With all the talk and heated debate around the subject of guns today, I developed an interest and curiosity I never had before. As a mom of two teenage boys who love to hunt on the family farm where we live, I decided that I owe it to them to become more knowledgeable about the handling of guns.
Guns made me nervous and I knew the apprehension stemmed from a tragic story from my high school days. The lazy summer of my 16th year was shattered by the news that two brothers, a year apart in age and both good friends of mine, were target shooting on their farm and my classmate’s gun caused the death of his brother. The horror of the experience still weighed heavy on me and I thought it was about time that I replaced the fear with knowledge and new experiences going forward.
A good friend, Jim Akers, owns and operates a local firearms training company with Ryan Thurman, called Patriot Training Academy, LLC. Both Jim and Ryan have impeccable career qualifications being law enforcement firearms instructors for Missouri Sheriff’s Academy, Butler Co. Sheriff’s office, Poplar Bluff P.D., Missouri Coroners, and several other agencies in S. E. Missouri. The company has been around for over five years and has trained thousands of individuals in firearm handling, safety and security. Proudly, I became a student of Patriot Training Academy just this weekend.
The Concealed Carry Class was held at the Black River Coliseum. It began promptly at 8 am and I was heading home from the shooting range with my test target and certification form later in the afternoon. The class was well-attended by around 25 participants with experience ranging from blank slate (that’d be me) to, say, the guy two targets down from me at the firing range who never once strayed from the bullseye. The reasons for taking the class ranged from personal protection to concerns about recent talk of federal gun bans. As a complete novice I was made to feel very comfortable both in the classroom and shooting range setting where we were instructed in:
Whew!! I went from having a nervous feeling about firearms to really enjoying the training and firing a Sig Sauer .22 Pistol and Smith and Wesson .22 Small Frame Revolver in just eight hours where I emerged with my target test sheet and a Firearms Safety Training Course Certificate.
Also on hand to assist in the training course were T.J. Akers, Firearms Instructor and Poplar Bluff City Police K9 Officer, as well as Jim Akers Sr., retired former Federal Police Officer/MP who was Range Safety Officer. Though the class was large and diverse, I had personal assistance all day. At the end of the course I felt a great sense of accomplishment and welcomed a new mental script about guns to replace the tragic one from my past. I thought about stealing that sharp shooter’s silhouette target sheet to take home and really freak out my sons but I felt just as comfortable showing them that their mom had it in her, perhaps, to one day become a pretty darn good shot.
I highly recommend this course offered by Patriot Training Academy. Weapons are available for loan, the cost is competitive and a great value, the instruction is personal and comprehensive and targeted to your needs whether novice or expert, and classes are held weekly. Contact Jim Akers at 573-718-0839 or Ryan Thurman at 573-429-7979 or email at PatTrainingLLC@gmail.com to enroll in an upcoming course. You will be very glad you did.
See you at the range!!!
In its 87th year, the Stoddard County Fair will officially begin with a parade through downtown Dexter at 5:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 16. (Exhibit entries will be accepted on the [...]
In its 87th year, the Stoddard County Fair will officially begin with a parade through downtown Dexter at 5:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 16. (Exhibit entries will be accepted on the 14th and 15th) The winner of 2013′s Band Competition, The Puxico Rhythm Steppers, will be the lead band for this year’s parade.
Immediately after the parade in Arena A there will be youth games and chicken catching; while Arena B will host the Queen’s Contest.
Bill Hulvey and the Side Street Band will entertain on the Midway at 7pm and Prof. Farquar and Polecat Annie will perform nightly.
At 6pm Wednesday, Tyler Feller and Kryst Lyke will offer a youth ministry on the Midway.
Thursday will be armband night; the brave may ride all the Midway’s mechanical attractions as often as they like from 5:30 to 10pm for $25. At 6pm in Arena A cattle, hogs and equine judging will take place, followed at 7pm by a Future Farmers of America (FFA) Tractor Rodeo in Arena A and karaoke in Arena B.
New this year at the Stoddard County Fair on the Midway is a state-of-the-art mechanical ride dubbed “The Cliff Hanger.” Daredevils who enjoy this attraction range in ages from nine to ninety. The Cliff Hanger was built by Dartron Industries of Salem, Oregon and is brought to the fair by Tinsley Amusements. Tinsley provides all the carnival features on the Midway.
Friday’s featured Midway entertainer at 7pm will be Rickie Lee Tanner. Simultaneously in Arena A, the Bootheel Tractor Pulls will be followed by karaoke at 8pm in Arena B.
Saturday from 1to 5pm will be armband afternoon; armbands for all rides are $20.
Saturday’s list of events includes at 8am a Buyers Breakfast; at 9am at the Livestock Barns a 4H and FFA Livestock Auction; at 10am on the Midway the Stoddard County Youth Pageant; at 2pm on the Midway the 4-H/FFA Public Speaking Contest; and at 3pm in Arena B will be Youth Games.
At 7pm on Saturday in Arena A will be the Demolition Derby.
Midway entertainers for Saturday 4pm will be Anna Catherine DeHart; at 6pm Maggie Thorn; and at 8pm Neil E. Boyd. Karaoke will be at 8pm in Arena B.
The parade is free. However there is a $2 charge to enter the Stoddard County Fair. For more details see StoddardCountyFair.com.
14 (Sunday) - 21 (Sunday)
Written by F. Andrew Leslie (based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) Directed by Amy Pfeffer View info on The Stage Company's Website. September 12, 13, 19, 20, 2014 [...]
Written by F. Andrew Leslie (based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Directed by Amy Pfeffer
View info on The Stage Company’s Website.
September 12, 13, 19, 20, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
September 21, 2014 @ 3:00 PM
Perhaps the most famous and popular of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, this gripping tale deals with the curse of the Baskerville family – and the fiendish killer-hound which stalks its members. As the action begins Sir Charles Baskerville has died under mysterious circumstances, and his nephew and heir, the young Sir Henry, has been threatened even before his arrival at Baskerville Hall. He enlists the aid of Sherlock Holmes and his trusted colleague Dr. Watson to trap the diabolical killer who stalks Sir Henry and to unravel the fascinating mystery which accounts for his evil actions.
Tickets: $8/adults, $5/children 12 and under
Buy tickets online.
(Sunday) 3:00 pm
The Rodgers Theatre
204 North Broadway St, Poplar Bluff, Mo
The Stage Company