For contact purposes, please use our Facebook page to reach the admin. If you are in the Saint Louis or Bi-State region, and would like to add your store to the list of our trusted Vendors/Venues, have Matches or unique Training, or an event you’d like to add to our public tracking calendar, please contact us via the afore-mentioned Facebook page above. If you are interested in advertising or sponsoring STL Shooting Enthusiasts, please see our Sponsorship page.
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About STL Shooting Enthusiasts:
Beginning in 2017 with just a simple Facebook page, STL Shooting Enthusiasts featured a researched list of USPSA, IDPA, Tactical 2/3-Gun, and other unique shooting sport events throughout the Missouri and Illinois region. The intent is to bring like-minded enthusiasts together either through competitions, or highlight trusted vendors. In 2019, the principal function of STL Shooting Enthusiasts was moved off Facebook because we had simply outgrown it. Metrics showed that in 2018 alone, our web-presence had reached over 29,000 viewers, with more added daily. Today STL Shooting Enthusiasts has over 8,000 subscribers and is now its own LLC, with all data and content residing on its own web page that allows for an RSS feed and more dynamic content to include; product reviews, developmental drills, and a blog feed.
With a nod to Internet privacy and as the Owner, Editor, and Lead Writer to STL Shooting Enthusiasts, my name is Brian and I am an Army combat veteran (1998-2006). I served in the military for eight years throughout the world to include stations in; Georgia (twice), Korea, Texas, and Arizona. I have served three tours in Iraq, and four in Afghanistan, for a total of over three years combined overseas service. It has been an honor to serve alongside some of the greatest units in our armed forces – and those men and women whom have worn, or wear, the uniform will continue to have my respect. After my life in the military, I continue to work for the Department of Defense but only recently (2018) took up competitive shooting in USPSA. I look to grow in this area of my personal life while working towards the more comprehensive “tactical athlete” mindset while espousing the trifecta of mind, might, fight. With COVID-19 while I have not participated in many matches in 2020, the time in quarantine has allowed me to explore better ways to grow the site and write more informative-based editorials to help others think about their gear and performance.
Initially enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2004, Shane joined the Infantry and set out on a path that would lead him on multiple overseas deployments in part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Most notably Shane’s first overseas duty was as assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1-32nd Infantry Regiment in 2006 and made famous in the documentary Restepo. Later deployments would earn him multiple citations to include the Bronze Star with Valor Device, Combat Infantry Badge, and other awards for conduct above and beyond. Since his medical retirement from service, Shane has worked with various retailers in the local firearms industry. Recently, he has taken on his own efforts to offer consulting and point-to-point marketing with industry representatives and companies to include: Elfman Tactical, Cedar Falls, and Saint Louis Shooting Enthusiasts.