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A Shooting In A Place Of Worship – A Story Of Survival

Looking down the barrel of an semi-automatic pistol, at point blank range, Pastor Howell survived receiving only powder burns to his face and neck.

On December 14th, 2014 Pastor Terry Howell survived an active shooter incident that occurred in the office of his ministry. Looking down the barrel of a .45 caliber semi-automatic, pointed at him at point blank range, Pastor Howell survived the attack, receiving only powder burns to his face and neck.

Presentation Tuesday, January 22nd

In-Gauge of Polk county will host a presentation by Pastor Terry Howell on his story of surviving an active shooter in his ministry.

Pastor Howell will relate his story and provide suggestions of preparedness and how to avoid a similar “Active Shooter” incident in your place of work, worship, ministry or everyday life.

This presentation is the first in a series of “active shooter” training classes being conducted by In-Gauge of Polk County, an official NRA chartered, non-profit organization and will introduce In-Gauge of Polk County’s 2019 basic and advanced level, NRA “active shooter” training classes, including the nationally recognized Refuse To Be A Victim program.

Tuesday, January 22nd
6:00 PM
Grace Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Winter Haven, Florida
Reservations Are Required
FREE Event Tickets Can Be Obtained Thru EventBrite

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Gun Shows – Florida

 

Official NRA firearm training classes are NEVER conducted at gun shows.
All official NRA firearm training classes exceed the State of Florida’s
training requirement of concealed carry license application.

Those who conduct gun show concealed carry classes do not like us telling you this, but they cannot dispute it.   They want you to believe that just because they are a NRA certified instructor they are conducting an official NRA firearm training class.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

Save time and money taking a gun show concealed carry class.   NOT!

You may think that you are going to save time and money taking a gun show concealed carry weapons class.  Think again.   Add up the costs and do the math:  

  • Parking  . . . . . . . . . .     $10
  • Show admission . . . .   $12
  • Class fee   . . . . . . . . . .   $45
  • Classroom  . . . . . . . . .   90 minutes
  • Travel time to range and set up  . . . .    45 minutes
  • Orientation and live-fire  . . . .   30 minutes
  • Return to gun show . . . .   30 minutes

    Total cost . . . .   $ 67       Time spent . . . . .  3 1/4 hours

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After taking a gun show concealed carry weapons class and you are left asking yourself:  “Is this all there is?”bring a copy of your training certificate to us for OFFICIAL NRA firearms training for only $30.   (Regular class cost:  $65)

Certificates must be dated between January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019.

You can save money by just taking our OFFICIAL NRA firearms training and not wasting your valuable time in a minimum required training, “git-r-done-quick” gun show class.
In our concealed carry class, you will fire a minimum of 50 rounds of defensive caliber ammunition on a live-fire range.

In-Gauge of Polk County, Winter Haven, Florida
email us at:  info.ingauge@gmail.com
www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

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Basic Shotgun Training

Why we teach shotgun handling  –  They walk among us . . . .

Contact us for all your firearm training needs . . .

Training  and  Course Descriptions

Former Vice President Joe Biden once said:  “Buy a shotgun.”

That may be all well and good.  But, learn how to use it . . . . .

Unfortunately, these folks didn’t . . . 

Learn to do it right . . . .

Contact us for all your firearm training needs . . .

Training  and  Course Descriptions

How do you know if the firearm training you are about to take is an official NRA firearm training class?  Check out two of our web pages:   Questions To Ask   /  Official NRA Training Class?  and  FAQ

 

 

 

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Pleased To Announce: The return of the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting

The Return of the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting Course – Instructor Led

If your training certificate does not say “NRA” you did not take an official NRA training course.

In-Gauge of Polk County is happy to announce the return of the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting Course.  It became official today.  Straight from the NRA Training Headquarters.

And, In-Gauge of Polk County is not wasting any time in conducting its first class.

This is the old, classroom method of conducting firearm safety and handling training which most people are familiar.

