, Valene Valhalla, competed in her very first competitions and had a blast! She enjoyed signing gear and calendars for the admiring attendees.

Jim Erwin, Former Delta Forces & Army Sniper, attended again for the 2nd year. One of his fun photos on the Red Carpet has already been seen over 10,500 times! Veterans and active duty service members from 10th & 19th SFG attended as well.

CorBon Ammunition gave a Ballistic Gel Demo that amazed many and provided some eye popping results from the crowd when they were offered to shoot the gel with their own Personal Defense ammo and it FAILED the test!

The night vision shoot & demo AND the Biden Challenge once again was one of the most talked about contributions of the whole event.

Hundreds left Pawnee Sportsman Center that weekend with smiles that likely lasted the whole week! With that fact and more educated on 2nd Amendment issues, the 3rd Annual Freedom Shoot is bound to be fantastic!

Special thanks to event organizer, JJ Sutton, C.P.S., C.M.A.S.

President, Victory Defense Consulting. Contact him for Security Services, Guns, Gear, Ammo, Training, & Consulting at:

http://www.victorydefense.com

Check out the pictures at: http://www.facebook.com/VictoryDefenseConsulting

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2A supporters dumping Microsoft 365, One Drive, Outlook, and more!


Thank you to writer, Steve Johnson for evaluating all policies and giving us a heads up on the Microsoft products which I will be cancelling as of this moment!

Since 2009 Microsoft’s Code of Conduct has been applied to more and more of their online service. If a service is covered by this Code of Conduct, users of it are prohibited from using it in  “any way that promotes or facilitates the sale of ammunition and firearms” (See bullet point #13).

Almost all of Microsoft’s online services are by now covered under this “Code of Conduct”. These services include Windows Live, Office 365, Microsoft Sharepoint, Bing.com, Outlook.com, Windows OneDrive, Exchange Online, MSN and a number of other services.

The only major Microsoft services this does not apply to is, at the time of this blog post, Skype, Microsoft Azure and XBox Live. I expect Skype will eventually fall under the Code of Conduct.

Windows OneDrive, formally known as Microsoft SkyDrive, is built into Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8 for Phones and Windows 8 for Tablets. If you work in the gun industry you should avoid these products. You could wake up one morning to find your account terminated and all your emails, contacts, calendar etc. deleted.

Windows Live powers a number of Microsoft services including Microsoft’s cloud email and cloud Office suite. Windows Live, Outlook.com and Exchange Online power many large institutions including colleges and high schools. Don’t use any Microsoft-hosted email systems to buy or sell guns, unless you are willing to risk getting kicked out of college (especially if you have signed documents agreeing to abide by Microsofts Terms of Use)

If you use Microsoft Office in your gun business, make sure you do not use the Office 365 service to share business-related files.

Here at TFB the only Microsoft service we use is Skype. If Microsoft bans gun-related business over Skype, we will most likely switch to Google Hangouts.

It is sad to think that the Gun Club @ Microsoft was once a relatively large club. Point and Click no more

– See more at: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/06/16/breaking-microsoft-bans-use-services-promoting-guns/

Patriot Promotions Press Release


Ammoland.com – Jack Suber Announces Run for USPSA President 2016

Friends and Patriots Booked for Rally


Friends and Patriots support GRAA National Rally, May 25th

Check out the Friends and Patriots gathering at the Liberty Bell on May 25th for the GRAA National Rally! Gun Rights Across America is a grassroots organization that is quickly building followers in all 50 states. Get involved when you can and hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Now Booking Red Jacket Firearms, the stars of Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns”


SOG final flyer
Contact Jill to book an appearance from the favorite firearms family on TV.
Support the 2nd Amendment and women in firearms trade and manufacturing.

Friends and Patriots give thumbs up to Patriot Promotions Event during week at SHOT Show 2013


Boone Gary and Trey

Dave Sevigny WINS U.S. IPSC Nationals.


GASTON J. GLOCK STYLE, Ltd.  sponsor of the SEVIGNY Performance Team and OMB Guns is proud  that  Dave Sevigny showed a strong  win at the US IPSC Nationals in Frostproof, Fl. this month.

Hosted by the Universal Shooting Academy, this national competition always brings out the best in the sport, including  Dave!  He beat some great shooters to win the Standard Division by more than 3%.

For those who are still learning about the outdoor and shooting sports world, you’re with me!  I learned that this Standard Division in IPSC is  basically like winning the Iron Sight Division of USPSA Limited.  Dave’s  final score was 1667.8517 and he felt good about the match.

We can look forward to more strong finishes for Dave and big thanks to GASTON J. GLOCKSTYLE, Ltd.  and OMB for supporting  this Super Star shooter         You guys were right on the mark!

