Joe Firearms Offers Free Training For Families and Educators

Free Firearms Training for Educators and Families

Because of the recent tragedy in Oregon, gun control has been a huge topic of conversation both in the news and on social media. Many that feel we need more gun control laws. Others feel that adding to the 20,000 plus gun control laws that are already on the books wouldn’t do much to solve this problem.

There is no doubt the solution to this problem is a complex one. The debate on a long term fix is seemingly endless. What about the short term? What actions can we all agree on to keep our children safe now? We at Joe Firearms believe in being proactive. We believe that education is key for a short term plan as well as the beginning of a long term plan. The education and training of our citizens has been a founding principle of Joe Firearms, previously MyUtahCCW, since we began 5 years ago.

We are continuing our commitment to the safety of our schools and communities. We have been working with local law enforcement representatives, area schools, school administrators and teachers to develop training for those responsible for the safety of our children at school every day. Our courses are geared towards preparing and/or arming educators and staff for active shooter situations. We are offering free Utah Concealed Carry classes to anyone employed by our school districts.

We are also committed to the education of our children and families. Whether you are pro-gun, anti-gun or somewhere in between, the fact remains that guns are everywhere. They are in our homes, in the homes of our children’s friends and carried by people all around you. “Curiosity killed the kid” is a phrase we have used in our classes for years. Children often have to learn about the world around them by experiencing it for themselves. We believe teaching firearm safety is key to keeping them safe from most firearm related accidents. Children should know what firearms are and what they can do. They need to understand that guns are not a toy. Firearms need to be respected and handled with the utmost care and respect for their capabilities. We are now offering a free “Family Gun Safety Course”. This course does not promote an agenda. It is designed for all parents and children to learn safe ways to handle firearms and correct protocols for what to do if they encounter a firearm. Our sincere desire is the safety of our families and our community. Let’s take the curiosity of the equation. Let’s remove the fear and replace it with a healthy respect for firearms. Let’s all do whatever we can in the short term, no matter where you stand on this issue, to protect each other and promote common sense solutions we can all agree on where we can.

For more information check out joefirearms.com or call us 801-502-7055

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Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Course

April 10, 2014 – April 10, 2014

9470 South 560 West

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Description:

  • This class includes all of the materials that you need to get your Utah Concealed Carry Permit (class, photo, fingerprints, photocopy of driver license and pre-addressed envelope for mailing).
  • This class is open to the public.
  • Please register for the class before coming.
  • Take a look at the map and enter your address to get directions.
  • All you need to bring to the class is a valid state issued identification card.
  • The class is 4 hours so please plan accordingly.
  • After completing the course, you will submit all class materials to Utah BCI for processing ($39.00 for Utah residents and $49.00 for non-residents).

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Major Differences Between Magpul Stocks

My appreciation for the buttstock unfortunately comes from trying out many awful ones. At first I never knew any better but once I was introduced to Magpul stocks I finally knew what a great stock was and how much it can affect a rifle. The stock adds so much to the overall experience of shooting. The stock connects you to that firearm and with it you can become one with that firearm. An uncomfortable stock can make you tense and affect your accuracy or overall shooting. A good stock, however, will thrill you every time you put that firearm up to your shoulder. Magpul gives me that thrill I’m looking for in stocks so if you’re looking for a new stock to customize your rifle I’d recommend giving them a try.

Magpul has quite a line of different rifle stocks but I’ve put my top four of their’s below so that you can choose which one will be yours. Don’t choose a stock just from reading this article or any other one on the web. The stock needs to be felt and handled. Just like when putting your hands on the steering wheel of a new test car, you need to put that stock up to your shoulder. Only then will you know which stock was meant for you. But remember these four stocks when you go to your dealer because I can almost bet that one of these is the one meant for you.

Magpul MOE (Magpul Original Equipment) Fixed Stock- MSRP $69.95

  • Magpul MOE Fixed Stock

    Basic upgrade from standard AR15/M16 A1 and A2 stock.

  • Shape allows for offhand hold option that is best while in the prone or benchrest position and gives a steadier hold.

  • Large storage compartment ideal for field cleaning kit

  • Sling Mounts on Bottom Rear and Front Rear

  • Weight 14.0 oz

Magpul PRS (Precision-Adjustable Stock) Fixed Stock- MSRP $255

  • Magpul PRS Stock

    Fine tuned stock adjustment so that not only can you get the perfect feel, but make that tiniest adjustment that is needed for those long shots.

  • Perfectly designed offhand hold option with comb and height adjustment knobs easily  accessible.

  • Bottom picatinny rail for mono-pod attachment.

