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How to become an NRA certified Reloading Instructor
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 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2012 10:42 PM
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I sent NRA Training an email about mail-testing for it since there are no trainers in my immediate area. Never heard back from them.



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I am a NRA instructor. I have found that there is very little interest in reloading in my area, (SOCAL) I have tried to set up three classes. Two were canceled due to lack of interest and my last class had a no-show rate over 50%. My classes were CHEEEP, $60.OO and I included 4 complete LEE Challenger Reloading kits, brass, powder, primers and bullets. I sold the LEE kits and gave up on teaching reloading. There was just NO interest. Seemed wierd to me, with the price and shortage of ammo these days.:confused:



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Does anyone have any idea how to find out approximately how many reloaders are in Florida? I have been jumping all over the internet, but can't seem to find the right answers. HELP!!



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I'm a BSA (boy scout) instructor. Its the same class as the NRA rifle and shotgun classes. Without the class you can't teach the kids.


Oops. I just realized that I didn't hit the quote button. Thisvwas in response to the question about what you can use the certifications for.

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Jim - How often do you teach these classes? I live about 85 miles SW of Wichita ... about 1 mile north of the OK border (kind of the end of the world) ... a place full of okies.

Would like to look into getting certified.



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Jim - ment to put this in my previous message.

Are you doing any basic pistol training courses?

I do plan on get certified as an instructor for pistol. But would like to take the basic class first - want to take my son with me and have him start the process as well.



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I had a look through the NRA site and the training site. Even though NRA HQ is in Fairfax, VA., there are _no_ TCs or CIs listed in their online pages. I'm going to give them a call directly to see if I can find out how to find one in my area (I'm in Leesburg, VA).



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JackD,
I am a member of Izaak Walton league Alexandria Chapter and NRA courses are offered to members by NRA instructors in the Chapter. If you look at gun clubs in your area you may find that some offer courses more often then others.



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@MTGreen - Thanks, MT. I'll check into that as well. I haven't heard back from NRA Training as of yet (similar to the response that Plainsman got from his inquiry)...

@Waldog - come to Virginia. I'd bet you'll get a better response!



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The problem here is we are so far Jo in NYS you never see the NRA



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I'm kind of like kwidel. I would like to learn more so I can pass on more. Are the classes expensive? Are the readily available. All I want to do is learn more and help others. I am a NRA member and I would like to help pass their knowledge on. Is there a set fee that must be charged? I'm not trying to be a smart ... I really would like to be more informed. Thanks John



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I would like to know the costs as well.



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The OP has not made a post for a while.He may not visit very often.If you want to reach him go to his profile for his E-mail addy.



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What is the benefit of being certified?



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What is the benefit of being certified?
I am cynical about this....I am an NRA Certified RSO.
In order to stay "certified", I have to pay the NRA a fee per year.
So.....how does that fee add to my knowledge base? It does not. It is a money maker for the NRA.
Don't get me wrong...the courses are good, well thought out.
I am a life member of the NRA and yet I am cynical about their money collecting practices.

About taking the "basic instructor" course first and then the course in handloading.
There is no "basic instructor" course listed at the NRA website that I could find. The courses are all "instructor" in some discipline.
Do I need to look somewhere else?
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Why would I need to be NRA Certified to teach ???

I have been teaching reloading for 3+ years now in my current facility with several students flying in from Tucson Arizona for a 3 day training course in the preparation of match quality ammo for the 50BMG target rifle as used for Sporting Purposes. I teach all aspects of reloading and testing of all loads in my equipment. None of these loads leave my facility - only the knowledge they have gained and their desire to reload ammunition to the highest standards leave this facility. I teach one-on-one whether a class of one or a class of 5. Their particular cartridge needs determines which cartridges I use for training. I have 14 various reloading presses setup on various tables for their usage. Progressive presses are available for advanced training, but all of my initial training is on Single-Stage presses only. I also teach weighing using a balance-beam scale instead of using electronic scales which have an inherent rounding error in their software. (Ceiling fan trickery is used to demonstrate errors in weighing charges accurately.)