The course:

  • Is 8 hours in duration
  • Consists of both interactive hands-on classroom instruction and live-fire range training
  • Familiarization with both the revolver and semi-automatic pistol
  • Introduction to the various types of ammunition and its uses
  • Introduction to range safety procedures
  • Introduction to proper safe handgun handling, storage and use
  • Introduction to proper handgun cleaning and maintenance
  • Instruction in the fundamentals of shooting
  • Instruction in proper shooting techniques
  • Evaluation of shooting skills and techniques
  • Evaluation of the participants retention of presented course material

The participant will receive an official NRA student packet and Basics of Pistol Shooting hardcover book.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be provided with a nationally recognized National Rifle Association certificate of training.   * The certificate of training exceeds the State of Florida’s training requirement for its concealed weapon permit application process.

Class information:

The first course is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th starting at 9:00 am, at In-Gauge of Polk County, Winter Haven, Florida.

The minimum age for participation is 16 – Accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $75   * Additional charges if a firearm and ammunition must be provided.

Participants are encouraged to provide his/her own firearm.

For more information or to enroll, contact In-Gauge of Polk County at:  info.ingauge@gmail.com

2019 FBI Report on Active Shootings

“In 2018, citizens risked their lives to safely and successfully end the shootings in five of the 27 active shooter incidents. They saved many lives.”

Summary of the 2019 FBI report on 2018 ‘Active Shootings’   

As in past years, citizens were faced with split-second, life-and-death decisions. In 2018, citizens risked their lives to safely and successfully end the shootings in five of the 27 active shooter incidents. They saved many lives. Given this reality, it is vital that citizens be afforded training so they understand the risks they face and the options they have available when active shooter incidents are unfolding.

Summary

The findings in this report are based on publicly available resources, FBI reporting and, when available, official law enforcement investigative data. Though limited in scope, this report was undertaken to provide clarity and data of value to federal, state, tribal, and campus law enforcement as well as other first responders, corporations, educators, and the general public as they seek to neutralize threats posed by active shooters and save lives during such incidents.

  • 27 incidents in 16 states
  • 213  casualties – excluding the shooters
  • 85  killed
Citizen Engagement and Casualties

In five incidents, citizens confronted the shooter.
In three incidents, unarmed citizens confronted the shooter, thereby ending the shooting.

■ In one incident, a citizen wrestled the gun away from the shooter. The shooter fled the scene and was apprehended approximately 34 hours later at another location.

■ In one incident, citizens confronted the shooter (including one who was pistol-whipped by the shooter), allowing others to flee the scene. The shooter committed suicide at the scene before law enforcement arrived.

■ In one incident, a teacher wrestled the shooter to the ground and restrained him until law enforcement arrived and apprehended him.

■ In two incidents, armed citizens possessing valid firearms permits exchanged gunfire with the shooter.

■ In one incident, two citizens retrieved their guns from their respective vehicles, then shot and killed the shooter.

■ In one incident, a citizen armed with a gun confronted the shooter, but no gunfire was exchanged. A second citizen exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but neither was struck. The shooter fled the scene and was apprehended by law enforcement a short time later at another location.

The Shooters

Twenty-three shooters were male; three shooters were female; the gender of one shooter is unknown. Twenty-six shooters acted alone; one shooter may have acted alone.

The shooters ranged in age from 13 years to 64 years. Five shooters were in their teens, seven were in their 20s, seven were in their 30s, three were in their 40s, two were in their 50s, and two were in their 60s. The age of one shooter is unknown.

Eleven shooters were apprehended by law enforcement, six at the scene, and five at another location. Two of the 11 shooters initially fled the scene after being confronted by citizens, and one was restrained by a citizen.

Five shooters were killed. Four were killed by law enforcement at the scene, and one shooter was killed by citizens possessing valid firearms permits at the scene.

