John "Mike" Bain is the owner of Defensive Specialties, LLC. He is a State-Licensed Instructor for Georgia's Armed and Unarmed Security Officers and Private Investigators.
He is a Regional Counselor for the NRA's Refuse to be a Victim® Program and is also certified as an NRA Law Enforcement Instructor for Pistol and Shotgun. (More LE certifications will be coming.)
Mike holds NRA Distinguished Expert ratings in both pistol and rifle.
His background includes 14 years in law enforcement and the military to include being an Alabama State Trooper, a Mississippi State Harbor Police Shift Supervisor, and a US Army Military Policeman. While in the US Army, he also served with the 63rd Chemical Company as an Assistant Squad Leader. While with the 63rd, he was trained in Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Operations.
Mike is a Operation Desert Storm veteran. Other military duties included Senior Patrol Officer, SWAT Officer, Training NCO, Unit Armorer, Unit Medic, and Marksmanship Instructor.
He has been reloading his own ammunition since the 1980's and casts his own bullets as well. He has been a concealed carry permit holder since 1976.
Mike is involved in shooting activities at Cherokee Gun Club in Gainesville, GA. He led the Ladies League there for three years.
Marie Bain started shooting when she was four years old. She was shooting competitively by the time she was 14.
Her high school years were focused on the DeKalb County, GA 4-H Rifle Team and spending time at Fort Benning, GA with the Marksmanship Unit Indoor & Outdoor Rifle Teams under the tutorage of 5-time Olympian Col. Lones Wigger. Her first year of college was paid for with a rifle scholarship to Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, GA.
Marie is a Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) and an NRA Certified Instructor & Training Counselor for Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, Metallic and Shotgun Shell Reloading, & Instructor for the Refuse to be a Victim® program. Other certifications will be coming as time permits.
She is also a Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor.
Marie teaches the Emergency Prep/Homesteading classes.
Mike & Marie are the gunsmiths and lead firearms volunteers for the GA Dept of Nat'l Resources Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center office and are very involved with the Becoming An Outdoors-Woman & Family Day at the Range programs.
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