AR15.com Makes World’s First 3D Paper Gun! WOW!


Looking forward to the  anti-gun nuts losing  it over this new development!

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“Photos of the world’s first 3D printed gun were discovered on the AR-15.com, a forum for firearms enthusiasts and supporters of gun rights. The creator, who goes by the username HaveBlue, assembled the weapon by combining the body of a normal .22 caliber pistol with that of a printed plastic version of the lower receiver used in AR-15 assault rifles (similar to the military’s M16). HaveBlue then tested out the creation by successfully firing 200 rounds without any signs of malfunction or complications, according to a post on the web site.

HaveBlue documents his gunsmithing process in such a detailed way, it might be a bit unnerving for some folks. With little more than a Stratasys 3D printer, a $30 batch of plastic resin and printing specifications available on the internet, the user was able to produce several of the necessary working parts. A step-by-step blueprint for making your own AR-15 lower receiver can also be found on Thingiverse.

While only one part of the gun was actually ”printed,” the lower receiver is the critical piece that enables the weapon to fire. It includes the bolt, trigger and the magazine, where ammunition is stored. Thats why under the American Gun Control Act, it’s this lower part that constitutes an operational gun and thus is heavily regulated.” (SmartPlanet, 2012)

The issue which arises now is that if anyone with a 3D printer can manufacture this part themselves or, as my previous report found, can purchase firearms freely using underground websites, what good would any form of “gun control” be?

Press Release: World Champion pistol competitor Dave Sevigny teams up with the All Veteran Parachute Team, Blue Emu and PBR for a wounded warrior Adventure Day to remember!


Press Release

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Contact: Jill Trammell
  • 3pm. EDT, May 8, 2012                     (239)273-4783

 

Multiple National & World Champion pistol competitor, Dave Sevigny & Team Sevigny Performance show their respect for wounded Warriors with a special day of one on one instruction, followed by skydiving with famous Golden knight, Mike Elliot and the All Veteran Parachute Team (AVPT).

Fayetteville, NC (April 2012) – World Champion pistol shooter and firearms instructor Dave Sevigny and Anna Brooke of Team Sevigny Performance, joined with PBR (Professional Bull Riders Association), their loyal sponsor Blue Emu and famous Army Golden Knight, Mike Elliot with his All Veteran Parachute Team, along with others to host a simulated “SOF Adventure Day” for wounded warriors and professional bull riders from PBR.

Dave and Brooke did their part coaching and teaching the group how to improve their marksmanship while representing Sevigny Performance and OMB Guns.  New techniques and tricks were learned while the crowd was given a “shock and awe” performance on steel targets by Dave Sevigny.  His lightning fast magazine changes, along with his stone cold accuracy on the targets left the crowd cheering and wanting more!  However, they had to move on to the next amazing treat, a tandem skydive with the famous Golden Knight, Mike Elliot and his All Veteran Parachute Team (AVPT).  The wounded warriors and PBR guests started in the wind tunnel and it was clear there was a sense of freedom from their wheelchairs and adaptive equipment that can’t be rivaled by any other experience! For many, especially the sponsors, this was one of the best parts of the day as you can’t put a price on the smiles given to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.

Sevigny Performance regularly conducts LE and civilian firearm training courses. Brooke heads up the ladies team and adds a touch of class to every event, demonstrating her top notch pistol skills for the crowd and assisting Dave as he instructs. The two were able to provide an exclusive training with the new FNH FNS 9 striker-fire pistol which received rave reviews.

“At one point the three wounded warriors were in the wind tunnel with the instructors. Seeing them smile and embracing that moment was a once in a lifetime sight for Dave and I,” said Brooke, a competitive shooter and trainer for Sevigny Performance.    Dave says “ I highly respect these heroes and it was an honor to work with them.”

Patriot Promotions has teamed up with Sevigny Performance, Mike Elliot and the All Veteran Parachute Team, to plan for more Adventure Academy events, like the one you see here.   They will be hosting future veteran/wound warrior events that provide winning opportunities for wounded warriors and caregivers.

Companies should spend their marketing or charitable dollars to host their own Adventure Academy for teambuilding or cause marketing.   Seeing our combat wounded war fighters have the time of their life, makes this the most memorable way to spend your marketing dollars.

If you would like to become a sponsor of one of these events, please contact :

Jill Trammell of PATRIOT PROMOTIONS at 239-273-4783. www.patriotpromotions.wordpress.com

For more information about booking a Sevigny Performance LE and civilian training class:

please email Dave and Brooke at info@sevignyperformance.com

 

Dave and Brooke of Sevigny Performance with Blue Emu, prepping for the warriors.