  • Weight 26.88 oz

Magpul CTR (Compact/Type Resistant) Collapsible Stock- MSRP $79.95

  • Magpul CTR Stock

    Optimal for lightweight/carbine length rifles.

  • 6 adjustable lengths to be able to adjust for close quarter combat/home defense and precision/comfort.

  • A-frame design to prevent accidental activation of release latch.

  • Ability to attach cheek risers to be able to properly align with sights.

  • Weight 8.8 oz

Magpul ACS (Adaptable Carbine/Storage) Collapsible Stock- MSRP $109.95

  • Magpul ACS Stock

    Waterproof battery storage compartments that are comfortable to the cheek, practical, and give this stock a futuristic look.

  • A-frame design to prevent accidental activation of release latch.

  • 6 adjustable lengths to be able to adjust for close quarter combat/home defense and precision/comfort.

  • Weight 14.08 oz

Here at Joe Firearms we put the Magpul CTR stock on standard to all our rifles because we know how important weight and functionality is. Should you want a longer barreled rifle with the intent of long distant target shooting, like our Designated Marksman Rifle, we’d recommend upgrading to the Magpul PRS stock. We know that you will not be dissatisfied with the PRS. Should the PRS be out of your price range the MOE or CTR still work great. On my personal Joe Firearms 145 Carbine I upgraded to the ACS stock. Although heavy for a collapsible stock, even when not loaded with batteries, the comfort and sleak design of the ACS just spoke to me.

Photos courtesy of Magpul Inc. and Citizens Academy LLC Joe Firearms

Lower Parts Kit in Stock on JoeFirearms.com

JoeFirearms.com has lower parts kits in stock.  These are premium LPKs with all of the essential upgrades in these kits like Magpul extended trigger guards and KNS pins.

PLEASE PURCHASE ONLINE TO HELP US MANAGE OUR INVENTORY!  PICK UP IN STORE OR FLAT RATE SHIPPING OF $9.95.  Purchase online on JoeFirearms.com

Three models in stock:

PREMIUM LOWER PARTS KIT – NO GRIP $120

PREMIUM LOWER PARTS KIT – MAGPUL MOE GRIP – $135

PREMIUM LOWER PARTS KIT – MAGPUL MIAD GRIP – $150

 

The Joe Firearms Premium Lower Parts Kit comes with the following:

Magpul Extended Trigger Guard
KNS Precision non-rotate trigger and hammer pin set
KNS Precision Safety Detent – stainless steel
2- KNS Precision Pivot / Takedown Detent – stainless steel
And the following Mil-Spec Parts:
Bolt Catch Spring
Buffer Retainer Spring
Disconnector Spring
Hammer Spring
Magazine Catch Spring
detent takedown spring
Selector Spring
Takedown Detent Spring
Trigger Spring Disconnector
Bolt Catch Hammer Magazine Catch with button Selector
Trigger Buffer Detent
Bolt Catch Detent
Trigger Guard
Bolt Catch Roll Pin
Trigger Guard Roll Pin

After shooting thoughts about the “Dark Knight Massacre”

In the wake of the recent “Dark Knight Massacre” I have a few thoughts to share about self-defense, handgun training and surviving a deadly force situation.  This senseless act of violence should bring about serious change in how we prepare for and defend against the madmen of society.  Please understand that I write this out of care and concern for you.  So please, do not take offense to the words that follow as I only hope to bring about change in you and me.  Three crucial concepts will guide this discussion:  Train, equip, survive.

Training:

It blows my mind that more people do not take firearm training.  I have personally taught somewhere between 3,500 – 4,000 people how to lawfully carry a concealed carry firearm.  Of that number, only 2-3 percent come back for additional training.  Now, I am either a lousy instructor and people can’t stand me, or people just don’t take training seriously.  I’m personally inclined to believe that it is the later of the two options.

If you do not develop the muscle memory of how to handle your firearm in a self-defense situation, you will greatly suffer when it comes time to perform.  Would you trust a paramedic or ER doctor who had never practiced the life saving skills that you need to come through a life threatening injury?  I think not.

Just this week, I had a phone call from someone who wanted to get their Utah concealed carry permit.  For one reason or another, the gentlemen could not make it to the course and asked about other companies for training.  I recommended he make time to come attend one of my courses.  He didn’t really care to and I asked him, “do you just want the permit or do you want the training that will help you survive a deadly force encounter?”  He responded with, “Oh, I just want the permit.”  Having a permit DOES NOT mean that you are ready to defend yourself with a handgun!  Defensive handgun proficiency is a perishable skill and you must make time to train!  Are any of us really ready for all deadly force situations?  No.  But how can you even be remotely close to prepared when all you’ve taken is a 4 hour course?