The biggest gripe I've heard from other instructors is that all of my teaching is for free as I enjoy the teaching and the looks on the students faces when they too realize reloading can be fun when done safely. I accept no payments other than a donation to my "Heating Fund" as my shop is heated all winter to 65 degrees by in-floor radiant heating.
I have my students do a review of my training on a local Forum which is the only advertising I do - which is effectively word-of-mouth by those who have received hands-on training. I stay busy in retirement and enjoy the comradeship of others in this Sport.


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Postby BigDog58 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:43 am

I spent the day over at Oldman's house today and as always had a great time and managed to learn a few things. He also had a new reloader over there he was teaching and even though I have been tutored by Oldman for more than a year now, I have managed to pick up new things every time I'm in his presence. The man has forgotten more about reloading (and many other things) than I can EVER hope to learn.

He has taken the time and effort to help me through every step of reloading and has NEVER not answered a question I have had. He asked me to join him last year at the Alliance, NE FCSA (Fifty Caliber Shooters Association) Match. I left with him on the beginning of the trip, only hoping to at least get to shoot one of his 50BMG Rifles at least once, and at a 1000yd targets. I had never shot a 50BMG and my longest measured shooting prior to that was 600yds. We got a little way from his home that morning and all of a sudden he turned the truck around and said he had forgotten something at home. I couldn't imagine what, his truck and the trailer we were pulling were slap full on stuff. We arrive back at the house, and he goes into his shop and comes out with several Fat 50 cans
that he puts his ammo in. I'm thinking "damn, he forgot his match ammo". He loads it up
gets back in the truck and off we go, Alliance, here we come. Well after a little while he
looks over and tells me that not only will I get to shoot Friday, but "you're going to be
competing in the match". I was dumbfounded, I didn't know what to say. I managed a
meger "you're kidding"? He said "nope that was your ammo I almost forgot". The trip
suddenly got much more exciting for me, but old Murphy T. his Basset hound and constant
companion, simply slept nearly the whole trip, oblivious of my anxiousness.

Well, I got to shoot and had the Most memorable shooting experience in my 51 yrs of shooting firearms. I managed to not embarress Doug and at least hit the target. I also
learned a very important thing during that trip. Murphy T has ONE COLD DAMN NOSE! I
was bent over messing with my air mattress in only T-shirt and boxers and Murphy T
decided those "two hanging THINGS" required sniffing. Damn dog nearly made me jump
through the wall. I thought Doug was going to pee himself he laughed so hard. I, of course,
failed to see the humor, but I could swear I saw Murphy T look at his dad and grin. I still wonder just how well that dog is trained. He even whispers for a snack.

We had a few more exciting times during the trip, but I will let Oldman add to this if he
cares too. I just want to thank him for becoming a Great Friend and a Mentor. He loves and
lives Hand Loading and I am proud to just know Doug and be able to call him my friend
and brother.


It's about 12:30am Monday morning and I'm heading back to my reloading bench. Oldman has me prepping brass and I have been annealing (of course Oldman taught me this too) since about 9:15 this evening and hope to be done by 1:30am. He keeps me inspired even when I'm having a bad day. He gives me the "get up and go" when I get lazy or I'm just not sure which way to turn.

If any of you truly want to learn reloading, and actually fully understand the how's and why's you must or must not do something, take a day and setup a training class with OldmanFCSA. The drive to his house out in the "STICKS" (Sorry Doug Couldn't resist :-) )
will be worth every minute. I promise you will leave there with more knowledge than you
can absorb in one day and you just might make a new friend with a Great Guy.


Thank you for EVERYTHING Oldman, you are truly an inspiration to me. I would not be Hand Loading at the level I now am, without your guidance and help. I only hope that in some small way I can repay you for your kindness and friendship.

Big Dog ( No Cold Nose )

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Re: OldmanFCSA - I teach reloading, safely.
Postby OldmanFCSA » Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:41 am

Just an Update on some of my activities.
I am including reviews from individuals that I trained in Reloading, (note that these reviews are compiled from various website Forums that I attend):

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Reloading with OldmanFCSA
by rottenit on Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:48 pm
Just got done spending about 9 hours training with OldmanFCSA in his reloading workshop. I was/am a total noob when it comes to reloading. Up to today all I did was buy a press, some books and fooled around. Oldman showed me how to reload from start to finish. Cleaing, sizing, priming, what to look for in the cases to see if there are issues, etc. He went over the things that I should keep an eye out for to keep my reloading safe. I even got to fire off some of the rounds we made! The session gave me the confidence to start to reload on my own. A long day with 5 hours of driving but totaly worth every second!