ESPN in background.

Following the demo, Dave ran the guests through a competition

 

Wounded war fighter in wind tunnel at ParacleteXP.com

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Wounded war fighter shooting on the range

Getting ready to jump with the All Veteran Parachute Team

 

 

Life is good! Flying through the air with famous Golden Knight, Mike Elliot!

 

Dave and Brooke of Sevigny Performance with the Adventure Academy Sponsors

Tampa Tribune News: Special forces, businesses help each other out


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English: United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) emblem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www2.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2012/may/07/memeto1-special-forces-businesses-help-each-other–ar-400670/

Special forces, businesses help each other out

By Howard Altman

It began less than two months ago as a brainstorm to help special operations forces veterans and raise awareness among local business leaders of what operators do in the field.

Have active-duty and veteran Air Force Special Tactics Squadron members, Green Berets, Marine Special Operations Command members, Rangers and SEALs teach local business leaders how to shoot machine guns and other weapons, then lead them in a competition.

Golf tournaments? Fishing derbies?

Been there, done that, says Scott Neil, a recently retired special forces master sergeant who came up with the idea. Neil, who used to train special forces members on how to shoot in urban combat situations, wanted to offer the amateurs “the same environment used by Green Berets and SEALs to test each other.”

For Neil, the event, called Shooting With SOF, was a natural for several reasons.

As a former senior enlisted adviser to the director of the Interagency Task Force at U.S. Special Operations Command, Neil was used to bringing disparate groups together to work toward a goal.

Coming on the heels of the anniversary of the demise of Osama bin Laden, the curiosity factor about special operations forces remains high.

Then there is the cool factor.

“People love to tell their buddies stories,” Neil says. “I did something you didn’t.”

After the concept was signed off on by a group of Neil’s fellow SOF veterans, including David Scott, a retired Air Force major general who served as deputy director for Socom’s Center for Special Operations, word quickly and quietly spread through the special ops and business communities. People offered to help. Without any advertising or media coverage, the teams quickly filled up.

“It was all achieved by word of mouth,” says Neil.

Shooting With SOF will not only give business leaders a chance to see how special operators work, Neil says, but it will also give special operators a chance to learn how to become successful in civilian life.

Paralyzed veterans will also get a chance to shoot, Neil says, thanks to Be Adaptive, which makes hunting and fishing equipment for the disabled. The company has a wheelchair device that allows a paralyzed shooter to use a blow tube to fire a weapon.

It all starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bad Monkey, a new bar in Ybor City run by Scott. From there, the shooters will travel by limo bus to the Teneroc Shooting Sports range in Lakeland. After the competition, shooters will head back to the bar for awards, razzing and perhaps an adult beverage or two.

The inaugural Shooting With SOF benefit supports three charities:

  • The Green Beret Foundation, which provides financial resources, immediate-need supplies, caregiver assistance, and educational scholarships to wounded or ill Army Special Forces warriors and their families. www.greenberetfoundation.org
  • TAMCO Foundation, a non-partisan organization dedicated to helping severely wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. www.tamcofoundation.org
  • Black Dagger Military Hunt Club, providing peer-to-peer hunting and shooting opportunities for military men, women and family members. www.blackdaggermhc.org

Though the shooting slots are filled, anyone wanting to make a contribution to the charities or meet the special operators can attend the Cigars and Cars event at Jaguar of Tampa, 320 E. Fletcher Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Thursday or show up Saturday night at Bad Monkey Bar, 1717 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City.

For more information. about Shooting with SOF, go to www.shootingwithsof.com.

Press Release: Shooting with SOF event, May 12, 2012 Tampa, Fl.


Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact: Jill Trammell May 7, 2012                                                               (239)273-4783

Veteran & Community news – On the heels of the anniversary of the takedown of Osama bin laden, there will be a shooting event. “Shooting with SOF” – Special forces legends and local celebrities team up with a grateful community to provide a day of high intensity shooting matches and special adaptive shooting devices that allow our severely disabled wounded veterans the ability to participate

Date: May 12, 2012

Time:  11am – 6pm

Location: Bad Monkey (1717 E 7th Ave) in Ybor City and top notch range facility.

 

Shooting with S-O-F (Special Operation forces) community fusion and charity event was organized by Scott Neil- a recently retired senior enlisted advisor to USSOCOM and counter terrorism training subject matter expert. Scott literally helped write the Army’s current weapons training standards utilized by our modern military. The event will benefit; Green Beret Foundation and two local Tampa veterans charities, the TAMCO Foundation and the Black Dagger military Hunting Club in order to raise funds for their programs that assist in integration of combat wounded OIF/OEF warriors.

