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jboch

http://www.gunssavelife.com/?page_id=68 CCRA/GSL member for 15 years and VP for almost as long. Lead instructor for GSL Defense Training with nearly 15-years experience as a handgun instructor and more recently rifle instructor as well, teaching hundreds of people (kids and adults like) basic firearm safety and handling skills. Editor emeritus of GunNews. Grew up in Hillsboro, IL. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Alumni. Works as an office manager during the day, publication editor at night and firearms instructor on the weekends. Firearm training junkie. Graduate of shooting schools taught by nationally-known instructors Massad Ayoob (Lethal Force Institute, 299/300 qualification score), John Farnam (Defense Training International), Pat Rogers (EAG Tactical), “Sully” Sullivan (Defensive Edge), John Krupa (Spartan Tactical Training Group, class top individual combined skills shooter), Frank Sharp (Fortress Defense), Steve Tarani and classes from numerous other regional and local instructors on firearms and defense topics as diverse as exhibition shooting (shooting trap with a rifle among other fun stuff), defensive knife, speed skills and first aid. United States Rifle Association Certified Instructor, Appleseed Intructor (in training), NRA Certified Rifle, Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home instructor. Teaches primarily with GSL Defense Training, but does 100% volunteer work for USRA, RWVA and the longest-running NRA Youth Shooting Camp in the USA, recently promoted to running the pistol line there. Married to guns and firearms training, and enjoys photography, flashlights, amateur radio as hobbies. Shares the home with three furry ferrets and a delightful woman who could do better than John. Terribly unlucky, John has tragically lost most of his guns and ammo in a series of boating accidents.


Mattoon High School Shooting: What Really Happened.

September 22, 2017
Mattoon High School Shooting:  What Really Happened.

By now, most of America has read about the shooting at Mattoon High School in Mattoon, IL.  In talking with a slew of people, in addition to published media reports, we've assembled it together here. For those interested, Heavy.com has a heavily edited version of scanner traffic as the event unfolded.  I can't figure...
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Barter Smarter… Don’t Trade Away Guns or Ammo

September 20, 2017
Barter Smarter… Don’t Trade Away Guns or Ammo

Almost everyone in America has watched as southeast Texas bears the brunt of Hurricane Harvey. At the same time, disasters like Harvey happen with some regularity.  In the aftermath of disaster, barter skills can save you time and trouble.  Or executed poorly, they can lead to your death. We all face the risk of...
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Let’s talk Automatic Knives (now legal in Illinois!)

September 20, 2017
Let’s talk Automatic Knives (now legal in Illinois!)

  Yes, Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Automatic Knife Bill into law.  Senate Bill 0607, now Illinois Public Act 100-0082, allows for Illinois residents with a Firearms Owners ID card to purchase, carry or possess automatic knives. While the Gov approved this measure in mid-August, most law enforcement officers don’t yet know of the...
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A Would-Be Intruder and My Near DGU

September 20, 2017
A Would-Be Intruder and My Near DGU

  A recent story about the death of a homeless man in Champaign, Illinois brought back would-be intruder memories for me. The man had died, the report said, “after being subdued by police.” Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Mr. Turner’s cause of death was an irregular heartbeat due to an enlarged heart and...
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The Mossberg Shockwave: All Tricked Out

September 17, 2017
The Mossberg Shockwave:  All Tricked Out

John Boch brought a tricked out Shockwave, Mossberg’s new $400 “firearm” to many of the GSL meeting locations for Tech Time.  Here’s the story. by John Boch I didn’t know the fourth anniversary present was blue steel, but by golly, my lovely bride came through for me over Labor Day weekend.  She hit a...
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DARWIN STUPID: Thug tries to rob open carrier of his GUN!

August 24, 2017
DARWIN STUPID:  Thug tries to rob open carrier of his GUN!

Stupid is as stupid does.  And a Detroit punk took a whole handful of stupid pills last week.  While out meandering through life, a 16-year-old found what he thought would make a great opportunity to upgrade his Roscoe. A 61-year-old grandfather looked like an easy mark at a Detroit gas station. A nice handgun just...
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PREPAREDNESS: How much is ‘enough’?

August 24, 2017
PREPAREDNESS:  How much is ‘enough’?

Preparedness for contingencies goes a long way to turning chaos into mere inconveniences. Finding one's self unprepared when life throws you a curveball sucks. Hopefully, like many TTAG readers, you maintain some level of readiness for emergencies. If so, congrats. The question quickly becomes how much is enough though when it comes to ammo,...
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WHY SO VIOLENT? Leftist NH State Rep Charged with Battery(!) of Gun Rights Advocate

August 24, 2017
WHY SO VIOLENT?  Leftist NH State Rep Charged with Battery(!) of Gun Rights Advocate

Politicians behaving badly could be a regular series on its own. Just yesterday, a radical leftist Missouri State Representative tweeted her hope for President Trump's assassination. Now, a New Hampshire State Representative Katherine Rogers (pictured above) faces charges for battering a gun rights advocate. The incident occurred during a recount from last fall's election....
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Glock Gen 5 Launch Party this Saturday!

August 24, 2017
Glock Gen 5 Launch Party this Saturday!

GLOCK dealers will be rolling out some new products on Saturday, August 26th. This will mark the fifth generation of "perfection" since GLOCKs first hit the market back in the early 1980's. How many of you plan to participate in any of these launch parties? GLOCK fans will no doubt eagerly snap up the...
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ABOUT TIME: Obama’s Operation Choke Point Program ENDED.

August 18, 2017
ABOUT TIME:  Obama’s Operation Choke Point Program ENDED.

Obama's Department of Justice launched "Operation Choke Point" in 2012, and quickly fell into disfavor as banks closed accounts of gun stores, gun manufacturers and a whole lot more in the guise of cracking down on bank fraud.  Well, folks, that program has not only been shut down by the Trump Justice Department, but...
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