Yes, I offer courses and would love to have you come to my courses, but what really matters is that you get training.  Buy some DVDs, take NRA courses, go to the nation’s coolest, most high-speed training facility, just get training!  Please, for your sake and the sake of those that you love, commit to yourself right now that you will train yourself on how to survive that deadly force situation.

Equipment:

In full disclosure, my company manufactures and sells firearms, gear and survival equipment.  Notwithstanding, you need to carefully consider what you carry on a daily basis.  I am a strong proponent of everyday carry equipment (EDC).  There are several schools of thought and I would recommend that you take the time to research what works best for you.

Here is my perspective – on your person, you should always have your firearm, a flashlight, a pocket knife and a cell phone.  I will leave the cell phone choice to you.  As for a firearm, I’m sorry to say that your .380 pocket pistol is not going to cut it.  6 or 7 shots of .380 ACP is not sufficient, especially considering what happened in Colorado.  Now, I’d rather you had something so I do recommend them because they are so easy to carry.  A wise instructor once taught me that concealed carry is not supposed to be comfortable, it’s supposed to be comforting.

What’s the best pistol?  It is an extremely personal choice and you can see some of my recommendations here.  Personally, my top three choices and the pistols that I carry on a regular basis:  A full size M&P with 17 rounds and spare magazines, a S&W 44 Magnum and/or a 1911 in 45 ACP – not all of them at the same time but you will usually find one of them on my hip and another in my bag.

Knives:  Again, the options here are endless.  The knives we carry on JoeFirearms.com are all good choices.

Flashlight: A small pocket flashlight like this one could have been invaluable in the present situation.  If people thought that the masked intruder was just part of the show, maybe someone could have quickly flashed him with their light to see that the guy was decked out with firearms.  This light is super small, amazingly powerful, and has a strobe feature to disorient.  Getting strobed in a dark room is extremely disorienting.  This disorientation could have allowed someone to get away.

Survive:

Mental preparation is huge.  Are you a fighter?  What type of person are you?  Are you a wolf, a sheep or a sheep dog? (All due credit to Dave Grossman for his remarkable training courses on self-defense).  The sheep dogs and wolves of the world have already made up their mind.  So many of us go about our lives thinking that all is well when there are very, very wicked people who will, without a second thought, commit violence on you without a second thought.

You need to prepare your mind to act quickly under severe stress.  In terms of gross motor skills, like manipulating a pistol in a dark area, this is where proper training comes in.  There are several things about firearm training that are designed to be quick and easy to remember.  For example: “Train, Equip, Survive”  “Tap, Rack, Bang” & “Get yourself safe, get others safe, and get the tactical advantage”.  These sayings are designed to help you remember and to develop the muscle memory to perform when your brain shuts down.

Situational Awareness.  Are you aware of your surrounding or do you walk around with your face buried in your iPhone?  If a situation doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.  Trust your gut.

Avoid prohibited areas like the plague!  Gun laws only affect law abiding citizens.  The Carmike movie theater is already covering their butt, apparently they have a no weapons policy. Here’s what they just released:  “Weapons of any type are strictly not allowed in Carmike Cinemas.”  If you see a no weapon policy, get out of there!  Remember Trolley Square?  Guess what they had as well…you guessed it…a no firearms policy.  Do these nut-jobs care?  Yes, they do!  Tear gas?  Body armor?  This dude planned this whole thing out with great detail.  He went to the one place that he knew didn’t allow weapons.  Law abiding citizens like you and I are going to obey such policies.  Bad guys target these areas on purpose.   So just avoid the place from the start.  Businesses need to get smart and realize that an armed society is a polite society.  I believe this policy is the thing that invited this murderer to this movie theater.

Use the lessons from this situation to better prepare you mentally.  No longer will you be a casual consumer of news information.  Take this Dark Night Massacre and learn from all of the things that went wrong.  With the proper training, equipment and mindset, you can survive this type of senseless violence.   You have a responsibility to come home to your family and loved ones at the end of the day.  Please, commit to yourself that you will never allow yourself to be a victim.

With love and respect,

Michael Steck

Come join us at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show

MyUtahCCW.com and JoeFirearms.com will be at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show.  Please come join us at the show to check out our new firearms, gear and tactical training programs.  We will be offering amazing discounts and selling our new rifles.

For more information about the giveaways and how to get your free stuff, please check out JoeFirearms.com.