(Tampa, FL)   The Shooting with SOF shooting event will be held Saturday May 12th from 11am to 6pm.  The event will kickoff at retired Major General Dave Scott’s new establishment, the Bad Monkey in Ybor City. The Bad Monkey is a former Navy SEAL call sign and is a Special Operations themed establishment. The participants will be transported to an exclusive shooting range where they will compete and have fun shooting exotic weapons. The exciting range matches will showcase Special Operations Forces (SOF) legends, such as Scott Neil and friends, as well as, other well known patriots who have served their nation in Iraq, Afghanistan and other global operations.

These Green Berets, SEALS, U.S. Army Rangers and Special Operation Marines will be teamed with local businesses, celebrities, and community leaders in a high intensity competitive shooting match, using special weapons and tactics.  A special pre party with early arrivals will be held at the regularly scheduled “Cars and Cigars” event at ELDER JAGUAR.  Local high performance vehicle dealers gather with Special Forces Motorcycle Club to view their newest custom bike and sidecar, along with the best cars our community has to offer.

Of special interest is the firing range dedicated for severely injured and disabled veterans assisted by special adaptive shooting technology provided by Be Adaptives, which can assist disabled war fighters… even quad amputees, to perform the shooting skills they previously enjoyed.  This type of “shooting sports re-integration” provides our wounded heroes with camaraderie from a grateful community and is a unique feature of this dynamic shooting event.

The entire day is made possible through the generous support of sponsors such as General Dynamics, Elder Automotive Group, as well as corporations involved in adaptive sports technology, special operations support, and patriotic business leaders.

Following the event and mission debrief, scoring and additional fundraising functions will be enjoyed to include a silent auction with a variety of products and services, including National and International simulated Special Operation adventures for purchase.  Festivities will continue at the Bad Monkey, which will be open to the public immediately following the post event mission debrief.

Please contact Jill Trammell of Patriot Promotions at (239)-273-4783 to arrange for exclusive interviews and video coverage.

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Special Forces Motorcycle Club Custom Bike and Sidecar at Elder Jaguar Thursday night at 6pm for the regular “Cars and Cigars” event with local high performance vehicle dealers and early arrivals for the SOF shooting match.

National and International simulated SOF Adventures at Auction by: Patriot Promotions and the All Veteran Parachute Team led by  Mike Elliot, Former Golden Knight and skydiving legend with over 9000 jumps!

 

Wounded Warrior doing what he loved to do before his injuries.  Special adaptive equipment will be provided at the range for their enjoyment.

GASTON J. GLOCK style LP SPONSORS THE DAVE SEVIGNY PERFORMANCE TEAM


BREAKING NEWS!

GASTON J. GLOCK style LP Partners with World Champion Dave Sevigny and Team Member Anna Brooke

Dave Sevigny and Anna Brooke

SMYRNA, GA – GASTON J. GLOCK style LP, the purveyors of fine quality hunting and shooting sports apparel and accessories, have signed world champion shooter Dave Sevigny and Sevigny Performance team member Anna Brooke. GASTON J. GLOCK style LP will be working closely with Dave and Brooke to improve and develop apparel and equipment specifically to fulfill the shooting requirements for firearms training and competitions.

“The Sevigny Performance team of Dave and Brooke best exemplify the GASTON J. GLOCK style LP philosophy of dedication, purpose and integrity,” Beate Arnold, CEO of GASTON J. GLOCK style LP commented. “We are very proud to support this winning team and look forward to creating a high quality line of shooting sports apparel and equipment unlike anything in the market today.”

Dave Sevigny has been competing and winning titles since 1999 and since then has claimed over 170 major tournaments. While competing in defensive pistol shooting sports, Dave won more National championships than any other competitor from 2000 to 2010. In 2011, Dave became an 11-time United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) National Champion and is the only person to win a USPSA National Championship in nine consecutive seasons spanning 2003 to 2011.  Dave won USPSA Nationals in four different divisions of competition ranging from stock pistols to high capacity iron sight divisions and the American favorite 1911 pistol.  In both the 2010 and 2011 season, Dave won the Iron and Open divisions at the Pro-Am Championship.  He also won the Iron Sight division along with Top 5 finishes in the Open division at the Steel Challenge National and World Championship in 2010 and 2011, proving his talent throughout multiple hotly contested shooting disciplines.

Anna Brooke’s journey as a competitive shooter began in April of 2011. While under the tutelage of Dave Sevigny, she has competed in Steel Challenge, USPSA, Pro-Am Championships in both iron sight and Open divisions.  During her first year, Brooke has already earned titles such as High Lady in Open Rimfire at the 2011 Steel Challenge West Coast Regional (her first regional championship),  2nd Place Lady in Open Rimfire Division at the 2011 Steel Challenge World Championship and Ladies Limited Champion at the 2012 Georgia State Steel Championship. She is a rising talent in shooting sports and an inspiration to beginning competitors of all ages and gender.

