Gear Report Named to Defender Ammunition Company’s Team Defender 2016!

Defender Ammunition Company has named their sponsored shooters for 2016, known collectively as “Team Defender” (click here for their official Team Defender page). We made the cut! Yeah, we were surprised […]

Defender Ammunition Company

Defender Ammunition Company has named their sponsored shooters for 2016, known collectively as “Team Defender” (click here for their official Team Defender page).

We made the cut!

Yeah, we were surprised too, since “sponsored shooters” are typically serious shooting sports competitors. While various Gear Report writers may occasionally enter a local match, we are too busy reviewing gear to compete regularly. We don’t bill ourselves as “shooting competitors”. We really appreciate Defender Ammunition Company thinking outside the box to support what we do at Gear Report. The Gear Report team has worked hard to redefine what a “review site” can be by producing detailed and honest reviews, accompanied by videos, when appropriate.  Looks like Defender Ammunition Company sees the value in our approach to helping outdoor enthusiasts find the right gear for their needs.

I asked Krissy at Defender Ammunition Company a few questions about Team Defender:

How did you pick the members of Team Defender?

“We chose our people based on their enthusiasm for shooting sports, varying skill levels and their interest in helping shooting sports grow. Most of our sponsored shooters are also coaches or part of a training program. It’s important to us to help them out as much as possible so they can help promote and get others interested in continued training/practice.”

What values are important to Defender Ammunition Company

“I would say that [commitment to training] is one of our core values as a company . It breaks my heart when I hear someone say “I’m taking this CCW course and I only need 100 rounds, so that’s all I’m picking up”. They think that one 8-hour course will make them competent and safe with their firearm in hand. It’s a crying shame. Anything we can do to encourage continued growth, we’re going to do. … Our sponsored shooters are so good about sending this message.”

What new products are on the way from Defender Ammunition Company?

“Our top tier shooters are working with the production guys right now to make a 9mm load specifically designed for competitive shooting. We’re going to unveil that in the next few weeks. It’s going to be AWESOME!!”

Team Defender 2016

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  • Veterans of US Air force, US Army, US Navy
  • NRA instructors
  • Boy Scouts of America Firearms Instructors
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Media Member
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 Ray Helms Defender Ammunition Company sponsored shooter Ray Helms - Team Defender 2016  Competition shooter:

  • 3-gun
  • LEO/MIL sniper competitions
  • TPC competitions
Check out Ray’s Top Shot audition video

 

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 Travis Denman Defender Ammunition Company sponsored shooter Travis Denman - Team Defender 2016  Competition shooter:

  • 3-gun

Retired US Army

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 Aaron Cress Defender Ammunition Company sponsored shooter Aaron Cress - Team Defender 2016  Competition shooter:

  • 3-gun
  • GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF)
  • NRA
  • IDPA

NRA Instructor:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Civilian
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 Ben Simcox Defender Ammunition Company sponsored shooter Ben Simcox - Team Defender 2016 Competition shooter:

  • Outlaw
  • Steel
  • IDPA
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 Tina Martin-Nims Defender Ammunition Company sponsored shooter Tina Martin-Nims - Team Defender 2016  Competition shooter:

  • Multi-Gun USPSA
  • Limited division USPSA
  • Factory division 3 Gun
  • Production IDPA
  • Zombie Shooters Association matches

Certified Concealed Carry Instructor for the State of North Carolina

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 Kevin Mangin Defender Ammunition Company sponsored shooter Kevin Mangin - Team Defender 2016 Competition shooter:

  • GSSF
  • USPSA
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Look for Kevin’s videos on the Peak Firearms Training channel

 Matt Wentzel Defender Ammunition Company sponsored shooter Kevin Mangin - Team Defender 2016 Competition shooter:

  • IDPA
  • USPSA
  • GSSF

NRA Pistol instructor, North Carolina Concealed Carry Instructor and also a Law Enforcement General Instructor

LEO

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About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits.

A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.