Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Academy Security Training in Firearms Instructor for Northern California

Company is looking for BSIS-licensed firearms instructor as partner in San Francisco/Sacramento area. Send queries by email only, to

Thank you.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Multi-State, Non-Resident (Utah) CCW Course

There is a course on March 30, 2009 at 5pm. The public is invited to attend at Academy Security Training / American CCW in Torrance, CA.

Please call ahead of time to ensure seating. Walk-ins are not allowed in this class. The address is:

Academy Security Training
25202 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 214
Torrance, CA 90505

The nearest intersection is Crenshaw and Airport Drive. It is across from the Torrance Airport. The location is 1 1/2 blocks north of Pacific Coast Highway. It is a 3-story tan building with a clock on top, and a sign "Airport Office Plaza".

From the website, here are states that accept the Utah CCW for concealed carry of a loaded firearm:
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

There are restrictions and limitations for some states that you do need to verify.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Monthly Basic Pistol Courses

The NRA Basic Pistol course is offered monthly in the Los Angeles Metro Area. The time is typically 10:30am to 1:30pm on a Saturday. 2 hours are classroom instruction and there's one hour of range time where you shoot 50 rounds with a Ruger MK III .22LR. The cost is $80.

For a more private lesson which covers the same material, you can schedule any day and time on a one-on-one basis. The cost is only nominally higher at $115.

Call Ruperto at 310-490-3697 for more information. Here is the website with more info:

Sunday, March 11, 2007

LA Guns not doing business with Californians

It's a shame. I bought a couple guns from them in the past. And it's called LA Guns, LA --- as in Los Angeles. However, as of the middle of last year, they stopped selling guns to Californians. They still sell, guns. But only to out-of-staters. They do that through online gun auction sites. They get their inventory from buying guns locally but sell them off outside.

I can what's up though. As a business they're trying to survive and California has made it difficult for legitimate gun businesses to operate. It's a bummer for us. And there are committed gun enthusiasts who see that operation as a form of treachery.

There's a thread in Calguns about it. Check it out here:

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

LAPD Harbor Range in San Pedro

Someone asked so I'd comment about it. The LAPD Harbor Range was a good place for people to go and shoot. It was inexpensive, a reasonably nice facility and convenient for many local people. It's in the industrial area of Gaffey Blvd, next to the American Softball Association youth softball fields (the softball players are accustomed to the loud gunfire nearby).

The LAPD Harbor Range had been open to the general public for a long time, and civilians used to hang out there. However, in the middle of last year sometime, the range ceased being available for the general public. LAPD still use it, of course, but for some reason, it's no longer available for civilians. You can call their number for verification but they rarely ever picked up the phone even back in the day.

Too bad about them closing down for the general public. That reduces the number of ranges available in the general area. Gun business including ranges have been closing down in Southern California. For South Bay residents, here's what we have left: SoCal Sharpshooter indoor range in Torrance (Western Ave and Torrance Blvd), LAX Range on Manchester just off of the 405 Freeway --- and that's basically it. You can travel to Artesia for the Insight range, and you can go to downtown LA for The Los Angeles Gun Club. After that, nada; unless you don't mind driving even more of a distance.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Revolvers Versus Semi-Automatic Pistols

This is a classic issue for all newbies: Should I purchase a revolver or semi-automatic? There is no universal answer that is correct. We cannot say that the revolver is ideal for a beginner. Or the semi-automatic pistol is ideal.

Ultimately, the answer is based on personal preference. As a newbie, that determination will come from some education on the relevant characteristics of these guns.

After learning the facts, you will decide what is right for you.

We will not discuss all aspects of these guns but can focus on characteristics that a beginner will find relevant. The attributes of guns most relevant to the revolver versus the semi-automatic decision are:

· Ease of Use
· Durability
· Reliability
· Maintainability
· Safety Features

East of Use

Let’s review the basic questions presented in the prior chapter with regard to the issue of ease of use:

1. How easy is the gun to hold?
2. How easy is the gun to shoot?
3. How easy is the gun to shoot accurately?
4. How easy is the gun to load?
5. How easy is the gun to unload?
6. How easy is the gun to store?
7. How easy is the gun to obtain training with?
8. How easy is the gun to obtain information about?
9. How easy is the gun to obtain parts and service for?

Just some things to think about!

Monday, March 5, 2007

All Safe Defense is Offering Personal Protection Outside the Home course March 24 - 25, 2007

TJ Johnston, chief firearms instructor at All Safe Defense, is going to be offering a new course from the National Rifle Association called "Personal Protection Outside the Home" on March 24 - 25, 2007. It's an all day course, half of which is live fire shooting. The cost to attend the course is $200.

TJ is one of the most respected gun instructors in Southern California for civilians. He is a leading NRA Training Counselor and is responsible for training many of the NRA certified firearms instructors in Southern California.

Go to TJ's course description