About Us

We are passionate and knowledgeable about firearms, the outdoors, living the Dad Life, and other bespoke things; and we want to share our passion and knowledge with you!

Testimonial

Where were you 10 years ago?

I wish I had these resources 10 years ago when I first started getting into guns. A lot of my “expert” buddys filled my head with a lot of bs. Your blog cuts right to the chase.

P.J.

"Being a female, I was always nervous about getting into shooting with my husband. Your beginner guide helped me get up to speed so I could talk like I knew what I was doing. It made me feel more confident around him and the guys at the range!"
Nicole C.

Dallas, TX

Discover our story

Hi, I’m Joe, and welcome to your blog. I know that sounds weird, but this blog was created for you. I’m a husband, father, outdoorsman, volunteer and youth group leader, firearms enthusiast, and corporate executive. I’m here to share with you my knowledge, experiences, insights, tips, and stories on various topics so you can learn and grow in confidence and skill in these areas.

First, I grew up in a small town in Northern Virginia, where everyone knew each other and everything about each other. So much so, that whenever I got home, my grandmother already knew everywhere I’d been, how much trouble I had caused, and thusly informed my dad. I had a typical childhood, playing outside, riding bikes through the woods, and swimming and fishing in the lake. I also had my share of troubles and mistakes, especially in my teen years, when I got into all the wrong things.

Luckily, I had a chance to turn my life around after I spent a year in Colorado with my aunt and uncle, who taught me some valuable lessons and gave me a new perspective on life. I learned to work hard, be responsible, and appreciate God’s many gifts to man in the outdoors.

At 18, I started my own business with my biological father and a family friend. We were doing well until the housing bubble burst in 2005, and we lost everything. That same year, I had two major events that changed my life forever: I met my soon-to-be wife, and I found out I was going to be a dad.

I had to make a tough decision though. At the same time, I had both the Army and the Navy trying to recruit me, offering me various opportunities and incentives. But my uncle, a retired Naval Captain, and a man I deeply respect, persuaded me to choose the Dad Life, so I could be present with my growing family and get to know my soon-to-be daughter.

I followed his advice and found a job as a payroll clerk in corporate America. I worked my way up the ladder, moved around a bunch, and finally landed in TX where I currently Finance & Operations for a large energy consulting business. Along the way, I welcomed four more children, making a total of five.

As a busy and successful executive, I needed a way to balance my work and family life and to reconnect with my roots. I found that in coaching sports, joining the Boy Scouts with my kids, and volunteering in my church. I rediscovered my passion for volunteering and teaching, as well as my love of the outdoors, camping, and backpacking. I also found a renewed passion for firearms training, both for myself and for others. Soon after, I also joined a security ministry at my local church, where I now lead a team of about 20 security and medical volunteers from all walks of life and various backgrounds.

I’ve always been a sought-after “so-called expert” in all things I dabble in, not because I’m some highfalutin primadonna, but because I’m down to earth. I try to speak in everyday human terms that resonate with folks, and love to share every bit of knowledge I’ve been blessed with (to my kid’s disdain at times, lol), with anyone interested.

That’s why I started this blog, to share with you what I’ve learned and what I’m still learning, in a down-to-earth and relatable way. I hope you find something useful, interesting, or entertaining here. Feel free to leave a comment, ask a question, or share your own story. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for reading.