Ten shooters committed suicide: four at the scene before law enforcement arrived, three at the scene after law enforcement arrived, and three at another location. One of the shooters committed suicide after being confronted by citizens  

Conclusion
  • A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun
  • Civilians need to train for active shooter incidents
  • Armed, trained civilians save lives
  • Early intervention and prompt engagement with the active shooter saves lives
  • Shooters may be male or female
  • In 2018 the shooters ranged from age 13 to 64.

National STOP THE BLEED Month

Stop the Bleed empowers the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching them the basic techniques of bleeding control.

In celebration of National Stop The Bleed Month, In-Gauge of Polk County will be conducting a series of free Stop The Bleed training seminars.

May is National STOP THE BLEED Month and in celebration In-Gauge of Polk County, in Winter Haven, Florida will be conducting free 1 1/2 hour Stop The Bleed training seminars.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action for the control of traumatic blood loss. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Stop the Bleed empowers the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching them the basic techniques of bleeding control.

If you are located in Polk or Highlands County and are interested in receiving training in the management of traumatic blood loss, plan to attend one of In-Gauge of Polk County’s free 1 1/2 hour training seminars.

If you would like to schedule a free Stop The Bleed training seminar for your business, church, civic or social organization, contact In-Gauge of Polk County to set up a training session.

You can register for a free Stop The Bleed training seminar through EventBrite at:
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A nationally recognized BleedingControl.org certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion.

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The ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters. Advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have informed the work of this initiative which exemplifies translation of knowledge back to the homeland to the benefit of the general public. The Department of the Defense owns the ‘Stop the Bleed’ logo and phrase – trademark pending.

Friends of NRA Dinner & Auction

Proceeds go to fund youth shooting sports programs.

Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA Dinner and Auction

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Lake Eva Event Center – Haines City, Florida

PURCHASE TICKETS AT: https://www.friendsofnra.org/eventtickets/Events/Details/10?eventId=55891

The 24th Annual Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA Dinner & Auction fundraiser will take place Saturday, March 2nd, at the Lake Eva Events Center, Haines City, Florida. All proceeds go to fund youth shooting sports programs. In 2018, approximately $50K was granted to youth programs in Polk County alone and over $550,00 statewide. Such groups that received funding included the Boy Scouts of America, Royal Rangers, 4-H Clubs, Future Farmers of America and JROTC shooting teams.

This event includes both live and silent auctions of new, quality merchandise, games of chance, the guest appearance of Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and the finest filet mignon steak dinner available in central Florida, guaranteed.

All other local sportsmen’s banquets pale in comparison to the Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA annual dinner and auction. The Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA Committee has been conducting these events for 24 years and they know how to put one one.

You cannot have a better time in Polk County on March 2nd than this event.

Admission is by advance ticket sales only. There are no tickets sales at the door.

This event attracts of 450 attendees and is sold out every year. Tickets sales end Monday, February 25th. So, purchase your tickets early.

The Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA has been conducting these events for 24 years. If have not yet attended one, it is time you do. No other sportsmen’s banquet can compare to the quality of the dinner, the auction times (new firearms and collectibles), games of chance and fun.
This event is KID FRIENDLY. Admission and dinner for kids under 12 is FREE. FREE prizes awarded to all kids under 12 years of age.

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John Thodos – Candidate for 2019 Election of NRA Board of Directors

If elected, Dr. John Thodos will represent Florida gun owners regarding all 2nd Amendment matters within the National Rifle Association.

Dr. John Thodos, of Naples Florida, candidate for the 2019 election of the National Rifle Association’s board of directors, to address NRA club in Winter Haven, Florida.

Dr. John Thodos

John Thodos, of Naples, is one of two candidates from Florida running for the 2019 National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors and will address In-Gauge of Polk County at its February 12th meeting, in Winter Haven.

This will be Dr. Thodos’ first public appearance prior to the election and the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 26th through April 28th.

This is will be a unique opportunity for central Florida NRA members, 2nd Amendment supporters and firearm enthusiasts to meet and hear one of their representatives.

You are encouraged to attend and vote for Dr. John Thodos.

If elected, Dr. John Thodos will represent Florida gun owners regarding all 2nd Amendment matters within the National Rifle Association.