Dave’s new gig!

11-yr old Patriot! USPSA shooter, Lee Wills


Friends and Patriots should keep an eye out for up and coming USPSA shooter, Lee Wills.  He and his brother Jesse and their parents, have been steadfast patriots and supporters of our military veterans.  Especially of wounded warriors whom they see often at Walter Reed.   Thanks to the Wills family for all your efforts to support our heroes and to Karla who’s brother is currently serving in Afghanistan.    Contact me if you’d like to help their fundraising efforts!

August 3, 2011 – By: Paul Erhardt
Courtesy of The Shooting Wire – www.shootingwire.com

Between The Berms: Where There’s A Wills

Lee WillsA fundraising effort for the Wounded Warrior Project is underway in the Area 8 region – the Mid-Atlantic states – of the U.S. Practical Shooting Association.

To date, some 17 fundraising teams have raised just over $7,800 since February, and all because of a letter from a little boy named Lee Wills.

(Lee Wills was recognized as the youngest competitor at this year’s Single Stack Nationals. Photo by Julie Golob)

If the name Lee Wills sounds familiar it’s probably because the 11-year-old was the youngest competitor at this year’s USPSA Single Stack Nationals, which we spotlighted earlier in Between The Berms.

Besides being a single stack shooter in USPSA, and a constant needler of older brother Jesse, a 16-year-old wheelgunner, Lee is a frequent visitor to one of the nation’s most recognized military facilities, the recently closed Walter Reed Medical Center.

The son of retired Army officer LTC Richard Wills, Lee has been a regular at Walter Reed because of a condition called Bilateral Syndactyly/Polydactyly which left him at birth with 14 fingers and webbing in between.

Since his first eight-hour surgery at just four months of age, Lee has been in and out of the hospital undergoing a total of 10 surgeries.

Doctors scheduled an 11th for this winter and say more can be expected until the time he stops growing.

It’s hard enough going through repeated surgeries. Add to that the stigma of his condition and nobody would blame Lee for being quiet and closed off, especially from strangers.

But Lee is just the opposite. While older brother Jesse is the quiet, shy one Lee is outgoing, even flirtatious according to his mom, Karla, who attributes much of Lee’s confidence from competitive shooting.

Cliff Walsh and Lee Wills(Cliff Walsh with his ‘best buddy’ Lee. Photo courtesy Cliff Walsh}

“Lee has a level of confidence he never had before. He’s made many friends and gets an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement from pro’s like Julie [Golob] and Kippi [Leatham],” explains Karla.

Lee’s closest friend from competition is 2009 USPSA Revolver National Champion Cliff Walsh who describes the two as “best buddies.” The pair even started their own tradition of hitting a Hooters restaurant after a match to celebrate. (No doubt momjust loves that.)

“He’s been able to endure and overcome with style and grace. Lee’s tough as nails,” brags Karla.

As tough and confident as Lee might be, even the sad reality of Walter Reed can’t be pushed away.

Lee often visits with wounded soldiers when he’s at Walter Reed and shows them his hands and talks about what he’s been through. He’s seen soldiers with missing limbs, and even those missing part of their face.

Lee-1(Lee was a regular at Walter Reed Medical Center and is up to 10 surgeries, and counting. Photo by Karla Wills)

It was during a visit prior to surgery number 10 in February that prompted Lee’s fundraising effort. He and mom Karla watched as a soldier, missing a leg, fell to the floor in front of them and screamed in agonizing pain as he lay in the hallway.

The sight of someone so strong and brave reduced to screaming helplessness in the hospital hallway saddened and horrified son and mother, and brought both to tears.

That day had a profound effect on Lee and, whether out of compassion or maybe sheer ignorance of what an 11-year-old can and cannot do, he took on what responsibility he could to do something about the plight of soldiers like the one he saw.

First Jesse placed a call to Harry Foltz, the USPSA Area 8 director, to explain the situation, and clear the way for Lee as only a big brother can.

Then Lee wrote a letter to Foltz explaining what he’s witnessed at Walter Reed, ending it with this simple appeal, “Do you think USPSA will help the soldiers, I will help and Jesse will too.”

You can read Lee’s letter to Foltz which is linked below, but when you do I suggest you may want to close the door to your office. The words of a child can have their own profound effect, one you might want to experience in private.

Click here to read Lee Wills’ letter)

After receiving Lee’s letter, Foltz put the wheels in motion to build a fundraising effort for the Wounded Warrior Project starting with an

Area 8 Team page to coordinate the overall effort.

