Detroit Firearm Instructors Train 700 Women How To Safely Operate 9mm Firearms

700 Women Get Gun locks free donated the National Shooting Sports Foundation
700 Women Get Gun locks free donated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation

Detroit, MI –-( Legally Armed In Detroit, a gun rights advocacy group, announces that it gave a free-range safety briefing and a complimentary shooting lesson at a southeast Michigan target range to a record class of 700 women.

Seven hundred (700) women who expressed an interest in learning about fundamental firearm safety and target shooting were recently given a free range safety briefing and a complimentary shooting lesson in metro-Detroit. The annual event – now in its seventh year – safely introduced all of the women participants to firearms on Sunday, May 20th at the Top Gun Shooting Range in Taylor, Michigan.

This annual event seeks to introduce women to firearms in a safe and supportive environment. The women were scheduled to participate in one of several range safety briefings in which basic firearm safety rules were taught along with training on shooting stances and elements of marksmanship.

After every group briefing, each woman was paired up with one vetted firearm instructor for a shooting session. The session consisted of loading a 9mm semi-automatic pistol with 20 rounds of ammunition which were then shot into a hanging paper target. Feedback and support were then given to every participant by her individual instructor.

Rick Ector talking with Local Media
Event Organizer Rick Ector talking with Local Media

This program was conceived by Rick Ector – a Detroit area gun rights advocate – seven years ago. One night while viewing the local news telecast for that evening, he saw a story about a woman who was murdered; her body was dumped in a vacant lot. The story haunted Ector as he pondered what could be done to help women better protect themselves. He came up with the idea of offering a free shooting lesson for women.

That first year only 50 women signed up and attended the program. Ector along with five fellow firearm instructors conducted the training. The next year 100 women signed up, and the program continued to grow by leaps and bounds. Last year, 600 women were trained by the program which needed roughly 40 firearm instructors to help oversee the activity. This year’s program needed 50 firearm trainers to safely train a record 700 women participants.

Legally Armed In Detroit Women Training Day Volunteers 2018
Legally Armed In Detroit Women Training Day Volunteers 2018

The firearm instructors who helped run this year’s program are a diverse group. They are too numerous to list individually by name but the organization they represent are listed as the following: the National Rifle Association (NRA), the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), Michigan Gun Owners (MGO), Michigan Open Carry (MOC), National African American Gun Association (NAAGA), and Legally Armed in Detroit (LAID). Many ancillary members also performed useful tasks to keep the event orderly and safe.

Aguila Ammunition provided Ammo for the Women's Training Day Event
Aguila Ammunition provided Ammo for the Women’s Training Day Event

Sponsors also had a huge role in this massive training event. First, the Top Gun Range of Taylor graciously donated their facility for the day. Aguila Ammunition donated 16,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition, Doug Holloway of ATEi donated the use of his firearms, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) donated gun locks, and NRA-ILA donated canvass tote bags.

Legally Armed in Detroit
Legally Armed in Detroit

In all, this year’s firearm training event was a huge success by any measure. Of course, the most important metric was zero injuries, as safety is the most important component of an organized activity this large and complex. In the coming weeks, we will assess how well everything went and set program goals for next year! We may “shoot” for 1,000 women to be trained next year.

For more info about this annual program that trains Detroit-area women how to safely operate 9mm handguns, please contact:

Rick Ector

Web: Legally Armed In Detroit.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 313.733.7404

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Dress It Up However You Want, A Mandatory Buyback Is Confiscation

When a gun grabber starts talking about bans, most know they need to be careful. You can pass something like the Assault Weapon Ban of 1994 and be OK, but you don’t want to go much further. You definitely don’t want to tell Americans they can’t have guns they already purchased, that they have to turn them in. That’s a gun confiscation, and that’s never a lot of fun.

But they all don’t. Take anti-gun zealot Rep. Eric Swalwell.

You see, Swalwell is trying to use a bit of rhetorical slight-of-hand to hide his confiscation desires. This was on display when Tucker Carlson took him to town recently.

Townhall‘s Beth Baumann transcribed the takedown, and it pointed out just how disingenuous Swalwell is being.

Tucker quoted that part of Swalwell’s OpEd and asked him, point blank, if he was calling for gun confiscation. In typical liberal fashion, Swalwell said it wasn’t gun confiscation.

Carlson: So you’ve talked about Russia but you’ve also become known for your position on guns and you’re one of the very few Democrats I think who’s been honest about that. You say that the U.S. government ought to ban a certain species of rifles. You wrote a piece about this. It’s not a secret view you have. You wrote it in USA Today. And you say this: ‘…we should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons. We should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons.’ So we should confiscate this entire class of firearms? What do you think would happen if the federal government tried to do that?

Swalwell: Well, Tucker, did you read the OpEd?

Carlson: I did. I just quoted from it extensively.

