We are a group of guys who come from vary different backgrounds, but come together for a common activity.  Tactical shooting, and the drive to be better than we were yesterday.  Our backgrounds are military, police, medical, construction, manufacturing, safety and so on.  We don’t claim to be experts by any means, but we do like to train and test ideas, tactics and equipment as often as our families let us.  Some of us enter competitions, and others are only ever competing against themselves.  Our tools of choice vary almost as much as our backgrounds.  One day we could be shooting buffalo targets with a 45/70 Sharps 525gn hand-loads, and the next trip to the range could be SR-25 and 1911’s, or SKS and a mark 3 star in 303Brt.  Everything else in between, depending on the weather and what we want to get better at shooting.

As you could probably guess, we reload a lot…  To give you an idea, we order primers in the thousands.  Three loading stations Dillon, Lee turret and a breech press.  Top that off with all the tools to keep everything working.  (psst.  we are also very lucky to have a true gunsmith that is a 1911 aficionado)…<grin>

Sooo.  Your reading this and probably thinking, “Ohh well good for you guys..  Try not to brag much!”.  Yes we are lucky, very lucky, but we are a unique bunch.  Some would call us Mavens, connectors and salespeople.  Let me explain…

Connectors: “These people who link us up with the world, who bridge Omaha and Sharon, who introduce us to our social circles – these people on whom we rely on more heavily than we realize – are Connectors, people with a very special gift of bringing people together.”

Mavens: “A Maven is a person who has information on a lot of different products or prices or places. This person likes to initiate discussions with consumers and respond to requests … they like to be helpers in the marketplace. They distribute coupons. They take you shopping. They go shopping for you … This is the person who connects people to the marketplace and has the inside scoop on the marketplace.”
Salespeople: “Mavens are data banks. They provide the message. Connectors are social glue: they spread it. But there is also a select group of people – Salesmen – with the skills to persuade us when we are unconvinced of what we are hearing, and they are as critical to the tipping of word-of-mouth epidemics as the other two groups.”For a more in depth explanation, you really must read “Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.  Mr Gladwell has contributed many great books and ideas to the literary stream over the years with Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers.

The point?  Well we love doing what we do and we want to share what we have found.  More importantly, what we have found that works and some things that didn’t.  Some things we do cost money, and some things we have found that work, didn’t really cost much at all.  That’s the Maven is us!

On and off the Range?  Yes, we like to focus on simulation/dry-fire training as well as slinging lead down range.  Lets face it, shooting in Canada is expensive.  We drool over sale prices for ammunition in the States.  So through many years of trying this, buying that, and dealing here or there, we have pretty much brought the cost per round down as far as possible without actually casting our bullets.  (we actually do that as well, but not very much because it a bit of a health hazard and messy).  So join us and maybe learn some stuff that might work for you.  Or if your an expert, we welcome any contributions that we see as constructive.  As mentioned earlier, we don’t consider ourselves experts, but we do see ourselves as aficionados of the tactical arts!