Bill Clark - Under my father's watchful eye, I fired my first shot
at the age of 6 through a .22 revolver. I don't even
remember if I hit the target, but I was hooked. For
the next 8 years I shot infrequently. When I was pursuing my
Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting merit badge
that I began shooting on a more regular basis.
In 1995 while I began
attending the University at Albany in pursuit of a degree in
Computer Science. During this period I was able to shoot only while home on weekends and
during breaks, as they frown on keeping firearms in the
In 2002 I became an NRA
certified firearms instructor with the initial intent to teach the shotgun
and rifle shooting merit badges to Boy Scouts. I have been teaching for
over 8 years now. My goal is to introduce new people
to shooting and improve the skill of those already involved
in the shooting sports.
Although, I have won shooting
competitions in rifle, shotgun and pistol my true passion lies in
identifying the best teaching methods and applying those
methods to benefit my students.
I currently live in
Springfield, VA where I currently am employed as a
government contractor in the telecommunications field
Kaan Canturk - My association
with firearms started at a very young age. Every family
reunion, for a family full of Marines, revolves around
firearms. I spent summers out on the family farms shooting
and working with the hunting dogs. I have fond memories of
sitting in the car, so young I was unable to see out of the
window, and just arriving at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club
for family days at the range. My family is so “pro gun”
that on the weekend of the Million Mom March (also the
weekend of my 21st birthday), my mother was
taking me out to buy my first handgun.
In high school I joined the Army JROTC
unit. I excelled with military discipline. In 1995, the
high school allowed my JROTC unit to install an indoor rifle
range and our high school rifle team was born. My ability
to shoot and my strict adherence to safety on the line
granted me the position of Rifle Team Capitan and Range
Officer. In college I spent evenings and weekends at the
range competing in pistol competitions.
Between the Army youth leadership
programs in high school and my 3 years in Army ROTC in
college, I’ve qualified “expert” 6 times with the M16. My
passion for America’s Black Rifle was started before I could
drive a car. I’ve read about, built, and/or fired just
about every variation of this very versatile rifle in my
short life time.
I currently work as a civilian
contractor for Army Human Resource Command as a combat
On a hot June day I remember fighting with wrapping paper, scrabbling to open the box of my Model 1894 Daisy, my 8th birthday present from my parents. It was my constant companion that summer and many summers after, hiking through West Virginia forest, or practicing my marksmanship on paper targets and cardboard bb traps. It was the beginning of what proved to be a life long hobby.
Coming from a family filled with law enforcement and ex-military, firearm safety had been drilled into my head from an early age. Combine that with an aptitude for things mechanical and firearm collecting & shooting, (especially semi-automatics and old military surplus) became a natural niche for me to fall into after graduating from college. I have found that a large part of the joy of this hobby is spreading that passion and knowledge to others.
I am currently employed as a government contractor in the IT field.