Re: Reloading with OldmanFCSA
by Anokamnman on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:22 am
You got yourself a great instructor. He taught me about reloading too.


Re: Reloading with OldmanFCSA
by yuppiejr on Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:28 pm
Yes indeed, even on an "informal" basis I've learned at lot from him - if and when I ever get some time I'm hoping to set up a formal training session in his shop. I've gotten the basics down and can safely assemble ammunition, however getting into load development and optimization for specific firearms and purposes (target shooting/hunting/etc..) to really maximize the return for the time spent seems like it would be a logical next step.


OldmanFCSA reloading training
by sigsauersauce on Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:16 pm
I had the extreme pleasure of spending the better part of today learning the basics of reloading from OldmanFCSA and I am here to say it was quite a good time! Up to this point all I had done to get into reloading was read Lyman's 49th edition, watch some videos on Youtube, and work my way through the back posts here. OldmanFCSA walked me through the whole process start to finish; we talked through equipment, powders, primers, bullet styles, cases, technique, and everything in between. In between getting the low-down on every stage of reloading I also had the pleasure of getting the full tour of his shop and let me say that the tour alone was worth the drive!

For anyone who wants to get into reloading but is intimidated by the magnitude of opinions/resources/options out there, PM OldmanFCSA and spend some time in his shop. He is patient and takes the time to explain the whole process before he demonstrates it, and then gives great observations/feedback while you do the process yourself. He is EXTRAORDINARILY knowledgeable and was able to give me a ton of pointers. He even gave me a great deal on a used single stage press to get me started! All in all it was a great time and I feel absolutely confident in starting reloading on my own.

Re: OldmanFCSA reloading training
by FJ540 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:13 pm
I also had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Oldman out at his place today.

While I know a bit about reloading, I did appreciate the additional insights, and we touched on some more advanced topics while the other student was working on his ammo.

If you want to learn more about ammo, and how to get the most out of your guns - you'd have to be stupid to pass this opportunity up. I look forward to more schooling when it warms up a bit.


Re: Reloading Training from OldmanFCSA
by Beretta96CT on Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:31 pm
I've been looking for someone to teach me how to reload, but I am concerned about somebody who was banned from this Forum.
What did he do wrong?
Can he teach newbees like me?
Or do I need to keep looking?
It sounds like you had a great time with him, why would you recommend him, if you would?

Re: Reloading Training from OldmanFCSA
by Shipyard on Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:42 pm
don't worry about oldman... most worthwhile members of this forum (and a lot of members otherwise...) have been given a vacation for butting heads with a mod at one time or another. some come back, some don't. it's part of the daily life here in this particular "slice of heaven"...

oldman is one of the best resources and nicest **** guys you will ever meet in the gun community here. hit him up. ask a million questions. take detailed notes. enjoy.

Reloading Training from OldmanFCSA
by DoxaPar on Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:02 pm
Beretta, get up there and see him. Probably want to allow for more time than I did however (I was up there for about 2 hrs).

If he can teach this newbie he can teach you too. Like I I said, I have zero reloading experience.

Don't worry about the suspension. Better yet, read his posts here and judge for yourself.

Re: Reloading Training from OldmanFCSA
by wildfan1 on Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:31 pm
Oldman is salt of the earth. One of the most genuine and nicest guys I've ever met, and a dang nice dog too. Really sorry to hear the ban hammer hit him, but thankfully I am close and can swing by and chat with him often.

Re: Reloading Training from OldmanFCSA
by BigDog58 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:05 am
wildfan1 wrote:Oldman is salt of the earth. One of the most genuine and nicest guys I've ever met, and a dang nice dog too. Really sorry to hear the ban hammer hit him, but thankfully I am close and can swing by and chat with him often.

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One of the (if not the best) guys on this bulletin board. I travel the 45+ miles to his house at least once a month. I sometimes go for information, others just to visit. I am proud to call him my friend and hope he feels the same. I know that even on my "just visit" I have learned something. And, I always want to steal Murphy when I leave

Oldman will be back soon and he will still help as many of us as he can. It's his nature and it will take more than a little slap from a place like this to change or hurt him.

