Women’s Personal and Professional Safety Classes

This year, tens of thousands of Americans will report being assaulted and many, many more will find themselves in potentially dangerous confrontations. Many of them will be women.

Our Women’s Personal and Professional Safety Classes presents a comprehensive and systematic approach to feeling in control in a world that sometimes seems out of control. From early prevention to last-ditch physical resistance, this class gives you the tools you need to deal effectively with situations ranging from uncomfortable to life-threatening.

In this class you will be given the tools to be able to look at someone without giving him or her permission to speak to you?

You will be provided examples of how you can mantain your personal space and boundaries even when “a friend gets too friendly”?

How to create and establish a presence of being strong, to look strong, even when you may not feel strong?

And while this class does not teach weapon use we can provide information on carrying weapons that will allow you to make an informed choice.

It is the goal of our our Women’s Personal and Professional Safety Class program for you to leave you with self- confidence; the assurance that comes from knowing that you are equipped to face an emergency.

This program is presented in two parts on two different evenings. Part One will discuss middle ground self-defense. Part Two is hands on and is very physical. You must attend Part One to participate in Part Two. You may participate as much or as little as you want Thursday night.

The instructor for this program is Christopher M. Smaby, training specialist for the Cedar Rapids Police Department and chief instructor for the Japan Karate Association of Iowa.

January 27, 2015 6:00 to 9:30 PM Part One
January 29, 2015 6:00 to 9:30 PM Part Two

February 24, 2015 6:00 to 9:30 PM Part One
February 26, 2015 6:00 to 9:30 PM Part Two

March 24, 2015 6:00 to 9:30 PM Part One
March 26, 2015 6:00 to 9:30 PM Part Two

Please call the store at 319-447-6140 to register.

Introduction to Pistol (Women Only) April 11, 2015

Cedar Valley Outfitters will be hosting a Womens Only Introduction to Pistol Class on April 11, 2015 at the North Linn Fish and Game Club in Central City, IA. This class will begin at 8:30 AM and end approximately around 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided as will coffee, snacks and drinks. The class time will be split between classroom instruction and range time. The class cost is $100.00

This class is designed for the beginning or novice shooter but will offer skill building opportunities for those who have already shot before. You will receive instruction in the proper grip of your pistol, stance and pistol manipulation and handling skills in a defensive context.

Class gear requirements are:
Your carry pistol (.380 Auto or larger)
300 rounds of ammunition for your pistol
A strong side OWB holster
Double magazine pouch
3 magazines (minimum)
Range belt

Please call the store at (319) 447-6140 to register. If you don’t have a firearm let us know when registering and arrangements will be made to provide one for this class.

Those prepaying for the class will receive a certificate good for 10% off on a one time specific gear list.

You’re That Guy!

As many of my friends know I (CJ) was assaulted Sunday morning August 31, 2014 in a robbery attempt of the bicycle I was riding. I was punched in the face and had teeth broken. But I stayed on my bike and my assailant was unsuccessful in his attempt to steal my bike.

Ernie reached out to me and we had several talks that helped me sort out my head. I told him I wanted “good to come out of my assault” and it has. From the free class he offered “Personal Safety Concepts For Inside And Outside Your Home” in October 2014 to many other efforts good continues to come from me getting punched.

I’ve had people meet me and say “You’re that guy” after they realize I was the guy who got punched. I’m good with that. I am “that guy” and I’m always glad to share how things have changed for me.

Ernie knows of my avocation for working with rescue dogs (Two of our three dogs are rescue pitbulls) and he is printing these new CVO shirts and selling them for $20.00 with $5.00 from each shirt sale going to Last Hope Animal Rescue, the rescue I volunteer with.

You can pre-order your shirt here by stating the quantity and sizes you would like in the comments section of our Facebook page. The shirts will be printed on a light heather gray color.

I Carry A Gun Every Day

I Carry A Gun Every Day by Ernie Traugh

Every day I get up and put on a gun. It’s part of my daily routine. No different from making coffee or feeding the dogs before I leave for work.

There is so much misinformation about who that makes me. I’m a “gun nut.” I’m one of “those right-wing Second Amendment people.” I’m the scourge of the earth to some.

Funny how that works.

They don’t even know me but they are worried that I’m what’s wrong with this country, this state and this city I call home. I walk among them and they don’t even know it. I’m the guy in the jeans and Under Armour shirt, the guy in the $200 sport coat and $125 shoes, the guy in Nike pants and a hoodie, and some days I’m the guy with dirty hands from working in the yard, but most of all I’m the guy they never see.

Oh, they acknowledge me sometimes. When I hold the door for them because my parents raised me that way. When I let them go ahead of me in line at the gas station because they seem to be in a hurry. When I pick up their baby’s pacifier in the aisle at the grocery store and hand it back to them because it fell out and they didn’t notice. But they don’t see me. I’m just another guy in the store with things in my hand. But only my left hand. I don’t carry things in my right hand. Not at the store. Not in public.

Why? Because I’m “that guy.” I know that bad things happen. Every day. Everywhere. So I try to be aware. I try to study my surroundings. I expect to not see it coming every time. I expect that evil may show up while I’m shopping or walking through the mall or eating at a restaurant. It doesn’t make me crazy. It doesn’t make me paranoid. It simply makes me aware. Unlike a lot of people that walk by me every day. Looking at their phones, their notes, their purses, or any of the other distractions that plague us. I get it.