John Thodos and his wife Peggy with Wayne LaPierre

For further information contact:
In-Gauge of Polk County
info.ingauge@gmail.com
863-206-1996

Engaging the active shooter – Beyond ALICE

Our “Active Shooter” training is real firearms training intended to prepare the participant for an active shooter encounter.

Our “Active Shooter” training is above and beyond any ALICE training you may have heard of or participated in.   Our “Active Shooter” training is real firearms training intended to prepare the participant for an active shooter encounter in the workplace, place of worship, shopping mall and everyday life. 

Our “Active Shooter” training teaches more than throwing books, papers and pens at an armed assailant. Our “Active Shooter” training trains the participant in the safe and proficient use of a firearm for the defense of one’s life, the lives of his or her loved ones, members of a congregation or co-workers.

Our “Active Shooter” training was NOT created by retired law enforcement officers or military personnel, with time on their hands, sitting around a conference table, looking for a way to keep busy.

Our “Active Shooter” training is a nationally recognized, official NRA, advanced firearms training course.  Training includes basic through advanced training.  No prerequisite is required.  The complete course of training is required regardless of prior training, certification or licensing.  Safety is paramount and it must be assured that all participants have the same instruction when engaging in the live-fire range training. 

Successful completion of our “Active Shooter” training provides the participant with a nationally recognized, official NRA certificate of training that can be used for the applying for a State of Florida concealed carry weapons license. Our “Active Shooter” training exceeds the the State of Florida’s training requirement for concealed carry weapons license application.

Our “Active Shooter” training is an intense, 15-hour, training course that will require a minimum of 250 rounds fired on the range using a defensive caliber handgun, incorporating drawing from a concealment holster, firing after drawing from a holster, engaging multiple assailants, while utilizing cover and concealment.

Training includes:
Environment risk assessment
• Situational awareness
• Mental preparedness
• Psychological consequences
• Defensive firearm familiarization and selection
• Concealed carry techniques
• Drawing and firing from a concealed carry holster
• Selecting and utilizing cover and concealment
• Confronting and dealing with single and multiple armed assailants
• Extensive live-fire range training

Contact us for complete course information or to register for a class. Simply fill out the convenient information form and we will promptly respond to your inquiry at: CONTACT US

Group rates are available.

Customized, private training dates can be scheduled for groups of 6 or more.

Join us Tuesday, January 22nd for a presentation by Pastor Terry Howell on his experience surviving an active shooter encounter.

On December 14th, 2014 Pastor Terry Howell survived an active shooter incident that occurred in the office of his ministry.  Looking down the barrel of a .45 caliber semi-automatic, pointed at him at point blank range, Pastor Howell survived the attack, receiving only powder burns to his face and neck.

Hardening The Soft Target – Church, Ministry, Faith Organization Security

“There is no elegant way to protect the sheep from hungry wolves.”

We have once again been reminded how hate filled cowards take advantage of soft targets.

11 Killed in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
Sunday, October 28, 2018

“The shooter stormed the building during a Saturday morning service, fatally shooting 11 mostly elderly people and wounding six others including four police officers, before he was arrested.”

Kroger store shooting suspect tried to first access church
10/26/2018 – Associated Press

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. — A man with a history of violence and mental illness was recorded on surveillance video apparently trying to get inside a church in Kentucky before he went to a grocery store and fatally shot two store patrons, police said.

After releasing a photo of the suspect, authorities received a tip from an employee of the city of Jeffersontown who said he thought he saw Gregory Bush outside the First Baptist church prior to Wednesday’s shooting, city police chief Sam Rogers said. The video confirmed Bush’s presence about 10 to 15 minutes before he went to the grocery store, Rogers said.

“We prayed to our God and posted a guard . . .”  Nehemiah 4:9

It is regrettable, but the wolves choose soft targets.  It is our responsibility to make chosen targets as undesirable as possible by hardening the target.  We harden the target by preparing ourselves for an unwanted attack.