Re: Reloading Training from OldmanFCSA
by LumberZach on Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:30 pm
He doesn't have a shop or something nearby to go to does he? I have been considering the reloading training as well.

Re: Reloading Training from OldmanFCSA
by DoxaPar on Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:07 pm
LumberZach wrote:He doesn't have a shop or something nearby to go to does he? I have been considering the reloading training as well.
Make the drive. I felt like it was a long ways away but it turned out to be just a beautiful drive. Nice country up there/over there.

Re: Reloading Training from OldmanFCSA
by greenfarmer on Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:45 pm
Beretta96CT wrote:I've been looking for someone to teach me how to reload, but I am concerned about somebody who was banned from this Forum.
What did he do wrong?
Can he teach newbees like me?
Or do I need to keep looking?
It sounds like you had a great time with him, why would you recommend him, if you would?


I don't really know him, I have just read his posts on here. I will say from what i have saw, he's probably forgotten more about reloading than any of us will ever know.And i'm pretty sure if anyone on here has a question about reloading, they will all look to him, or ask him. I love reading his posts because they are always full of a ton of knowledge. And it's first hand knowledge. It's not "heresay". I know when i want to start, if i decide to, i'm going to see if he would be interested in teaching me as well. And trust me, i'd be a complete newbie to reloading. And in my mind, if you want to learn, ask people (like oldman) who have an abundance of knowledge when it comes to reloading. You don't want something bad to happen with reloads as your trying to learn yourself unless you have read enough on it and are confident enough in yourself to know what your doing.


Reloading Training from OldmanFCSA
by DoxaPar on Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:25 pm
I finally had a chance to get up to see OldmanFCSA this afternoon for some reloading training. I'm a complete novice but have some gear already but have never reloaded a round.

First, Oldman is just a nice guy. I enjoyed chatting with him and just BS'ing about guns, life, reloading, etc.

Secondly, the training was just invaluable. He took me through each stage of the reloading process (we reloaded 9mm and .308) on single-stages presses. This was just a great way to do the training as it allowed me to fully understand each step in the reloading process.

Not only is he a good teacher but just a darn generous guy. I can't wait to get up there again. I'm sure I'll be able to figure out another excuse to go hang out with him.


OldmanFCSA reloading training
by Snofish on Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:43 pm
Today I had the privilege to take the reloading training offered by OldmanFCSA . I highly recommend him to others starting out that want to gain a solid foundation to safely build upon .

It is very tempting just to run out and buy a press/components, read a manual or two, watch a few youtube videos and go at it.
I did not do that. I did not load one round prior to meeting him.

After taking his class I feel that I can safely begin my reloading journey with confidence.
I plan on returning for future training once I gain some experience.

In todays society of "good old boys" clubs, arrogant elite, etc., It is reassuring to know that there are good folks out there like OldmanFCSA who take time out of their life and offer to help "strangers" asking nothing more than a donation to heat the shop and keep the lights on!

Thanks OldmanFCSA!

Re: OldmanFCSA reloading training
by Snofish on Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:22 pm
First off Murphy "T" was just a riot! Excellent reloading companion you have there...Guard dog, not likely- Living doorbell, absolutely!

Of course I thoroughly enjoyed shooting my first reloads!!- Don't you remember the look you gave me when I kept emptying magazines?!?!?!?--The whole time you were probably thinking "Geez 10 rounds is probably enough buddy"...

My brother was equally satisfied with the training session , and very happy he received bonus .308 components/training!!... even though he has one of those "POS FAL's"

I hope you were just giving me a hard time when you said "I hate reloading .40"- because that is what I would be interested in next time . Perhaps you will have your top secret experimental prototype super duper .40 die perfected and patented, ready for a hands on demonstration.
I am pretty sure my brother will bring components for his Evil Black Rifle(.223) next time.

Just to echo what myself and others have stated before me , I appreciate your contribution to this board and your willingness to help the new reloaders out so they may be safe and confident.

Thank you!
Snofish


Re: OldmanFCSA reloading training
by BigDog58 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:09 am
Snofish, Better hands, you could not be in! Doug is the "Real Deal" and gives from his heart. He started me almost a year ago, and still helps me figure out odd issues that arise. And, I get to puppy sit Mr. Murphy. He knows he as much at Home at the Big Dog Casa as he is at the Oldman Palace.
If you listen to Doug, you will learn to make the best ammo you can possibly make.

