I wanted to send a note your way to personally thank you, Bob and Mike for what I think is an essential course for any long range shooter. From the instructional components to the range time in the mountain, the experience was beyond my expectations. Now as you know I occasionally hunt, but my handling of my rifle was just to be a responsible shooter, find my target, know my target and beyond, shoot straight and drop the animal. Then I would pass the rifle back to my husband and he did all the mechanics. I never even had to load my rifle, I never zeroed in a rifle, didn’t know a turret, what’s parallax, MOA, mils. Nothing. Never had to shoot an animal beyond 150 yards. And then I get talked into this course, me, at the age of 53 when the brain cells are dying out quickly and CMS (can’t remember shit) is coming on strong. What was I thinking. But I'm not a quitter, although I came close this time. And then I'm presented with a Saber M700 for Mother’s Day, of course, lol. Purchased a Riton scope and boom, I’m ready! ????. SMH So now I’m months away from the shoot, I’ll get to know my rifle, of which NEVER happened. Fast forward I’m now three days before the course, I start planning my gear, bullets etc, All along the way I'm clearly thinking that this was a very bad idea. I am going to be ridiculous on the mountain. D-Day- Saturday morning, after not sleeping because failure was convincing me my reach is beyond my grasp, I struggled out of bed and headed over to class. There’s Mike, Bob and you, [...]
Anthony, I wanted to send you a message to tell you how much I enjoyed the course and how well run it was in every aspect. The instructors were fantastic (Bobby, Tom and Mike) and patient as they guided us all through the course and getting on steel today. As with everything you do at GFH, it was both a lot of fun as well as safe! I can’t imagine how much coordination it took to pull this all together, From the classroom, to the food, the drive, dinner, the mountain, etc., it was exceptional, not to mention the poor guy is like a sherpa with all of the gear :). They spent a lot of time with me well before the class making certain I had the right equipment and knew how to use it. He made sure I was comfortable with the gun and it made the class even more fun. Before this class, I had never shot further than your 50 yard range and today I got out to about 1,300 yards with a center hit on the steel – absolutely incredible! My father-in-law was with me for the class and is 78 years old. All the instructors made certain he was comfortable and had a blast as well. I appreciate being able to spend time with him doing something like this – he said it was something you never think you’d get a chance to do during a lifetime and he truly enjoyed himself. I am glad he enjoyed himself and we got to spend two great days together. I can’t thank you and the rest of the staff enough for the experience and great weekend! Count me in for 1.5 [...]
I just wanted to drop you , and your staff, a little note for all of your help during the Urban Long Range shooting class. Before taking your class my only experience shooting a rifle was with an old 22 Remington bot action that i shot to probably no more than 200 yards. I took the class with a little apprehension . 1000 yards? Was it even possible? But after taking the class , paying attention to what was being taught and putting it into practice at the range. I was able to reach that lofty 1000 yards. Hitting that target that day was one of the greatest feelings you could imagine. But was it pure luck? Shortly after the class i decided that i just had to try it again. I searched all over the internet for a range that had a 1000 yard field. The closest range was in the middle of the state , I live in PA, 3 hours away. so a 6 hour drive back and forth just to try and repeat what I had thought to be just pure luck shot. To me it seems like it was worth it. So a friend and i joined the Mifflin County Sportsmens Association in Lewistown Pa. Finally we were able to set a weekend to drive out to the range over the Labor Day holiday. Once we got to the range we had to hurry and set up the targets. Little did we know that actual shooting started started at 1:00 on Sunday because of church and we got there at 12:30. We had to to hurry up and drive out to the 1000 yard burm, and set up our target, [...]
By William McLaughlin June 16 William McLaughlin is the social media manager for the National Rifle Association. Last June, I attended my first Pride parade. I’m a 24-year-old gay man, and the downtown D.C. event came two months after I started my new job as social media manager for the National Rifle Association. The District, where I live, is a liberal city. Gay people are embraced; guns are not. You don’t have to see how the District votes to know that. You can tell by the signs in people’s yards and the bumper stickers on their cars. The gay community is largely anti-gun, too. At the parade, these worlds collided. I found myself at an event where I should have felt at home but, instead, I felt hated. It wasn’t all in my head. People chanted an obscenity about the NRA as they marched down P Street NW. I don’t understand why the LGBTQ community is so hostile toward the Second Amendment. I’d like to ask my fellow gays to take a moment and consider this issue through a different lens. I long for the day when the gay community will galvanize its significant political might and work toward making practical changes that would let gays better protect themselves when laws don’t. It isn’t news that gay men and lesbians are frequently the victims of hate crimes. In D.C., crimes motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias increased by 50 percent between 2016 and 2018, from 40 incidents to 61, according to statistics from the D.C. police. Nationwide, hate crimes targeting people because of their sexual orientation rose 5 percent between 2016 and 2017, from 1,076 incidents to 1,130, according to statistics from the FBI. If we in the gay [...]
“It’s been by my side for 26 years,” Officer Paul Sulzbach said as he exchanged his revolver for a 9 mm handgun. By Craig Ruttle Special to amNewYork Updated June 1, 2018 9:28 AM Click for original article and videos. A well-worn leather holster holds a revolver hanging from the gun belt of NYPD Officer Paul Sulzbach as he patrols in midtown. That gun and holster will soon become a relic of the past, replaced by a modern 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and holster, made of modern synthetic materials. Sulzbach, 49, on the force since 1992, is one of 29 officers who have retired their service revolvers this week while training at Rodman’s Neck gun range in the Bronx, after being certified with a 9 mm semiautomatic. With some apprehension, Sulzbach spent this week at the gun range to get accustomed to his new weapon. Referring to the revolver, Sulzbach said, “You become attached to it. It’s been by my side for 26 years.” Moments after speaking about the former service revolver on Wednesday, Sulzbach joined more than two dozen fellow officers as they loaded, reloaded, fired dummy rounds and did more to familiarize themselves with the new weapons. “Today, we have one of our last scheduled classes of a three day transition from the .38[-caliber] revolver to 9 mm semiautomatic pistol,” said Richard G. DiBlasio, inspector and commanding officer of Firearms and Tactics Sector. “We have 29 students today, our last group. Because Commissioner O’Neill cares about the safety of the police officer and police department, he wanted this transition over.” By Aug. 31, all officers will be transitioned to the semiautomatics, which were first introduced into the force by former Commissioner Bill Bratton when [...]
I’m just training to be an instructor! Seriously, though, UP3 was an absolute blast! Tons of fun and a great learning experience. I’ll be picking glass out of my hair for a week, but it was totally worth it. The sims were a wonderful treat, too. Bill, Mike and John were all very helpful and enthusiastic. Really looking forward to doing more of this! - Charlie, GFH Member.