Lee & Jeese Wills

(With the help of Lee’s and Jesse’s sponsors, momentum quickly built for their WWP fundraising effort. Photo courtesy Karla Wills)

From there momentum quickly built as sponsors Zero Bullets, EGW and Hogdon Powder – yes, Lee and Jesse Wills have sponsors – kicked in donations. Julie Golob donated, proving that Lee’s flirting really does pay off.

Karl McKeever at GT Target Stands, another Wills Brothers sponsor, donated steel for a WWP side match at the 2011 EGW Area 8 Championship, while Volquartsen Custom made donated gift certificates.

Then Area 8 clubs joined the effort hosting their own fundraising matches starting with one at Topton Fish & Game then York Izaak Walton #67, Lower Providence Rod & Gun Club, Southern Chester Co. Practical Shooters, East Huntingdon Practical Shooters, Fredericksburg Practical Shooters, Tenafly Rifle & Pistol Club, Lewistown Pistol Club, Pardoe Sportsmen Association, Roanoke Rifle & Revolver Club and Eastern Shore Practical Shooters.

Karla, who’s good friends with Tommy Thacker at FNH USA, and Foltz pitched Thacker on a shotgun donation. The result is a donated FN SLP Mark I Shotgun to be raffled off at the EGW Area 8 Championship, with raffle tickets sold at several of the WWP matches.

And as recently as this week Nevco Targets has jumped on the bandwagon with a donation of Steel Challenge stage targets.

That’s a ton of support in a short period of time, and the fundraising is still ongoing.

Now…Lee Wills hasn’t won any major titles. He isn’t a pro shooter. He’s not on the ‘Super Squad.’ He’s not a USPSA Grand Master, a Master or even an A Class shooter – yet.

However, this 11-year-old little boy is proving to be one of the most influential shooters in the U.S. Practical Shooting Association with a small army of shooters rallying to his cause.

All because what Lee saw he didn’t like, so he thought he’d try and do something about it.

…Where there’s a Wills, there’s a way.

– Paul Erhardt, Editor, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network

“Joys of an open gun!” Dave Sevigny on HotShots


I can’t hold my tongue any longer…

NBC Sports was my hero for putting on a real shooting show and sponsoring the cash prize table at 3 Gun Championship.  However,  HotShots made a huge mistake by not including more content with Dave Sevigny!   What kinda crazy rumor  Kool-Aid were they drinking?  Sheesh!  I often wonder what happened to plain common sense and critical thinking skills.  Oh wait..were talking Hollywood.  Still…they usually throw that aside.  Its amazing what a whiff of lawsuit in the morning will make corporations do!   Thankfully, loyal fans of Dave… still have common sense and critical thinking skills.  They can count…one plus one equals two…not three or four!  Not sure about HotShots however.  The time slot sucks and I’m not thrilled with the profiles. For now, Sunday mornings at 9am… I’d rather be in church!

This clip is indicative of why he is…and continues to be a champion.   Class act..no cussing…drama or out of  control behavior.  Rather just the opposite.  He’s cool…calm and collected under pressure making thoughtful decisions and then carrying on business as usual!   He stays focused on the game and NEVER distracted to the point of ruining the entire run by something totally out of his control.  His recovery  is great!  His just picks up and keeps going…never taking his eyes off the target.  OMB is lucky to have such a superstar in their line-up!

Dave is awesomeness on any stage and sets the bar high for competitive shooting.  Unfortunately, the days of glory for Team Glock are over now that he and everyone else…has left.  Wonder what that is all about?

Dave Sevigny with the FNH FNS-9


I just have to say that I’m very excited that our friend Dave is working with OMB, the largest civilian retailer of FNH products.  I personally love my FNH 5.7  and here you can see him shooting some additional AWESOMENESS with the FNS-9.   I think we will see many more LE depts. heading toward FNH products thanks to his great marketing skills!  Dave posted this video from Sevigny Performance for our viewing pleasure.  Check it out.

 

No invitation needed! First time shooters wanted to compete for cash prizes at the MidwayUSA &NRA’s Bianchi Cup.


Through the years, big names (like our friend Dave Sevigny) have helped make the Bianchi Cup a coveted invitational event for the best competitive shooters in the world.  What you might not have known, is that for the last three years MidwayUSA has graciously donanted $15,000 to fund the 1st Time Shooter Awards!

Yes, its true!  No invitation is needed to compete in the 1st Time Shooter match.  Even more exciting then telling your friends that you are competing in it, is the fact that you could come home with some cold hard CASH prizes!