I am proud to have been one of his students, and even more proud that he is one of my Best Friends now. I know no finer man than OldmanFCSA, and that's from this Old Dog's Heart


Re: OldmanFCSA reloading training
by captnviper on Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:47 am
Doug did not make me feel stupid or inferior for being new to loading and freely offered his knowledge as years of experience. Thank you Doug


Re: OldmanFCSA reloading training
by CarRacer on Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:40 pm
I received some training yesterday. I learned a ton about the hows and whys for loading up rifle rounds. Even though I have loaded up pistol rounds before, it was invaluable to be able to bounce questions off of Doug and benefit from his years of experience. I was able to learn new techniques for loading and get some better ideas on what equipment to use as well.

I also got to see one of his 50 BMG target rifles and that thing was bonkers. Thanks again for having me out and I highly recommend others take him up on his generous offer.


Re: reloading training w/OldmanFCSA
by dupa on Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:37 pm
well I'm just going to add on here.. was out at OldmanFCSA for the better part of this afternoon. he has quite the set up and took the time to explain things. I appreciate his patients with my questions and his explaining where people go wrong and how to keep things safe and enjoyable.

I would recommend him to anyone who needs a fine tune. or if your just getting into it and want to walk through the equipment.. good people,
THANKS.


reloading training w/OldmanFCSA
by Sprouticus on Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:58 pm
I just had my first reloading training today with Doug, aka “OldmanFCSA”.

It was a great experience, he walked me through all the steps giving many useful insights into why you need to do things a certain way.

I had read a few manuals before going (never loaded any ammo before today), and new the basic steps. But Doug has a way of making you explain these steps to him that made me wish I read even more.

So if you are thinking about getting into reloading, look him up you won’t regret it.
One last thing he had some very good advice on equipment, as he has used most brands and types of reloading gear.

Sprouticus


Re: Reloading with oldmanFCSA
by brad3579 on Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:04 pm
bigscoop wrote:just got back from Doug's a little while ago, wow what a wealth of knowledge. I probably learned more from the questions he asked me than what I asked him .He took the time to answer all questions I had and really made me think about his (watch out for trick questions )I'm glad he let me come over and will be asking him if I can come back to go over pistol loading some day and to see Murph the whispering/pointing basket hound. Thanks again Doug

I had the pleasure of being there at the same time as Barry and have to say anyone thinking about reloading should contact Doug first. Having not reloaded for about 25 years it was very comforting to have Doug help me set up my 550b for .40 S&W and show me the safe and proper way to load with it. It was great to take the freshly loaded rounds out back and test them out and is really nice to know that I can call or go visit again if new questions arise.
Murphy T is just a great dog and on my next visit I will definitely have to bring him some treats.
Nice meeting you today Barry and thanks again Doug for everything,

Re: Reloading with oldmanFCSA
by bigscoop on Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:40 pm
just got back from Doug's a little while ago, wow what a wealth of knowledge. I probably learned more from the questions he asked me than what I asked him .He took the time to answer all questions I had and really made me think about his (watch out for trick questions )I'm glad he let me come over and will be asking him if I can come back to go over pistol loading some day and to see Murph the whispering/pointing basket hound. Thanks again Doug

Re: Reloading with oldmanFCSA
by brewerbob on Sat May 03, 2014 5:31 pm
My son and I were out at Oldman's today to shoot 50's. The goofy grin on my son's face after the first shot was priceless. Doug showed us around his place and we will be heading back soon for reloading instruction and shooting. A gracious host. I hope to learn a lot from him.


