For starters, “about us” is really “about me.” Not to be self-serving or anything but I, Rich Wells, am TriggerAction. This is for all intents and purposes a one man business.
Yours truly grew up on a small, family-owned dairy farm in western New York. And while my family members like to live, breathe and eat hunting and fishing, it just wasn’t the thing for me. I spent my fair amount of time around firearms (we had a large gravel pit nearby that people from all over would come to shoot and I had access to every type of pistol, rifle and shotgun imaginable) but when I got bit by the computer bug (can anyone say Atari 2600 and Commodore 64?), everything else just faded away.
I would then go on to college for computer engineering and spend the next 30 years around computers learning how to build and program them for various products. I would go on to work for 25 years at IBM doing software engineering for the PowerPC microprocessor development group working on such glorious things as the Nintendo Gamecube/Wii/Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the chips in MANY other devices from set-top boxes to cell phones, printers, cameras and more.
Shortly after college I joined the US Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol where I started as a 2nd Lieutenant radio operator with an aircraft crew flying various emergency service missions (search and rescue, disaster relief, etc.). I worked my way up to 1st Lieutenant (navigator) and finally Captain (pilot). That’s how I came to be an amateur radio license holder as well as a FCC-certified single-engine pilot.
Fast forward to fairly recently and from out of nowhere I was told by friends that our church would be holding a concealed carry handgun class. At the time I thought little of it but it sparked something in me because I began to notice in a very strong sense the attacks being made on our 2nd Amendment rights as well as the increase in violent crimes, carjackings and home invasions. With that being said, the next thing I know d I ended up taking the class and getting my Concealed Handgun Permit..
Once I had my concealed permit my life went into high gear as I studied everything there was regarding personal defense whether it be from other firearms instructors in various fields, web sites, books, magazines and DVDs. It was then that I decided that most of the American public was unaware of what was going on around them just as I had been a few months earlier. To do what I could to help, I decided I would pursue a certification in firearms training from the NRA.
Once this was accomplished I would then have the basic credentials I needed to take the concealed carry permit instructor course. After being on the state’s waiting list for 6 months I was finally able to take (and pass) the Laws Concerning Concealed Handgun and Use of Deadly Force Laws class at the NC Justice Academy in Salemburg. I have also become certified as an NRA Range Safety Officer and plan to pursue other NRA courses and instructor ratings (rifle, shotgun, home defense, etc.) so that I may hopefully be able to pass along more knowledge and skills to those who want to safely exercise their 2nd Amendment rights just as I am.
To further educate people I studied everything I could and obtained a lot of experience regarding handguns because this is the most popular type of self-defense weapon for the average civilian. This culminated in my writing of a self-published book entitled Buying Your First Handgun which also serves as the basis for a class I teach by the same name. These resources help people to quickly learn the language and features regarding modern handguns so that they are in a much better position to buy their next pistol for home defense or conceal carry.
Fast forward again and over the past few years we have been averaging about 1500 people trained each year, most in terms of getting their conceal permit but many newcomers to the firearms realm enjoy our Basic Handgun and Introduction to Firearms classes.