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City for eight years working for the Yankees. I
left everything behind and moved back home
to help with family and the firearms-related
businesses. I knew nothing about guns, but
was determined to learn. I didn't want what my
parents worked hard for to diminish. I learned
about different makes and models, how to log
in and log out guns, 4473 forms, ammunition
and so forth. Eight months later, I decided to be
like my mom and become a firearms instructor.
It was the most uncharacteristic thing I've ever
done. In 2013 I became an NRA certified pistol
firearms instructor. Soon after, I gained many
other NRA instructor credentials and started my
own training business, Elite Firearms & Training.
Seven years later, it continues to gain success. I
just wish my mom could have been here to see
me do this. She would be astonished.
What firearms and other gear do you use for
competitive shooting?
My go-to gun is a Glock. I have a few Glock
G17s and an IWI Masada for home defense.
I've always carried the Glock G42, but now I'm
considering the SIG P365 because of magazine
capacity. My go-to gun for training beginners
is the Smith & Wesson M&P EZ (.380 or 9mm).
That gun is extremely user friendly. For fun
range guns, I have all of the ARs I've assembled, but I've been branching off to AKs. I just
had a Century Arms Draco customized by
Family Firearms. Now, it looks like a piece of
art. I love shooting my Triarc Systems Tri-11 and
have been leaning toward a lot of guns that IWI
makes such as the TS12 and Tavor. Also, Manticore Arms makes some great accessories for
many of its firearms. For the past few years I've
been putting together a lot of Polymer80s. I enjoy
picking out parts for each build. I also started
getting into long-distance shooting. For that, I

typically use The Fix by Q, which is chambered
in 6.5 Creedmoor. Lastly, I like SBTactical for its
braces.They've changed the industry and continue to make some amazing products.
Tell us about your range bag and what you
carry in it besides your firearms.
Since I started my YouTube channel, I never
leave the door with a light load. At this point I
use whatever will fit the most stuff. One of the
bags that's been incredibly durable and big
enough to fit all of my camera equipment is the
Veno Industries War Tote.
I go back and forth between indoor and
outdoor shooting. To make it easier not to
forget anything, I always have sunscreen and
a hat, a few different sets of eyewear (lightly
tinted and polarized), speedloaders, extra ear
and eye protection (because so many people
forget to bring them) and a few multi-tools in
case I have to adjust my gun or optics.
Any tips for the new shooter?
Take a basic firearms class. Everyone's first
instinct is to purchase a gun. A good class
will explain calibers, safety mechanisms,
pros and cons of size and different types of
actions. A good class will include range time
and gun rentals are typically available. Also,
after purchasing a firearm get snap caps.
These are essentially dummy rounds that
allow shooters to get acquainted with their
firearm before going to the range on their own.
Snap caps will assist overcoming any anxiety
over gun operation. Additionally, if you load
live ammunition and a few snap caps in your
magazine while at the range, it teaches how to
effectively clear malfunctions and train you out
of anticipating shots, which beginners often do.
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