Live from Music Row, Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Lenny Magill, the founder of the GlockStore-Nashville, to the newsmaker line to talk about Saturday’s third annual open house.
Leahy: We welcome to our newsmaker line right now our very good friend, Lenny Magill, the founder and owner of the GlockStore here in Nashville. Good morning, Lenny.
Magill: Hey, hey, Michael Patrick Leahy, good morning!
Leahy: It’s always great to talk with you and let me just begin by saying thank you for bringing the GlockStore 1930 Airlane Drive here in Nashville. Thank you for bringing the GlockStore to Nashville from California. It’s really made a difference in my life to go and get the training there, and I really appreciate you doing that.
Magill: We’ve been well received by the people of Nashville and we really appreciate it. We love being here. I grew up in Pennsylvania. My wife is actually from Georgia, so it’s kind of like coming home again. The weather’s great. I love the water. I love the free water, to be honest. (Chuckles)
Which is the rain, of course. But I love all the trees and I love all the animals and it’s such a live place and a great place to be. And the business climate here is wonderful. They actually are paying us to come to Nashville.
Leahy: That’s great. This Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. will be the third annual open house at the GlockStore, 1930 Airlane Drive. It’s not too far from the airport. What about a mile or so from the airport?
Magill: Two miles from the airport. And it’s a big deal. We get a lot of people there and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. I think you guys will be there too, right?
Leahy: Yes. Both Crom Carmichael and I will be there. And of course, later today, Lenny, Crom, and I will have our annual competition to get the ownership of The Tennessee Star specialized Glock that you made for us, which is currently in Crom’s possession.
I’ve expressed to you the very first time I ever shot a gun was last year when I went into the GlockStore for training. And I’ve been, for any number of reasons, very apprehensive about it. And I have gone through this training with Dan your head trainer there, he’s fantastic. I can’t imagine anybody learning how to shoot in an environment other than the Shoot 270 environment that you have there. It’s been really terrific.
Magill: We have shoot rooms. We don’t shoot down lanes. It’s really a private experience, more like a Pilates experience versus a family fitness standard-type concept where you really are one-on-one with an instructor in a private room.
There’s nobody else shooting around you. You’re able to really concentrate. And within one hour you can learn a lot and you can really come up with speed. I know you were timid about firearms when you first started. Now you’re becoming an animal. (Chuckles)
Leahy: I was. It takes a lot of training. And what’s interesting is that one-on-one experience that you get in that big room with the Shoot 270 shooting environment and the instructors are just fabulous.
And I can tell you though, that my personal level of comfort has really stepped up significantly with the training that I got at the GlockStore. It’ll be fun. We’ll have fun with Crom today. Crom is very accomplished with firearms as well. So we got a little competition. We’ll see who wins it. It’ll be announced, I think, at the third annual open house this Saturday.
Magill: It’s 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is the event. And we may go a little bit longer. It depends on the crowd, but that’s when all the hubbubs going to be happening. We’ve got $10,000 worth of raffle prizes. We’ve got shooting competitions for the people who show up. We also have Glock 43 Xs.
We’re going to sell at $50 off the retail price. That’s a really special deal. The 43 x is a really popular gloss. We’ve got speakers there this year. Andy Ogles the congressman is going to be there, and he’ll have a booth. He’ll be there the whole time to answer questions and to talk to people.
So if you want to get, involved in local politics, you want to know what Andy Ogles has going up in Washington come on down to the GlockStore this Saturday. He’s gonna be there at a table and they’ll be shaking hands and kissing babies.
Leahy: And I think Crom and I are gonna be there and we’ll talk a little bit of a talk about the Constitution. And then also, of course, you got Black Rifle Coffee and donuts. Who wouldn’t want that?
Magill: While they last.
Leahy: I’ll tell you about the prizes that you’re going to give away. We do low-light training with an obstacle course. And boy, that was something. Talk about getting it. It’s really fun.
Magill: It’s so unique because a lot of people don’t ever do that. And so we are giving away some lights and lasers as well as some red dot optics. So it’s going to be fun.
Leahy: Back to this training, the first, you just shoot at the targets. And then you can do it at you’ve got the Shoot 270 degrees that you can do the shooting. But then you go to this tactical training, I am telling you, I went through that in low light with the nightstick. Oh, man. Heartbeat, heartbeat. Boom boom.
Magill: It’s more realistic too. The idea is you train as if something were to happen in your house. And so we can lower the lights and we people buy these laser lights concepts for their guns, but they never use them because they can’t shoot anywhere else.
And you rarely get to train with that kind of stuff, but this gives you a real-life experience of what it’s like to actually light up a target, engage that target, and then be able to see how it feels and what it looks like as you’re using a light on a target versus normal light.
Leahy: What I learned in this, because I told you, although I’ve been apprehensive about the use of a gun and much less so now feeling more confident in it. Like you, I’ve got an athletic background and when you go through this training, all the techniques that you use in learning to play football or basketball, you can see a similarity in repetition.
Magill: Oh, absolutely. There’s definitely a body posture you want to have to be able to control the firearm. You want to have shoulders forward and waist forward. People are very apprehensive, but it’s not that hard to do.
Once you understand the concepts and you get past the bang and the smoke and the gunpowder and all that other stuff, you really understand that, wow, it’s not that difficult to shoot and to aim and be able to hit, especially in a tactical situation. It’s really not that hard. It’s really just pointing the gun and keeping your body in an erect posture, kind of like a boxer stance almost, with your waist and your shoulders forward.
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Photo “Lenny Magill” and Background Photo “GlockStore Building” by GlockStore.