Peoria, IL | Utah CFP Course | 9am -1pm

Time and Date:

We are offering the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit class in Peoria, IL on January 28 from 9am – 1pm at the VFW near Peoria, IL. The address of the course is 628 South Main Creve Coeur, IL. Registering for the class is an easy two step process: (1) Fill out the registration form on the right hand side of the page and then (2) reserve your seat by making payment with Google Checkout below. Please let me know what questions you have about the class – mike@myutahccw.com or (801) 502-7055.

Here is a map of where the class is located:


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Why should you get a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit?

To start off, your Utah permit is valid in over 30 states. That means that you will be able to carry a fully loaded, concealed firearm in a state where your permit is recognized (Colorado, Florida, Michigan and New Hampshire only recognize the Utah permit from Utah residents). Take a look at the following map to see where the Utah permit is recognized. States with a Red or Black color recognize the Utah permit.


Cost:

The class will cost $75 and prepayment is required to reserve your seat (Google Checkout Button below). In addition to the 4 hour class, you will receive everything that you need to get your Utah permit (fingerprints, notary stamp, passport photo and a photocopy of your driver license). After the course is over, our instructor will hand deliver the application for you. Space is limited and classes are filling up fast so register below to reserve your seat. After you have registered, we will contact you with information about prepayment. In addition to the $75 for the class + materials, you will have to pay the State of Utah $65.00 for the actual permit (the State accepts checks and credit cards). You can send that payment along with our instructor to Utah.

Know where to start?

  • First of all, there are certain requirements that the state of Utah has set in order for you to get your concealed carry permit.
  • Here’s a list of Utah Concealed Carry requirements:
  1. You must be at least 21 years of age to receive your Utah Concealed Carry permit.
  2. You can’t have any of the following convictions:
  3. Felony
  4. Violent crime
  5. Offense involving alcohol**
  6. Illegal use of controlled substances or narcotics**
  7. Moral turpitude (crimes against community morals)**
  8. Domestic Violence
  9. **Please note that some offenses require a waiting period but do not preclude getting a permit.
  10. If a court has adjudicated you as mentally incompetent then you are not allowed to obtain your Utah concealed carry permit

Alsip, IL | Utah Concealed Carry Class | 5-9pm

Time and Date:

We are hosting a Utah Concealed Carry Class near Chicago, IL at the VFW in Alsip, Illinois. The class will run from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, January 27th. Here is a map:

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Why should you get a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit?

To start off, your Utah permit is valid in over 30 states. That means that you will be able to carry a fully loaded, concealed firearm in a state where your permit is recognized (Colorado, Florida, Michigan and New Hampshire only recognize the Utah permit from Utah residents). Take a look at the following map to see where the Utah permit is recognized. States with a Red or Black color recognize the Utah permit.


Cost:

The class will cost $75 and prepayment is required to reserve your seat (Google Checkout Button below). In addition to the 4 hour class, you will receive everything that you need to get your Utah permit (fingerprints, passport photo and a photocopy of your driver license). After the course is over, our instructor will hand deliver the application for you. Space is limited and classes are filling up fast so register below to reserve your seat. In addition to the $75 for the class + materials, you will have to pay the State of Utah $65 for the actual permit (the State accepts checks and credit cards). You can send that payment along with our instructor to Utah.

Know where to start?

  • First of all, there are certain requirements that the state of Utah has set in order for you to get your concealed carry permit.
  • Here’s a list of Utah Concealed Carry requirements:
  1. You must be at least 21 years of age to receive your Utah Concealed Carry permit.
  2. You can’t have any of the following convictions:
  3. Felony
  4. Violent crime
  5. Offense involving alcohol**
  6. Illegal use of controlled substances or narcotics**
  7. Moral turpitude (crimes against community morals)**
  8. Domestic Violence
  9. **Please note that some offenses require a waiting period but do not preclude getting a permit.
  10. If a court has adjudicated you as mentally incompetent then you are not allowed to obtain your Utah concealed carry permit

Utah Concealed Carry Class in Chicago

Sandy, UT | Utah Concealed Carry Course

Attend the Utah CFP Course

This class is good for getting your Utah Concealed Carry Permit

  • Class open to the public.
  • Address of the course is 9710 South 700 East Suite 108 in Sandy, UT. Please see the map below.
  • Please REGISTER before coming to the class.
  • Take a look at the map and enter your address to get directions.
  • All you need to bring to the class is a valid state issued identification card.
  • The class is 4 hours so please plan accordingly.
  • If you would like to pay before coming to class please send us a secure credit card payment of $35 for the class. For $15, we will provide everything that you’ll need to get your permit (Notary, fingerprints, passport photo, and photocopy of driver license). If you’d like this option please select the $50 option below. With this option all that you’ll have to do is to send in $60.00 to BCI.











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