1st Place – $2,500

2nd Place – $1,500

3rd Place – $700

Women, Junior & Men shooters who have never competed at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup now have some incentive to join us there! Thank you again to the Official Sponsor – MidwayUSA who gave a total sponsorship exceeding $65,000 in CASH!

For more information, email us at bianchicup@nrahq.org if you want to compete!

Trigger the Vote Ad with “Gunny”! and “Occupy” CPAC? Not happening..go home.


CPAC shall not be ‘occupied’…thank you very much.

While I am a firm supporter of the Constitution and our Amendment rights, these people need to shut up and go home (or find one) already!    DC didn’t give out the number of permits that they actually applied for…go figure…they didn’t want to clean up their filthy mess, nor would they put up with their threats to “take over” CPAC.  Good to know some logic still prevails in DC.  Thanks for that!

R.Lee Ermey – the Gunny telling it like it is!

Now is the time to start noticing every person of legal age to vote.  Tell them WHY the 2nd Amendment is the one which SECURES all others~  Make that your next charity project!   Save someone from their own ignorance and having to learn the hard way what that truly means.  Even better?  Ask a Brit to help!

Team Sevigny Performance Wins Men and Ladies Season Opener!


DAVE SEVIGNY AND BROOKE JORDAN WIN GA. STATE STEEL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES THIS WEEKEND!

Dave and Brooke of Sevigny Performance won Iron Sight  (a.k.a.,”Limited”) division titles at the season opening 2012 Georgia State Steel Challenge Championship this weekend! It marked the 7th consecutive season Dave won the Limited Division Championship while Brooke won her FIRST ever Ladies State Championship!

Dave competed with an STI 5 inch 2011 in 9mm built by Millenium Custom. Brooke competed with a custom 5 inch 1911 in 9mm built by  Harrison Design & Consulting. The state match was held at the Griffin Gun Club, where steel challenge events are hosted on the first Saturday of every month.

Dave and Brooke’s next  Steel Challenge match will be the US Nationals, March 30th – April 1st in Titusville, Florida. For registration and more information, visit the US Steel Challenge Nationals website.

http://sevignyperformance.com/2012/02/sevigny-performance-wins-two-in-season-opener/

“BUILDING UP SHOOTING SKILLS” by Dave Sevigny


So, when people ask me if I’ve ever shot with Dave Sevigny, I have to say…YES!  In fact, I’m proud to say he pretty much taught me everything I know!  (Which doesn’t say much…No offense Dave!)  I’m a brand new shooter and this is exactly how he taught me.  I know it works because I’m accurate on paper, the guys at the range comment on my perfect grip, and I never seem to lose it, no matter how many rounds I fire off.  The recoil is significantly reduced and my bad wrist lasts longer than if I switch it up.  I never started with any bad habits, so now all I need to do before entering a competition, is more practice!    However, you won’t find me in a USPSA squad anytime soon.  I’ll be on the sidelines cheering on my friends and working to bring a bigger prize table and media to the events. When the prize table is up to $50,000 like 3Gun….I’ll be ready to load!  🙂  Looking forward to this series, although no matter how many secrets Dave gives away through this series…it takes a ton of dedication, skill and practice to be the best!

Tips from a world-class competitive shooter to improve your shooting prowess!

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Whether shooting two-handed or one-handed, specific considerations in regards to form must be made. Repetitive practice of these shooting forms is essential for the development of strong shooting skills.

“Want to shooter faster and better? There is a reason why the best handgunners in the world use a thumbs-forward grip. This technique gives the operator balanced contact on the pistol grip and improves recoil control with predictable sight tracking. I learned early in my shooting career that gripping higher with the support-hand wrist rolled forward provides more control than any other method.”

Here is an example of a correct grip. The thumbs are forward, the hands are together and they have a 360 degree hold on the pistol.

“Position the web of your firing hand high along the backstrap leaving no space between the top of your hand and the beavertail. The middle finger should be firmly pressed along the bottom of the triggerguard with all fingers touching one another. Keep your thumb straight and on top of the manual safety if your pistol has one. The pistol slide should be oriented in line with your forearm.

With the support hand, keep all four fingers together as you contact the bottom of the triggerguard. The heel of the support hand should mate with the bottom of the firing-hand thumb. Keep the thumbs pointed forward and contact all sides of the pistol. Again, this thumbs-forward wrist locking action will help sight recovery between shots. It is simple to reacquire this grip when the support hand is on and off the pistol during magazine changes or other tasks requiring use of the non-firing hand.”

Establishing a solid, wide base combined with keeping your shoulders slightly forward will help to keep your accuracy consistent.

http://sevignyperformance.com/2012/02/building-up-shooting-skills-by-dave-sevigny/

http://www.tactical-life.com/online/combat-handguns/building-up-shooting-skills/

A Salute to the Sponsors of “Warrior Appreciation Night – Shot Show 2012”


                                                  WHAT A NIGHT!