Swalwell: I’m not calling for a confiscation. What I’m saying is we should invest in buyback, that we should restrict any weapons that aren’t bought back to gun clubs, hunting clubs, shooting ranges. Keep them there, where it’s safe. Not on our streets. And if you were caught, just like you were caught, you know, with drugs, or anything else, or they have probable cause to go in your home and you have one of these weapons, yeah. You’d be prosecuted. I’ve never suggested sending troops out and collecting and confiscating–

Carlson: Okay, I’m going to quote an old friend of mine called Eric Swalwell. He’s a Congressman from California, on the intel committee—

Swalwell: Yeah, he’s a good guy.

Carlson: Put it back on the screen for me. I’m just going to quote once again. ‘And we should buy back those weapons.’ And I’m quoting, ‘we should criminally prosecute all — criminally prosecute any who refuse — choose to defy it by keeping their weapons.’ So, you’re going to prosecute people who don’t give up their weapons. That’s gun confiscation.

Swalwell: If they’re caught with them, yeah.

Sounds like gun confiscation to me.

But Swalwell does understand that he can’t use that phrase. That particular term is loaded all to hell and back in this country. It’s something many people have vowed to go to war over, after all.

So he tried to pretend that it’s not a gun confiscation. He uses phrases like “buy back” to mask the reality that it’s a case of either give up the guns or become a felon.

What he’s doing is hiding behind what he thinks of as a nuance. He’s not actually calling for troops to go door to door and search of people’s guns, so he feels like he’s not actually talking about confiscation. Alright, maybe he doesn’t actually feel that way. Maybe he knows what he’s saying and is hoping the American people are too stupid to understand it. He’s a politician. It could go either way.

But his rhetorical attempts at trickery don’t change the reality. “Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in” is only better than jackboots knocking on your door at three in the morning, demanding entry so they can take away all your firearms when it comes to convenience. It’s still an abridgment of our liberties.

Swalwell can pretend he’s not talking about confiscation all he wants, but he’s either a liar or an idiot and we can all see it.

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Op-Ed: Don’t do this at the gun store

We have all been in a gun store when some know-it-all customer comes in and arrogantly lectures the staff about certain guns and accessories. Or worse yet, butts into a conversation between another customer who is looking for the perfect gun for him or her. Working at a gun store requires a lot of patience, especially when people walk through the door with specific questions and then want to debate the answer.

I have personally witnessed a customer whip out a loaded gun to discuss a potential trade deal or ask for a holster to fit the pistol. People like this get easily offended when corrected about proper gun safety procedures. Safe gun handling is imperative for all gun owners, yet many violate simple safety rules that could put other people in danger.

While visiting Top Gun Shooting Sports in Taylor, Michigan, I decided to speak with Matt, the main firearms trainer, and the owner, Mike, about of some customer behaviors that have frustrated them. Top Gun is a well-known gun store and shooting range in the southeast Michigan area. The vast majority of the people who visit the store and range are well-educated and practice proper gun handling techniques. On occasion, there are customers who create rookie and dangerous situations for everyone in the area.

In the video below, Matt and Mike explain the type of customer who is difficult to service along with a couple stories they have experienced with people who practice unsafe firearm handling. Check it out and let us know your experiences in your local gun store.

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Long-Range Shooting with Ballistic App In the Good Ol’ Summertime

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U.S.A.-( The vacations, blue skies, and warmer temperatures of summer mean … more time on the range, shooting! And there are many, many opportunities during the summer months to hone your shooting skills and test those skills against your fellow shooters. All the while using state-of-the-art Ballistic, of course, to make every shot count!

The Big Daddy of long-range shooting competition is the Precision Rifle Series or PRS. Now in its 7th year, PRS features Open, Product, and Tactical Divisions. The 2018 PRS matches began in February, but they really gain steam in April and beyond, with numerous matches held during the warmer months at venues across the country.

PRS also launched the new Gas Gun Series last year, with competitors using AR-style rifles. These matches offer many of the same long-range challenges of the more traditional PRS competitions, but with a faster time clock.

Many PRS-related events are popping up around the nation, too, like the 2018 Absolute Zero Sniper Match Season ( Hosted by Frontline Defense, a firearms training center in Warrenton, North Carolina, the Absolute Sniper Challenge consists of individual and team events held several times over the Summer of 2018. Shots are taken out to 1,000 yards, and most of the summer matches count towards the PRS Club Series Matches for the Southeast Region.

Of course, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) host long-standing shooting competitions year ’round, but especially during the summer. The NRA’s High-Power Rifle Competitions ( are held at numerous shooting ranges across the country and attract some of the country’s top competitive shooters.

The CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park ( is home to scores of different shooting competitions. Boasting the latest technological advances, this 500-acre facility is open all year, to the public, and attracts shooters of all ages and experience levels. Located just two miles from Alabama’s renowned Talladega Superspeedway, the facility features a 600-yard rifle range with targets at 200-, 300- and 600-yards.

When practicing for or competing in these events, remember: next to his or her rifle, a long-range shooter’s best friend is Ballistic, the top-selling ballistics calculator that goes everywhere a shooter goes.

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