I also get that there are wolves. Hungry. Lean. Skilled at their trade. Studying you. Studying me. They like you. They don’t like me. I see them at the mall. I see them at the gas station. I see them right here in this town. Do they know I’m armed? No, they don’t. They know that I’m aware. I look at them. Kill them with kindness. It’s a like a mutual agreement. I see you; you see me. Let’s not kid each other.

It’s weird in a way. The man and his friend in the store that looked all around and even glanced at the camera above us — those guys see me. I’m aware that the door is over there. I’m aware that the coffee pot is within reach and full. He urges me to go first to the counter. “Oh no, you go please. I have all day,” I reply. Now he has to make a purchase. Now he knows I’m polite …. I’m polite and I do not want them behind me in line.

The lady with her kid? She doesn’t notice me, but I’m there. I have a phone. I have a flashlight. I have two knives. I have a firearm. And I have a plan. If this doesn’t go well I want to get her and that little one out of here. Chances are nothing is going to happen until they’re gone anyway. I’d like to leave too.

One man asks the other a question. He hands the guy a few extra bucks to make the purchase of an item at the counter. They leave. I make my purchase. I call the employee by name and tell him to have a good night. I walk to the door and hold it open for the woman approaching. She says, “Thanks.” I say, “Yes ma’am.” Then, poof. I’m gone.

Just another uneventful trip to the store. The best kind ever. It’s funny those men truly saw me but other customers didn’t. Why? Maybe too busy. Maybe too much on their minds. Maybe because they didn’t worry for one second about those two men or me.

When I get home I don’t tell my wife about the two men who lingered. The two men who entered together but stood so far apart. The two men that seemed to have no sense of purpose or item they were in search of. No need to talk of them because nothing happened. This happens daily. Sometimes once. Sometimes multiple times. I like uneventful days.

Most people don’t know me. But man, they sure do judge me. If I use a gun to defend myself they will read about it. They will hear about it. They will weigh in on what should have happened.

I have seen bad people do bad things. I have seen good people dumbfounded and in shock because they couldn’t comprehend what was happening in front of them or, worse yet, to them. It’s not fun or pretty to think about, so most people don’t. They don’t stay awake late at night watching videos from self-defense experts. They don’t read the articles. They don’t look at unedited news on the Internet. They don’t search out the videos of people fighting for their lives and losing.

A man stabbed outside a bar. A couple hijacked and killed in front of the store. A store clerk shot even after complying with a robber’s demands. A video from inside the grocery store of a mad man with a gun shooting people while looking for his ex. Dashboard cameras of an officer involved in a shooting. It’s an ugly world so they choose not to see it.

I don’t train for the warm fuzzy days where everyone gets along. I train for the other days. I try to round out my skill sets. I look at what others have done to succeed. I watch videos of those who haven’t. Some refer to it as making something good out of something bad. Like watching videos of officers being killed as every person that’s gone through any type of law enforcement academy has had to do. Learn from others’ experiences.

People from all walks of life legally carry guns. Some are men and some are women. Some are old and some are young. The ones I know train. The ones I know are aware: Aware of their surroundings. And aware of all of the armchair quarterbacking that will be done if they ever have to use that tool of last resort on their belt. So why do it anyway? Because they value their life and the lives of others. Simple.

My so-called “gun nut” friends and customers are some of the most congenial, trustworthy people I know. I only wish everyone had such friends. I wish everyone understood like I do.

Ernie Traugh is owner operator of Cedar Valley Outfitters, which opened in 2001, and has been a reserve police officer since 2004. Comments: ernie@cedarvalleyoutfitters.org

Fundamentals Of Combat Focus Shooting 4/26/2015

Cedar Valley Outfitters is pleased to have Ken Crawford come to the area to teach Fundamentals of Combat Focus Shooting on April 26, 2015. Crawford is a Defensive Handgun Coach, FitShot Coach, and Combat Focus Shooting Instructor with I.C.E. Training.

The Fundamentals of CFS is a one day course that will expose the student to all the core principles and fundamentals of the Combat Focus® Shooting Program. This course will cover the basics of intuitive defensive shooting, Combat Accuracy, The Balance of Speed & Precision, an introduction to the understanding the Body’s Natural Reactions during a Dynamic Critical Incident, understanding the integration of lateral motion and additional concepts as time allows.

This Course will provide the student with an understanding of true Counter Ambush training with a defensive firearm, base level defensive shooting skills and a training methodology for continuing to develop those skills.

To register for this class please visit Cedar Valley Outfitters in person or call the store at 319-447-6140. The class size is limited to 14.  The cost of this class is $200 and will be held at the North Linn Fish and Game Club in Central City, Iowa.

In addition to the class fee students will need to provide their carry gun, a minimum of 500 rounds of ammunition (bringing extra is a good idea as the round count can easily be increased), a strong side quality holster (Kydex), belt, a minimum of three extra magazines, 2 magazine holder, knee pads, notebook and pencil. Please bring extra clothing appropriate for the weather and time of year.

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