S. Bodus

My story

I was not raised around guns. I got into the business about ten years ago when the Gun Shop owner asked me to work for him doing paperwork.

This, I reasoned, was safe. I wouldn’t have to be around the guns except to skirt around them to the office.  Well, that changed in 2003 when the main salesman got a more lucrative job.  My boss came to me and said, “How’d you like to learn the gun trade?”

I said yes.  I was still skittish around guns but I was determined to learn enough so that I was no longer scared; besides, I needed full time employment so I could support my kids.

The main salesman took the time to take me shooting, which was nice of him.  The experience, however, was intimidating. Seriously, sledge-hammerly un-fun.  .357mag.  .44 mag.  .45ACP.  9mm.  .40–and a .22 Beretta Bobcat, which nearly jumped from my grasp.

So.  I thought, “Oh, hell, no.  I’ll work behind the counter, but I am not shooting again.”

About a month later, however, the sweetest little .22 came into the shop, and I was smitten.  A Walther P22.  I got the first generation, which has all the bugs–finicky about everything–so it was the perfect gun for me to learn on.

  • I gained confidence about handling a firearm after it had jammed,
  • I learned the importance of keeping it clean, and
  • I learned about how ammunition can vary and affect gun performance.  (CCI MiniMags are all mine likes.)

The P22 started my love affair with firearms.  My next purchase was a Rock Island Officer’s Model, which I put Hogue grooved grips on and absolutely love. I have other guns as well–once you start, you may as well just prepare yourself for at least one gun purchase a year.  Probably more. (here’s a link to one guy’s opinion about the RI 1911.) And here’s where another blogger writes about his experience with the Rock Island Tactical 1911. They’re inexpensive, so it’s tempting to think they’re too good to be true.  Not so. 🙂  Terrific pistols.  Never mind how many others I own. heh  My heart belongs to Sig Sauer.  And Glock.  Oh, who am I kidding. Colt. Springfield. Ruger. I can’t pick just one.

I went from teaching handgun safety for the HSC cards and selling guns to teaching firearms classes to security guards.  I’m an NRA-certified pistol instructor, NRA certified rifle instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, and a BSIS certified state firearms instructor. I no longer formally teach about firearms (I teach writing) but I am on the board of the local gun club, and I do love my guns.

You can read a little more about my first-time experience here at GirlsGuide2Guns–and while you’re there, check out the whole site. It’s both interesting and informative, and Natalie’s amazing.

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  1. Hello,

    I am with a new ammo retailer called Ammo.net and we are different from most retailers in that we help support those who protect our freedoms with every purchase!

    That’s right – in addition to selling cheap ammo and offering super fast shipping on a wide range of brands – we also donate a portion of every order to our customer’s chosen pro-freedom organization – AT NO COST TO THEM!

    You can tell we are very eager to get the word out about Ammo.net… :). Would you be willing to review some free product from Ammo.net and post about it on your site?

    Let me know if you interested – I’d love the opportunity to work with you.

    Thank you,

    • Sam-

      October exploded on me (in a good but insanely busy way)–please forgive me the horrible delay in responding to you. I saw your post embedded in a bunch of spam comments, and meant to come back to check you out (spammers rarely use complete sentences or ask me relevant questions, but once in a while a coherent one slips through, so I wanted to be sure)—but I
      clean forgot.

      Yes, I’d love to try out your ammo and write a review.
      I just browsed your site briefly, and I see that your prices are below those of our local Walmart. What I’d really like to know is how much your shipping costs are for, say, a case of Independence .40 180 gr.

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