OF THE WEEK:
Joe, The Gun Guy
By Desiree Gaoiran, Staff Writer
Joe Holdmann, owner and
operator of Concealed Carry Firearms, has lived in the area for 15
years. He has been shooting since he was a young child and by the time
he finished high school he had 150,000 rounds under his belt. At the
age of 17 he entered into the Army and at 18 he received his Sergeant
stripes. When he retired from the Army after seven years he lived in
Alaska and made his living hunting. Joe started as an instructor out of
boredom and has continued because of his intense desire to help
people learn the proper techniques to protect themselves and
their families from danger. There are 100,000 NRA instructors in the US
and out of all of them he was named the NRA instructor- recruiter of
the year in 2011. Joe has almost every certification that the NRA
offers. He has trained police officers, military officials, and
receives a lot of referrals from them.
Look for Joe the Gun Guy's banner, located upstairs, suite 218 in the Pony Village Mall . (Photo By Desiree Gaoiran)
“When an instructor signs off that you can carry a
gun there are three very important aspects,” Joe explains.
“I am going to sign a piece of paper that you are going to take
to the Sheriff’s department and if you’re not disqualified
from being able to obtain your permit, the Sheriff has no other choice
but to give you your permit. Once I sign off that you are able to carry
the gun, your personal safety becomes the most important thing.”
Joe takes gun safety very seriously. He continues,
“Every day you wake up, get dressed, put the gun in your pocket,
then leave for an 8 -10 hour work day. When you get home you’re
going to be tired, hungry, maybe even anxious for the game to start.
When you’re distracted, it can become dangerous.”
There are 20,000 laws pertaining to concealed weapons
permits and a violation can land you in jail. This is why it is very
important to become educated about the basic laws. When a situation
calls for you to draw a gun, your life is on the line. There is a 50/50
chance that one of you is going to overwhelm the other. There is always
a winner and a loser and if you lose at this you can be killed.
Carrying a gun is not a joke. It must be done with respect for what it
is that you’re trying to do and that is to protect yourself and
those around you.
Joe trains a couple thousand people a year across 15
states, working 360 days a year. He is an unpaid volunteer and his fees
cover his expenses and anything left over is donated. Mr. Holdmann
offers classes by appointment only. To receive your carry and conceal
permit, no shooting or testing is required. Joe also offers personal
protection classes, tactical classes, and even trick shooting! Want to
learn how to shoot a quarter out of the sky? Joe is your man. He even
teaches a night laser shooting class! Joe stresses that as long as
you’re legal to carry a gun, you should never leave home without
it! It could truly mean the difference between death and waking up the
next day. He is located upstairs at the Pony Village Mall, suite 218.
To contact Joe Holdmann for an appointment call 541-290-2498.
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