Reloading with oldmanFCSA
by dupa on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:29 pm
so originally I just piggybacked on another review. but thought I'll just toss my own up here.
was out at dougs most of the afternoon today. and I'm glad I found someone willing to take the time to sit and walk through the process.. he explained each step and the reason for it and it really put all the pieces together for me. He made it easy to ask questions and had great examples to teach the finer points.
I was under the thought that I could figure it out.. and was hesitant to take the Doug up on his open offer in the forum. glad I did.. and I can't thank him enough for walking me through the process and sharing his knowledge, he truly has a passion for reloading and has built up quite a collection of equipment.

look forward to running out there again some weekend.
Wayne


(Another) Review of Reloading with OldmanFCSA
by Ron Burgundy on Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:04 pm
Today I had the opportunity to spend a little time learning the basics of reloading with OldmanFCSA. Man, I wish I would have done this a year ago! Doug is a kind man and has graciously offered training to me and other members of this forum again and again. Hearing the rave reviews of other MNGTers who spent time with Doug was what pushed me to go see what this guy was all about. I'm glad I did. I thought I'd add a quick review for anyone else thinking about reloading.

Prior to training with Doug, I had zero reloading experience. I've watched a lot of videos on YouTube (a lot) and spent a considerable time lurking over in the reloading forums of the Highroad and Brian Enos. I had a basic understanding of the process but Doug really made it real. Reading or watching reloading is one thing -- experiencing it in a SAFE and friendly atmosphere is another. There is something about doing each step on the single stage (and later on the 550) that made it 'click'.

Having no prior reloading experience, safety was a hug concern for me. Working with Doug really eased my concern. We verified data in manuals, double checked charges and measurements at a pace that I could feel comfortable with. I have a healthy respect for the process and Doug made sure I knew what I was doing at all times. No micromanagement, no harsh directives - just a watchful eye and carefully crafted questions. I felt completely confident when I lit off my first round. That is something I will never forget!

Doug has a real gift for teaching. There is something about his method of asking questions and letting the student get their hands dirty that really worked for me.

So, if you have even the slightest inkling that you may be interested in reloading, I highly recommend you spend a little time with Doug. If you're lucky, maybe he'll even drag out the .50. That thing was nuts.



Another) Review of Reloading with OldmanFCSA
by Ron Burgundy on Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:38 am
Bump for a good guy.
I set-up my press (550b) and chrono'd my first 50 rounds on Saturday. What a rush! Thanks again to Oldman FCSA for the training!



Reloading Training Review from FCSA Member Forum. This person was from Tucson AZ.


Posted 8-31-2014, 01:16 AM
I must apologize to Doug for taking so long to post a review of his training. Life was very hectic when I got home. I was the lucky sole recipient of his training for the whole weekend. He and his lovely bride made me feel very welcome and comfortable. It was like staying at a resort, I think I even put on a few pounds! His training technique worked very well with me. It was relaxed, but we stayed at it. It was very interactive meaning we discussed everything we did as we went thru the reloading process together. We discussed different techniques and tools, how they differ and their results. He did not tell me his was the only way to load! He showed me what was currently working for him and told me what he had tried in the past that lead him to this point. I can't begin to tell you how much frustration his training spared me! At the end, I used his checklist to take 10 pieces of once fired LC brass (from a Barrett Semi-auto) and was able to process them completely and comfortably with only a few questions! Years ago I reloaded .38s for plate shoots/combat matches and .223s for high power matches (DCM) but they were nothing compared to the complexity of reloading Match Grade .50! BigDog Jim and his wife brought the State Arms Shorty to Doug's so I could shoot the 10 rounds I just finished loading. They all worked flawlessly. BANG--GRIN! BANG--GRIN! Etc... Doug is a great guy and I can't thank him enough for taking the time to show me so much and for sharing his experience with me. True to his word, Doug did not charge me a dime for my training. But there is no way I could take so much of his time, hospitality, and his patience without making a donation to the Reloading/Training Fund. He was even kind enough to sell me some extra reloading equipment I needed to help me get started. After all this, BigDog Jim and his wife took me back into town with them and let me stay at their house overnight so I could catch a morning flight the next day. More wonderful food, great people... I can't think of a more positive experience! I thank you all for the fun, friendship, and knowledge you shared with me!
Stuart

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I can be reached here by PM or by e-mail at: OldmanFCSA@aol.com

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I'm thinking about getting certified as a reloading instructor if for no other reason than to improve my own knowledge.



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Does anyone have any idea how to find out approximately how many reloaders are in Florida? I have been jumping all over the internet, but can't seem to find the right answers. HELP!!
I know of at least ten in Jacksonville alone, at the company I work for. and another 5 in Ocala area definitely but those are only those personally known by me lol



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