Last year a group of friends and I got together with the idea that we don’t get to shoot often enough during Illinois winters. Between the snow, ice, cold temperatures and the arctic blasts, none of us really want to go outside to shoot. But, the nearest indoor range is [read more]
Over the last few years, I’ve met two types of concealed carry holders: the ones who actually carry and the ones who got the license to say they have the license. Today, I was dispatched to a residence because the homeowner had found a piece of electronic equipment in their [read more]
A few weeks ago I qualified all the officers in our department with their duty weapons, off duty weapons and the shotguns in their squad cars. Unfortunately, they won’t shoot their duty weapons until we qualify with our patrol rifles in two months. Several officers made some mistakes and didn’t [read more]
James B. Towle hosted us for a day of shooting at the Athena Gun Range after a day of shooting the Stop the Threat series with myself (Rich Portwood), Wes Doss and Duncan Stewart.
Winter has never been one of my favorite times of year and it is my least favorite time to practice and train. Spring time means more than just renewing my hope the Cubs win it all this year, it means a chance to shoot some USPSA and IDPA matches and [read more]
I decided to have some friends over to watch the first two episodes of the new season. I had recorded the first and then we watched the second episode as it aired at 8 P.M. Central time. Would you believe we talked about the episodes until 2 A.M.? No, we [read more]
One of my passions in life is motorcycles. I love riding and it’s something that binds me to a lot of my friends but no one has ever asked me, “What kind of motorcycle should I buy?” Now, I’ve had everything you can imagine (Harley, Suzuki, Honda, Triumph….cruisers, enduro’s, crotch [read more]
Portwood is a Senior Patrolman in the Jerseyville, IL Police Dept, and is a certified police firearms instructor. He received his credentials from the Police Training Institute. He is also a competitive shooter in USPSA and IDPA and an NRA range safety officer. Currently Officer Portwood is focusing on a [read more]