A heartfelt salute to the sponsors and volunteers for the “Warrior Appreciation Night” held at Gordon Biersch on Thursday, Jan. 19th, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.  Just under $25,000 was raised for  5 fantastic non profit organizations!  All the proceeds will directly benefit veterans, law enforcement and active duty military families.  We are already planning next years event  and I expect that our wonderful sponsors and donors will come through again.  So, please… spend your money with these companies when you need a product or service this year!

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~ Special thanks to SGM Mark Christianson, Mark Quinn and Matt Burkett. I know many others had their hands in this event and it could not have been done without you all!~

I’m looking forward to having a big role in next years event, so contact me with your sponsorships, donations, ideas and requests. Lets double the donations next year!

God Bless you all in 2012 and thank you from Patriot Promotions and the US Veteran Corps!

Jill Trammell

$50,000 BIGGEST PAYOUT IN SHOOTING SPORTS HISTORY GOES TO FNH’S TOM THACKER!


FNH’s TOM THACKER Wins the 3 Gun competition in Vegas with the biggest payout ever in competitive shooting sports history!  Mark Hanish gave it a good run, coming in 2nd. Wished it would have been my friend Taran Butler, cause he’d be really deserving too. We know he could spend that dough!  Regardless of the match winner, the important thing is that like George and Weezy…we’re moving on up!

Working with Dave Sevigny, I have witnessed the real deal in action!  Let’s face it…its not easy being a professional shooting sports competitor.  Whether its 3Gun,  USPSA, IDPA or any others, it takes determination, discipline, focus and consistency.  Not to mention…its damn expensive!  Posers want more product as prize.  The real deal shooters don’t need anymore product…. they need some greenbacks!

FINALLY… Leupold Tactical Optics and NBC Sports has delivered a prize package that will give proper appreciation to the competitors and the attention  to the sport that it deserves!  I’m against re-inventing the wheel (as I always say to non profits) but this holds true even in media…so here is the good word from the other awesome match sponsors…Ammoland!  (Special shout out to Leupold  for their support of the Warrior Appreciation Event at Shot Show, as well!)

Now lets bring the same to USPSA people!  I know Phil Strader is ready to BRING IT on in his first term as President!  I’m doing whatever I can to help.  How about you?!

http://www.ammoland.com/2012/01/23/tom-thackers-win-in-3gn-championship-brings-largest-payout-in-3-gun-history/

“You shoot what? Tell me what do you do for work again?”


 Cause Marketing is the short answer……

 I’ve been asked by students when I do workshops, if there is a current “cause marketing campaign” I could recommend for building a market base, branding a product or service, inspiring customer loyalty and repeat sales?  YES!  Veterans, non profits and corporations partnering for a universally ‘feel good’ project and a marketing campaign with multiple strategies across the media board, is a “win-win-win”!

 What’s your lane? 

Most everyone I work with has their own business, book or product that they are willing to cross market in the right situations and with the right people, which makes for creative business and networking opportunities.  Each friend is a true patriot who has proven they are willing to stand up and serve our country in many ways, even with scrutiny for their beliefs…

How we roll!

Many are experts from the world of;  firearms, self-defense, law enforcement (LE), armed forces (AF) military special ops and most are combat veterans. We are not strangers to the shooting sports or entertainment world.  Several are actors, models, tech advisers and real training experts.

If you don’t like firearms?

Not everyone is comfortable with firearms, personally or in media exposure. That’s ok.  You don’t have to be a veteran, hunter, shooter or even like guns, to work with us – just a desire to support our nation.  However, we might attempt to change your mind…  Fair warning!

Trust you?

I am a ‘straight shooter’ so I’ll tell you like it is.  I can’t be all things to all people, but I can work with most anyone to find creative solutions and bring value to any project, when its the right fit.

This niche that has appeal to those who’s views are “middle to the right”  love shooting sports, firearms, our military, LE, Veterans and who appreciate the opinions of the same.

What am I looking for?  

Currently seeking advertising sponsors and clients who want to help forward shooting and firearms in a positive light. Looking for those willing to sponsor new tv shows, movies whose characters have actual values – “Middle to the Right” or conservative speakers and radio talk show hosts. Especially happy to build relationships with PR and marketing departments who are interested in new ideas for promotions, advertising and events to showcase their products and services.

What next? 

I am available for a free consultation. Let me help you figure out how to maximize your marketing budget to get the biggest reach, while you help others do the same!

My motto is: “Serving wounded warriors and those who serve them well.”

How I can help you do the same today?