It is understood that a good many members of any congregation possess a concealed carry license and may even carry a firearm during services.  However, are they qualified to carry a deadly weapon in public?

There is more to carrying a firearm in public then just knowing how to pull a trigger and shooting holes in a paper target.

Our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM does just that.  Our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM trains the participant in crowded, close-quarter use of a firearm.

Successful completion of our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM provides the participant with an official NRA, nationally recognized certificate of training that can be used for both applying for

  • a Florida concealed carry weapons license and
  • applying for a reduction in liability insurance premiums

With the successful completion of  our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM all members of a congregation’s “security/watch team” will have the uniform training, know the abilities and capabilities of its members.

ALICE Training

You or members of your congregation may have received ALICE training, from a local law enforcement agency and either thought that was all there is available or wondered where could you or members of your “security/watch team” get more or practical defense training.

Our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM is above and beyond ALICE training.  Our GUARDIAN TRAINING PROGRAM is practical firearms training unlike anything offered elsewhere in central Florida.

Contact us for practical training that will harden your soft target and make it undesirable prey for the hate filled wolves.

 

2019 Friends of NRA RAFFLE CALENDARS

Proceeds go to fund local youth shooting sports programs

The Friends of NRA 2019 Raffle Calendars are now available.

The Friends of NRA 2019 raffle calendars are now available for purchase through your local Friends of NRA committee.

The raffle calendars are $50 each and offer the purchaser 104 chances to win quality firearms, with drawings taking place twice weekly throughout the year.  Proceeds go to fund local youth shooting sports programs, i.e., Boy Scouts of America, 4-H Clubs, Royal Rangers, Future Farmers of American, Junior R.O.T.C. shooting teams.

These color graphics calendars make great holiday gifts.

To purchase calendars contact the Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA at:  

The 2019 edition of Florida Friends of NRA raffle calendar will be its 3rd year, with over 180 winners to date.  Purchase a calendar and support youth shooting sports programs. 

Contact any of the numbers above or use the form below to purchase header advertising space in the 2020 edition.  Header advertising sales close June 1, 2019.

 

 

 

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3 seconds will determine . . .

Sheriff Grady Judd:  ” . . . a perfect stand your ground.”

Licensed concealed carry good guy takes out bad guy during a “domestic violence” road rage incident.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd:  ” . . . a perfect stand your ground.”

A long standing axiom, known and taught by those in the self-defense arena, was affirmed by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, during a press conference Wednesday, August 29th, regarding a fatal, self-defense shooting in Winter Haven, Florida.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd affirms that 3 seconds will determine who survives a deadly threat and who will not.   Sheriff Grady Judd:  “You see how quickly you have to make a decision on whether you live or whether you die.

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3 seconds will determine if you are the one who makes the 911 call or the one who is carried away in a black body bag.

 

 

 

 

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Tallahassee – Big Pro Gun Rally

It happened Saturday, July 28th in the courtyard of the Florida Capital.

While patriotic Americans, who support the defense of the 2nd Amendment, gathered in the courtyard of the State Capital, an opposing group, March for Our Lives gathered only blocks away.  Numbers for the two groups were similar.  However there was on striking difference between the two groups.

One group gathered to show support for the 2nd Amendment and every American’s right to self-defense and the other group gathered to gain support for their effort in restricting Floridians’ rights to own the firearm of his or her choice and self-defense.  One group wants to preserve every American’s Constitutional rights and the other group wants to have those rights eliminated. 

One group was entertained by live music, singers and dynamic speakers.  Opening ceremonies included the Pledge of Allegiance the live singing of the National Anthem, by Krystal Walters .   The other group marched in the street, after a closed-door, round-table conference, led in chants by organizers using megaphones.  At their rally site, attendees were entertained by angry speakers shouting political, anti-Constitution rhetoric and anti-gun talking points.

Which group was which, view the photos below and draw your own conclusion.

 

 

By far the most powerful and motivating speaker at the rally – Mark Robinson . . . .

Click here to hear Mark’s July 28th Rally speech.

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